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Monolith

1965 Dorothy Dehner Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1901 Died: New York, New York 1994 pen and ink on paper sheet: 22 3/4 x 31 1/8 in. (57.8 x 79.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Given to the National Museum of American Art in recognition of the contributions of Adelyn Breeskin to the Washington Print Club, the National Museum of American Art, and the Washington Print Community 1986.44 Not currently on view


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Early in her career, while she was married to the sculptor David Smith, Dorothy Dehner made paintings, drawings, and prints. After their divorce in 1952, she too began to make sculpture, producing totemic constructions first in bronze and later in wood. The forms of Monolith invoke the solidity of the monumental sculpture, while the intricate cross-hatching that creates the forms reveals the refined drawing skills she developed before she became a sculptor.

Abstract Drawings, 2012

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About Dorothy Dehner

Born: Cleveland, Ohio 1901 Died: New York, New York 1994

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