Stella Waitzkin

Black and white photo of Stella Waitzkin for bio page


Stella Waitzkin was born in 1920 in New York City. Waitzkin began her artistic career in the 1950s after marrying Abe Waitzkin and having two sons. She started by studying painting with Hans Hofmann and life drawing with Williem de Kooning in New York City. In 1959, Waitzkin rejected the conventionality of her married life, filed for a divorce, and relocated permanently to New York City. By the 1960s and early 1970s, Waitzkin was fully in the abstract expressionist movement and expanded beyond painting and started working in sculpture. While her early sculptures were made of glass, she soon settled into the medium of polyester resin. Beginning in the 1970s, Waitzkin’s subject matter turned fully towards books. She made most pieces and collections of pieces entirely out of resin but occasionally included a real book. With this shift to focus on books, Waitzkin was part of a movement that treated modern books as works of art, much like ancient scrolls or illuminated manuscripts. To help detract from the fact that text in a book can often be misleading, Waitzkin often made the text disorienting or unreadable to emphasize the book as a form. Waitzkin’s art was exhibited across the United States and Europe and she also received many achievements for her work. Stella Waitzkin died in 2003 at the age of 83.

More about Stella Waizkin:

Stella Waitzkin: Artist

Art Preserve: Stella Waitzkin

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Stella Waitzkin

Stella Waitzkin’s work was exhibited in:

Economy of Space
Book Arts under four inches

Book Arts in the USA
an exhibition of work by 51 artists; a cultural presentation of the United States of America

Well Read and in the Pink
Artists Color Saturated Books in Red + Pink

Book Artchitecture
an exhibition in which the structure of the book supports the metaphor of the content or is the content

Center for Book Arts: The First Decade
an exhibition at The New York Public Library

All Books None Paper
an exhibition of non-paper books from artists residing in New York, Illinois, California, Oregon and Germany.

Book Makers
Center for Book Arts first five years.

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