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Norman BLUHM
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Painter Norman Bluhm (1920-1999) moved to New York by way of Chicago and Paris during a pivotal time in art history, when New York was the center of the world for innovative artists. Bluhm moved to the city in 1956, where he quickly established a prosperous career. In 1957, just one year after settling in New York, Leo Castelli Gallery mounted his first solo exhibition, and in 1959, his work in collaboration with poet Frank O’Hara was selected for Documenta II. Bluhm made gestural strokes in bold colors, accented by drips in multiple layers. The artist’s physical agility is on display with brushstrokes that span an entire canvas, uninterrupted. Over the years, his style changed, among the differing forms were kaleidoscopic canvases vibrant with rich pinks and oranges broken by sweeping lines in black. These pieces are more detailed and “planned,” but their impact is no less striking than his early works.

Bluhm’s paintings have been shown at the most prestigious galleries and museums in the world, including Leo Castelli and Martha Jackson in New York, Galerie Craven in Paris, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Osaka Arts Festival in Japan, among many others. His work has been the subject of dozens of books and exhibition catalogues, written by leading critics and historians such as Lucy Lippard and Robert Rosenblum.
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