Nature into Action :: Hans Hoffman

Hans Hofmann's "Morning Mist." Image source.

Nature into Action: Hans Hofmann exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum is a one-man show, featuring selected work from one of the most important artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Hofmann's artwork focuses on vivid colors and abstract forms. Entire canvases are filled with uneven layers of color, creating rough textures. Much of the work shown was composed of overlapping rectangles painted in bold primary colors. The one exception was "The Wind," where black and white paint was swirled on a dark blue background.

The exhibit itself is very small, since it features only about ten pieces of one artist's work, so it doesn't take long to walk through. I'd recommend going there to take a break after studying at Thom Faulder's art furniture sculpture BAMscape in Gallery B of the Berkeley Art Museum. The exhibition is open until June 30, 2010 and BAM hours are Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hofmann's "The Wind." Image source.

Xiaoqian Lim
BARE Reporter

1 comment:

  1. Hofmann's work is awesome. It's one to see in person though because a lot of the effects are 3D. He was one of the firsts to layer paint on the canvas in that way! + he was a mentor to Lee Krasner (artist and wife of Jackson Pollock - who we all know inspires a lot of fashion today too). And, Berkeley has a good collection of his work.

    Ps. (yay for ArtHist 11 with Grigsby!)