Hans Hofmann

Hans Hofmann[Reading] ➸ Hans Hofmann By Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive – Bluevapours.co.uk Hans Hofmann The Nature of Abstraction offers a fresh and revealing assessment of the artist’s prolific and innovative painterly career The comprehensive exhibition and accompanying catalogue will f Hans Hofmann The Nature of Abstraction offers a fresh and revealing assessment of the artist’s prolific and innovative painterly career The comprehensive exhibition and accompanying catalogue will feature approximately seventy paintings and works on paper by Hofmann from through the end of his life in including works from public and private collections across North America and Europe Curator Lucinda Barnes builds on new scholarship published over the past ten years and the catalogue raisonné to present Hofmann as a uniue synthesis of student artist teacher and mentor who transcended generations and continents His singular artistic achievement drew on artistic influences and innovations that spanned two world wars and transatlantic avant gardes Over the last fifty years Hofmann has come to be understood primarily from the vantage of his late color plane abstractions.

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Hans Hofmann eBook ✓ Hardcover
  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Hans Hofmann
  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
  • 04 February 2014
  • 9780520294479

10 thoughts on “Hans Hofmann

  1. William West says:

    This career retrospective shows Hofmann leaving Europe for America as a young painter emulating the European giants of the generation before most specifically Matisse and Cezanne to in my opinion at least middling results But in one of his Matissesue paintings of his studio the objects arrayed on a table are depicted if that is the word as a barely solidified looking smear of paint on paint This seems the exact moment when the young painter seemed to start to come into his own and create some very revolutionary work Hofmann's career as an artist was interrupted many times throughout his life first by the gyrations of early 20th century European history then by the confusion and desperation of adapting to his adopted country and also by teaching which he did almost as passionately as painting and sometimes put the latter on the back burner for the former One of the most inspiring things about his biography and oeuvre is that what is generally acknowledged as his greatest period and I would agree with that evaluation came in the last decade of his life from his mid 70s to mid 80s In the 1940s Hofmann had helped found what came to be known as abstract expressionism along with a slew of much younger American painters His works were perhaps conservative than his younger peers One senses in the '40s paintings an attempt to be abstract yet figurative at the same time many of the paintings suggesting some other worldly creatures in movement Some of these works brought Miro to my mind One wonders if Hofmann's prominence in Berkeley did not do much to influence the Bay Area figurative movement which also sought to smuggle the figure into work that could still largely be called abstract Hofmann's last decade saw his paintings become fully abstract but also sculptural with firm shapes asserting themselves amongst the flows of color I cannot believe that Richard Dieberkorn was not heavily indebted to these works Throughout his career but especially in the late works Hofmann does not evince the angst that characterized Pollock say or Rothko Hofmann's paintings are a celebration of the act of creation and of life itself

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