Bio

Frederick Barthelme first exhibited in Houston, Texas at galleries including 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. Later he showed in the first wave of conceptual art exhibits in New York and in numerous national and international publications and exhibitions of that work. He exhibited at the first concept art exhibit at Joseph Kosuth’s Museum of Normal Art, at the Seattle Art Museum, the 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 and other shows in the U.S. and elsewhere. His work was included in Seth Siegelaub’s early printed Concept Art 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 put painting aside and began writing fiction, publishing short stories in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, etc., and publishing fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction. Recently he returned to fine art making short run editioned Giclee prints and one-off digitally mastered works on canvas and paper. 

Selected Exhibitions

“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, Jan 1974.
“Picture Stories.” Texas Gallery, Houston, February 6, 2002.