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William Clutz Born 1933, Gettysburg PA, and grew up in Mercersburg, PA Mercersburg Academy and University of Iowa, BA Manhattan resident 1955-1996
Clutz is known for urban paintings, pastels, and charcoal drawings of pedestrians in light.
Recognized as a significant proponent of abstract figuration in the renewed interest in figuration of the late 50’s and 60’s in such exhibitions as “recent Drawings, USA”, 1956 and “Recent Paintings USA, the Figure,” 1962 at MOMA, “The Emerging Figure”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, 1960 and “The Figure International” American Federation of Arts, 1963.
Since his first solo show in 1959 in New York, Clutz has exhibited regularly in New York City and been represented by well-known New York City Galleries such as Katharina Rich Perlow, Tatistcheff, Alonzo, Graham, Brooke Alexander, Bertha Schaefer, and David Herbert. Clutz has also had solo exhibitions at Triangle Gallery San Francisco, Tatischeff/Rogers in Los Angeles, John C. Stoller Minneapolis, and Walther Rathenau Saal Berlin, Germany.
Clutz taught painting and drawing at Parsons the New School for Design 1970-1992.
Significant works by Clutz are included in the collections of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden DC, The Newark Museum NJ, Dayton Art Institute OH, Museum of Modern Art NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, Museum of the City of New York NY, Corcoran Gallery of Art DC, Washington County Museum MD, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NY, Mercersburg Academy PA, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University MA, and many corporate collections such as Chase Manhattan Bank NY, Bradley Family Foundation WI, McKinsey and Company NY, Mobil Corporation VA, Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance MN and many others. Included in Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists, Paul Cummings, ed. Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, and Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon, Munich, Leipzig: K.G. Saur Verlag.
William Clutz elected to National Academy of Art & Design 2006.
Sources: Preston, Stuart, Review, The New York Times, Feb 9,1962; O'Doherty, Brian, Review, "Tumult of Streets: Openings by Clutz and others", The New York Times, Noverber 6, 1963; New York Herald Tribune, Review, November 9, 1963; ARTnews, Review, November 1963; Arts Magazine, Review, January, 1964; Time Magazine Review, June 17, 1966; Albright, Thomas, Review, San Francisco Chronicle, April 13, 1967; Cotter, Holland, review, New York Arts Journal, 1977; Gerrit Henry, Review, Art in America, Feb 1998, Kuntz Melissa, Review, Art in America, April 2003; Martin, Alvin, American Realism: Twentieth Century Drawings and Watercolors, Abrams, NY 1986; Norelli, Martina Roudabush, "William Clutz", Allgemeines Kunstlerexikon, Munich, K.G. Saur Verlage, Munich, Leipsiz, April 1995; American Pastels in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Abrams 1989; Johnson, Ken, Review, The New York Times, Nov. 22 2002; Woods, Jean, William Clutz Retrospective, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; Of Time and Place: American figurative Art from the Corcoran Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1981, "Bill Clutz", exhibition catalogue, Walter-Rathenau-Saal, Berlin, Germany, 1978; Mangan, Doreen, "William Clutz Captures The Soul Of a City," American Artist, February 1978.