Heckscher Museum of Art Acquires New Work From 2 Notable Artists

It's always good news when additional art finds its way into our community!

The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington recently announced that they are acquiring new artwork from two leading women artists: Stella Waitzkin and Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso.

“These acquisitions strengthen the Museum’s collection," states Heckscher Museum Curator, Karli Wurzelbacher, "and affirm our commitment to giving a voice to diverse audiences.”


Stella Waitzken

Stella Waitzkin (1920−2003) began creating art in the 1950s while living in Great Neck, Long Island. She began as abstract expressionist painter, but is best known for her sculptures and installations. Waitzkin cast old, leather-bound volumes in resin as single objects that became elements of larger installations, including freestanding shelves, small bookcases, or entire library walls. These pieces of art made her one of only a few female “environment” builders. Waitzkin’s constructions are composed almost entirely of books or other cast objects such as clocks, birds, fruit, or human faces. Waitzkin received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 1995. The Heckscher Museum will acquire 16 pieces from her Estate.

In addition to the Heckscher Museum, Waitzkin's work can also be found in the permanent collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, as well as the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the University at Albany.

A significant collection of her works was also obtained by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center - including three sculptural walls based on Waitzkin's Hotel Chelsea living room.


Gabriela Gonzalez Dollosso

Gabriela Gonzalez Dollosso is a contemporary figure painter with deep art historical knowledge. The Museum acquired five of the works in her series “Homage Odes. ” The artworks take the form of illuminated manuscripts inspired by historical female artists. A number of “Homage Odes” were part Dellosso’s solo exhibition at the Museum in 2019, A Brush with Herstory, where Dellosso paid tribute to great female painters from the Renaissance through the modern era. Dellosso often melds her own image to that of artists from the past, creating self-portraits conveying the inspiring stories of historical women. “These works allow us to insert these important historical women artists into the narrative that we are already able to tell with the permanent collection,” noted Wurzelbacher.

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Featured Image: Waitzkin, Untitled, n.d., Polyester resin and mixed media, 18 x 19 ¼ x 2 ½ inches



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