“There is no mystical, hidden meaning in my work,” Santa Fe sculptor Gertrude Haas Friedman liked to say. The Skidmore ’42 alumna explained, “I let the material tell me what to do. I like that spontaneity.” After retiring from a thirty-year career in commercial art, Friedman came to consider herself “a professional, practicing artist,” opening her own pottery and sculpture studio in 1979. There Friedman experimented with ways of achieving such spontaneity, creating larger-than-life, bronze-cast sculptures. Grett H. Friedman exhibits three of these powerful sculptures on the Tang’s rooftop.
Under the professional name Grett Friedman, the artist has shown her work in numerous exhibitions and venues, including the Santa Fe Governor’s mansion, and group shows from Santa Fe and Taos to the Cleveland Museum of Art.