Harry Holtzman (June 8, 1912 ? September 25, 1987) was an influential abstract artist and a founding member of the American Abstract Artists group in 1936. The Abstract Artists Group’s mission focused on educating the public about abstract art and its principles through exhibitions, lectures, journals, and magazines. Holtzman’s work presents bold colors, strong lines, and a masterful command of three-dimensional space. After studying with Piet Mondrian and Hans Hofmann, Holtzman went on to teach at Brooklyn College, organize Mondrian exhibitions, and continue efforts to raise public awareness on abstract art and contemporary artists.
Holtzman’s work is now part of the Yale University Collection, and his works range from oil paintings to crayon images. Throughout his career, his contributions to the abstract artist community has led to a better understanding of the genre as well as greater public awareness. The still-functioning Abstract Artists Group continues to realize Harry Holtzman’s vision for a public space to gather abstract ideas and promote artistic discussion through member exhibitions, symposia, and critical panels.
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