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 Sue Fuller  (1914 - 2006)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: string composition, collage, etching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Constructivist and printmaker Sue Fuller was born in 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, gaining her B.A. Degree in 1936 from Carnegie Institute of Technology. She studied printmaking for a year at Columbia University's Teachers College in 1939. Perhaps of even greater importance in forming her artistic character was her exposure to two leading abstractionists, one essentially an expressionist (Hans Hofmann), the other the producer of the geometric "Homage to the Square" series, Josef Albers. Fuller studied with Hofmann at the Thurn School of Art during the summer of her sophomore year at Carnegie Tech; later with Albers in 1944 at a Bauhaus class in the U.S.

Stanley William Hayter, an important figure in the world of etching in the 1940s, also provided Fuller a major artistic experience. She served as his assistant at Atelier 17 in New York City during the latter War years, 1943-1945, where she printed the work of such artists as Andre Masson, Marc Chagall and Hayter himself.

String was Fuller's medium of choice, whether used in three-dimensional constructions or titled with numbers and embedded in plastic (which process she began to do--and patented--in the 1960s). She also felt studied glassmaking, calligraphy and lace-making.

She taught for periods of a year or two from the 1940s through the 1960s at major institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Teachers College, Columbia University and Pratt Institute, all in New York City, and the Universities of Georgia and Minnesota.

Fuller received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Tiffany Foundations and a grant from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

She exhibited her work at the major New York City Museums--Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum--as well as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and internationally at the First Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil and London's Tate Gallery. She also was shown in Manhattan by the Bertha Schaefer Gallery for many years, including her first exhibition there in 1949.

From John and Nancy Heller, North American Women Artists of the 20th Century


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