Stella Waitzkin's Chelsea Hotel ApartmentStella Waitzkin ( 1920 - 2003 )
About the Artist/Site
One of only a few female environment builders, Stella Waitzkin began her artistic career as a young abstract expressionist, then studied painting with Hans Hofmann and life drawing with Willem de Kooning. She also worked in other media — sculpture, performance art, and film. But she evolved to focus on a singular subject: the book.
Waitzkin cast old, leather-bound volumes as single objects and as elements of larger installations, including freestanding shelves, small bookcases, or entire library walls. These objects are magnificent pieces of art — colorful, translucent, and luminous.
Through the trustees of the Waitzkin Memorial Library Trust, Kohler Foundation acquired three "walls" to recreate Waitzkin's Chelsea Hotel living room where she worked and lived. After cleaning, documentation, and conservation treatment, the collection was installed to rave reviews in the Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds exhibit at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. More than 100 additional works were added in 2016 to better create the sense of Waitzkin's west wall in her Chelsea apartment.
Text: “Stella Waitzkin” Kohler Foundation: A History, edited by Terri Yoho, Kohler Foundation, Inc., 2018, pp. 325-331.
Map & Site Information
Sheboygan , WI, 53081 us
Relocated (incl. Museums)
Chelsea Hotel, 222 W. 23rd St., New York, NY
Sheboygan , WI, 53081, us
A large selection of Waitzkin's apartment installations will be on permanent display at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center's new facility the Art Preserve, opening in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 2020.
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