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Hans Hofmann Hardcover – February 14, 2006
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Other particulars making this book a great addition to any bookshelf dedicated to Modern Art are five essays by Hofmann on art: "Plastic Creation", "The Search for the Real in Visual Arts", "The Resurrection of the Plastic Arts", "The Color Problem in Pure Painting" and "Sculpture". This is not to mention an excellent Introduction by Sam Hunter and wonderful essays by Tina Dickey and Frank Stella. Of course, there are the requisite features of a monograph: a brief (perhaps a little too brief, but who can complain at this point) chronology of Hofmann's life, and a selected list of exhibitions. Add to all of the above the attractive binding, a sturdy and handsome slipcase (which is what is pictured above), and what you have is a unique and appealing presentation of Hans Hofmann, his life, his work, his thoughts and his place in Twentieth Century Art.
This book is enthusiastically recommended.
The combination of hue clarity, nuance, and sharp focus of the plates acurately recreates the space of the paintings and really lets them sing.
The brush and knifework, even the weave of the canvases are all crystal clear in the reproductions.
This solidly constructed book is a work of art in itself.
It containes a large number of high quality colour plates (possibly all his work), and an excellent description of Hans Hofmann's thought processes in the introduction by Sam Hunter and as a bonus, 5 essays written by Hans Hofmann. A real asset for any artist who has an interest in the development and progression of abstract painting from the 1920's to 60's.
An amazingly packaged book, complete with an outer cardboard and matte finished laminated paper printed sleeve to house the book when not in use. (see photo) Well worth the $80.00 I have spent. And yes, the color plates are superlative--alone worth the asking price!!!
I would like Rizzoli to continue the tradition with the popular as well as the lesser known artists of the Abstract Expressionist period, and the various artists from the Dada and Bauhaus schools.
Their idea of construction, layout, and packaging should be the new industry standard.
That would be a sublime treat for me and I am sure it would be for other artists as well!
I was especially pleased that an excellent book has been published about his legacy. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful art books I have ever purchased. The color reproductions are worthy of Hofmann's genius as a colorist and they convey the passion and boldness of his painting technique. The essays are well written and valuable, especially Sam Hunter's analyses of individual paintings and the chronological development of Hofmann's work. The book is a work of art and well worth the investment.