Helen Wurdemann, Los Angeles Art Gallery Owner

Oral history interview with Stanton Macdonald-Wright, 1964 Apr. 13-Sept. 16

BH: Did you have anything to do with the Art Association Annual Shows here, were you active in those?

SM: The Los Angeles Art Association?

BH: Yes.

SM: No. That was run by a woman by the name of Wurdemann . . . .

BH: Helen Wurdemann is still there.

SM: Under the advice of Feitelson. I never had anything to do with it.

BH: Well, I just wondered if you had exhibited work by many of the people from the Project during 1940’s and ’50’s.

SM: I don’t think so. I was a member of the thing for some time but I was a member of a lot of things, most of which I never went to.

BH: If you went to all of them you wouldn’t have time to paint.

SM: I think that in the course of the years that they have exhibited, my pictures, some pictures, in that place. I know that Miss Wurdemann owns one or more pictures because I remember distinctly her coming down here once and buying one. But outside of that I know nothing about it.

BH: She told me she had two or three of your pictures that she’s very fond of. She’s very proud of the fact that she has them.

SM: She was at that opening the other night in La Cienega Blvd., I think.

BH: Yes. She said she closed her gallery early to go over to it . . . asked if I’d been there. And of course we had. And she was telling me something about, and asked if you remembered the times that you had luncheon at sidewalk tables near the old Stendahl Galleries which are now I believe where Town House is on Wilshire Boulevard …

SM: Yes, right opposite the Town House. Yes I remember it very well.


lorser feitelson and the invention of hard edge painting 1945-1965


Lithograph, Reading, is included in the New York World’s Fair. Begins directing exhibitions
with Helen Wurdemann at the Los Angeles Art Association. Lithograph, Post-Surrealist Configuration:
Biological Symphony is exhibited at the Whitney Annual, New York.

lorser feitelson selected bibliography

Wurdemann, Helen. “Variety in the Los Angeles Area.” Art in America, Fall 1959, p. 129. Review.

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