Norman Bluhm | 2021

Bluhm was born in Chicago and educated in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Architecture under Mise van der Rohe.  He went to art school briefly in Florence before attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1947.  At this time, he was exposed to Bauhaus ideas regarding craft and design.

1950s/60s gave rise to a new generation of Ab-Exers such as Norman Bluhm, John Chamberlain, Joan Mitchell, Al Leslie and Mark di Suvero.  These artists had roots in European painting with an emphasis on basics- composition, drawing, color, surface, and structure.