Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer
"Mythic Turret #7", 1993
on a circular black base.
sculpture h. 62", overall h. 69-1/2", w. 21", d. 12-1/4"
Provenance: Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana; Private collection.
Exhibited: "Ida Kohlmeyer - Standing Among Giants", Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2008/9
Notes: One of New Orlean's most beloved artists, Ida Kohlmeyer did not begin to pursue art seriously until she was well into her 30s, when she approached her studies with a vengeance. She attended John McCrady's Art School in the French Quarter, took classes with Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Student's League in New York, studied with Hans Hoffman in Provincetown, MA, and received her MFA from Tulane University. It was Hoffman who first exposed Kohlmeyer to the tenets of Abstract Expressionism and, influenced by this influential art movement, she egan to move away from the purely figural in her paintings and sculpture. Her works are exuberant explorations of color and shape, in which she incorporates her own idiosyncratic symbolic language that has proven enigmatically compelling.