Hans Hofmann was a well-known teacher—he ran private art schools in his native Germany (until 1933), New York, and Provincetown—and an influential contributor to the rise of Abstract Expressionism. He helped to connect Parisian and New York art circles and encouraged generations of artists to liberate color and form from the straightjacket of representation. Hofmann also nurtured the ambitions of budding collectors, including William Alexander, who for many decades focused on collecting European and American artists endorsed by Hofmann. In his early eighties, Hofmann was as prolific and radical as ever. Art critic Clement Greenberg commented on the octogenarian’s new-found confidence in 1962: “the best things he has done in recent years—and they are among the best things he has ever done—move towards a personal synthesis in which the painterly is fused with the linear at the same time that Fauvism is married to Cubism.”
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