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Ulfert S. Wilke
20th c. Contemporary Painter, museum administrator
American, (1907–1988)
b. July 14, 1907 in Bad Tölz, Germany; d. 1988 in Iowa City, IA.
Painter in oils and acrylics, and art administrator. Study: Arts and Crafts School in Brunswick (1924-25); Academy Grande Chaumiere (1927-28); Academy Ranson, Paris (1927-28); Harvard University (1940-41); State Universirty of Iowa (M.A., 1947). Taught at: University of Louisville, 1948-55; Rutgers, 1962-67.

There has always been a strongly calligraphic element in Wilke's work. Oftentimes this element was submerged in his painting, though it came to the fore in his drawings. In the course of finding his way as an artist he has also found it necessary to be a collector. He has become compulsively involved with beautiful writing wherever he has found it- in a petroglyph, an Eskimo engraving, in Persian plates, the sand writings of the Bedouins, the number system of a primitive people, the peculiar power of a cattle brand, down to the fine art calligraphy of the Japanese Zen masters Hakuin and Sengai, or to his contemporaries Feininger, Bissier, Tobey, Hidai and Motherwell.

Clark Art Institute Lib.; Havlice "Indx. Art Bio.; Who's Who in American Art, 1973 & 1989.

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