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The Art of JAMA
October 2, 2013

Dark Passage: Dorothy Dehner

JAMA. 2013;310(13):1324-1325. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5340

When the artist Dorothy Dehner (1901-1994) was interviewed at the age of 91, she was asked about how growing older had changed her. Her answer was definitive: “As when I was thirty or fourteen or six and a half. The persona, what you are doing and making, is constant, unless you’re making an effort to be somebody else.” This self-awareness was not a simple, retrospective thought, but one that was echoed by critics who always detected something more personal in her work despite its abstract style.

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