This well-loved and well-collected artist passed away in 2015. His last reported public price was $11,250.00. I love this artwork. It is unfortunate that it has damage, but I truly love it the way it is. I've thought about having it restored. but for me it shows well.
Artist: GEORGE EARL ORTMAN (American, 1926 - 2015)
Title: "Composition" , 1959
Medium: Pencil and colored chalk on paper
Size: 19 3/4 by 18 inches (50.2 by 45.7 cm) (sheet); framed 21 3/4 by 19 3/4 inches.
Signed lower center: Ortman
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. AND MRS. HENRY AND MARY ANN GANS
Howard Wise Gallery, New York;
Harris B. Steinberg;
Parke-Bernet Galleries Lot 210;
Acquired by the Gans from the above.
Condition: Significant water damage including staining and wrinkling. Light overall paper discoloration. Because of this, we have significantly reduced the price from what it would be if undamaged.
BIOGRAPHY: Born in Oakland, California in 1926, he studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1947-48; with Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17 in New York City in 1949; at the Atelier André Lhote in Paris from 1949-50; and at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in New York City from 1950-51.
In 1953 Ortman and the actress, Julie Bovasso, founded the off-Broadway theater, Tempo Playhouse, in New York City. This theatre group introduced the work of Eugène Ionesco, Jean Genet and others to an American audience. During the same year, Ortman had his first solo exhibition at the Tanager Gallery in New York City. Since that time he has had 38 solo exhibitions across the US and in Canada.
Ortman taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1960-65, serving as co-chairman of the Fine Arts Department from 1963-65; at New York University from 1963-65; at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey from 1966-69; and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI as Head of the Graduate School Painting Department from 1970-91.
His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1965, a Lee Krasner Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 2008.
Ortman's work may be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections including: in New York City the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Academy of Design Museum; in Washington D.C.: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum; in New Jersey the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton and the Newark Museum of Art; in California the Oakland Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum; in Minnesota the Minneapolis Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; the De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; and the Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Ortman lives and works in both Castine, Maine and New York City.
Thanks to AskArt Archives.