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Hedda Sterne    (American, 1910-2011)

 Hedda Sterne - Tondo (Paintings)
Hedda Sterne
Tondo 1973
 
  

Biography
1910 Born in Bucharest, Romania as Hedwig Lindenberg
1928 Enters University of Bucharest to study Art History and Philosophy but finds curriculum limiting and leaves after a year to do independent study.
1932 Married Frederick Sterne
1938 Exhibits in Paris
1941 Barely escaping a massacre of Jews in her apartment building Hedda flees to New York. Meets Peggy Guggenheim through which she meets several artists.
Emigrated to New York, USA, to escape Nazi persecution
1942 Exhibits with Max Ernst, Piet Mondrian and Marcel Duchamp in "First Papers of Surrealism"; the first exhibition of surrealism in the United States
1944 Divorces Frederick Sterne Becomes US citizen and marries Saul Steinberg
1942 - 1950 Became the only female member of the "Irasible Eighteen" who protested the Metropolitan Museum of Art's policy towards American Painting in the 1940s, was in famous photograph of the group published in Time Magazine in 1950.
1950 Named one of country's best artists under age of 36 in March 20 issue of Life.
1957 Awarded Second Prize, Art Institute of Chicago Annual
1960 Sterne and Steinberg separate but remain close friends. Begins to disengage socially with the art world and leads an increasingly private life.
1963 Fulbright Fellowship, Studied in Venice
1967 First Prize, Art Institute of Newport Annual
1971 American Academy of Arts & Letters, "Childe Hassam Purchase Award"
1984 American Academy of Arts & Letters, "Hassam and Speicher Purchase Fund Award"
2004 Suffers stroke. Makes a remarkable recovery but her eyesight fails causing her to stop practicing her art.
2011 Dies in New York, NY on April 8th

Exhibitions
2006 Uninterrupted Flux: Hedda Stern a Retrospective, Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois
Paintings and Drawings From Over 50 Years, CDS Gallery, New York, NY
1985 Hedda Sterne: Forty Years, the Queens Museum, NY
1977 Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey
1975 Lee Ault & Company, NY
1973 Rochester University
Upstairs Gallery, East Hampton
1972 Clinton, NJ
1971 Sneed Gallery
1968 Rizzoli Gallery
1956 Saidenberg Gallery
Vassar College
1956 Art Institute of Chicago, "American Artists Paint the City" (group)
1955 Corcoran Gallery Annual, Washington, D.C., '56, '58, '63 (group)
1955 Museum of Modern Art, NY (group)
1955 Arts Club of Chicago
1954 Art Institute of Chicago Annual, '55, '57, '60, '61 (group)
1953 Museo de Arte, SaoPaulo, Brazil
Galleria dell'Obelisco, Rome
1949 Whitney Museum Annual, '59, '67 (group)
1947 Betty Parsons Gallery, '48, '50 '53, '54, '57, '58, '61, '63, '66, '68, '70, '74, '75, '78
1945 Mortimer Brandt Gallery, NY
Wakefield Gallery, NY

Literature
2006 Hedda Sterne; Sarah L Eckhardt; Josef Helfenstein; Lawrence Rinder; Krannert Art Museum.; University of Virginia. Uninterrupted flux : Hedda Sterne, a retrospective. (Champaign, Ill. : Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, 2006)
1985 Hedda Sterne; Queens Museum of Art. Hedda Sterne, forty years : the Queens Museum, February 2-April 14, 1985. (Flushing, N.Y. : The Museum, 1985)
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