Frederick Barthelme began his career as a painter in Texas in the late 1960s. His work was included in a number of exhibitions in Houston at the Louisiana Gallery, the Katheryn Swenson Gallery, Kiko Gallery, and in exhibits at the University of Houston, Rice University, the Jewish Community Center, the Oklahoma Art Center, and in numerous regional exhibitions. After moving to New York in 1967, he was involved with other concept artists in exhibits at the amusingly-named Museum of Normal Art, and thereafter at the Seattle Art Museum, UBC Gallery Vancouver, CAYC Buenos Aires, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Cultural Center, Oberlin College, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Texas Gallery, and other museums and galleries in the U.S. and elsewhere. His work was included in Seth Siegelaub’s early printed exhibitions, in the special “concept” issue of Studio International, in Ursula Meyer’s Conceptual Art, in Lucy Lippard’s curated exhibits and in many of the seminal publications of the movement including Lippard’s The Dematerialization of the Art Object, Donald Karshan’s exhibition catalog Conceptual Art and Conceptual Aspects, and others. From the 1970s forward he published more than a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction (see site here) and he has, in recent times, begun again to make one-off digitally mastered works on canvas and paper, as well as editioned prints, short-run art books, and bad and defaced photographs.
“9 Situations.” Louisiana Gallery, Houston, May 1965.
“Regional.” Oklahoma Art Center, Norman, OK, January 1966.
“New Art.” Jewish Community Center, Houston, July 1966.
“Made In Houston.” Louisiana Gallery, Houston, May 1967.
“Normal Art.” Museum of Normal Art, New York, May 1967.
“March 1-31, 1969.” Seth Siegelaub, New York, March 1969.
“557,087.” Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, September 1969.
“Photo Show.” UBC Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., November 1969.
“2,972,453.” CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 1969.
“Art Work.” Art and Language, 2 (1970), n.p.
“July/August.” Studio International, July 1970.
“Art in the Mind.” Oberlin College, April-May 1970.
“Concept Art.” New York Cultural Center, April 1970.
“Information.” Museum of Modern Art, New York, July 1970.
“Videotapes.” Texas Gallery, Houston, February 1973.
“One Man Show Closed Today.” Texas Gallery, Houston, January 1974.
“Picture Stories.” Texas Gallery, Houston, February 6, 2002.