Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death

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In search of an inner truth

Boston painter Hyman Bloom (1913–2009) combined the physical and the spiritual on canvas. In his paintings from the 1940s and 1950s of the human body after death, of autopsies, skeletal trees, and archeological excavations, he got beneath the surface of things, exploring form and seeking significance. Committed to figurative painting at a defining moment of American art when abstraction was on the rise, Bloom employed thick paint in jewel-like tones to make gripping and beautiful works that challenge our concepts of beauty and our understanding of the true meaning of “still life.” As writer and painter Elaine de Kooning described it, Bloom “seems to think with his brush,” revealing complicated philosophical meanings “in the action of [his] painting.”

“Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death” includes more than 40 dramatic paintings and drawings from public and private collections—including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Addison Gallery of American Art—that chart the artist’s career as well as his constant interest in the human body. Bloom’s complex works draw upon the artist’s Jewish faith, his interest in Eastern religions, and his transcendent belief in regeneration. In Female Corpse, Back View (1947), pictured above, he renders a decomposing cadaver with a palette of rich colors. As he remarked, in such images “the paradox of the harrowing and the beautiful could be brought into unity.”

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01.03.2020 - 05.06.2020
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20.06.2021 - 06.09.2021
National Gallery of Art
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02.02.2020 - 03.03.2020
National Gallery of Art
4th and Constitution Avenue NW
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22.11.2019 - 06.07.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
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12.09.2019 - 23.02.2020
Mad Museum
2 Columbus Circle
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Seattle Art Museum
1300 FIRST AVENUE
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16.11.2019 - 14.12.2019
School of Visual Arts - SVA
209 East 23 Street
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14.12.2019 - 08.11.2020
Seattle Art Museum
1300 FIRST AVENUE
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13.10.2019 - 20.01.2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston

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23.11.2019 - 04.01.2020
School of Visual Arts - SVA
209 East 23 Street
New York

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07.12.2018 - 12.01.2020
School of Visual Arts - SVA
209 East 23 Street
New York

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15.12.2018 - 30.06.2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston

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24.05.2019 - 05.01.2020
Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami

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07.09.2019 - 12.04.2020
Legion of Honor | Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco

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27.10.2019 - 05.07.2020
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
1 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale

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Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Main address: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Avenue MA 02115 Boston, United states Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Avenue MA 02115 Boston, United states In search of an inner truth

Boston painter Hyman Bloom (1913–2009) combined the physical and the spiritual on canvas. In his paintings from the 1940s and 1950s of the human body after death, of autopsies, skeletal trees, and archeological excavations, he got beneath the surface of things, exploring form and seeking significance. Committed to figurative painting at a defining moment of American art when abstraction was on the rise, Bloom employed thick paint in jewel-like tones to make gripping and beautiful works that challenge our concepts of beauty and our understanding of the true meaning of “still life.” As writer and painter Elaine de Kooning described it, Bloom “seems to think with his brush,” revealing complicated philosophical meanings “in the action of [his] painting.”

“Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death” includes more than 40 dramatic paintings and drawings from public and private collections—including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Addison Gallery of American Art—that chart the artist’s career as well as his constant interest in the human body. Bloom’s complex works draw upon the artist’s Jewish faith, his interest in Eastern religions, and his transcendent belief in regeneration. In Female Corpse, Back View (1947), pictured above, he renders a decomposing cadaver with a palette of rich colors. As he remarked, in such images “the paradox of the harrowing and the beautiful could be brought into unity.”
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