New Orleans, 1919 - 1985

Fritz Bultman

Fritz Bultman 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...

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Biography

Fritz Bultman 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.

Artworks

10

Untitled (#16), 1973

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Abstract Expressionism / Abstract Painting / Abstraction / American Abstract Expressionism / American Art / Art after World War II / Art of the 1950s / Art of the 1960s / Art of the 1970s / Bauhaus / Bold Composition / Canvas / Color and Form / Contemporary American Art / Geometric Abstraction / Germany / Modern American Art / New Orleans / New York School / Oil on Canvas / Oil on Cardboard / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Rough and Brave Brushstrokes / Sculpture / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2011

    Fritz Bultman - Torn Paper Collages, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • 2010

    Fritz Bultman, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • 2009

    Jeanne and Fritz Bultman - A Provincetown Collection and Salon, Provincetown Art

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fritz Bultman / Regina Scully: New Orleans, New York and Beyond, Octavia Art Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2011

    Abstraction, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • The Tides of Provincetown New Britain Museum, New Britain, CT; traveling exhibition

Collections

  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

  • Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

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Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2011

    Fritz Bultman - Torn Paper Collages, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • 2010

    Fritz Bultman, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • 2009

    Jeanne and Fritz Bultman - A Provincetown Collection and Salon, Provincetown Art

  • Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • 2008

    Fritz Bultman - Drawings from the early 1960’s, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • 2007

    Fritz Bultman - Collages from the 1980’s, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • Fritz Bultman - Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture and Collage, Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery - Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA (solo)

  • 2006

    Fritz Bultman - Small Paintings 1957 - 1961, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • 2005

    Fritz Bultman - The Rhythm of the Line, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • 2004

    Fritz Bultman: Irascible, II, Gallery Schlesinger, New York, NY (solo)

  • Fritz Bultman, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • 2003

    Fritz Bultman - Rare Paintings from the Early 1960’s, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

  • Fritz Bultman: Irascible, Gallery Schlesinger, New York, NY (solo)

  • Fritz Bultman: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art - University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (solo)

  • 2001

    Fritz Bultman - Paintings, Collages, Drawings and Sculpture: 1953 - 1985, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA (solo)

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Fritz Bultman / Regina Scully: New Orleans, New York and Beyond, Octavia Art Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2011

    Abstraction, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA

  • The Tides of Provincetown New Britain Museum, New Britain, CT; traveling exhibition

  • 2008

    Abstraction: Summer 2008, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 2007

    Stone Cold Classics, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC

  • 2005

    It's About Art.... :an evolving exhibition, Gallery Schlesinger, New York, NY

  • 2004

    Drawing, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Collections

  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA

  • Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA

  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

  • The Ogden Museum of Southern Art - University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

  • Sheldon Museum of Art - University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Bibliography

  • 1997

    Fritz Bultman: Collages, Evan R. Firestone, Donald Windham and William U. Eiland, Georgia Museum of Art - University of Georgia, Athens, GA

  • 1994

    Fritz Bultman: The Case of the Missing 'Irascible', Archives of American Art Journal, vol.34.2, 1994, p. 11-20

  • 1993

    Fritz Bultman: A Retrospective, April Kingsley, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

  • 1987

    Fritz Bultman, Donald Kuspit, Artforum, vol. 26.3, November 1987, p. 130-131

  • 1976

    Opening and Closing: Fritz Bultman's Sculpture, Arts Magazine, vol. 50.5, January 1976, p. 82-83

  • 1948

    Fritz Bultman: Sketchbook, Donald Windham Collection, New York, NY