Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hoffmann was born in Bavaria.  In 1932, at the age of 52, he immigrated to the United States, where he lived until his death in 1966.  He taught art at the University of California at Berkeley, where he emphasized spatial illusion and color.  This emphasis was evident in his abstract paintings.  Hoffmann’s artistic theories […]

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The Stations of the Cross

By Christopher Zoukis

One large, flat rectangle, dark gray in color, stands like the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey.  In front of it, like small children who cannot contain their energy, two smaller oblongs of the same color and density lie on their heels.  All three are made of rock.  What kind of rock, I don’t know.  Perhaps granite, perhaps black marble.

They are tombstones.  The large monolith reads:  BARNETT NEWMAN.  The letters engraved in four-inch letters in the hard, polished surface of the rock, like one of the Ten Commandments. 

On the left of the smaller rectangles is engraved:  BARNETT NEWMAN.  Underneath the name it says:  January 29, 1905 – July 4, 1970.

The smaller rectangle on the right carries the name of his wife.  Obviously, Barnett gets top billing because he was the star of the family.  He dropped dead of a heart attack.

The three tombstones reside in Montefiore Cemetery, Saint Albans, Queens County, New York.  The street address is 121-83 Springfield Boulevard.

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Simon Schama’s Power of Art – Rothko, part 3 of 7

Rothko’s work was influenced by Nietzsche, Greek mythology, and his Russian-Jewish heritage; Rothko’s art emanated emotional content that he articulated through a range of styles that evolved from figurative to abstract.  Rothko’s early figurative work – including landscapes, still lifes, figure studies, and portraits – demonstrated an ability to blend Expressionism and Surrealism. His search for […]

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Simon Schama’s Power of Art – Rothko, part 1 of 7

A documentary about the american abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. A BBC program. Mark Rothko (Latvian: Markus Rotkovičs, Russian: Марк Ро́тко; born Ма́ркус Я́ковлевич Ротко́вич; Marcus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz; September 25, 1903 – February 25, 1970) was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist, although he himself rejected […]

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