Octavia Art Gallery

Fritz Bultman ||| 100 Years

440 Julia St

April 6, 2019 - April 27, 2019

Fritz Bultman

Naples Yellow, 1961

oil on canvas

14h x 10w inches

 

Image courtesy of Octavia Art Gallery

Fritz Bultman

Untitled, 1939

gouache on paper

11h x 8.5w inches

 

Image courtesy of Octavia Art Gallery

Photo of Fritz Bultman courtesy of Octavia Art Gallery

 

Fritz Bultman

Maize Man with Brown, 1948

oil on canvas

41h x 30w inches

 

Image courtesy of Octavia Art Gallery

Press Release

On April 4, 2019, Abstract Expressionist artist Fritz Bultman would have made 100 years. Octavia Art Gallery is honored to present an exhibition in celebration of his life, work, and legacy.

Fritz Bultman (1919-1985) was an American Abstract expressionist painter, sculptor, and collagist and a member of the New York School of artists. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Germany to join the Bauhaus at the age of 16. There, he was acquainted with Maria Hofmann, the wife of Hans Hofmann, which initiated a move to New York to study under his guidance. Bultman set himself apart from other Abstract Expressionists with his meticulously organized abstract compositions, use of sculpture, and the adoption of collage as a core practice. In 1950, Fritz Bultman and 27 other distinguished artists signed a letter protesting the conservative nature of the work selected for a forthcoming national exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The signees of this historic letter were identified as, the “Irascibles,” resulting in the majority achieving international acclaim as Abstract Expressionist artists including Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko, among others. Throughout his life, Bultman received several awards including Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships and was a founding member of the Long Point Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R.  Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, NY; 1 World Trade Center, NY, as well as several other major American museums and corporations.

 

Please join us in celebration of the historic Abstract Expressionist artist, Fritz Bultman’s, 100th Birthday.

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