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Fritz Bultman Retrospective at the Louisiana Arts & Sciences Museum

Fritz Bultman, King Zulu, 1959, Oil on canvas (72 x 108 inches)

Edelman Arts is pleased to announce the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum in Baton Rouge has opened a comprehensive retrospective of the life and works of Fritz Bultman. Featuring 50 works, including a wide range of paintings, collages, and sculptures from throughout the artist's career, Fritz Bultman: An American Abstractionist  opened on October 19th and will run through January 5th, 2014.

From the museum's release: Fritz Bultman (1919-1985), an artist from Louisiana, took part in a seminal moment in American art. In the 1940s and '50s, Abstract Expressionism emerged, placing New York at the center of the global art world and catapulting the artistic careers of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and many others. Bultman worked alongside these famous peers, including Robert Motherwell, who cited Bultman as among the most talented of their generation. The LASM exhibition focuses on Bultman's life and his artistic influences, such as Hans Hofmann and Henri Matisse, during this exciting period in American history. It also takes a fresh look at his abstract paintings and vibrant collages, many of which have rarely been shown. 

Fritz Bultman taught in New York at the Pratt Institute from 1950 to 1959, and at Hunter College from 1960 to 1960. In 1964-1965, he traveled to Paris with a fellowship from Fulbright.  In 1968, he served as co-founder of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. In addition, Bultman received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Art Institute of Chicago.  

Bultman's work has been exhibited widely, including one-man retrospectives at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Georgia Museum of Art, and Hunter College in New York. His work has appeared in numerous public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Provincetown, MA)  and the New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA). Edelman Arts has exhibited work by Bultman in the past, in Fritz Bultman: The Missing Irascible (April 2013), Abstraction: What Is Real (March 2012), and in the Winter Group Show (December 2012).  A monumental triptych by Fritz Bultman was featured in the exhibition AB-EX RE-CON at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, NY from March 9-June 16, 2013.

The Fritz Bultman retrospective at LASM was recently featured in The Times-Picayune, and the museum hosted its 28th annual gala on Friday, October 18th, offering guests a first look at the exhibition. Entitled A Bold Expression, the theme of the gala was inspired by the work of Fritz Bultman. Fritz Bultman: An American Abstractionist is accompanied by a catalogue, which includes an essay by museum curator Elizabeth Chubbuck Weinstein, and provides an excellent overview of the exhibition for those who cannot travel to Louisiana. The catalogue can be viewed online by clicking the image below: