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“The Hansa Gallery Revisited”

Zabriskie Gallery

“The Hansa Gallery Revisited” celebrated a space founded in the early ’50s as a collaborative effort: a gallery that served not only as a launchpad for artistic talent, but also as a stage for encounters among artists, writers, and critics. The Hansa Gallery was a vital, continually evolving, and sometimes rather chaotic space that showed artists as diverse as George Segal, Jane Wilson, and Lucas Samaras. This tribute limited itself to five artists—three now deceased, two who consulted on the installation of the works.

Jan Muller’s art grew out of German Expressionism; his love of bright, vivid color was encouraged by Hans Hofmann. Muller painted mythic figurative imagery in small, fragile works that are mysterious and exhilarating—joyful, splintery relics of a simpler time. His disregard for materials may have evolved out of a dislike of art-as-object, or it may have been an aspect of the

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