Dorothy Dehner, The City to the Bridge, 1970. Wood, 14.5 x 34 x 3 in.

Dorothy Dehner

Chicago

Valerie Carberry Gallery

Dorothy Dehner (1901–94) once said, “The minute I started doing sculpture, I felt it was something I had done all my life.” She waited 54 years to make her first sculpture and then worked in bronze, wood, and fabricated metal for almost 40 years. After a childhood in Cali­fornia, a brief career in theater and dance, and a year in Europe absorbing Modernist art, Dehner settled in New York City in 1926 and enrolled at the Art Students League, where she studied painting and drawing with the Constructivist Jan Matulka and met David Smith. After marrying in 1927, Dehner and Smith spent six months in Europe, including Greece, and the Soviet Union. On their return, they found a summer place in Bolton Landing, New York, and wintered in Brooklyn. …see the entire review in the print version of November’s Sculpture magazine.

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