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June 2013

Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC, Offers Works by Ida Kohlmeyer

Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC, is presenting Ida Kohlmeyer, a solo exhibition of paintings, editioned prints and small sculpture by New Orleans native Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer (1912-1997), on view through July 27, 2013.

Kohlmeyer became one of the most prominent abstract artists in the South. Influenced by Hans Hofmann and fellow abstractionist Mark Rothko, she changed her style from representation to abstraction including the blurring of bands of color into large geometric shapes. In the 1970s she developed a distinctive style using personalized symbols or hieroglyphs. Her work includes paintings utilizing grids and abstract sculpture constructed of materials from Styrofoam to steel.

Kohlmeyer exhibited extensively during her lifetime, including a major retrospective exhibition organized by the Mint Museum of Art that traveled to seven venues over two years. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the High Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

In honor of the dedication of Charlotte’s new Romare Bearden Park, an exhibition of small St. Maarten watercolors by Romare Bearden will also be on view.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 704/365-3000 or visit (www.jeraldmelberg.com).

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