Obit>Udo Kultermann, 1927-2013

Udo Kultermann (courtesy Washington University, St. Louis)

Udo Kultermann, who was born in Germany, died in New York City on February 9, 2013 at the age of 85. An internationally-known art historian, scholar, author, and lecturer, Kultermann spent nearly 30 years as a professor of art and architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his work at Washington University, Kultermann, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Muenster, served as the director of the City Art Museum in Leverkusen, Germany. Kultermann wrote more than 35 books on a wide range of subjects, many of which have been translated into various languages. He also published numerous articles in scholarly journals world-wide. His book The History of Art History, is among his most original and cited works. Kultermann’s specialty was twentieth-century architecture, with a ground-breaking focus on Africa and the Middle East. His interests also included European art and architecture as well as contemporary American art. Recognizing their importance, Kultermann was one of the first art historians to write about female performance artists. After retiring from Washington University, he and his wife, Judith Kultermann, moved to New York City, where she still resides.

Editor’s Note: This notice was prepared by the Kultermann family. A full remembrance will appear in an upcoming edition of AN.

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