Art in New Orleans

Week 15 -- Ida Kohlmeyer
Art Supplies & Tools
2002 -- Tree of Necklaces, Jean-Michel Othoniel
--- The 1970's ---
1970's -- Robert Indiana, LOVE, Red Blue
1979 -- Three Figures and Four Benches, George Segal
1975 -- Reclining Mother and Child, Henry Moore
1973 -- Four Lines Oblique, George Rickey
1971 -- Una Battaglia, Arnaldo Pomodoro
1979-80 -- Two Sitting Figures, Lynn Chadwick
--- The 1960's ---
1967 -- The Labors of Alexander, René Magritte
1965 -- River Form, Barbara Hepworth
--- The 1990's ---
1999 -- Claes Oldenburg, Safety Pin
1999 -- Restrained (Horse), Deborah Butterfield
1995 -- Spider, Louise Bourgeois
1991 -- Joel Shapiro, Untitled
--- The 1980's ---
1989 -- Rebus 3D-89-3, Ida Kohlmeyer
1987 -- Standing Man With Outstretched Arms, Stephen De Staebler
1983 -- Pablo Casals Obelisk, Arman
1949-57 -- Sacrifice III, Jacques Lipchitz
Ossip Zadkine, La Poetesse
Week 8 -- Hyams Fountain, 1921
Quick Review -- Weeks 1 -- 7
Week 9
Week 10 -- McFadden House -- 1920
Week 11 -- Reggie Bush Stadium
Week 11 -- Enrique Alferez -- City Park
Week 11 -- Enrique Alferez -- Fountain of the Winds
Week 12 -- Enrique Alferez -- Shushan Airport
Week 12 -- Enrique Alferez - marble chip and granite cast -- Molly Marine
Week 12 -- Story Land
Week 12 -- Blaine Kern -- Papier-mâché -- Mardi Gras Floats
Week 13 -- Hines Carousel -- Carved Wood
Week 13 -- New Orleans Museum of Art
Week 14 -- WPA in New Orleans
Week 15 -- Ida Kohlmeyer
Week 16 -- Review
Week 17 -- More Enrique Alfarez
Clark Mills -- Bronze Sculpture -- Andrew Jackson
Emmanuel Fremiet -- Joan of Arc
1897 - John McDonogh
Alexander Doyle - Margaret Haughery
Alexander Doyle -- Robert E. Lee
P.G.T. Beauregard
1860 - Henry Clay
Vietnam Veterans Monument
Louis Armstrong
Korean War Memorial
1910 - Jefferson Davis
1872 - Benjamin Franklin
1957 - Simon Boliva
World War II
World War I
Lin Emery
Woldenberg Park
Clarence John Laughlin
John Churchill Chase -- The Rummel Raider
André Breton -- Surrealist
Chalmette Monument
Liberty Monument
Arthur Q. Davis -- The Super Dome
1909 -- Antoine Bourdelle, Hercules the Archer
Wrought ironwork
Caroline Wogan Durieux
Daniel French -- Copper & Bronze -- The Ladies
Edgar Degas
Audubon Park
Abstract Expressionism
Art Nouveau (1880's -- 1920's)
Arts and Crafts Movement (1910 -- 1925)
Art Deco (1910 until 1939)
Baroque period
Contemporary Art
Figurative Style
German Expressionism
Kinetic Sculpture
Mobile (sculpture)
Modern Art
Murano glass
Negative space
New Deal
Nouveau Realism
Pop Art
WPA [Works Progress Administration]
Curruiculm Objectives/Suggested Activities
Bibliography and Suggested Reading
Church Statues
Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog (New Orleans)

Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer -- a photograph of the artist in 1965 (age 53)

A later photograph -- 1996 (age 84)

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Comparative Timeline of Ida Kohlmeyer's life and work:

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1912 -- Ida Rittenberg (later Kohlmeyer) is born in New Orleans during the same year that the Titanic sunk off the coast of Newfoundland.

1913 -- (Ida is 1) The Armory Show opens exhibiting a substantial collection of modern art to America. About the show, President Theodore Roosevelt said, "That's not art!"

1916 (Ida is 4) The Dada art movement is created in Zurich, Switzerland and the Panama Canal officially opens .

According to its proponents, Dada was not art it was "anti-art". Dada sought to fight art with art. For everything that art stood for, Dada was to represent the opposite. If art is to appeal to sensibilities, Dada is to offend.

1931 (Ida is 19) The first big Surrealist exhibition is shown in the United State and the Empire State Building opens.

1933 Ida earns a B.A., English Literature, Newcomb College, New Orleans, LA. She is 21 years old.

1935 (Ida is 23) WPA, formed under President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, employs artists to decorate public buildings and parks

1937 (Ida is 25) Picasso paints Guernica, a reaction to the Spanish Civil War

1938 (Ida is 26) Kristallnacht -- Nazis destroy Jewish synagogues throughout Germany and Austria

1946 (Ida is 34) Jackson Pollock takes the canvas off the easel and onto the floor creating his all over drip paintings.

1949 -- Ida enters Newcomb College to study art. She is 37 years old

1956 Ida Kohlmeyer earns a Master of Fine Arts degree from Newcomb Art School, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. She then studies with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, MA. She is 44 years old.

She taught at Newcomb from 1956 to 1965.

1957 -- Ida is 45. Mark Rothko came to New Orleans, as a Visiting Artist at Tulane University. While in New Orleans, Rothko lived in the Rittenberg Family home and used the garage as a studio. His abstract rectangular fields of color became a dominant influence on Kohlmeyer in the late 1950s.

1959 F. L Wright completes the construction of the Guggenheim Museum in New York

Interior View

The 1960s and early 1970s saw her moving out from under the modernist influences and searching for a personal style of intuitively derived forms that mirror the unconscious mind. First, we see the color fields invaded by gestural marks both geometric and biomorphic. In the mid-sixties the color-fields give way to an open neutral canvas with minimal effects, working a tension between the structural and the emotional qualities of abstract painting.

The geometric paintings in 1968 intensify this tension locking bands of bright mystical color into bisymmetrical compound structures based on clearly detailed organic forms. Contrary to her earlier abstract work grounded in intuition, the works from 1967-1969 were, in the artist’s own words “were done with deliberation and aforethought.” The geometric paintings were the transitional catharsis that set the stage for her later and more mature work.

Ida taught art at the University of New Orleans from 1973
to 1975.

1987-90 -- Ida is commissioned for the Aquatic Collonnade, Twenty painted metal sculptures on 16 foot columns, commissioned by the Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans.

"Krewe of Poydras" stands in the 1500 block of Poydras Street across from the Louisiana Superdome.

1997 -- Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer dies.

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Kohlmeyer's work is included at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta and the Smithsonian Institution.

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Ida Kohlmeyer's Art:

Rebus 3D-89-3 (1989)

Selected Works at the Arthur Roger Gallery on Julia Street in New Orleans

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