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Van Doren Waxter

Machines 1947 – 1951

  • Hedda Sterne
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    Hedda Sterne, Airport #1, 1947-49
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    Hedda Sterne, Monument, 1949-51
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    Hedda Sterne, Anthropograph #19, 1949
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    Hedda Sterne, Untitled, 1950
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Press for Machines 1947 – 1951

Current Exhibitions at Van Doren Waxter


A Tower in the Night Forest

  • Katsura Funakoshi,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Color: Paintings & Drawings 1997-2007

  • Tom Fairs,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

This Marram

  • TM Davy,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Joshua Nathanson and Erin Jane Nelson

  • Joshua Nathanson,
  • Erin Jane Nelson,
  • Opens: May. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ocean Park Works on Paper 1978 - 1991

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 28, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings & Works on Paper

  • Moira Dryer,
  • Opens: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Closes: May. 24, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting I Prefer to Know, Works on Canvas from 1950-1958

  • James Brooks,
  • Opens: Mar. 13, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Names will never hurt me

  • Hilary Berseth,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 30, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

2030

  • Brian Rochefort,
  • Opens: Jan. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 09, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Starry Sky

  • Douglas Melini,
  • Opens: Nov. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 12, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

.....READ ALL ABOUT

  • Gareth Nyandoro,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Structures and Landscapes, 1950-1968

  • Hedda Sterne
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rockers and Pendulums, 1969-1977

  • Harvey Quaytman,
  • Opens: Oct. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 10, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jeronimo Elespe

  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Aiko Hachisuka and John Williams

  • Aiko Hachisuka,
  • John Williams,
  • Opens: Aug. 29, 2018
  • Closes: Sep. 29, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Gaze

  • Hilary Berseth,
  • Marsha Cottrell,
  • TM Davy,
  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Tom Fairs,
  • Judy Fiskin,
  • Joe Goode,
  • Volker Hüller,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Cameron Martin,
  • Douglas Melini,
  • Valeska Soares,
  • Hedda Sterne
  • Kevin Zucker,
  • Opens: Aug. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rolling Orbit: Prints from the 1970s

  • Alan Shields,
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Figureheads [EXTENDED]

  • Sarah Peters,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Constructions

  • John McLaughlin,
  • Opens: Mar. 28, 2018
  • Closes: May. 11, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Screen Life

  • Marsha Cottrell,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tonics

  • Volker Hüller,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 23, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alan Shields Project

  • Lisa Alvarado,
  • Cheryl Donegan,
  • Aiko Hachisuka,
  • Channing Hansen,
  • Naotaka Hiro,
  • Alan Shields,
  • Martha Tuttle,
  • B. Wurtz,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper 1955-1967

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Nov. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 20, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hot Spots

  • Brian Rochefort,
  • Opens: Nov. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cellophane Grip

  • Evan Nesbit,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Annotations, Striations, and Souvenirs

  • Ishmael Randall Weeks,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Healdsburg Years, 1988-1993

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Nov. 05, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 16, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Space Sisters - Work from the 1970's

  • Alan Shields,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Group Exhibition: Part I

  • Al Held,
  • Alan Shields,
  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Jun. 02, 2014
  • Closes: Jul. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Group Exhibition: Part II

  • James Brooks,
  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Al Held,
  • Manny Farber,
  • Alan Shields,
  • Opens: Jul. 28, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Forgeries

  • Tim Davis,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New Surrealism: Works from the 1930's

  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Emil Nolde and Die Brücke - Master Drawings New York

  • Erich Heckel,
  • Emil Nolde,
  • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner,
  • Max Pechstein,
  • Karl Schmidt-Rottluff,
  • Opens: Jan. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 4 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Familiar World 1942 – 1982

  • James Brooks,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Special Presentation

  • Carl D'Alvia,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Frankenthaler, Rockburne, & Sterne

  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Dorothea Rockburne,
  • Hedda Sterne
  • Opens: Jul. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 28, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Special Presentation

  • Eva Lundsager,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 24, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

There's Always Tomorrow

  • Joe Goode,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2015
  • Closes: May. 01, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 25, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Particular Paradox

  • Al Held,
  • Opens: May. 06, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Degree of Tilt

  • Jackie Saccoccio,
  • Opens: Sep. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 23, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Color(less)

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Michael Goldberg,
  • Arshile Gorky,
  • Al Held,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Franz Kline,
  • Sol LeWitt,
  • Robert Mangold,
  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Dorothea Rockburne,
  • Mark Tobey,
  • Hedda Sterne
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Color Abstractions 1949-1955

  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 05, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brushstrokes - India Ink Drawings from 1960

  • Al Held,
  • Opens: May. 12, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 08, 2016
  • Reception: May. 12, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Machines 1947 – 1951

  • Hedda Sterne
  • Opens: Mar. 10, 2016
  • Closes: May. 07, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Other Night Other Light

  • Eva Lundsager,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 26, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hone

  • Harvey Quaytman,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

John McLaughlin

  • Marvelous Void,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Go Figure

  • James Brooks,
  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Richard Diebenkorn,
  • Philip Guston,
  • Ed Paschke,
  • Hedda Sterne
  • Kristin Baker,
  • Michael Berryhill,
  • Jeronimo Elespe,
  • Volker Hüller,
  • Sarah Peters,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 18, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Reticulations

  • Cameron Martin,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2017
  • Hours: 5 - 7pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 10 - May 07, 2016


Where

Van Doren Waxter

  • 23 E 73rd St, New York NY 10021 Map
  • 212.445.0444

About

“You see, before I came here, I was doing a combination of accident and Surrealist collage. And then, when I came to the United States, I was struck that this country was more Surrealistic than anything anybody imagined. Already in ‘41, I’d seen in California, buildings in the shape of ice cream cones and oranges that you could walk into. That kind of freedom, that romanticism about the future, was utterly delightful to me. So I became a passive observer, for a while…. All of those things struck me as tremendously poetical and symbolic. If you look at my work from the beginning, it is an absolute diary.”

“In our time, artists are inclined to believe that art is like honey, the product of their own subconsciouses, their own minds, and I do not. I see myself as a well-working lens, a perceiver of something that exists independently of me: don’t look at me, look at what I’ve found.”

Oral history interview with Hedda Sterne, interviewed by Phyllis Tuchman, December 17, 1981, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Van Doren Waxter is pleased to present Hedda Sterne: Machines 1947 – 1951, an exhibition of mid-century paintings and works on paper by this preeminent figure of the American post war period.

Hedda Sterne began her “Machines” series in 1947 after encountering farming machinery on a trip to Vermont. The result: Anthropographs, abstracted machines with a humanlike nature. Sterne, a recent emigre from Romania, was deeply affected by the cultural and aesthetic shift she discovered in the United States.

Sterne was fascinated by the notion that people subconsciously designed machines as self-portraits in an attempt to capture their deep seeded need for consumption. Machines distills this fascination into a series of almost futurist forms, rendering inanimate machinery with alternatingly humorous, aggressive, and menacing physical attributes, evoking America’s subconscious preoccupation with post-war infrastructure.

Based on her examination of her new American landscape, specifically New York City, which she viewed as far more phantasmagorical than any of the Surrealism that she had actually encountered, she was able to create imagistic work that refused to adhere to stringent classification.

A Romanian immigrant and only female included in the historic “Irascibles” photo published in Life, Hedda Sterne (1910-2011) exhibited steadily throughout her career. Fiercely independent, Sterne defied classification working in multiple mediums moving fluidly between abstraction, figuration and object based work. Sterne’s 1955 canvas titled "New York, NY," was a highlight of the Whitney's downtown opening exhibition "America is Hard to See."


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