There are several ways to appreciate the work of Hans Hofmann, an exuberant Abstract Expressionist who influenced generations of artists…..
Along the ground-floor facade of the former High School of Printing, is a boldly scintillating 64-by-11 1/2-foot mosaic mural designed by Mr. Hofmann and executed brilliantly in 1958 by L. Vincent Foscato of Long Island City, Queens. New York’s treasury of public and semipublic artwork is so rich that it sometimes takes an out-of-town institution to remind us…..the Bruce Museum (Greenwich, Conn.)…has opened an exhibition called “Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann,” curated by Professor Kenneth E. Silver of New York University.
Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann
The Museum will be awash in the vibrant hues of Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann in this first-ever exhibition to focus on the artist’s varied and under-appreciated public mural projects. The centerpiece of Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann will be nine oil studies by Hofmann, each seven feet tall, for the redesign of the Peruvian city of Chimbote. This was Hofmann’s extraordinary collaboration, in 1950, with Catalan architect José Luis Sert – the man who designed the Spanish Pavilion at the Paris World’s Fair in 1937, for which Picasso’s great mural Guernica was conceived. Although never realized, this visionary project was to include a huge mosaic wall – a freestanding bell tower in the town center – designed by Hofmann, which would incorporate not only his own highly evolved notions of Abstract Expressionist visual dynamics, but also forms symbolic of traditional Peruvian culture, religion and history.