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Jack Perlmutter (1920-2006) Washington Abstract Artist

In NASA's Next Launch:  An Art Exhibit, from 2011 NASA featured Jack Perlmutter's painting titled: Lift Off in 15 Seconds.  NASA had commissioned Perlmutter to portray Apollo and space shuttle missions in the 1970s and 1980s.  His mature works are full of raw color and jagged lines. The Washington Post Art Critic, Leslie Judd Porter, wrote in 1956:  "They are so complex in their organization, so over-busy, that they hit the eye like broken glass. And yet you feel the artist's excitement, his love of the rawness, the newness, the beautiful, exciting, crushing city."

Below is an example of one of his over-busy compositions: 

"Harbor Along the Potomac" Acrylic on Masonite, approximately 20 X 32 inches
Perlmutter was born in Brooklyn/New York and grew up in the Bronx.  He ended up moving to Washington somewhere around 1940 and took a job in the Navy's Hydrographic Office - as a lithographer. He learned the complicated art of lithography by drawing and pri…