Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction,  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, Ca. February 25-July 21, 2019 travelling to the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Ma., September 27, 2019 - January 6, 2020.

A comprehensive examination to date of Hofmann's innovative and prolific artistic practice. The Exhibition will feature approximately 80 paintings and work on paper, dating from the late 1920's through the end of his life in 1966. The exhibition will include many marvelous paintings from public and private collections across North America and Europe, a number of which rarely have been exhibited. The exhibition open at BAMPFA in Berkeley, California and will travel to other venues, is curated by Lucinda Barnes, Curator Emerita at BAMPFA.  A catalogue with essays and color reproductions will accompany the exhibition which is sponsored by The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust Hofmann Trust. There will be an exhibition preview on February 25, public opening February 26 and a Hofmann symposium scheduled for March 9 , 2019.

The Drawing Master: Hans Hofmann in the Bay Area,  1931 Bertha and Karl Leubsorf Gallery, Hunter College, opens February 28, 2019

At the invitation of the artist and educator Worth Ryder, Hans Hofmann traveled from Munich to teach at the University of California at Berkeley in 1930 and again in 1931. In the summer of 1931, Hofmann mounted his first exhibitions in the United States, in San Francisco at the Palace of the Legion of Honor and across the bay at Berkeley’s Havilland Hall.  Ryder helped to organize the exhibitions, and he apologized in his short catalogue text for the Legion of Honor that the exhibition included only drawings rather than the artist’s paintings—“but,” he insisted, “in these drawings, so small in size yet so vast in scope, the greatest achievements of modern art are in solution.

Hunter College’s exhibition, “The Drawing Master: Hans Hofmann in the Bay Area, 1931,” will revisit Hofmann’s 1931 exhibitions and the drawings Hofmann showed, to attempt to see what Ryder saw as the solutions of modern art.  Included in the Hunter installation will be some forty works, all of which were included in the San Francisco and Berkeley shows, many drawn from the holdings from the Renate, Hans, and Maria Hofmann Trust: portraits, figure studies, and landscapes, most completed in Europe in the late 1920s, alongside his students in St. Tropez, others realized on the West Coast, as he discovered the California landscape.  

“The Drawing Master: Hans Hofmann in the Bay Area, 1931” is organized by Hunter College MA students and Hofmann Research Fellows Mindy Friedman, Chika Jenkins, Anna Tome, and Sula Ulug, with Howard Singerman, professor and Phyllis and Joseph Caroff Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Hunter College.  It is supported by a generous grant from the Renate, Hans, and Maria Hofmann Trust.