Fritz Bultman: An American Abstractionist
October 19, 2013- January 5, 2014
Fritz Bultman (1919-1985), an artisit from Louisiana, took part in a seminal moment of American art. In the 1940s and '50s, the style of art known as Abstract Expressionism emerged, placing New York at the center of the global art world and catapulting the artistic careers of Willem de Kooning, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and others. Bultman worked alongside these famous peers, including Robert Motherwell who cited Bultman as among the most talented of their generation. This exhibition focuses upon Fritz Bultman's life and his artistic influences, such as Hans Hofman 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.
America in the 1940s was a time dominated by World War II. European artists and intellectuals fled to the United States from Hitler and the Holocaust, bringing new ideas created in disillusionment. As a direct result of this, the center of western art shifted from Paris to New York. To this day, New York is recognized as a major art center in the world.
This exhibition provides opportunities to enrich classroom curriculum, especially social studies, ELA, and literacy in history/ social studies as it introduces students to people, events, and symbols of our past.
Grade Level: K-12
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