Catalog Essay for Norman Bluhm exhibition at Christie's, New York

I wrote the catalog essay for "Divine Proportion", a selling exhibition of Norman Bluhm's work, which is on view September 10 - October 3, 2015 at Christie's Rockefeller Center galleries.  Bluhm (1920 - 1999) is recognized as a key member of the New York School who infused the Abstract Expressionist idiom with his personal vision, informed by a wide range of ideas from art history.  My essay, "Wrestling with the Figure", looks closely at the artist's dramatic stylistic shifts throughout his career as well as his contemptuous outlook on the art market.  All are welcome to the opening reception at 20 Rockefeller Plaza (49th Street, btw 5th and 6th Avenues) from 6 - 8 PM on Thursday, September 10.  A link to the exhibition is here, and you may view an electronic version of the catalog here.

               Norman Bluhm, Henri Did It, 1971, oil on canvas, 96 x 116 inches