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Grace Hartigan

American, 1922-2008


Curating Works


Grace Hartigan was born in Newark, NJ in 1922 and began her career in 1942 as a draftsperson while studying art with painter Isaac Lane Muse. After moving to New York City in 1946, she became friends with artists Milton Avery, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Larry Rivers among many others associated with the New York School. Her painting career was launched by her inclusion in the infamous “New Talent” exhibition at Kootz Gallery, curated by the influential art historians Clement Greenberg and Meyer Shapiro. The following year she was selected for the seminal “9th Street Show,” along with Pollock, Kline, de Kooning, and others. She was included in MoMA’s pivotal exhibition “Twelve Americans” in 1956. In 1960 Hartigan moved to Baltimore and in 1967 became the director at the Graduate School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work is in the permanent collection of Whitney, Metropolitan, MoMA, Guggenheim, Carnegie Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and Philadelphia Museum of Art.