Grace Hartigan (1922 – ), Abstract Painter
Grace Hartigan, 2000
Courtesy, Susquehanna University
“Grazie Rosetti,” 1995
Courtesy, ACA Galleries
Internationally-renowned artist Grace Hartigan has been active in the visual arts since the 1950s as a painter and printmaker. Born in Newark and raised in Millburn, she signed her early work with the name George Hartigan in order to find gallery representation and avoid sexism, as few women artists were able to show their works in the 1950s. Hartigan worked in the Abstract Expressionist genre and has continued to work in a variety of styles, including Pop Art. She knew many influential contemporary writers, among them the poet Frank O’Hara, who dedicated several poems to her. She currently teaches at the Maryland Institute, College of Art.