“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color,” ~Hans Hofmann (1880-1966).

Headlining Miami’s Art Basel season this year is the exhibition Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.

This Sunday’s Miami Herald ushered in Miami Art Week with a sweeping, two-page feature about the exhibition by George Fishman, read the lead story here.

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Hans Hofmann in front of his mural at 711 Third Avenue in New York City. Photo by Gene Lesser.

A towering figure among postwar New York School painters, Hans Hofmann is famed for his push/pull spatial theories and dynamic approach to color.

“Hans Hofmann was the linchpin for Abstract Expressionism, and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU is thrilled to bring this first-ever show about Hofmann’s mural works to Miami for Art Basel season,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the museum’s director.

Walls of Color provides valuable context for the history of collaboration between architects, artists and developers. A touchstone in a city like Miami. This aspect of Hofmann’s career will shed light on the wide-ranging ambitions of one of the most seminal artists of the 20th century,” adds Dr. Pomeroy.

This exhibition was organized by the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, with the support of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.

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Photos taken at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.
Mural fragments, studies and sketches in the exhibition Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann.
The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust (WorldRedEye/Alejandro Chavarria)

Hofmann nurtured some of the most esteemed artists of the 20th century including:  Lee Krasner, Larry Rivers, Joan Mitchell, Red Grooms, Ray Eames and Helen Frankenthaler.

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Photo (above): Out of This World, 1945 by Hans Hofmann. Collection of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU.  Gift of Dr. Paul Lambert Schmitz.