Sylvia Wald (New York, 1915 – 2011)
Untitled (figure), 1943
Serigraph on paper
Signed to lower right margin and in plate to lower right
Sylvia Wald, known for her abstract paintings and constructivist sculptures, had a successful and prolific career during her lifetime. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvanian in 1915, she studied at the Moore Institute of Art, but left before graduating to hitchhike to New York City. There, after wining a national competition, she had her first one woman show at the ACA Gallery in 1939, leading to many prestigious exhibition opportunities. During WWII Wald lived in Louisville, Kentucky while her husband worked as a physician in the army hospital there, and learned the silkscreening process by studying the work of Harry Gottlieb. After the unexpected death of her husband in 1963, Wald began to travel through Europe, eventually remarrying and traveling the world, including throughout Asia. As a result her work evolved, and her sculptural constructions grew larger, and lighter. Wald’s work resides in the permanent collections of many major institutions including: the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum in New York; the National Gallery in Washington, DC; Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
- tear and crease with cracking diagonally across center of print; toning to print and mat; light scattered accretion; nicks and scratches to frame.
- measures frame; visible image measures 12" W x 15.5" H.