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Exhibit documents Hans Hofmann murals integral to New York City Modern buildings

May 20, 2015
through September 6, 2015

Large mosaic murals adorning two of Manhattan's important mid-century Modern buildings are now featured in an exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Entitled "Walls of Color: the Murals of Hans Hofmann," the show documents the pioneering abstract expressionist's bold contributions to the office building at 711 Third Avenue, 1956, by architect William Lescaze, and the High School of Printing (now High School of Graphic Arts Communication), 1959, on West 49th Street, by Kelly & Gruzen.

The office building mural wraps entirely around the lobby's central elevator core and is represented here by a half-scale 3D replica, with the vivid mosaics reproduced digitally. The school mural extends 64 feet along its street frontage and is documented here by photographs and a small-scale mock-up in actual glass mosaic. Both works were intrinsic to the design of their buildings; both are still in fine condition and readily accessible to the public.

Also shown are Hofmann's studies for extensive murals intended for the redevelopment of the city of Chimbote, Peru, proposed in 1950 by architects Jose Luis Sert and Paul Lester Weiner. Large, boldly colored oil studies for these works illuminate relationships between Hofmann's easel paintings and the demands of the mosaic medium. Some later paintings demonstrate the influence of the mosaic projects on the artist's subsequent work.

A 96-page catalogue is available. Professor Mary McLeod of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation will lecture on the Hofmann works at the Bruce Museum on June 25.

Exhibition through September 6
Lecture: June 25, 7:30 pm
Bruce Museum
Greenwich, CT (The Museum is a short walk from the Greenwich Metro-North station.)
More information HERE

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Hans Hofmann mural, elevator lobby, 711 Third Avenue, William Lescaze, 1956.

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