Sculptor DOROTHY DEHNER. Very Rare Signed & Numbered Lithograph: Edition of only 20. Minimalist Abstract 1970.
For offer here is a hand signed, numbered, dated and framed color lithograph on White Arches paper from her "Lunar Series" by renowned artist Dorothy Dehner, who studied at the Art Students League with Jan Matulka and others, as well as with the legendary Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17, where Mark Rothko, Adolph Gottlieb, Alexander Calder, Jacques Lipchitz, Pablo Picasso, Louise Bourgeois and so many others passed through; but perhaps Dehner is best known as the wife of the great American sculptor David Smith. Dehner has always been recognized as a terrific artist in her own right (she has been the subject of several important museum retrospectives and survey shows) but there has of late been even greater interest in her life and her work, as evidenced by the dramatic rise in prices for her work in the secondary market.
Interest and prices of Dehner's works increasing dramatically. (See more detailed biography below).
This lithograph measures 27 inches horizontal by 22 inches vertical. It is signed verso (on the reverse) Dorothy Dehner, numbered 12 out of only 20, and dated 1971. (see JPEGS)
This also has the distinctive Chopmark of the legendary and prestigious TAMARIND Institute, where for fifty years so many luminaries in the art market have created beautiful lithographs. Artists ranging from Josef Albers and Louise Nevelson to Donald Sultan, Richard Serra, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith and Leroy Neiman!
The lithographic paper, as stated, is White Arches.
This lithograph on Arches paper with Deckled Edges is in very good condition. It is framed, but will be sold UNFRAMED. We are just keeping it in the frame until sold in case buyer is in the New York region and would like to collect. There were only 20 out there, and one can imagine that some would inevitably have been lost or destroyed, while others are in the collections of museums or universities or public institutions, meaning precious few --if any -- are out there in the market.
This lithograph has fine provenance: original gallery label on verso of the frame.
Unconditionally guaranteed authentic.
Buyer will be delighted.
The vintage Seventies frame has lots of nicks and bumps and scratches, but the print itself is in excellent condition. Ship UNFRAMED domestically and internationally. .
|DOROTHY DEHNER (19011994)|
Dorothy Dehner was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1901. Dehner moved to Pasadena, California, in 1915 and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied modern dance. In 1922, after resolving to become an actress, she moved to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. A trip to Europe in 1925 provided opportunities to see work by important modern artists such as Picasso and Matisse; this inspired her to pursue a career as an artist, with a strong interest in sculpture. Returning to New York, she enrolled at the Art Students League, but became disenchanted when exposed to the more traditional and formal styles espoused by her instructors. At this time, she turned to painting in a more modern style, reflecting her interest in the more progressive and abstract style of cubist art.
In 1940, Dehner married artist David Smith and moved to Bolton Landing, a farm outside of New York City. During these years, her art became secondary to her duties as a wife, but she was able to continue to paint some works, many in a relatively realist manner. Her paintings entitled Life on the Farm served as a diary of her time in Bolton Landing and became a psychological reflection of her life. In 1950 she had her first solo exhibition featuring her ink drawings at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. This show was a turning point in Dehners life. Soon after, Dehner divorced her husband and focused solely on her artistic career.
In 1952 Dehner once again began working with three-dimensional forms. During the 1950s and 1960s, she made sculpture in bronze as well as direct metal constructions. Eventually she began working with wood, experimenting with her forms and incorporating jagged elements, and finally, making block-like, towering structures. From 1952 to her death in 1994, Dehner had more than 50 solo exhibitions of her work in various media within the United States and executed numerous public commissions for such organizations as the New York Medical College, Rockefeller Center, and the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation. Dehner continued making sculpture until her death in 1994.
Dorothy Dehner, 92, Sculptor With a Lyrically Surreal Style
Published: September 23, 1994
Dorothy Dehner, a gifted sculptor of Surrealist and geometric abstractions in bronze and wood, whose professional career began in the 1950's after a stormy marriage to David Smith, the New York School artist, was found dead yesterday in a stairwell outside her apartment in Manhattan. She was 92.
Her dealer, Susan Teller, said yesterday that the cause of death had not yet been determined.
Last year, on the occasion of a retrospective of Ms. Dehner's work that toured the United States, Holland Cotter wrote in The New York Times that her "initial pieces owe something to Smith's rangy, attenuated style, but have a Surrealist lyricism very much their own." He added, "It was a style Ms. Dehner would continue to refine and simplify as she began working in wood."
Ms. Dehner was born in Cleveland in 1901. She studied painting with three of her aunts, amateur artists, and dance with a former member of the experimental Denishawn company. Her parents and only sister died by the time she was 18, losses that depressed her for years, and she then decided on a career in the theater in New York City.
There, working Off Broadway and taking classes at the Art Students League, she met painters like John Graham, Stuart Davis and Arshile Gorky, who were pioneering abstraction in America when it was still disparaged here for being too European. She also met a young, prickly and ambitious sculptor, David Smith. They married in 1927.
At first they lived in Brooklyn, but in 1940 they moved to an 18th-century farmhouse in the small town of Bolton Landing in upstate New York. Ms. Dehner painted a series of idyllic scenes of their life together that she collectively titled "Life on the Farm." She also did a remarkable series of ink drawings of demonic figures surrounded by vultures and bats, which she called "Damnation Series." Only years later did she realize how much these drawings expressed the increasing psychological discomfort she felt in the waning years of her marriage.
Her career as an artist had to play second fiddle to Smith's. Even though her 1948 drawing "Star Cage" was translated into a sculpture by him a short while later, he was never encouraging about her work. They divorced in 1951.
Four years later, she made her first sculpture. By 1957 she was represented by the prestigious Willard Gallery in New York City, with which she remained until 1976. She had solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1965 and the Phillips Collection in Washington in 1990, among other shows.
Ms. Dehner's second husband, Ferdinand Mann, whom she married in 1957, died in 1974.
She is survived by a stepson, Irwin Mann of New York City, and a stepdaughter, Abigail Mann Thurstrom of Lexington, Mass.
Photo: Dorothy Dehner (The New York Times, 1993)
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