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Godwin Hoffmann

Vera Engelhorn Gallery

This handsome exhibition of works on paper is not quite indicative of Godwin Hoffmann’s main body of work. Working and exhibiting widely abroad, Hoffmann has installed shaped canvases in various environments—alongside bridges, on the walls of churches, inside an arch in an arcade. Those canvases present an odd hybrid of Abstract Expressionist and Color Field techniques that seem more decorative than anything else. This exhibition, however, included only one example of such work, and one senses that the black and white “drawings” are somehow studies for, or reactions to, the more highly finished and painstakingly sited canvases.

The drawings, which date from 1977 to 1993, vary in size and media; the larger are charcoal on paper, the smaller, oil or acrylic on paper. Most, however, are elegant works composed of strips or strokes of black on white, both of which are laid on in a painterly

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