Anne Cohen DePietro
Director, American Paintings212-427-4141, ext 281
Anne Cohen DePietro comes to Doyle New York with an extensive background in the museum field. A native New Yorker, she studied art history and fine arts at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. The recipient of a Masters degree in art history and museology from the George Washington University, Ms. DePietro completed an extensive study of American costume and portraiture of the mid-eighteenth through mid-nineteenth centuries. A specialist in American art, with a strong interest in American Modernism, Ms. DePietro spent three years as research historian at the Catalog of American Portraits, National Portrait Gallery.
She served for many years as chief curator of the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, Long Island, and director of its Newsday Center for Dove/Torr Studies, a program devoted to the life and work of Arthur Dove and Helen Torr. With important acquisitions of work by Worthington Whittredge, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Anshutz, J. Alden Weir, Thomas Dewing, Paul Manship, Florine Stettheimer, Georgia OKeeffe, Esphyr Slobodkina, Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, the permanent collection nearly quadrupled in her years at the Museum, with acquisitions valued at more than $9,000,000. She organized numerous landmark exhibitions at the Heckscher including The Paintings of Eduard Steichen, and Arthur Dove and Helen Torr: The Huntington Years. Important archival acquisitions during her tenure include the personal art library, paints, and painting materials of Arthur Dove; an important body of work on paper by Helen Torr, and the extensive autobiographical archives of Esphyr Slobodkina, a founding member of American Abstract Artists. She has written and spoken extensively about American Modernism.
As director of the Newsday Center for Dove/Torr Studies, she spearheaded research, documentation, and fundraising efforts for the Dove/Torr Cottage since its acquisition, raising more than $100,000 from private foundations and public agencies. She remains a member of its advisory panel and also serves on the board of the Slobodkina Foundation in Glen Head, New York.
Most recently, Ms. DePietro served as director at Spanierman Gallery, LLC at East Hampton, where she focused on the art and artists of Long Island.