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Helen Gerardia (1903-1988)

Flight (Late 20th century)

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Price Realized: $375
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Lithograph
21.75″ x 29.75″
Signed lower right, Edition 43/50

This item was donated by Darlene Orlov.

This item ships from NY 11201

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About The Work

Helen Gerardia was a Russian American artist who studied under Hans Hoffman, featured in the Smithsonian and other American museums. Flight uses non-objective representations of abstract expressionism from Hoffman’s influence, but with a geometric approach and a title that suggests movement. In comparison to Gerardia’s other works, Flight is a simple and strong composition. Some viewers may be reminded of the studies Carmen Herrera created before her larger scale paintings.

The shapes call to mind a folded airplane, inviting viewers to imagine the shapes just floating off the page and flying away. As Flight is a lithograph, it does not share the enormity and traditional movement of paint often seen in abstract expressionist works. However, the striking contrast of colors highlight the drama of traditional abstract expressionist movement. The strength in Gerardia’s Flight challenges viewers’ traditional notions of abstract expressionist work and blurs the lines of abstraction and minimalism.

~ Evie Adsetts, Student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Master of Arts in Art Market Studies.

Helen Gerardia

, 1903-1988

An early Russian / American Modernist artist and painter, Helen Gerardia was born in Ekaterinislav (Russia) in 1903 and died in New York City in 1988. Gerardia studied at the Brooklyn Museum school and at the Art Students League of New York.
Helen Gerardia is one of the important and influential early American Constructionist / Modernist artists. From 1967-1969 Helen Gerardia was president of the American Society of Contemporary Artists. Various exhibitions in the Bodley Gallery (NY) between 1957 and 1972.
Helen Gerardia’s work is on display in many Museums among which the Miami Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, NY), the Whitney Museum of Art (Illinois). Some of her work is part of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

Helen Gerardia

1903-1988

An early Russian / American Modernist artist and painter, Helen Gerardia was born in Ekaterinislav (Russia) in 1903 and died in New York City in 1988. Gerardia studied at the Brooklyn Museum school and at the Art Students League of New York.
Helen Gerardia is one of the important and influential early American Constructionist / Modernist artists. From 1967-1969 Helen Gerardia was president of the American Society of Contemporary Artists. Various exhibitions in the Bodley Gallery (NY) between 1957 and 1972.
Helen Gerardia’s work is on display in many Museums among which the Miami Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, NY), the Whitney Museum of Art (Illinois). Some of her work is part of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

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