Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntinton, NY



Esphyr Slobodkina, Circuit in Pink (Hytron Abstraction), 1950
Acrylic on paper, 13 x 11 inches
Collection Heckscher Museum of Art

January 10, 2009 – March 22, 2009

To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of her birth, a mini-retrospective of this Russian-American artist will include works from the Heckscher Museum’s extensive Slobodkina holdings, supplemented with works from the collection of the Slobodkina Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the National Museum of American Art. Although Slobodkina’s earliest paintings are impressionistic, under the influence of cubism she began working in an abstracted style and her most important work is non-objective.  A founding member of the American Abstract Artists group in 1936, Slobodkina executed works in all media, and is widely known as the author/illustrator of the children’s book Caps for Sale. Paintings, sculpture, and works on paper will be included in this installation, the first venue of the larger traveling exhibition organized by the Slobodkina Foundation.