Untitled (Two-Sided Monotype)

Hedda Sterne American

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Here the same motif, a mechanomorphic creature assembled from a variety of nuts, bolts, screws, and tools, is rendered once on each side of a piece of paper using different techniques. On one side, the creature is surrounded by a halo of expressionistic black marks. On the other, it is starkly isolated against a more or less bare background. Early in her career, before immigrating to New York in 1941, Sterne had strong ties to the European Dada and Surrealist movements, especially through her family friend, Victor Brauner. Her debt to Dada and Surrealism is very much in evidence here.

Untitled (Two-Sided Monotype), Hedda Sterne (American, Bucharest 1910–2011 New York, New York), Monotype (recto); transfer drawing (verso)
Printing ink, black chalk, graphite and red pencil

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