The Hans Hofmann Legacy: Creative Diversity

January 18, 2018



Cape Cod Museum of Art

January 18-March 11, 2018


Public Reception – January 25, 5:30 – 7 p.m.


Hans Hofmann’s influence and importance as a teacher and an artist on American art is momentous.  – Deborah Forman, Guest Curator


Hans Hofmann taught the exciting new approaches of European modernism to the thousands of students who flocked to his Provincetown and New York schools. From 1935 to 1957, his classes inspired a new direction in American art. ”Although Hofmann advocated very specific rules and approaches, he was acutely aware of his students’ individuality and encouraged their creative instincts. As a result, the diversity of styles his students achieved is remarkable” says Deborah Forman, Guest Curator for the show.


This exhibit focuses on a selection of his students who, armed with his teachings, created a variety of distinctly innovative American art forms. In addition to several of Hofmann’s paintings, this show will include the works of 27 artists, including Paul Resika, John Grillo, George McNeil, Robert Beauchamp, and Robert Henry, who have had a close connection to the Provincetown art colony.


Deborah Forman, a significant contributor to the art history of Cape Cod, is the Guest Curator for this exhibition.


Along with art from the CCMoA collection, works on loan from the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cove Gallery and local collectors will present a broad view of Hofmann’s influence.


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