Painter · Sculptor
Born December 11, 1903, New York, New York
Died June 21, 2000, New York, New York
Anita Weschler was a sculptor of representational and abstract pieces, working in a variety of media including cast stone, bronze, wood, durastone, aluminum, and plastic. An innovator in form and media, she begun constructing stone collages in the 1940s. She created plastic resins from commercially used materials as an art medium in 1955, first exhibiting this work at the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museums in New York. Her figurative pieces included commissioned portraits and groupings in her distinctive blocky style, conveying ideas and emotions by means of simple, angular planes and contrasting repeated forms. The Ecclesiastics Series included 14 pieces in different media, expressing universal needs common to all people. In the 1950s, she produced Translucencies, backlit paintings in shadow-box frames. Her series of 20th Century Hex Paintings were round brilliantly colored organic abstractions. A series of works on paper, called the Chevron drawings, consisted of colorful fantasies of floating forms. Later work includes constructions made of synthetic glazes on plywood panels.
In addition to her paintings and sculpture, Anita Weschler published a book of poetry, Nightshade, and contributed articles on sculpture to art magazines. She held over 40 solo shows, and participated in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is represented in many public collections in the United States, South America, Mexico, and France. Several of her pieces from the Ecclesiastics Series are in the collection of the James A. Michener Art Museum. They were put on display in the Michener Art Museum Permanent Collection in 2016.
Photo of Anita Weschler, Christmas card 1980, courtesy James A. Michener Art Museum library