Influential Louisville artist Julius Friedman dies at 74 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Influential Louisville artist Julius Friedman dies at 74

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tributes are coming in for an influential Louisville artist who lost his battle with cancer. 

Julius Friedman died early Sunday of leukemia. He was 74. His photography and graphic pieces were known to focus on nature, the human body and furniture. 

Friedman's eye for detail earned praise in the art world and prestigious exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  And his posters are part of permanent exhibits at museums around the world.  He also has installations at both the Frazier History Museum and the 21c Hotel and Museum in Louisville. 

But local residents will recognize some of his many striking images that promoted local businesses and causes. Perhaps one of his best-known posters was in support of the Louisville Ballet featuring a dancer's toe shoe delicately balanced on an egg.  Another poster for the Bristol Bar & Grille features two shattering champagne glasses. 

Mayor Greg Fischer posted another of Friedman's well-known posters on Twitter, a french horn filled with ice cream that was done for the Louisville Orchestra.  He said "Our city mourns the passing of Julius Friedman. Artist. Innovator. Visionary. He was playful, creative and colorful, like his artwork."

The Frazier History Museum also posted a tribute along with recent pictures from a Friedman exhibit at the museum. 


Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-03) issued a statement praising Friedman for his passion. 

“Julius Friedman, as much as anyone else, represents the creative spirit and genius of Louisville. His posters are iconic, but his love for our community, and his passion for telling Louisville's story in his art, will inspire us for generations to come. His contributions to the art world and his love of the creative enterprise will be impossible to replace. As a longtime friend, I will miss his humor, his insights, and his unique perspective on humanity.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced. 

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