KLAUS POSTLER
Untitled. (Detail) Mixed Media, 2008-2013. 6' x 12". Estate of Klaus Postler.
Klaus Postler was a peripatetic artist and independent curator whose work centered around the use of collage. As a seminal figure in the Mail Art movement, he had a long history of exchanging works with other artists around the world, his work has been included in over two hundred exhibitions world-wide.
 
Klaus Postler’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Ray Johnson Memorial Mail Art Show Archives. Museum of Modern Art in the Franklin Furnace Archives. Getty Museum in the Jean Brown Archives The Wexner Center for the Arts
in The Art is in the Mail(ing) Archives, among others.

​2005 Klaus received an MFA from UMASS Amherst and in 1998 he received a BA from the UMASS University Without Walls Program with an individual concentration entitled: The Artist as Curator.  Mr. Postler was the 2000 recipient of a McDowell Fellowship.     
While a student at UMASS, Klaus curated “The Ray Johnson Memorial Exhibition” at Hampden Gallery and the “Collaborations” exhibition at Herter Gallery. Post graduation, Klaus founded both the New England/NewYork/New Talent biannual exhibition and GO! (Global Opportunities) where he was  intent on exploring what was possible in today’s rambunctious global visual arts culture by working with artists, curators and organizations to create a vital arts matrix, which provided residencies and exhibition opportunities.

In the summer of 2005, Klaus taught himself some German and set off for a month of gallery and studio visits in Berlin, Germany and came back to the US to curate a travelling group exhibition entitled “Kunst Berlin”. This exhibition, like many that Klaus curated, would result in his forging strong and lasting friendships with artists around the world.

Artist and Curator Klaus Postler passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at his studio in Conway MA.    
Left to Right:
Klaus in the 1980's in his home/studio he called 'The Pit', Westmoreland, NH. 

Klaus at UMass, c. 2000; photo by Kelly Welburn.

Working while a MacDowell Fellow, 2000; photo by Joanna Morrissey.

Klaus in Romania, 2007; photo by Anne LaPrade.

Working on a piece in his Holyoke, MA home studio in 2008. Photo by Eileen Claveloux.