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Fritz Bultman - Robert Motherwell

A remarkable tribute to Robert Motherwell and his contemporaries at the New York School has been launched at Hunter College N.Y.C. Fritz Bultman, Motherwell's close friend and best man at his wedding is a feature of the exhibition. Motherwell said of Bultman in 1987 "...I am still convinced that he (Bultman) is one of the most splendid, radiant and inspired painters of my generation and of them all, the one drastically and shockingly underrated." 

Bultman is represented in the MOMA, the Met, the Whitney and recently two Triptychs were chosen by One World Trade Center to hang in it's North Lobby. 

- Asher Edelman 

The Fritz Bultman Estate is represented by Edelman Arts Inc. For Further information contact: 

Tristan Bultman

212-472-7770

tbultman@edelmanarts.com

 

                      Trembling Prairie III  , 1959,   Oil on Canvas,   16 x 24 in

                      Trembling Prairie III, 1959, Oil on Canvas, 16 x 24 in

THE BERTHA AND KARL LEUBSDORF ART GALLERY

(Entrance on 68th St. between Park and Lexington Ave.)

February 12-May 2, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 14, 5-7pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-6pm
 
THE EXHIBITION
Robert Motherwell recounts that in 1951, Edna Wells Luetz, the newly appointed Chair of Hunter's Department of Art, reached out to the Museum of Modern Art's founding curator, Alfred Barr, in search of "a modern artist, and one who is articulate." This marked the beginning of Hunter College's commitment to artists as teachers, and to hiring artists fully engaged in the questions of the art of their time.  Barr recommended Motherwell, and at Motherwell's urging, Luetz would bring to Hunter a number of artists associated with the New York School. The artists included in this exhibition are William Baziotes, Fritz Bultman, Richard Lippold, Ray Parker, and George Sugarman. This remarkable cohort defined the fundamental aesthetic and professional ambitions of Hunter's art department, and affirmed its commitment to creative practice. 
 
In addition to a selection of works by Motherwell and the artists he brought to Hunter College, the exhibition will offer a collection of archival materials to make the case for the aesthetic and intellectual remaking of Hunter's Art Department.  His syllabi and lecture notes and those of others, particularly Baziotes, whom Luetz hired on Motherwell's recommendation in 1952, document a new thrust in teaching, one that situated the problems of the modern artist at the center of a young artist's education. Among other archival materials the exhibition will include is an unpublished statement Motherwell drafted in the mid-1950s, entitled "The Aim of the Art Department at Hunter College." 
 
This unique exhibition documents Motherwell's role in permanently transforming Hunter's Department of Art and Art History through the dedicated modern painters and sculptors he brought to the faculty. Through the works of Motherwell and his colleagues, as well as the archival materials assembled here, the exhibition makes clear how intricately woven the history of Hunter's art department is through the story of modern art in New York.
 
This exhibition is organized by Howard Singerman, Phyllis and Joseph Caroff Chair, Department of Art and Art History, Hunter College with Sarah Watson, Acting Director and Curator, Hunter College Art Galleries and Annie Wischmeyer, Assistant Curator, and will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Howard Singerman. Additional curatorial assistance has been provided by Jocelyn Spaar, Assistant to the Director, and Irini Zervas, Graduate Fellow. 
 
Robert Motherwell and the New York School at Hunter is made possible with the generous support of the Dedalus Foundation.

Fritz Bultman Retrospective at the Louisiana Arts & Sciences Museum

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.

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VIDEO: Artinfo Covers Fritz Bultman Exhibition

Fritz Bultman’s wide range of works from his four-decade career are rediscovered in “The Missing Irasible” at Edelman Arts. Most of these large-scale oil painting and paper collages have not been exhibited for several years. BLOUIN ARTINFO spoke with curator Asher Edelman and author Charles Riley to discover more about Bultman's artworks and the life of the elusive artist. (via Artinfo)

 


Edelman Arts to Represent the Estate of Fritz Bultman

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Edelman Arts is pleased to announce that the Gallery will be the exclusive New York representative for the estate of the major American Abstract Expressionist painter, sculptor, and collagist Fritz Bultman.

One of the epoch-defining artists in the group known as The Irascibles, Fritz Bultman's place in art history was secured by 1950 thanks to a series of one-man exhibitions at some of the most prominent Manhattan and Provincetown galleries, as well as his inclusion in the blockbuster "Black or White" group show at the Samuel Kootz Gallery.

For four decades Bultman has been renowned for his meticulously organized abstract compositions, subtly challenging sculpture, and breakthrough expansion of the scale of collage. From the 1940s through the 1950s, Bultman's powerful deployments of oil on canvas were admired by friends and rivals including Franz Kline, Hans Hofmann (his teacher), Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning. Hofmann wrote, "I consider him the most brilliant of all the many students I have had... He must be considered today the most outstanding, the most sincere and the most disciplined young artist of the entire younger generation and this in the international sense." In 1962, Bultman began to work in collage, which would be his primary medium for the next two decades. His collages incorporated pre-painted paper in semi-figurative compositions, drawing upon years of psychotherapy to explore eroticism, symbolism, and myth.

A comprehensive solo exhibition of Fritz Bultman's work will be on view at Edelman Arts from April 3 to May 11 2013. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by cultural historian Charles A. Riley II, PhD.

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 "Abstraction: What Is Real" (March 2012), and in the Winter Group Show (December 2012). A monumental triptych by Fritz Bultman will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition "AB-EX RE-CON" at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, NY from March 9-June 16, 2013.