Sari Dienes

Orange and blue colored rubbing of a manhole cover.

Sari Dienes (1898-1992), "Street Mix," about 1953, ink rubbing on canvas. Copyright Sari Dienes Foundation / Licensed by Artists Rights Society, New York, NY, Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Fine Art, NY

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Wed - Fri - Sat - Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thu: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Sari Dienes's (b. 1898 Debeczen, Austria-Hungary; d. 1992 Stony Point, NY) 
career spanned six decades; besides being a pioneer in the art of assemblage, she also created drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, textile designs, music, and performance art. This exhibition will highlight her iconic large-scale Sidewalk Rubbings series (1953–55), which are bold, graphic, geometrical compositions, combining rubbings of maintenance hole covers, subway gratings, and other elements of the urban streetscape. In fact, Dienes's appropriation of the environment signaled a move away from the gestural mark-making of Abstract Expressionism that was de rigueur in the art world at the time. To be sure, Dienes was a key historical figure in the transition to Pop art. Notably, she exerted significant influence on Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns and has left a legacy in contemporary art today.

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