CURRENT AND UPCOMING

Hofmann's Ways early drawings 1898-1934, MPK, Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 4 - September 9, 2018

Exhibition at Musee Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern (MPK). An exhibition of Hans Hofmann's pre-1934 work on paper, curated by Britta Buhlmann and Annette Reich, Director and Associate Director of MPK in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The previously unpublished graphic oeuvre shows an interesting and varied development process that preceded the influential painterly work of the postwar period.  A catalogue with essays and reproductions will accompany the exhibition which is sponsored by the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust. The previously unpublished graphic oeuvre shows an interesting and varied development process that preceded the influential painterly work of the postwar period.

 From Motherwell to Hofmann: The Samuel Kootz Gallery, 1945-1966, The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York. February 11, 2018- May 20, 2018

From Motherwell to Hofmann: The Samuel Kootz Gallery, 1945–1966 is the first exhibition to examine the critical role Kootz (1898–1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force. It will focus on the ways in which Kootz’s New York gallery (operational 1945–1966) was instrumental in promoting the careers of several major Abstract Expressionist artists, including William Baziotes, Adolph Gottlieb, Hans Hofmann, and Robert Motherwell. It will feature works by these artists as well as focus on a selection of important exhibitions that were held at the Kootz Gallery, including a 1946 show of the collection of Roy R. Neuberger, Kootz’s first customer at the gallery. Until now, Samuel Kootz has been underrepresented in the scholarship of the postwar period, despite representing much of the major talent in twentieth-century art. The exhibition and associated publication, with essays by noted experts, recasts Kootz, focusing on his writings, relationships with individual artists, collectors, and dealers, and the trajectories of the artists who showed at his gallery, in order to provide a new perspective on this moment in American art .From Motherwell to Hofmann: The Samuel Kootz Gallery, 1945-1966 was organized by the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  From Motherwell to Hofmann: The Samuel Kootz Gallery, 1945-1966 was organized by the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.

Sublime Abstraction: Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, California, November 25, 2017 - May 31, 2018

These works through the language of visual abstraction,  have the power to move, inspire, and transform their viewers through the simple act of looking. William Baziotes, Mary Corse, Wojciech Fangor, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Morris Louis, Anish Kapoor, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, Theodoros Stamos, and Pat Steir are among the artists represented in this exhibition. 

Master Class - Hans Hofmann - The Manes Center at the Nassau County Museum of Art, January 27 - June 3, 2018

There is nothing like the relationship of teacher and student, a bond that becomes all the more enduring when the student rises to become a notable artist in his or her own right. In the second exhibition of a multi-part series devoted to the great artists whose students in turn became stars, the Nassau County Museum of Art explores Hans Hofmann and his students, Lee Krasner, Fritz Bultman, Helen Frankenthaler, and Wolf Kahn. 

 Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction,  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives,  February 27-July 21, 2019

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.

The Drawing Master: Hans Hofmann in the Bay Area,  Bertha and Karl Leubsorf Gallery, Hunter College, February, 2018

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.