Hedda Sterne (1910 – 2011) was an artist best remembered as the only woman in a group of Abstract Expressionists known as "The Irascibles" which consisted of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and others. Sterne was, in fact, the only woman photographed with the group by Nina Leen for Life magazine in 1950.
Hedda Sterne, Machine 5, 1950, Oil on canvas, 51 x 38 1/8 in., Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Festival of Arts Purchase Fund 1950-7-1
This photograph depicts “The Irascibles”, a group of abstract expressionists that rejected The Met’s American Painters Today– 1950 exhibition. Amongst this group of white men one woman stands out, and that woman is Hedda Sterne. Much of Sterne’s work has been overshadowed by her male counterparts in this photograph– Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning to name a few. This week we shall take a look into the life and incredible art of Hedda Sterne.
'group of American abstract artists known as The Irascibles, 1950 .. left to right:Willem de Kooning,Adolph Gottlieb,Ad Reinhardt,Hedda Sterne. Center row: Richard Pousette-Dart,William Baziotes,Jackson Pollock,Clyfford Still,Robert Motherwell,Bradley Walker Tomlin .. seated row: Theodoros Stamos,Jimmy Ernst,Barnett Newman,James C. Brooks,Mark Rothko ... Abstract Expressionist artists who wrote an open letter to the president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, protesting the museum's…