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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist's estate by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Baltimore, Loyola College Art Gallery, Rosemont, Lawrence Gallery, Grace Hartigan: AB-EX Pointillism, 1988 – 1993, October 26 – February 27, 1988

  • Catalogue Essay

    Grace Hartigan
    Born 1922, Newark, New Jersey
    Died 2008, Timonium, Maryland

    1942 Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey

    Selected museum exhibitions: Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York (2001); Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (1993); Baltimore Museum of Art (1980); Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (1967); University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1963); Documenta, Kassel (1959); Vassar College Art Gallery (1954)
    Selected honors: Governor’s Award, Maryland (2006); Life Time Achievement Award, Neuberger Museum (2002); Childe Hassam Purchase Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters (1974); Honorary Life Trustee, Baltimore Museum of Art (1957)
    Selected public collections: Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Brooklyn Museum; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center; Whitney Museum of American Art

    An artist with a protean approach to her work, Grace Hartigan began her mature work as an Abstract Expressionist, introduced figurative elements into her work in the mid-1950s, and moved between abstraction and figuration throughout the remainder of her long career. Women remained an important theme for her throughout her oeuvre, from Grand Street Brides (1954, Whitney Museum of American Art) and Marilyn (1962) to Theodora (1983, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1983). Mae West’s Bed (1990-91), with its palette of pink, yellow, orange, and black, marks her return to an Abstract Expressionist style, though one with references to the real world. Hartigan’s title suggests the humor and sexual liberation of the actress who once called her bedroom “the most famous in the world.”


Mae West’s Bed

signed and dated "Hartigan ’90-91" lower center
oil on linen
72 x 78 in. (182.9 x 198.1 cm.)
Painted 1990-1991.

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NOMEN: American Women Artists from 1945 to Today

New York Selling Exhibition 19 June - 3 August 2019