Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Mishkin Gallery Unveils New Hans Hofmann Exhibition

Hans Hofmann & His Students

Search for the Real: Drawings by Hans Hofmann & His Students

At the Mishkin Gallery, November 12 to December 10, 2010. Free Admission.

Search for the Real: Drawings by Hans Hofmann and His Students, opened at Weissman’s Mishkin Gallery on Friday, November 12 and will run through Friday, December 10, 2010. The exhibition includes drawings by Hofmann and approximately 26 drawings by his students. Some of his best known students, including George McNeil, Mercedes Matter, Giorgio Cavallon, Blanche Lazzell, and Vaclav Vytlacil will be exhibited. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Weissman Talks Onstage Dialogue Series presents a panel discussion with Karen Wilkin, moderator, on November 18, @ 7 PM, and the documentary film Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist by Madeline Amgott, narrated by Robert De Niro, on November 30, @ 7 PM.  Both of these events will be held at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. 

Hans Hofmann taught that abstract art evolved from nature and was an important conduit of European modernist ideas for American artists. He was one of the most influential of the émigré artists to arrive in the United States in the 1930s and 40s, during the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany and the early years of the war. Known for his school in Munich, Hofmann was invited to teach summer school at the University of California at Berkeley in 1930 and again in 1931. In 1932 he moved to New York City and taught at the Art Students League.

By autumn 1933, Hofmann had opened his own school on Madison Avenue, the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts. The next year he moved his school to East 57th Street and then to Greenwich Village in 1936. Hofmann also extended his program with summer sessions in Provincetown, beginning in 1935.

Famous for his discussions of composition, Hofmann is best known for his theory of “push and pull,” which he considered essential to defining the picture space. Some of the drawings in the exhibition are marked with Hofmann’s corrections, illustrating his teaching principles and style.

Search for the Real: Drawings by Hans Hofmann and His Students highlights the work of a famous artist and demonstrates how his ideas influenced the history and development of modern art in the United States. Organized by the Provincetown Art Association and Museum by curators Donald Beal and Christine McCarthy, the exhibition is funded in part by the Renate, Hans & Maria Hofmann Trust.

The Mishkin Gallery is located at 135 E. 22nd Street, New York City. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, Noon to 5 PM; Thursday, Noon to 7 PM. For more information please call 646-312-4085 or 646-312-5073.

(Text from Baruch press release edited by J D Sallen)

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