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Norman Bluhm (1921-1999)

Born in Chicago, Norman Bluhm began studying under Mies van der Roh, the notable German architect, at the early age of 15. After serving in World War II, he began a career as an artist in Paris. In 1956, he moved to New York City and soon began showing at renowned galleries such as Leo Castelli and Martha Jackson.

In 2007, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston organized the major exhibition, The Late Paintings of Norman Bluhm. The Houston Press reported that the artist’s panoramic paintings are patterned like stained glass windows or mandals, but the shapes inside are sexy. Bluhm’s work can be found in notable American museums including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Fogg Museum at Harvard University among others. 


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Russian Easter 1979
Oil on Canvas
76 1/4 x 106 inches