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George Hofmann Exhibit Opens June 12

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ An exhibit of 31 abstract paintings and collages by artist George Hofmann will be on display in the Burke Gallery at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh from June 12 to July 25.

Desert and PhoenixCollage 40 X 32 The exhibit, "Ten Years ... collage and works on paper," opens with a reception on Saturday, June 12 at 4 p.m. in the Burke Gallery. Hofmann will give an artist's lecture prior to the reception at 3 p.m. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Hofmann has been a practitioner of abstract non-representational painting during the past 40 years. Though Hofmann does not practice minimal aesthetics, his work includes the essence and purity of color and form.  His approach has taken many vantage points and incorporates influences from Mondrian, Hans Hofmann, Jules Olitski and Kenneth Noland.

"My awareness of the history of art has been acute, but I always felt that a pictorial 'arena' had been opened up for me by my immediate predecessors," Hofmann said. "I have tried to make optical space real without using old means. Ten years have given me a new sense of purpose and a deeper understanding of what my life in art has been about."

Edward R. Brohel, director of the Plattsburgh Art Museum, has high praise for Hofmann's exhibit. "As we look at the evolution of his work over a span of years, it is the emotions and cognitive elements that form the cultural-mass, giving meaning beyond the technical and material, and basically justifying the effort," Brohel said.

Hofmann has exhibited in the New York City area for most of his professional life. He was also a teacher at Hunter College in New York City. Hofmann has had a special relationship with Plattsburgh State, giving lectures, advice and recommendations to students. The Museum's Permanent Collection also contains many of his works.

The Plattsburgh Museum is open daily noon to 4 p.m., except on holidays. For more information, call the Museum at 518-564-2474.

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