• Florine Stettheimer, Portrait of Myself, 1923, oil on canvas mounted on composition board, 40 × 26".

    Florine Stettheimer

    Lenbachhaus Munich
    Luisenstraße 33
    September 27, 2014–January 4, 2015

    Curated by Matthias Mühling and Karin Althaus

    An original member of the Société Anonyme Inc. and the hostess of an illustrious salon, Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944) helped form New York’s infrastructure for modern art. Her own work, however, proved anything but readily assimilable—not that she showed much desire to integrate. Stettheimer rejected Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery, preferring instead her own highly stylized studio, where she would host her friends—a circle that included the likes of Marcel Duchamp. Rendered in a flamboyant faux-naïf style suffused with elements of decor and glitter, her diaristic works on canvas are only one aspect of a highly context-aware painting practice that spilled into interior and set design as well as poetry. Now curators Mühling and Althaus, advised by a stage designer, aim to reconstruct the scope of Stettheimer’s oeuvre by presenting this rich selection of works and ephemera, along with an intervention by artist Nick Mauss. The comprehensive catalogue features contributions by Jutta Koether, Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, Elisabeth Sussman, and others.