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A Conversation with Joan Marter on the Life and Art of Dorothy Dehner

Wednesday, February 23, 2022



On the evening of February 23, 2022, Dr. Joan Marter shared much of her dedicated and comprehensive knowledge about American artist Dorothy Dehner with guests at Rosenberg & Co. In a manner of conversation rather than presentation, Marter considered the works by Dehner in the gallery, placing them within the context of Dehner's life and oeuvre. She explored the artist's influences, inspirations, and motivations, including Dehner's lost wax process for bronze sculpture, her close relationship with fellow artist Louise Nevelson, and the way her drawing and sculpting practices informed one another.


Held on the occasion of the exhibition Ann Christopher | Dorothy Dehner (January 3–March 26, 2022).

Joan Marter is an American art critic, author, and the president of the Dorothy Dehner Foundation. A distinguished professor emerita of contemporary painting and sculpture at Rutgers University, Dr. Marter is prolific art historian and contributor to the scholarship of women in the arts. She has written and edited numerous books and catalogues, including the five-volume Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, as well as the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Women of Abstract Expressionism, held at the Denver Art Museum in 2016. She is the current editor-in-chief of the Women's Art Journal