Public Art at Williams

Public Art at Williams

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    Vase of the Winds II, 1962
    (cast 1965, reworked)
    Fritz Bultman (American, 1919-1985)
    Gift of the artist
    Photo by Megan Cross

    Known primarily as an Abstract Expressionist painter, artist Fritz Bultman was one of the only members of the New York School of painters who also believed strongly in integrating sculpture into his artistic practice. Bultman learned from painter Morris Graves, studied with Hans Hofmann, was awarded a Fulbright to work in Paris, and studied bronze casting in Florence.

    Perhaps his dedication to his sculpting career may have unwittingly prevented greater fame for Bultman. The New York School artists, nicknamed the “Irascibles,” were featured in Life magazine for penning a letter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art that protested conservative policies. At the time of the feature, Bultman was in Italy refining his knowledge of sculptural techniques and was, therefore, missing from the photograph of the rest of his compatriots: Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Robert Motherwell, Clyfford Still, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, and others.

    Another version of Vase of the Winds II is part of the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.