Paul von Ringelheim

Austrian/American (1933–2003)

About the artist:

A sculptor of great renown here and abroad, Paul von Ringelheim has more recently brought his refined artistic vision to painting. Von Ringelheim's art is a unique synthesis of form and content. He uses images which are familiar and comfortable, but in a form which is new and different. The artist's obsession with that greatest of American icons-the flag-immediately calls to mind the early work of Pop artist Jasper Johns. Johns, reacting against the era of Abstract Expressionism in American art, used the clear structure and flatness of the flag and balanced it with an illusionism through tonal contrasts. Through these techniques, he achieved a complicated and fascinating interplay of illusionism and reality. Von Ringelheim, the minimalist, uses different techniques to create an entirely new reality, full of spatial dynamism and extraordinary boldness of form and color. The artist's hardedged lines and enamel surfaces typify the best in minimalist art. The stars and stripes in his flag series are broken up and rearranged, not in a shattered cubist fashion, but in clear, clean, powerful geometric patterns. Bold, thick arrows, as archetypal as the flag itself, define the two-dimensional space and put the compositions in motion. The monumentality von Ringelheim bring to his sculptures is apparent here in his paintings, but there is also a sense of play and whimsical light-heartedness that links him with the Pop artists. In one sense, his canvases combine the concentric power of John's targets with the flattened purity of his flags. It is fitting that the central mythic image of America should appear so frequently in the work of this emigrant artist (von Ringelheim was born in Vienna, Austria). He has left his mark on the American landscape in impressive sculpture after sculpture. His work can be found in the Palm Springs home of former President Gerald Ford and in the design of shopping malls from Columbia, South Carolina to Worchester, Massachusetts. Other of his projects range in time from the 1963-64 World's Fair in New York City to the nation's Bicentennial celebration. An artist of great range and imagination, committed to America-its people and its environment-Paul von Ringelheim is truly a man for all seasons. INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS 1978 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York 1976 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York 1975 New York Cultural Center, New York, "Celebration" 1973 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York 1972 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York Cartiers, Palm Beach, Fla., "Spatial Collection" (jewelry show) 1970 Designed cover TIME Magazine and PARTISAN REVIEW, "America I" Film, "The Audacity of a Daydream," Sherman/von Ringelheim 1969-70 Cultural Affairs Commission, New York 1969 Dance Set for "Chimera" by Murray Louis, New York 1967 Rose Fried Gallery, New York Obelisk Gallery. Boston (two-man show) 1964 Rose Fried Gallery, New York Fairleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey New Vision Galleries, London 1960-1 America House, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg 1958 Niveau Art Gallery, New York COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS 1977 Fort Worth Museum, Fort Worth, Texas New York State University at Potsdam, New York 1975 Four Arts Society Sculpture Cormpetition, New York Cultural Center, New York Mitzi Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, California Theme Piece for the Main Street Annual Art Festival, Houston, Texas The Annual Sculpture Symposium. New Orleans, Louisiana 1974 Monumenta-International Sculpture Show, Newport, R.I. Four Arts Society Sculpture Competition, Palm Beach, Fla. 1973 Michael Wyman Gallery, Chicago Baltimore Museum of Fine Arts Third International Congress on Art, Religion and Architecture, Jerusalem 1971 Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, "Jewelry '71'" 1969 Museum of Modern Art, New York Westmoreland County Museum, Greensburg, Pa. Frick Museum, Pittsburgh, Pa. Temple University Music Festival. Philadelphia, Pa. 1968 Jewish Museum, New York "Architectural Maquette Show" New School for Social Research, New York "Protest and Hope" Memorial Hall, Boston "Black Light Environment" Finch College, New York Bridgehampton Galleries, Bridgehampton. Long Island Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, Texas Cedar Rapids Art Association, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Decatur Art Center, Decatur, Illinois Greenville County Museum, Greenville, South Carolina "Patriotic Images In America" St. Cloud College, St. Cloud, Minnesota University of Texas, Austin, Texas 1967 Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University American Embassy, Brussels Museum of Modern Art, New York Hessischeslanders Museum PERMANENT COLLECTIONS Fairleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey Haus Der Kinst, Munich. Germany Museum of Modern Art, New York Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Hrsicher Larides Museum, Damstadt, Germany Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia Bryn Mawr University. Pennsylvania Weatherspoon Art Gallery. University of North Carolina

Paul von Ringelheim

Austrian/American (1933–2003)

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About the artist:

A sculptor of great renown here and abroad, Paul von Ringelheim has more recently brought his refined artistic vision to painting. Von Ringelheim's art is a unique synthesis of form and content. He uses images which are familiar and comfortable, but

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