The Love and Art of Irene and Peter Stern

The artists Irene Monat Stern (1932–2010) and Jan Peter Stern (1926–2004) were a married couple whose works express their love, optimism, and joy of life. In the joint exhibition Irene Monat Stern and Jan Peter Stern: Lyrical Modernism, on view through May 21 at Hollis Taggart Gallery’s 521 West 26th Street space in Manhattan, Irene’s abstract paintings are reflected in the surfaces of Peter’s polished steel sculptures. The Sterns’ shared creativity and mutual devotion reflect a period of light and joy that came after considerable darkness in their early lives, especially Irene’s. She was a child survivor of the Holocaust.

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