Assembling this collection of biographies has been one of the most rewarding–and yet frustrating–experiences in my professional career. It has taken me down a rabbit hole into serious genealogical research and allowed me to meet many wonderful people who made this biographical supplement possible.
First and foremost, I must thank the Society for the Preservation of American Modernists (SPAM) for supporting this project with a Publication Grant. The funds from SPAM offset the cost of image fees and developing this site.
This site was built using Quire, a static site generator developed by Getty Publications. Greg Albers at the Getty has been enormously helpful in granting me Beta access and troubleshooting any problems.
Several art dealers and galleries supported this project by sharing material over the years and, more importantly, providing fee-free images for publication. Foremost among them are Susan and Bill Teller of Susan Teller Gallery; Dan Lienau and Gala Chamberlain of the Annex Galleries; and Margo Dolan, Ron Rumford, and Jon Eckel of Dolan/Maxwell. This website would not be possible without their help.
Atelier 17 artists and their families and friends were incredibly enthusiastic about this project and generous with their time. Their memories enlivened my understanding of the workshop and their time there. Foremost among them are Désirée Lévy-Hayter, widow of Stanley William Hayter, and Carla Esposito, widow of Julian Hayter (the son of Stanley William Hayter and Helen Phillips). Both have written extensively about Hayter and Atelier 17 and were always quick to answer any questions. In alphabetical order by Atelier 17 artist, I must also thank: Lily Ascher’s daughter, Esha Neogy; Dina Kevles Gustin Baker; Carla Becker, daughter of Fred Becker and Jean Morrison Becker; Lois Borgenicht, Berta Kerr, and Jan Schwartz, daughters of Grace Borgenicht Brandt; Cynthia Bell and Ron Wenner of the Cynthia Brants Trust; Sari Broner, daughter of Robert Broner; John Small, son of Sylvia Carewe; Bernard Childs’s widow, Judith Childs; Hariana and Robin Chilstrom, nieces of Hazel Chilstrom; Minna Citron’s granddaughter Christiane H. Citron, and Minna’s mentees, Donna Marxer and Linda Stein; Ellen Abbey Countey’s daughter, Thomasin Countey; Constance DuHamel, friend of Worden Day and executor of her estate; Barbara Pollitt and Rip Hayman of the Sari Dienes Foundation; Patricia Collier, niece of Virginia Dudley; Christine Engler’s daughter, Mathea Rubin; Diana Fourpome, granddaughter of Teresa d’Amico Fourpome; Sue Fuller’s friend Janet Ruttenberg and her son Eric Ruttenberg; Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, niece of Lily Garafulic; Murray Zimiles, nephew of Jan Gelb; Dorothy Gillespie’s son Gary Israel; Terry Haass’s brother and sister-in-law, Ferdinand and Emily Scharf; Lois Hall DeLuca; Leo Katz’s granddaughter Lisa Katz Wadge; Kett (Margaret Jean Kettunen Zegart); Ruth Leaf, her daughter Karen Casino, and her granddaughter Mia Casino; Alice Trumbull Mason’s daughter, Emily Mason, and Emily’s studio assistants, Stephen Rose and Marela Zacarias; Margret Mills-Thysen, daughter of Agnes Karlin Mills; Henrietta Mueller’s son Christopher Mueller; Louise Nevelson’s granddaughter Maria Nevelson; Harriet Berger Nurkse’s son Dennis Nurkse; George Ortman; Kathy Perutz, daughter of Dolly Perutz; Kate Noonan, Director of the Rachel Rosenthal Company; Judith Brodsky, Miriam Schapiro’s friend and executor; David Seidler and Susan Stedman, who manages the estate of Doris Seidler; Anne Wienholt and her daughters Hanna Takashige, Janeko Bower, and Sara Bettini; Mary Ann Ephgrave, the executor of Catherine Yarrow’s estate; and Doris Yokelson.
Finally, to my family, thank you for supporting me and this labor of love. Particularly, my father Alan Weyl deserves a huge shout out for his diligent and thorough genealogical research on some of the “tough nuts”—the artists for whom we simply know nothing besides what public records tell us. My husband Richard Lichtenstein’s background in computer science also offered invaluable guidance in launching this website. While others would have questioned the need for such a resource, my family has understood the value of this project and the purpose it will serve for later generations of researchers.