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Mary Hackett

Mary Hackett, "View Down Nickerson Street of Hans Hofmann Emptying His Trash," 1946


Untitled (Living Room), 1942

An Appreciation

by Josephine Del Deo

To engage Mary Hackett in conversation was analagous to encountering one of her paintings. In both instances, she established the priorities of her recondite landscape without hesitation, choosing the subject matter and the manner of its development from the limitless resources of her idiosyncratic nature. Some random moments with Mary, here variously recalled, include: a serious discussion on the benefits of key-lime pie in an outdoor restaurant in Key West; her views about the advantages of unremarkable hotel accommodations; an ironic spin on the society of the Ormond Beach Hotel in which she found herself a frequent winter resident; and sanguine prognostications concerting Provincetown usually delivered from an immersed position in the cooling water of Provincetown Harbor. Such recollections reaffirm my long-held opinion that between Mary Hackett's art and herself there was no interface. The two were one.

© Josephine C. Del Deo

from catalog for Mary Hackett Exhibition - Curated by Keith Althaus, at Fine Art Work Center, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, June 27-July 17, 2001




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