Paul von Ringelheim, Austrian/American (1933 - 2003)

Paul von Ringelheim
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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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