Thursday, July 18, 2013


Following are some great ART that we just saw in Berkeley @ BAM,(Hoffman & Eisenman), and @ The De Young Museum in San Francisco.  ENJOY!

Hans Hofman (March 21, 1880 – February 17, 1966) was a German-born American abstract expressionist painter.  He was very talented in Math & Science but became interested in ART at the death of his Father.  He imigrated to the United States in 1932. He is widely known for his Abstract work, and is reknown for his ART & teaching both in Germany & the U.S.
The list of well known Artists, especially Abstract Expressionists who studied with him is long. He authored an infuential book "Search For The Real".  Hans Hoffman invented the term "push/pull". 

Hans Hofman
Hans Hofman
Hans Hofman
Hans Hofman
Richard Diebenkorn (April 22, 1922 – March 30, 1993) was a well-known 20th century American painter. His early work is associated with Abstract Expressionism and the of the 1950s and 1960s.His later work (best known as the Ocean Park paintings) known as the bay area figurative work were instrumental to his achievement of worldwide acclaim.

 After WWII, the focus of the art world shifted from

the School of Paris to the New York School. 

In the early 1950s, Diebenkorn adopted abstract expressionism as his vehicle for self-expression, influenced at first by Clyfford Still, Arshille Gorky, and William de Kooning. He became a leading abstract expressionist on the west coast. In 1950 to 1952, Diebenkorn was enrolled under the G.I Billin the Univ. of Mexico's graduate fine-arts department where he created a his version of Abstract Expressionism.  He lived in berkeley, CA. from 1955 to 1966. By the mid-1950s, Diebenkorn had become an important figurative painter, in a style that bridged Henri Matisse with Abstract Expressionism.  He also lived in in New York & Los Angleles .

Diebenkorn was extremely influenced by Henri Matisse,particularly his

French Window at Collioure,and View of Notre Dame.
Diebenkorn  taught at UCLA from 1967-1973. Richard Diebenkorn died due to complications from emphysema in Berkeley on March 30, 1993.

Richard Diebenkorn
Richard Diebenkorn
Richard Diebenkorn
Richard Diebenkorn
Richard Diebenkorn

Nicole Eisenman is an American artist living and working in New York City. She received a bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987. She was an exhibited artist in the 1995 and 2012 Whitney Biennials. 
Her work flows through various genres with wit and story telling, "Masterful in their utterly peculiar originality".  People drinking, eating, having sex, red noses, backward bodies patched rag dolls, like beings from some strange planet. Her imagination is far reaching , influenced often by Art History!  Some of her favorite Masters are Munch, Picasso, Renoir & Bonnard. 
I find her work some of the most exciting I have seen recently.  Some of the ones that were my favorites were large groupings of Monotypes, however there wasn't a piece at the show @ BAM that was boring. I was thrilled to have gotten to see her exhibit because it was the last day!

Nicole Eisenman
Nicole Eisenman
Nicole Eisenman
Nicole Eisenman
Nicole Eisenman

Monday, July 1, 2013


Urs Fischer, (photo by Rivian, pictured)

Hi Everyone,
I have not posted in a long time because I was so occupied with preparing for my last workshop at The Athenaeum, La Jolla, including producing some of my own work as examples!  It was titled "Art From Anything" and the students created some wonderful & unusual ART!  I would like, in this post, to show you some of the Artists that we looked at. It would not surprise me if many of them are unfamilar to you.
I hope that you enjoy seeing them.  Please make comments if you do! (or even if you do not) Thanks for looking! 
Alina Szapocznikow

Camille Claudel
Anselm Kiefer
Urs Fischer
Andy Goldsworthy

Jediah Caesar
Robert Rauschenberg
Armando Reveron
Alina Szapocni
Eva Hesse
Lady Pink
Huma Bhabha
Thomas Houseago
Iona Rozeal Brown
Meryl le Berre
John Latham