Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950

  • Jul 3, 2010 – Oct 17, 2010
  • The Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery
Hans Hofmann, "Push and Pull", 1950, oil and pencil on canvas, 36 x 48
in., Collection of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.

Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950 includes an extraordinary body of work created by the artist for the architect Josep Sert’s 1950 city plan for Chimbote, Peru, and two dozen other important works from that year. His nine large-scale Chimbote painting studies form a concise and inspired example of the depth of Hofmann’s strengths as an abstract painter and modernist visionary. He is often heralded more for his influence as a teacher than as an artist, but Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950 situates him firmly at the center of American abstract painting of the time.

The year 1950 was an important one for Hofmann, during which he produced more than fifty paintings. It marks his full maturity as a painter, and delineates one of his most productive periods as a writer, revealing the formal and conceptual intricacies of his intellectual concerns and his creative processes. Hofmann also delivered an important talk, “Post-Abstract Painting, 1950 France and America,” at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name that co-curator Michael Rush says was characterized as the “most radical artist organized show of contemporary art in America since the 1913 Armory Show.”

Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950 is curated by Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, and Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The touring exhibition is organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK. Generous support for Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950 is provided by the Hans Hofmann Estate.


Related Programs:

Film: Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist

Thursday, September 9, 4-5 pm

Narrated by Robert De Niro, this documentary film tells the story of one of the 20th Century's most influential artists and teachers—a friend to both Picasso and Pollock. Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher Artist is directed by Madeline Amgott, 2002, 56 minutes. A special workshop for teachers follows the film at 5 pm. For information, email t_dowell@uncg.edu or call (336) 256-1449.


Special Lecture: Michael Rush

Tuesday, October 5, 5:30-6pm

Michael Rush, curator of Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950 talks about Hofmann and his legacy as a teacher and an artist. A reception follows the lecture.

Michael Rush is a museum director, curator and widely published author and critic. He was director of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University from 2005-2009, and director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art from 2000-2004. Since the early 1990s he has contributed regularly to numerous publications including Art in America, Art on Paper, The New York Times, artext, Bookforum, and many others. His numerous award winning curatorial projects have ranged from international exhibitions of video art to Surrealism and monographic exhibitions on artists, both modernist and contemporary, including Hans Hofmann and Sue Williams.


WAM in the Press:

The Carolinian, September 1, 2010: Looking a Little Closer, by Kaley Davis




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