Sonja Sekula had a significant career for eighteen years and it ought to be difficult to call her a forgotten artist. She was prolific and in her short career her work appeared in 18 solo and 36 group exhibitions, with at least another 30 since her death, mainly in Switzerland. Unfortunately she suffered from mental illness and could not maintain a consistent momentum. Betty Parsons, the New York dealer who promoted her work from 1948, dropped her in 1960.
|Sonja Sekula in 1945|
In Paris, Sonja was dismissed as an American painter, while in America she was now seen as a European; she had become a victim of trans-Atlantic parochialism. Making money as an artist became impossible for her. She had a number of short-lived jobs: as an art teacher, in a bookshop, library etc.
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