Valerie Hellstein

Valerie Hellstein (Ph.D., Stony Brook University) is the 2012-13 Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Hellstein is a scholar of twentieth-century American and European art, with a current focus on Abstract Expressionism. While at the Phillips, she is completing a book manuscript about Abstract Expressionism and The Club, investigating how the conversations related to metaphysics, psychology, and philosophy the artists and intellectuals held there embodied a radical critique of cold war politics and individuality. Dr. Hellstein is also teaching a course for GW graduate students and members of the public on twentieth-century abstract art and metaphysics, and will be holding a public lecture entitled "Painting the Spiritual" at The Phillips Collection on April 25, 2013.