Norman Bluhm, ‘Spitfire’, 1961, Winkleman Gallery

About Norman Bluhm

Trained as an architect under Mies van der Rohe, Norman Bluhm created paintings with an abiding sense of structure, balance, and compositional technique. Influenced by the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, he sought a style even further removed from mimesis and preoccupied entirely with surface, color, and medium. Beginning with drawing and a schema, he would build layers of abstraction to explore spirituality and eroticism through paint, altogether eschewing narrative content or figuration. His place in the “new generation” of Abstract Expressionists links him with John Chamberlain and Joan Mitchell.

American, 1921-1999, Chicago, Illinois

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Moving to Abstraction, Quidley & Company, Naples
2016
"Un Art Autre" : l'Aventure de Michel Tapié., Galerie F. Hessler, Luxembourg
2016
Under Glass: Masterworks on Paper, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe
2012
2008
Norman Bluhm: 1956 - 1960, Scott White Contemporary Art