Our cover this month, Planet by Helen Lundeberg, sold for $17,500 at Swann Auction Galleries Modern & Post-War Art sale on Dec. 3, 2020 in New York City. A Southern California painter, Lundeberg, together with her husband and fellow artist Lorser Feitelson, is credited with establishing the Post-Surrealist movement—the American response to European Surrealism. According to artist and writer Diane D. Moran, Lundeberg’s and Feitelson’s movement emphasized the rational mind as opposed to the “Europeans’ stress on hallucinations and the dream world.”
Early on in her career, Lundeberg focused on portraits of herself, her mother and her sister. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, she predominantly produced lithographs, easel paintings and murals for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. Shortly after, Lundeberg continued her shift away from Post-Surrealism, moving towards geometric abstraction. It was this period in her career, in the 1950s, that’s vastly considered her most prolific. As her style progressed and changed again in the 1960s and 1970s, abstraction remained central.
Lundeberg’s Planet is a fitting image for our cover this month, as the entire world continues to cope with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With the first rounds of a vaccine being administered last month in certain parts of the world, many are hopeful that we may begin to see some semblance of normal return in 2021. In the meantime, our January issue, with reports from our various committees, highlights the ways in which the virus has shaped and, in some cases, forever changed, our industry, as well as details on how estate-planning professionals have adapted their practices under the circumstances.