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Hedy Klineman
1970's Abstract Colorful Vibrant Nude Oil Painting Vintage Pop Art




Hedy Klineman (American) is a painter living in New York City. Born in Hamburg, Germany, and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Hedy Klineman graduated from Cooper Union. Her works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York; the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH; and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami; among others. Solo exhibitions of her work have been on view at Bridgewater Lustberg Gallery and Benrimon Contemporary in New York; Dorothy Blau, Bal Harbour, FL; and Vered Modern, East Hampton, NY; and at various international institutions. Her paintings can be found in the private collections of Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Patrick McMullan, Sherry and Joel Mallin, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and others. She has been painting for over 40 years and is known for portraits of New York celebrities and colorful works based on Asian Buddhas and deities created with silkscreen on canvas done in a manner influenced by her friend Andy Warhol. Her paintings have been shown at The Tibet House Museum, Patterson Museum of Contemporary Art and The New England Museum of Contemporary Art. Hedy Klineman grew up in Williamsburg Brooklyn. After attending F.I.T and Pratt Institute, she graduated from Cooper Union in 1962 where she came under the influence of the Abstract Expressionists such as Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. After working in fashion for Charles Jourdan shoes and creating their American division, she focused on painting in the 1970s. During the 1970s, Hedy Klineman painted brushy abstractions and splashy Color Field drip paintings influenced by Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler and Larry Poons. Klineman developed, in the early 1980s, a very personal style of portraiture called “Fashion Portraits.” She became known as a chronicler of the downtown art scene and of uptown socialite personalities, using an unusual collage-assemblage technique. Sitters were asked to contribute pieces of clothing that represented them. Then Klineman would adhere the clothing to the canvas along with painted elements and objects to create a mixed media portrait. Andy Warhol donated a pair of glasses, Henry Geldzahler gave her a hat and Julian Schnabel gave her the clothes he painted in. Keith Haring, Mary McFadden, Bret Easton Ellis, Larry Rivers, Betsey Johnson and Jane Holzer all donated items that were used in their portraits. These were shown at Harm Bouckaert Gallery in 1984 and Sensory Evolution Gallery in 1986. During this period, she also painted day glow nudes and figures. Latter in the 1980s as the Cold War ended, she turned to political content using silkscreened newspaper images of current events. These were shown at Empire Gallery in Soho in 1991 along with some of the first Buddhas. In the 1990s Klineman embarked on a spiritual journey studying meditation and yoga. She then began using deities from India, China and Indonesia. Using multiple silkscreens, Klineman overlapped Hindu and Buddhist imagery over textured backgrounds that sometimes included gold leaf. A major show of this work was held at Bridgewater Lustberg Gallery in 1996. Through the 2000s Klineman focused on the Buddha as subject matter and produced series of large multi paneled silkscreen paintings where the Buddha is repeated in bright Pop colors called “Buddha’s in the Garden.” Concurrently she continued to make hand painted Buddha’s, still lives, landscapes and abstracts. Recently Klineman has continued portrait painting with a series called “African American Portraits” depicting prominent African Americans using African masks in silkscreen collage. Some of her subjects are Russell Simmons, Mary Schmidt Campbell and Jessye Norman. Paintings from this series were exhibited at Benrimon Contemporary in 2012. Since then, Klineman has been commissioned to create portraits for some of the most eminent members of the African-American cultural community, including Danny Simmons, dance choreographer Bill T. Jones, and actor Malik Yoba. Her choice of masks reflects a sensitivity to the cultural significance of these objects and their innate beauty. Ancestry is reawakened through the masquerade of photographic superimposition. The earlier sister series, “Ancestral Spirits,” is a celebration of indigenous sculpture in the tradition of modern art's fascination with these objects. If these paintings are in the mode of Pop icons, Hedy Klineman's spiritual counter-narrative for the process is entirely her own. Employing an understanding of essence influenced by Eastern philosophy, Klineman's silkscreened paintings hold the presence of their subjects within. Coupled with colorful grounds that relate to Klineman's history as an abstract painter, Ancestral Spirits, African-American Portraits is a celebration of ancestry and community. In 2013, Tibet House Museum presented "Buddhas in the Garden," an exhibit of Klineman's work from the previous 10 years. Museum Collections The Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Patterson Museum of Contemporary Art, Patterson, NJ New England Museum of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, CT The Foundation for God Realization, Ashland, OR Sun Bank, Fort Lauderdale, FL EIS, Stamford, CT The Rubin Museum, NY


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    Hedy Klineman (1940)
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    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
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  • Condition
    minor wear.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
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    1stDibs: LU3823725922

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