visual knowledge of football comes largely from sports page photographs. She
has noticed, as have football fans, that the published pictures are usually
classic compositions of powerful combat action. Her response to football's
motion and strife is seen in this painting, a large oil done in 1952 and
exhibited at the time in the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York.
Hedda Sterne has
dared to catch one of the humorous sides of the game: football is a traffic
jam. This amusing and telling view comes out in her painting in several ways.
You can hear the officer's whistle; you can sympathize with the poor
hit-and-run victim; you may decide for yourself whether the lights are red,
green or yellow.
Miss Sterne has
often been incorrectly classified with the fashionable New York abstract
expressionist school of painting. But her own individualism leads her to deny
membership in any school. She is Mrs. Saul Steinberg and she lives in a New
York home memorably embellished by her husband, whose incomparable line
drawings are the joy and sometimes also the despair of the art world.