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Born in Romania, Globally Known

From the series “Born in Romania, Globally Known” :
HEDDA STERNE (1910-2011)

Round table:

Cosmin Nasui, art critic and curator (Bucharest)

Shaina Larrivee, director of The Hedda Sterne Foundation (New York

Sarah Boxer, journalist and artist (Washington, DC)

Valery Oisteanu, artist and writer (New York)

Monday, November 28, 2016, 6-9 PM

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Board Room, 4th Floor
Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
www.mjhnyc.org

Free admission with limited seating. Please RSVP at eduard.andrei@icrny.org
From the series “Born in Romania, Globally Known” :
HEDDA STERNE (1910-2011)

Round table:

Cosmin Nasui, art critic and curator (Bucharest)
The Discovery of Early Years 1910-1941

Shaina Larrivee, director of The Hedda Sterne Foundation (New York)
Hedda Sterne and Her Legacy

Sarah Boxer, journalist and artist (Washington, DC)
The Best Lines of Hedda Sterne

Valery Oisteanu, artist and writer (New York)
The Elusive Art of Hedda Sterne

Monday, November 28, 2016, 6-9 PM

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Board Room, 4th Floor
Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY 10280
www.mjhnyc.org

Free admission with limited seating. Please RSVP at eduard.andrei@icrny.org, by Sunday, November 27, 2pm.

Hedda Sterne (b. August 4, 1910, Bucharest, Romania - d. April 8, 2011, New York) was considered the only woman artist of the Abstract Expressionist group "The Irascibles", a group that included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Robert Motherwell, and others, as she was the only woman present in a group photo taken by Nina Leen in November 1950 and published in the January 15, 1951 issue of "Life" magazine. (In fact, the group also included two other women, sculptors Louise Bourgeois and Mary Callery.) Hedda Sterne studied art in Vienna, and philosophy and art history in Bucharest. Following these, she took private classes in sculpture and painting in Paris. She was attracted by Surrealism from her youth, due to the influence of Victor Brauner, who was a friend of her family. In 1941, she escaped death during the Nazi invasion by leaving for New York, to join her first husband, Frederick (Fritz) Stern. The same year, she met the famous art collector and art protector Peggy Guggenheim, who introduced her to a number of artists. In 1944, she divorced Stern and married Saul Steinberg, the famous visual artist, cartoonist and illustrator for “The New Yorker” magazine. She soon became a US citizen, and the March 20, 1950 issue of "Life" magazine presented her as one of the best US artists under the age of 36.
Hedda Sterne is a major figure of American art, of Romanian origin, as many dictionaries and histories of Expressionist and Surrealist art write. Nevertheless, she refused to be esthetically regimented, whether it was Abstract Expressionism, or Surrealism, while she preferred to see her creation as an "uninterrupted flux" rather than as a definitive stance.
The works of the long-lived artist (who reached 100 years old), with an artistic career of 80 years, can be found in major American museums, such as: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and The Whitney Museum, in New York; The National Gallery of Art and The National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, DC. Ample retrospective exhibitions of her work were organized at the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey, in 1977, and at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, in 2006. A recent solo show, titled "Machines 1947-1951", was presented this spring by Van Doren Waxter Gallery in New York. The same gallery will soon feature her works at the art fair Art Basel Miami (December 2016).

Cosmin Năsui is a Romanian curator, art critic, cultural manager, and contemporary art appraiser. He has 17-year curatorial and art critic experience. He is the founder of the largest Romanian online platform for promoting and supporting contemporary art www.modernism.ro. He is managing partner at Nasui collection & gallery (www.cosminnasui.com), which exhibits, represents and promotes a special selection of Romanian contemporary artists. He is senior curator at the private museum PostModernism (www.postmodernism.ro). He is author of portfolio books and extensive studies, the latest being ”Ethnic minorities in visual culture – focus Romania”.
Profil Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cosminnasui
Profil Wikipedia: https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmin_Nasui

Shaina Larrivee is Director of The Hedda Sterne Foundation (www.heddasternefoundation.org), established by the artist's will and incorporated in 2013. Larrivee joined the Foundation as its first director in 2015. She has initiated the organization of the Foundation's collection and archives, with the objective of providing the public with greater access to Hedda Sterne's art and legacy. From 2007 to 2015, Larrivee worked for the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, where, as Managing Editor, she oversaw the publication of the first three editions of the digital Isamu Noguchi Catalogue Raisonné. She is Publications Director for the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association, and has lectured on research methodology and data accessibility, central to the stewardship of artists' legacies.

Sarah Boxer is a writer of non-fiction and graphic fiction from Denver, Colorado, who lives in Washington, DC. She is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and has contributed articles, essays, and reviews to The New York Review of Books, Slate, The New York Times, Photograph, The Comics Journal, and Artforum. For many years she was on on the staff of The New York Times (1998-2006), where she was, at various points, a photo critic, a Web critic, an arts and ideas reporter, an editor at The Week in Review, and at The New York Times Book Review. She has published two books: one - a cartoon novel, written and drawn by her, based on Freud's infamous case histories (In the Floyd Archives), published by Pantheon in 2001, the other - an anthology of blogs ("Ultimate Blogs"), published by Vintage in 2008. She has also written and drawn "Mother May I?", a sequel to her first cartoon novel, as well as a comic book version (with animals!) of Shakespeare's Hamlet titled "Hamlet: Prince of Pigs". She has a degree in philosophy from Harvard College. For more details: SarahBoxer.weebly.com.

Valery (Valeriu) Oisteanu (b. 1943, Karaganda) is a writer and visual artist, born in the former USSR (today’s Kazakhstan), and educated in Romania. He adopted Dadaism and Surrealism as a philosophy of life and art. He emigrated to New York in 1972, and he has been writing in English for over 40 years. He published 13 volumes of poetry, a volume of short fiction and a book of essays, "Avant-Gods". A collection of his poems, including collages, titled “Perks in Purgatory”, appeared at Fly By Night Press, New York, in 2009, and later on, in 2012, as an e-book, Romanian version by Nadia Burstein, at www.cartesiarte. For 10 years, he collaborated to “NY Arts Magazine", "Brooklyn Rail", and "artnet.com", as an art critic. He constantly collaborates with French, Spanish and Romanian cultural magazines. As a visual artist, he exhibits collages and assemblage art in New York galleries, and creates collages for book and magazine illustrations. As an actor and poetry performer, he puts on plays and collaborates with jazz musicians for sessions known as "Jazzpoetry". He was awarded: the Acker Prize, New York (2013); the Romanian “Order of the Knights of the Citadel” (2012); “The End of the World as We Know It”, a Vault prize (2001). He is a member of Poets & Writers Inc, USA.

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