William Clutz

William Clutz was born 1933 in Gettysburg PA, and grew up in Mercersburg, PA. He studied at Mercersburg Academy and the University of Iowa where he received his BA in Painting. Clutz was a Manhattan resident from 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” at the 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 these well-known New York City Galleries--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 in Berlin, Germany.

Clutz taught painting and drawing at Parsons the New School for Design from 1970-1992.

Significant works by Clutz are included in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington 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 was elected to National Academy of Art & Design in 2006.

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Oil on Canvas

Oil on Panel

Pastel on Paper


Install Views


Born: Gettysburg, PA 1933
Mercersburg, PA 1933-1951
New York, NY 1955-1996
Rhinebeck, NY 1996 - present

Painting: Thomas Danaher (WPA artist) 1944-1951
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA 1947-1951
University of Iowa, B.A. 1951-1955
Art Students League, New York, NY 1957

Solo Exhibitions
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY 2019, 2013, 2008, 1993
Crossings, Washington County Museum of Fine Art 2016
Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College, PA 2016
Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC 2005, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
Nicholas Davies Gallery, NY Retrospect 1955-1975, NYC 1977
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts,
Hagerstown MD Retrospective 1991
Tatistcheff Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1992, 1988
P.B. van Voorst van Beest Gallery, The Hague 1984
John Stoller Gallery, Minneapolis, MN 1987, 1983, 1980
Tatistcheff & Co., New York, NY 1984, 1982, 1981
Gallery 333, Dayton, OH 1980
Alonzo Gallery, New York, NY 1979,1978, 1977
Mellon Art Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT 1979
Walther-Rathenau-Saal, Berlin, West Germany 1978
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA 1977
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA 1976
Brooke Alexander, New York, NY 1973
Lamont Gallery, Exeter, NH 1973
Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 1973
Graham Gallery, New York, NY 1972
Bertha Schaefer Gallery, New York, NY 1969, 1966, 1964, 1963
Brooklyn College, New York, NY 1969
Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, Ca 1967
David Herbert Gallery, New York, NY 1962
Condon Riley, New York, NY 1959

Selected Group Exhibitions
‘For America,” National Academy Traveling Exhibition 2019 - 2021
Albright Knox Museum, Members Gallery, Buffalo, NY 2002, 2001
Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL Collector Series 2001
Tatistcheff Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1995, 1994, 1988
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, Revivals and
Revitalization: American Pastels in the Metropolitan 1990-1989
Montclair Art Museum, NJ Art of the 80’s 1989
Kornbluth Gallery, Fair Lawn, NJ 1989
Christian A. Johnson Memorial Art Gallery,
Middlebury, VT 1988
Tatistcheff & Co., New York, NY 1987, 1985
Chemical Bank Gallery, New York, NY 1987
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
American Realism 1985
Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY 1985
Art and the Law, West Publishing Co., MN 1985
Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ 1985
Rahr-West Gallery, St. Paul, MN Traveling Exhibit 1984
Brooklyn Museum, NY The Great East River Bridge 1983
Robert R. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, GA 1983
Collegiate School, New York, NY 1982
Of Time and Place, American Figurative Art from The
Corcoran Collection, Traveling Exhibit
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 1981
Hirschl & Adler, New York, NY 1980
Westmoreland County Museum, Greensburg, PA
The New American Still Life 1978
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
American Drawings, 1976, Traveling Exhibit 1977
Brooke Alexander, New York, NY 1973
Columbus Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus, OH 1970
Ringling Museum of Art, Sarzasota, FL 1969
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1968
Tweed Gallery, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN 1968
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1967
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Annual 1966, 1965, 1964
Hunter Gallery of Art, Chattanooga, TN 1966
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 1966
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY 1966
Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, VA Annual 1966
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design,
Providence, RI 1965
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska,
Lincoln, NE Annual 1965
Ontario East Gallery, Chicago, IL 1965
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE 1964
Minnesota Museum, St. Paul, MN 1964
The American Federation of Arts, Traveling Exhibition
The Figure International 1963
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Recent Painting USA: The Figure 1962
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
The Emerging Figure 1961
American Federation of Arts
The Figure in Contemporary American Painting 1961
Museum of Modern Art, NY, Recent Drawings USA 1956
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa Annual: Honorable Mention 1954
Cumberland Valley Artists, First Prize, MD 1952

Selected Collections: Museums, Universities
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Museum of The City of New York
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Sheldon Memorial Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD
University of Massachusetts art Collection, Amherst, MA
Minnesota Museum, St. Paul, MN
New York University Collection, New York, NY
Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN
Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Miles College, Atlanta, GA
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH
Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA
Huntsville Museum, Huntsville, AL
Hudson River Museum, NY
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Selected Collections: Corporations
A T & T, New York, NY
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Third National Bank and Trust, Dayton, OH
Schroeder Bank, NY
Bradley Family Foundation, New Orleans, LA
New York Stock Exchange, NY
Southeast Banking Corporation, Miami, FL
Shearson / Lehman Brothers, NY
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, McCloy, Washington, DC
Amerada Hess, NY
J. Walter Thompson, NY
Ashland Oil Company, KY
First Bank, Minneapolis, MN
Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette, NY
Wausau Insurance Company, WI
Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance, St. Paul, MN
Mobil Corporation, Fairfax, VA
McKinsey and Company, NY
Simpson, Thatcher and Bartlett, NY
Solomon Brothers, NY
Selected Bibliography
For America, Fine Art & Antiques, Jeremiah McCarthy 2019
William Clutz, Crossings, Catawa Foreword by Shannon Ragen & Rebecca Massie Lane
Kuntz, Melissa. Review, Art in America, April 2003.
Quart, Leonard. Review. NY’s Cornucopia of Galleries, The Berkshire Eagle, Nov.23, 2003.
Johnson, Ken. Review, The New York Times, Nov. 22, 2002.
25 page color catalogue “5 Decades of NY Streets”, Essay written by Andrea Henderson Fahnestock, Curator at The Museum of the City of New York, 2002.
Traditional Home, September 2001. Eric Cohler’s Country House, color reproduction.
Henry, Gerrit. Review, Art in America, February 1998.
Norelli, Martina R. “Clutz, William”, Allgemeines Kunstler Lexicon, K.G.Saur Verlag, Leipzig, G.
Woods, Jean. William Clutz: Retrospective, Washington County Museum of Fine arts,
Hagerstown, MD, 1991.
Raynor, Vivien. Review, ”A Show Meant to Give Pleasure”, The New York Times, July 16, 1989.
Oresman, Janice C. Art of the ‘80’s: The Collection of Chemical Bank, Montclair Art Museum,
Montclair, NJ, 1989.
Klindt, Steve. William Clutz: New Pastels, tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN., 1986.
Martin, Alvin. American Realism: Twentieth Century Drawings and Watercolors, Harry Abrams,
New York, NY, 1986. Color illus.
West Art & the Law, 1984. Color illus.
Oresman, Janice C. “William Clutz”, ARTS Magazine, November 1984.
Oresman, Janice C. Catalogue essay. William Clutz: New Pastels, Tatistcheff, LA, 1984.
West Art & the Law, 1983. Color illus.
Of Time and Place: American Figurative Art from the Corcoran Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1981. Illus.
Art International, Review, January-February 1980.
ARTnews, Review, December 1979.
Bill Clutz, exhibition catalogue, Walther-Rathenau-Saal, Berlin, West Germany, 1978.
Mangan, Doreen. “William Clutz Captures the Soul of a City”, American Artist, February 1978.
French-Frazier, Nina. Review, ARTnews, November1977.
East Side Express, Review, October 6, 1977.
Thomas, Helen. Review, Arts Magazine, October 1977.
Art Now, Gallery Guide, October 1977. Cover illustration.
Cotter, Holland. Review, New York Arts Journal, September-November 1977.
Frank, Peter. Review, ARTnews, January 1973.
Art International, Review, May 20, 1972.
ARTnews, Review, June 1969.
Bloomfield, Arthur. Review, San Francisco Examiner, April 12, 1967.
Albright, Thomas. Review, San Francisco Chronicle, April 13, 1967.
Time Magazine, Review, June 17, 1966.
Arts Magazine, Review, January 1964.
ARTnews, Review, November 1963.
New York Herald Tribune, Review, November 9, 1963.
O’Doherty, Brian. Review, “Tumult of Streets”, The New York Times, November 6, 1963.
Campbell, Lawrence. “William Clutz”, ARTnews, February 1962.
Gerdts, William H. Catalogue essay. William Clutz, David Herbert Gallery, NY, 1962.
Preston, Stuart. Review, The New York Times, February 9, 1962.
Recent Drawings USA, Exhibition Catalogue, Museum of Modern Art, NY, 1956. Illustration.