Sharon Hecker

Sharon Hecker is an art historian and curator specializing in modern and contemporary Italian art. A leading expert on Medardo Rosso, she has authored over thirty publications on the artist, including A Moment’s Monument: Medardo Rosso and the International Origins of Modern Sculpture (Oakland: University of California Press, 2018), awarded the Millard Meiss Prize and recently published in Italian by Johan & Levi Editore. Hecker has curated numerous exhibitions, including Medardo Rosso: Second Impressions (Harvard University Art Museums, 2003), the retrospective Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form (Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Nov 11, 2016–May 13, 2017), and, with Julia Peyton-Jones, Medardo Rosso: Sight Unseen and His Encounters with London (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Nov 23, 2017–Feb 10, 2018). She has been awarded fellowships from the Getty, Fulbright, and Mellon Foundations. Hecker has also published numerous essays on twentieth-century Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Luciano Fabro, and Francesco Lo Savio. She co-edited, with Marin R. Sullivan, Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying ‘the Knot’ (New York, NY: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018). Her forthcoming books include Lead in Modern and Contemporary Art (co-edited with Silvia Bottinelli; NY: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020) and Finding Lost Wax: The Disappearance and Recovery of an Ancient Casting Technique and the Experiments of Medardo Rosso. She is currently curating an exhibition on Fontana’s ceramics that will open at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in 2022.