Self-Portrait: Vertical Elliptical Motion, Large
Blythe Bohnen (07/26/1940- ) was born in Evanston, Illinois. Her formal education was gained at Smith College, Boston University of Fine and Applied Arts and Hunter College. Her artistic works are generally conceptual in nature, and most are in the mediums of painting and drawing. Bohnen is widely known for her self-portraits which are usually accomplished in acrylic or graphite. Most recently, Bohnen has been using photography to continue to explore movement and form of the human figure which she had begun with in the 1960's and 70's. She photographs movements of her head, controlling the camera speed in order to overlap images and create an unfocused, distorted effect. The photographs are meant to ellicit strong emotions and provoke thought. Her paintings and drawings have won national acclaim and have been exhibited accordingly. Between 1971 and 1972 she was features in the Annual Survey of American Painting at New York's Whitney Museum. In 1977 the Museum of Modern Art chose to include her painting in its Extraordinary Women Exhibition. That same year the Chicago Art Institute featured her in it's show entitled 'Drawings of the 70's'. Additionally, she has participated in solo exhibitions on an international scale at such venues as Belgium's Cultural Institute Center, Holland's ArtLine Gallery, and Tokyo's Galerie Mukai. Between 1967 and 1972 she was well known for her lectures on modern mathematics and modern art at New York's Metropolitan Museum and Parsons School of Design. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1978, as well as several Artists in Residency Grants. Bohnen's works have been permanently acquired by a host of museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Dallas, New York's Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago.