Chronology

1905 Born in Russia as Lena Deitchman
1918 Fled Russia with family following the First World War
1919-1920 Traveled with family to Romania
1921-1922 Lived in Paris with family
1922-1923 Lived in Cuba with family
1923 Immigrated with mother and brothers to the United States
1926 Married Lazar Ente who she met while living in Cuba
1932 Daughter Paulette (Ente) Esrig is born
1940’s Introduced to modeling clay by visiting sister-in-law, Xenia Deitchman
1947 First public exhibition at the Sixth Annual Exhibition of the League of Present Day Artists (formerly known at the “Bombshell Group”) at New York City’s Riverside Museum
1950’s Solo show at Contemporary Art Gallery, New York UniversityGroup shows:
“Group Exhibition,” James Gallery, New York City
“Three New York Artists (Ahron Ben-Shmuel, Lily Ente and Anna Walinska),” Bodley Gallery, New York City
“New Sculpture Group Annual Exhibition,” Riverside Museum, New York City
“Seven Artists,” Artists Equity, Arthur Brown and Bros. Gallery, New York City
“New Sculpture Group,” Hansa Gallery, New York City
1960’s Solo shows:
East Hampton Gallery, New York
Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York CityGroup shows:
“New Sculpture Group: Guests and Members Fifth Exhibition,” Stable Gallery, New York City
“Aspects de la Sculpture Americaine,” Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris
“Sculpture New York Scene,” Riverside Museum, New York City
“New Sculpture Group,” Stable Gallery, New York City
1970’s Solo shows:
“Lily Ente Graphics,” Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
“Lily Ente—Works on Paper,” Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York University, New York City
“Woodcuts,” Lowenstien Center, Fordham University, New York City
“Graphics by Lily Ente,” International Center of New York, New York CityGroup shows:
“Louise Nevelson, Sari Dienes and Lily Ente,” Buecker and Harpsicord Gallery, New York City
“Space/Matter ’77,” Women’s Interart Center, New York City
“Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors,” Lever House, New York City
1980’s Group shows:
“Eight Artists,” Buecker and Harpsichord Gallery, New York City
“Group Sculpture Show,” Woodstock Artists Association, Woodstock, New York
“Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors,” Contemporary Arts Gallery, New York University, New York
1984 Died in New York City
1989 Lily Ente Studio opens and continues to hold numerous exhibits of her work
2001 Major retrospective of work at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum in Woodstock, New York
2002-Present Work appears in group shows at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
  • Mixed Gallery

    Young Lily Ente in Cuba Woody AKA Strange Music (Woody Guthrie), Lily Ente, cast stone Figure, Lily Ente, metal with nails, 24”x6”x4” The Poet, Lily Ente, plaster, 9”x4”x2” Untitled, Lily Ente, Charcoal Untitled 1, Lily Ente, Monoprint, paper, 36”x24”
  • Maintaining a legacy…

    Recently published Woodstock Times article by Paul Smart illuminates Lily Ente's complex history and includes new quotes by her daughter Paulette Esrig. “Art truly saved her life. She had had a horrific childhood. She had enormous drive.” To read full article click here