Special Exhibition Gallery, 2nd Floor
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Enjoy an up close and informative perspective on the work of Norman Bluhm in this exhibition walkthrough. Whether or not you were able to experience the exhibition in person, you can see the full scope of the show, and 50 years of Bluhm's paintings here!
The Newark Museum of Art is pleased to present Norman Bluhm: Metamorphosis, a retrospective of the American painter Norman Bluhm (1920-1999). With works dating from 1947 to1998, this is the first monographic survey of Bluhm’s career, bringing together 17 large-scale paintings on canvas and 25 works on paper from the artist’s estate and from distinguished public and private collections. Bluhm combined vigorous and expressive brushwork with a lavish sense of color and formal experimentation on a grand scale.
Looking beyond his well-established reputation as an Abstract Expressionist, this exhibition presents five decades of Bluhm’s prolific production, foregrounding his later paintings as well as the formative decade he spent in Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Bluhm’s evolving engagement with his chosen medium, oil paint, and his interests in myth, poetry, and global art history will be explored, with emphasis on his integration of figuration into his previously abstract idiom.
Norman Bluhm: Metamorphosis is organized by The Newark Museum of Art and is curated by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, the Museum’s Curator of American Art, and Jay Grimm, Guest Curator.
Check out the latest video in our mini-series, Norman Bluhm: Bit by Bit, for highlights on this exhibit as told by one of our curators.
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A fully illustrated catalogue has been co-published by The Newark Museum of Art and Giles, Ltd. of London and available for purchase in the Museum Shop or online.