Special Exhibition Gallery, 2nd Floor
The Newark Museum is pleased to present Norman Bluhm: Metamorphosis, a retrospective of the American painter Norman Bluhm (1920-1999). With works dating from 1947-1998, this will be 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 will present 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 and is curated Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Newark Museum’s Curator of American Art, and Jay Grimm, Guest Curator.
A fully illustrated catalogue will be copublished by the Newark Museum and Giles, Ltd. of London and available for purchase in the Museum Shop.
On view February 11-May 3, 2020