Installation view

Fritz Bultman
Additions, 1981
Collage of painted papers
88 x 48 inches

Fritz Bultman
Torso II, 1970
Collage of painted papers
47 x 36 inches

Installation view

Fritz Bultman

Between Two Windows, 1976

Collage

68 x 48 inches

Fritz Bultman

Untitled (Gilbert Brouilette Series), 1939

Gouache on paper

11 x 8 1/2 inches

Installation view

Fritz Bultman

Aceteon or Another Action, 1945

Oil on Celotex

40 x 32 inches

Fritz Bultman
Grey Still Life #11, 1946
Oil on cardboard
42 x 30 inches

Fritz Bultman

Bird in the Sun, 1978

Collage

69 x 19 inches

Installation view

Fritz Bultman

Big Blue with Red, 1977

Oil on canvas

48 x 96 inches

Fritz Bultman
Continuous Translation, 1968
Oil on canvas
40 x 50 inches

Installation view

Fritz Bultman

Big Wave II, 1977

Oil on canvas

48 x 96 inches

Fritz Bultman

Cut Out, 1971

Collage

84 x 48 inches

Installation view

Fritz Bultman
Untitled, 1977
Collage of painted papers
10 x 8 inches

Fritz Bultman

Untitled, 1939

Gouache on paper

8 1/2 x 11 inches

Installation view

Fritz Bultman

Untitled, 1939

Oil on canvas

8 1/2 x 11 inches

Fritz Bultman
King Zulu, 1960
Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Fritz Bultman
Maize Bird, 1947
Oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches

FRITZ BULTMAN

Octavia Art Gallery | New Orleans

January 6 – February 24, 2018

Opening Reception: January 6, 6 – 8 pm

 

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by historic American Abstract Expressionist Fritz Bultman (1919-1985). Exploring a body of work that spanned four decades, the exhibition includes Bultman’s paintings and large-scale collages.

 

Originally from New Orleans, Fritz Bultman was a member of the New York School artists. Bultman set himself apart from the other Abstract Expressionists with his scrupulously organized compositions, practice of sculpture on a regular basis, and innovative assemblage of collage. His inspiration drew from years of psychotherapy, exploring myth, eroticism, and sexual symbolism. Robert Motherwell stated that Bultman was, “one of the most splendid, radiant, and inspired painters of my generation.”

 

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.

 

The works included in this exhibition focus primarily on Bultman’s collages and paintings. When working on a collage, Bultman would paint the paper prior to meticulously organizing the semi-figurative forms and abstract compositions. Primary colors dominate the collages, which have a tendency toward geometry, symmetry, and repeating curves. Also included in the exhibition are eight oil paintings spanning a time period from 1945 to 1977. While the earlier works are rich in myths and symbols, lyricism and gesture are paramount in the later works from the 60’s and 70’s.

 

Fritz Bultman was born Anthony Frederick Bultman III. Throughout his life he 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, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1 World Trade Center, the New Orleans Museum of Art, as well as several other major American museums and corporations.