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SARI DIENES & ADDIE HERDER

 JUNE 11–JULY 30, 2022

SARI DIENES & ADDIE HERDER

SARI DIENES & ADDIE HERDER - JUNE 11 – JULY 30, 2022 - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

JUNE 11–JULY 30, 2022

SARI DIENES & ADDIE HERDER - JUNE 11 – JULY 30, 2022 - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Sherwood Studio Building, 58 West 57th Street. Photo c.1902-03.

McClain Gallery presents two simultaneous solo exhibitions of historic works by Sari Dienes (1898–1992) and Addie Herder (1920–2009).

Dienes and Herder’s distinctive creative paths overlapped in the storied Sherwood Studios during the 1950s and 1960s. Sherwood Studios at 58 West 57th Street, New York, NY was built as a home to artists and writers in the nineteenth century and remained active until 1960. Both artists were adventurous in their approach to material experimentation, incorporating found objects in a way that exposed their keen awareness of the urban environment they inhabited. We are grateful to Pavel Zoubok Fine Art for their collaboration on these exhibitions.

SARI DIENES

During a career that spanned over six decades, Sari Dienes worked in a wide range of media, creating paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, textile designs, sets and costumes for theater and dance, sound-art installations, mixed-media environments, music, and performance art. This exhibition focuses on Dienes’ work from the early 1950s and traces her evolution through the 1960s when she rejected her formal training to begin experimenting with new materials and techniques. The shift in her practice from painting and drawing towards “rubbings,” layering urban textures of 

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Sari Dienes, Menomonie 7, c. 1966, rubbing on fabric, 35 x 28 inches

 

manhole covers and sidewalks and assemblages of found objects into all-over abstraction can be firmly located in the Sherwood Studios. Upon taking up residency there in 1945, Dienes met and began a lifelong friendship with composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham. She quickly established herself in the epicenter of the art world during the 1950s, influencing artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko, and Ray Johnson. Though widely exhibited during her lifetime, Dienes’ legacy is dominated by her powerful monoprints of subway grates and manhole covers. This exhibition articulates a formal sensibility that permeated all she created, tracking the development of her body of work through exuberant explorations in frottage, collage, and assemblage.

Dienes was born in Debreczen, Hungary, in 1898. From 1928–1935, she moved to Paris and then London where she studied with Fernand Léger, Amédée Ozenfant, André Lhote, and Henry Moore. In 1939, Dienes relocated to New York, where she would remain until her death.

 

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Sari Dienes' Sidewalk Rubbings in Bonwit Teller windows, New York, 1955 – photos Virginia Roehl

Dienes exhibited nationally and internationally from the early 1940s, with notable exhibitions at Betty Parsons Gallery in New York City and later as a founding member of the Feminist collective, A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been included in major museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts; and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut. Recent exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; The Drawing Center, New York, New York; Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, New York; Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills, California; the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and McClain Gallery, Houston, Texas as well as new scholarship on her work have renewed interest in her life and work. Visit the Sari Dienes Foundation website for a narrative timeline.

"Armed with an ink roller, she mapped her urban haunts as well as her body’s movement; uneven and ghostly skeins of pigment document her repetitive application of a standard-size brayer across the surface. Dienes placed drawing at the center of her practice while simultaneously challenging traditionally held views about the medium."

–text excerpt from Sari Dienes' 2014 solo exhibition at The Drawing Center, NYC, New York.

SARI DIENES 

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Sari Dienes  Love Always Gloria Swanson, 1955 ink rubbing on Webril 39 x 44 inches

Sari Dienes

Love Always Gloria Swanson, 1955

ink rubbing on Webril

object: 39 x 44 inches

frame: 41 1/4 x 46 1/4 inches

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Sari Dienes  Pavement, c. 1953 ink rubbing on Webril 36 x 24 inches

Sari Dienes

Pavement, c. 1953

ink rubbing on Webril

36 x 24 inches

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Sari Dienes  Hexagon, c. 1953 ink rubbing on Webril 72 x 36 inches

Sari Dienes

Hexagon, c. 1953

ink rubbing on Webril

72 x 36 inches

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Sari Dienes  Menomonic 4, 1965 ink rubbing on fabric 17 x 35 inches

Sari Dienes

Menomonic 4, 1965

ink rubbing on fabric

fabric: 17 x 35 inches

frame: 22 1/4 x 39 7/8 inches

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Sari Dienes  Menomonic 1, 1965 ink rubbing on fabric 18 x 35 inches

Sari Dienes

Menomonic 1, 1965

ink rubbing on fabric

object: 18 x 35 inches

frame: 22 1/4 x 39 7/8 inches

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Sari Dienes  CT&ESCO, c. 1953 ink rubbing on paper 35 inch diameter

Sari Dienes

CT&ESCO, c. 1953

ink rubbing on paper

paper: 35 1/2 inch diameter

frame: 40 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches

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Sari Dienes  Street Mix II, c. 1953 ink rubbing on canvas 33 inch diameter

Sari Dienes

Street Mix II, c. 1953

ink rubbing on canvas

paper: 33 inch diameter

frame: 38 1/4 x 38 inches

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Sari Dienes  Menomonie 7, c. 1966 rubbing on fabric 35 x 28 inches

Sari Dienes

Menomonie 7, c. 1966

rubbing on fabric

fabric: 35 x 28 inches

frame: 39 3/4 x 32 13/16

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Sari Dienes  Untitled (Ray Johnson Rubbing), c. 1952 rubbing on black woven paper 29 1/4 x 36 1/2 inches

Sari Dienes

Untitled (Ray Johnson Rubbing), c. 1952

rubbing on black woven paper

paper: 37 x 28 7/8 inches

frame: 42 3/8 x 34 1/2 inches

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Sari Dienes  Orange Tear, c. 1950s ink rubbing under torn matboard 22 x 17 inches

Sari Dienes

Orange Tear, c. 1950s

ink rubbing under torn matboard

object: 22 x 17 inches

frame: 29 7/8 x 24 13/16 inches

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Sari Dienes  R12 Figures #1, c. 1950s ink rubbing under torn matboard 24 x 17 inches

Sari Dienes

R12 Figures #1, c. 1950s

ink rubbing under torn matboard

object: 24 1/2 x 17 inches

frame: 31 3/8 x 23 15/16 inches

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Sari Dienes  Shard Straps, c. 1950s plaster collage, doorknob and glass 17 3/4 x 23 1/4 inches

Sari Dienes

Shard Straps, c. 1950s

plaster collage, doorknob and glass

object: 23 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches

frame: 30 x 24 x 4 inches

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Sari Dienes  Pink Birch, c. 1950s plaster and birch bark collage 12 x 12 1/4 inches

Sari Dienes

Pink Birch, c. 1950s

plaster and birch bark collage

object: 12 x 12 1/4 inches

frame: 19 x 18 1/2 inches

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Sari Dienes  Plaster Slate, 1950  plaster collage, slate and tacks  6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

Sari Dienes

Plaster Slate, 1950

plaster collage, slate and tacks

object: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

frame: 13 x 17 inches 

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Sari Dienes  Hawaiian Petroglyph III, ca. 1957 Petroglyph rubbing 11 x 26 inches

Sari Dienes

Hawaiian Petroglyph III, ca. 1957

Petroglyph rubbing

11 x 27 inches

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Sari Dienes  Love Always Gloria Swanson, 1955 ink rubbing on Webril 39 x 44 inches

Sari Dienes

Love Always Gloria Swanson, 1955

ink rubbing on Webril

object: 39 x 44 inches

frame: 41 1/4 x 46 1/4 inches

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Sari Dienes  Pavement, c. 1953 ink rubbing on Webril 36 x 24 inches

Sari Dienes

Pavement, c. 1953

ink rubbing on Webril

36 x 24 inches

Sari Dienes  Hexagon, c. 1953 ink rubbing on Webril 72 x 36 inches

Sari Dienes

Hexagon, c. 1953

ink rubbing on Webril

72 x 36 inches

Sari Dienes  Menomonic 4, 1965 ink rubbing on fabric 17 x 35 inches

Sari Dienes

Menomonic 4, 1965

ink rubbing on fabric

fabric: 17 x 35 inches

frame: 22 1/4 x 39 7/8 inches

Sari Dienes  Menomonic 1, 1965 ink rubbing on fabric 18 x 35 inches

Sari Dienes

Menomonic 1, 1965

ink rubbing on fabric

object: 18 x 35 inches

frame: 22 1/4 x 39 7/8 inches

Sari Dienes  CT&ESCO, c. 1953 ink rubbing on paper 35 inch diameter

Sari Dienes

CT&ESCO, c. 1953

ink rubbing on paper

paper: 35 1/2 inch diameter

frame: 40 1/8 x 40 1/8 inches

Sari Dienes  Street Mix II, c. 1953 ink rubbing on canvas 33 inch diameter

Sari Dienes

Street Mix II, c. 1953

ink rubbing on canvas

paper: 33 inch diameter

frame: 38 1/4 x 38 inches

Sari Dienes  Menomonie 7, c. 1966 rubbing on fabric 35 x 28 inches

Sari Dienes

Menomonie 7, c. 1966

rubbing on fabric

fabric: 35 x 28 inches

frame: 39 3/4 x 32 13/16

Sari Dienes  Untitled (Ray Johnson Rubbing), c. 1952 rubbing on black woven paper 29 1/4 x 36 1/2 inches

Sari Dienes

Untitled (Ray Johnson Rubbing), c. 1952

rubbing on black woven paper

paper: 37 x 28 7/8 inches

frame: 42 3/8 x 34 1/2 inches

Sari Dienes  Orange Tear, c. 1950s ink rubbing under torn matboard 22 x 17 inches

Sari Dienes

Orange Tear, c. 1950s

ink rubbing under torn matboard

object: 22 x 17 inches

frame: 29 7/8 x 24 13/16 inches

Sari Dienes  R12 Figures #1, c. 1950s ink rubbing under torn matboard 24 x 17 inches

Sari Dienes

R12 Figures #1, c. 1950s

ink rubbing under torn matboard

object: 24 1/2 x 17 inches

frame: 31 3/8 x 23 15/16 inches

Sari Dienes  Shard Straps, c. 1950s plaster collage, doorknob and glass 17 3/4 x 23 1/4 inches

Sari Dienes

Shard Straps, c. 1950s

plaster collage, doorknob and glass

object: 23 1/4 x 17 3/4 inches

frame: 30 x 24 x 4 inches

Sari Dienes  Pink Birch, c. 1950s plaster and birch bark collage 12 x 12 1/4 inches

Sari Dienes

Pink Birch, c. 1950s

plaster and birch bark collage

object: 12 x 12 1/4 inches

frame: 19 x 18 1/2 inches

Sari Dienes  Plaster Slate, 1950  plaster collage, slate and tacks  6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

Sari Dienes

Plaster Slate, 1950

plaster collage, slate and tacks

object: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

frame: 13 x 17 inches 

Sari Dienes  Hawaiian Petroglyph III, ca. 1957 Petroglyph rubbing 11 x 26 inches

Sari Dienes

Hawaiian Petroglyph III, ca. 1957

Petroglyph rubbing

11 x 27 inches

SARI DIENES & ADDIE HERDER - JUNE 11 – JULY 30, 2022 - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Addie HerderGaslight Club Raised, 1981, mixed-media construction, 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches

ADDIE HERDER

While many of her contemporaries were filling enormous canvases with the barest of pictorial adornment, Addie Herder (American, 1920–2009) went her own way by creating complex facades and “machines” in spaces often no larger than a postcard. Herder used all manner of ephemera to create miniature architectural structures with a theatrical sense of atmosphere and depth. Reflected in the dark, shadowy interiors of her paper constructions is a mechanistic sensibility that underlies much of her work from the 1950s and 1960s. This period began in New York City at the Sherwood Studios and continued on the streets of Paris. Of the artist’s first solo exhibition at Pavel Zoubok Gallery, critic Roberta Smith concludes, “Herder emerges as a rarity: a kind of ventriloquist with a distinctive voice of her own who deserves a place in collage’s elaborate, still unfolding history.”

 

SARI DIENES & ADDIE HERDER - JUNE 11 – JULY 30, 2022 - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Mrs. Jones, Bernie Frizzell, Addie Herder & American author James Jones playing poker during a party at his Paris residence, 1967. Photo by Loomis Dean, © Time Inc.

Trained at the Tyler School in Philadelphia during the late 1930s, Addie Herder moved to New York in 1946 with her then-husband Milton Herder. The two opened a successful commercial design business in a large studio in the Sherwood building, where Herder also met and befriended fellow artist Sari Dienes. After leaving the Sherwood Studios, Herder separated from her husband and relocated to Paris. Addie Herder’s work has been widely exhibited since the early 1970s and is represented in distinguished private and public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York; the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

ADDIE HERDER

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Addie Herder  Feather (Black), 1971 Collage construction paper: 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches

Addie Herder

Feather (Black), 1971

collage construction

paper: 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches

frame: 14 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches

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Addie Herder  Cadeau, late 1960s-early 1970s Collage construction paper: 5 1/4 x 5 1/4

Addie Herder

Cadeau, late 1960s-early 1970s

collage construction

object: 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches

frame: 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches

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Addie Herder  Untitled, 1962 Collage construction paper: 8 1/2 x 10 inches

Addie Herder

Untitled, 1962

collage construction

object: 8 1/2 x 10 inches

frame: 11 3/8 x 13 1/4 inches

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Addie Herder  Homage a la Musee de L'Homme, 1967-69 collage construction paper: 9 1/2 x  6 1/4 inches

Addie Herder

Homage a la Musee de L'Homme, 1967-69

collage construction

paper: 9 1/2 x  6 1/4 inches

frame: 14 1/8 x 10 7/8 inches

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Addie Herder  Untitled, 1969 collage construction  5 x 6 inches

Addie Herder

Untitled, 1969

collage construction

object: 5 x 6 inches

frame: 9 7/8 x 10 3/4 inches

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Addie Herder  West of Palm Beach, 1987 Mixed-media construction object: 8 x 14 3/4 inches

Addie Herder

West of Palm Beach, 1987

mixed-media construction

object: 8 x 14 3/4 inches

frame: 18 x 24 5/8 x 2 3/4 inches

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Addie Herder  Green Diamond Warehouse, 1983 Collage construction 12 x 17 1/4 inches

Addie Herder

Green Diamond Warehouse, 1983

collage construction

object: 12 x 17 1/4 inches

frame: 20 x 24 7/8 x 3 1/2 inches

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Addie Herder  Gaslight Club Raised, 1981 Mixed-media construction object: 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches

Addie Herder

Gaslight Club Raised, 1981

mixed-media construction

object: 7 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches

frame: 14 5/16 x 16 5/8 x 3 1/2 inches

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Addie Herder  Arch with Washes, 1965 Collage construction paper: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Addie Herder

Arch with Washes, 1965

collage construction

paper: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

frame: 11 1/4 x 14 1/2 inches

Reserved 

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Addie Herder  Untitled, 1971-76 Collage construction 8 3/4 x 6 inches

Addie Herder

Untitled, 1971-76

collage construction

object: 8 3/4 x 6 inches

frame: 14 x 11 1/8 inches

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Addie Herder  Mechanized Troop, 1964 Collage construction paper: 11 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches

Addie Herder

Mechanized Troop, 1964

Collage construction

paper: 11 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches

frame: 19 1/8 x 12 1/8 inches

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Addie Herder  Mica Flower, 1960-65 Collage construction paper: 9 1/2  x 7 inches

Addie Herder

Mica Flower, 1960-65

collage construction

paper: 9 1/2  x 7 inches

frame: 15 3/4 x 12 5/8 inches

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Addie Herder  Trou, 1977 Collage construction 13 x 11 3/4 inches

Addie Herder

Trou, 1977

collage construction

object: 13 x 11 3/4 inches

frame: 22 x 20 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches

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Addie Herder  Ambiguous Directions, 1969 Collage construction 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches

Addie Herder

Ambiguous Directions, 1969

collage construction

object: 8 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches

frame: 12 3/4 x 10 3/4 inches

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Addie Herder  Window, 1978 Collage 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

Addie Herder

Window, 1978

collage

object: 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

frame: 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches

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Addie Herder  Untitled, 2001 Collage construction paper: 15 x 18 1/2 inches

Addie Herder

Untitled, 2001

collage construction

paper: 15 x 18 1/2 inches

frame: 16 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches

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