Ida Kohlmeyer (New Orleans 11/03/1912 - 01/24/1997)


Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer became one of the most prominent abstract artists in the South. Influenced by Hans Hofmann and fellow abstractionist Mark Rothko, she changed her style from representation to abstraction including the blurring of bands of color into large geometric shapes. In the 1970s, she developed a distinctive style using personalized symbols or hieroglyphs. Her work includes paintings utilizing grids and abstract sculpture constructed of materials from Styrofoam to steel.


Kohlmeyer exhibited internationally in galleries and museums during her lifetime. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Jewish Museum, the Milwaukee Art Center, Phillips Academy, the High Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others.

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