Rita Blitt: Around and Round


by Mulvane Art Museum


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Rita Blitt: Around and Round is an overview of more than sixty years of work by Rita Blitt (b. 1931), a renowned contemporary American artist. Blitt’s dynamic body of work is distinguished by the sense of joy expressed through her pieces—sculptures, paintings, drawings, video, and more. Her work has been showcased in more than 70 one-person exhibitions and has been acquired by many museums and private collections. Her sculptures, some of them as tall as 60 feet, can be found throughout the U.S. and in Japan, Australia, and Singapore

The book presents a thoughtful selection of Blitt’s artwork, with a particular focus on the paintings and drawings that form the core of her studio practice and that are often studies for her highly acclaimed sculptures. More than 100 color plates and reproductions are included in these pages, along with essays by scholars and colleagues that provide context and interpretations of Blitt’s work and practice.

"Kindness is contagious. Catch it!" — Rita Blitt

The Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, houses Rita Blitt's legacy collection and is home to the Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden. The oldest art museum in Kansas, Mulvane Art Museum opened in 1924 and houses a collection that while international in scope, focuses on the works of artists from Kansas and the Moutain Plains. Connie Gibbons, director of the museum and chief curator of the Rita Blitt collection, edited Rita Blitt: Around and Round. 


Trade Edition

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Hardcover, Smyth Sewn Binding

114 Color Photographs

144 Pages

9 x 11 in.