Giving Dorothy Dehner Her Due
by Lisa Bramen
One of the most acclaimed American sculptors of the 20th century, David Smith, made his home in Bolton Landing. His wife, Dorothy Dehner, was also an artist, but it wasn’t until she divorced him and moved to Manhattan that she emerged from his shadow and gained recognition as a sculptor.
An early and consistent supporter of Dehner’s work has been the Hyde Collection, in Glens Falls, which presented a solo exhibition of her art in 1967 and a major retrospective in 1993. Now through April 14, the Hyde is exhibiting Dehner’s works from the permanent collection, including prints, watercolors, drawings and a bronze sculpture. Dorothy Dehner at the Hyde is part of the organization’s celebration of 50 years as a museum.
To read more about Dehner’s art, her life in Bolton Landing and her tumultuous relationship with Smith, read the profile we ran in the April 2010 issue of Adirondack Life.