WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC
262 Bowery, New York
Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm
Charles Hinman: Shaped Paintings
Feb 28-Apr 15
WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presents a solo exhibition of New York artist Charles Hinman b. 1932 as part of its program of exhibitions and events dedicated to artists in the Bowery Arts District, past and present. The exhibition of 40 artworks, spanning from the 1970s until 2014, includes a curated selection of shaped canvases, drawings and sculpture highlighting the artists unique process. On view will be artworks such as White Rise, 1974, a minimalist white column consisting of three prisms that emphasizes the force of negative space and shadows. Also on view are artworks from the Gem series, recently exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and large scale paintings such as Phoenix, 1989, 8 x 12 ft,, a compelling interaction of rectilinear forms constructed with nine canvases, each with a subtle protruding arc creating movement in the work. Charles Hinmans paintings have explored the boundaries of light, shadow and shape through elaborate three-dimensional wood structures created according to mathematical formulas. The canvases are painted in primary colors and tones to create an interplay between real and elusive forms and structures. Often, the painted angular sides generate the illusion of color in the shadows. The artworks expand beyond the traditional rectangular picture plane into the realm beyond the artwork, exploring the very nature of three-dimensionality. Color interaction is essential to his process and the colorful shadows connect him to Light and Space artists like James Turrell. The interplay of hue, light and form energizes the canvases as well as the surrounding area with shifting perceptions and reflective color, depending on the vantage point.
Hinmans art career began in the 1960s with a seminal exhibition, 7 New Artists at Sidney Janis Gallery, followed by a solo exhibition at Richard Feigen Gallery in 1964. Other important 1960s exhibitions include the Tibor de Nagy 1965 exhibition curated by Frank Stella and Henry Geldzahler with Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Will Insley Art in Process: The Visual Development of a Structure at Finch College Museum of Art, May 1966 Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Charles Hinman, Will Insley, Sven Lukin Young America at The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1965, and Art Institute of Chicagos annuals in 1966 and 1969. In the early 1960s he shared a studio with James Rosenquist on the historic Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. There, he was part of a community of prominent artists of the time including Agnes Martin, Robert Indiana, and Ellsworth Kelly. He moved into a larger studio on the Bowery in 1965 alongside Will Insley and Max Gimblett, where he still resides. During his Bowery years, Hinmans work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions and collectors around the world. His artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Denver Art Museum, the Nagaoka Museum in Japan, the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, among others. He is the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship and four Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants.