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Bettina Brendel
20th Century Modern Abstract Painter
German American, (1923–2009) An artist with a unique vision, Brendel described her work in 1958 as a study of movement, "the continuous rhythm and vibration of inner forces - those are the visual themes of my paintings." Brendel added the study of physics and history in the late 60s at the New School of Social Research in New York, and in 1985 and 1987 participated at the conference "Art, Science, and Technology" in Paris, France and Lisbon, Portugal. She states, "In my art I have set myself the task to visualize the mysteries of the micro-world of molocules and atoms and the subatomic structure of elementary particles." From 1988 - 1994 she was appointed "Artist in Residence" for computer art at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles. Born in Germany, the daughter of a German-Expressionist poet and professor of history, Bettina Brendel was educated in Germany and exhibited her artwork with the first group of abstract artists in Munich, "Zen 49." She immigrated to the United States with her husband Arthur Spitzer in 1950 and became a citizen in 1957. She studied art history and printmaking at the University of Southern California in the 1950s. She has since lived and worked in Southern California since 1972.
Exhibition History
2003: "liebig: konkret," May 3 - May 30, 2003, Galerie Dietgard Wosimsky, Giessen, Germany
2001: "The Impact of YLEM: 20 Years of Art, Science and Technology," September 4 - 22, 2001, SomaArts, San Francisco, California
2000: "Bettina Brendel: Symmetry and Sequences," Lawrence Gallery, Beverly Hills, California
1999: “Strukturen und Raume,” Galerie Am Bahdamm, Gieben, Germany
1997: Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Glendale, California
1996: “Creative & Cognition, Computer Art Exhibit, Loughborough University of Technology, Loughborough, England
1996: San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California
1995: Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California
1994 - 1995: Gallery Bender, Düsseldorf, Munich, Germany
1994: “California,” Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California
1988 - 1994: "Computer Art," California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles, California
1991: Galley 16-34, Santa Monica, California
1987: “Zen 49,” Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden Baden, Germany
1980: Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
1977: “Women Artists,” Santa Monica College of the Arts Gallery Annual, Santa Monica, California
1967 - 1972: Spectrum Gallery, New York, New York
1969: “Espaces Abstraits,” Galleria D’Arte Cortina, Milan, Italy
1968: Spectrum Gallery, New York, New York
1966: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
1964 - 1965: “Muse Manifeste,” Traveling Show, Italy, Austria, Germany
1962: “Structure e Style,” Museum of Modern Art, Torino, Italy
1962: Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California
1962: "Paintings and Collages," April 4 - May 6, 1962, Art Center La Jolla, La Jolla, California; August 7 - September 12, 1962, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California
1961: Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1961: “Form Concepts: 10 California Painters,” Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California
1961: “Ninth Annual Southern California Exhibition,” Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
1960: “Arts of Southern California VIII: Drawings,” Long Beach, Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
1960: Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1959: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1959: Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California
1958: Comara Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1958: Whittier Art Gallery, Whittier, California
1957: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1957: Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1957: National Orange Show, San Bernadino, California
1956: Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1955: “Arts and Architecture,” Laguna Beach Art Festival, Laguna Beach, California
1955: Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, California
1955: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
1954: Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, California
1952: Kottler Gallery, New York, New York
1951: Kottler Gallery, New York, New York
1949: “Zen 49,” Munich, Germany
1947 - 1948: “Griffelkunst, Juryfreie,” Hamburg, Germany

Collections
Armand Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, California
Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Max-Planck-Institut, Munich, Germany
Museum fur Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
Downey Museum of Art, Downey, California
La Jolla Art Center, La Jolla, California
International Center of Aesthetic Research, Turin, Italy

Work History
1958 - 1961: Modern Art Instructor, University of California Los Angeles Extension, Los Angeles, California
1976: Modern Art Instructor, University of California Los Angeles Extension, Los Angeles California

Education
1987: Conference Participator, "Art, Science, and Technology," Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, France; Lisbon, Portugal
1985: Conference Participator, "Art, Science, and Technology," Gulbenkian Foundation, Paris, France; Lisbon, Portugal
1968 - 1969: History and Theory of Physics, New School for Social Research, New York
1955 - 1958: Art History and Printmaking, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
1945 - 1947: Landeshochschule Bildende Kuenste (State Academy of Art), studied with Erich Hartmann, Hamburg, Germany
1941 - 1942: Kunstschule Schmilinsky, Hamburg, Germany
1939 - 1941: BA, Private Art School, Hamburg, Germany

Born
1923, Luneburg, Germany


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