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Norman Bluhm Untitled c.1970, oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches.

ACCESS | Norman Bluhm: Between the Living Form and the Abstract

CONNERSMITH / February 12 - April 30, 2020


“Art is somewhere between earth and the flesh, between the living form and the abstract.” - Norman Bluhm

CONNERSMITH is pleased to present ACCESS | Norman Bluhm: Between the Living Form and the Abstract featuring works from the Collection of Vincent Melzac.

Norman Bluhm (1921-1999) was an American Abstract Expressionist celebrated for creating paintings with bold, energetic brushwork and colorful, voluptuous forms. Born in Chicago, IL, Bluhm studied architecture with Mies van der Rohe. In 1948, after serving as a fighter pilot in World War II, Bluhm moved to Paris, where he studied at the Ecoled des Beaux-Arts and associated with Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis and Alberto Giacometti. After moving to New York in 1956, he joined a circle of artists including Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, Willem de Kooning and showed at the Leo Castelli Gallery.

“A painting should generate energy from within and without. The viewer should be able to feel the impact of its forces on the paint, and surrounding ceiling, walls and floor.” - Norman Bluhm

image: Norman Bluhm, Untitled, c.1970, oil on canvas, 24 x 28 inches.

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