The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

The Hans Hofmann School

May 27 – September 10, 2017

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) was one of the foremost painters of the modern era. A brilliant colorist, Hofmann’s paintings incorporate his signature “push and pull” with overlapping forms, pulsing colors, and intersecting planes. Originally from Germany, Hofmann taught for many years in Munich, Berkeley, Los Angeles, and New York before opening the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in New York in 1934. Summer sessions were held in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Apart from being a master artist himself, perhaps Hofmann’s greatest skill lay in the teaching of art. At the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts students could attend classes in composition, painting, and life drawing. In addition, he gave lectures on theoretical topics such as the, “Social Significance of Modern Art.” A more formal approach to the teaching of art, the Hofmann School stressed the mastery of the medium

After decades of teaching, Hofmann closed his school in 1956 leaving behind a legacy of hundreds of students; some students incorporated his teachings while others eschewed them when creating their own work. This exhibition highlights just a few of those students including: Helen Frankenthaler, Red Grooms, Lillian Orlowsky, Paul Resika, and more.