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  1. Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist
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  2. Hans Hofmann: Artist/Teacher, Teacher/Artist

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Narrated by Robert De Niro, this documentary is both an explanation of modern art and the story of an artist and teacher of thousands, some of whom are today's leading artists. A first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Hofmann was friend to Picasso and Pollock alike. Hofmann never intended to teach, but necessity forced him to, and he became extremely influential. Of the thousands of artists, writers, and dancers who studied with Hofmann at one time, one place or another, twenty-four are included in this documentary.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The video was a history of Han Hofmann and did show some of his paintings and emphasized that the painting had areas that would visually pop out and recede giving motion to the paintings. But there was no information about Hofmann's techniques, color theory, composition or how he achieved the movement in the paintings.

Hofmann's history was interesting but I was looking for more technical information.
Hofmann was a giant as a painter, up there with Matisse and Picasso. Additionally he was an amazing teacher who generously shared his knowledge with innumerable students over the years. Hofmann created an unique verbal vocabulary to express his ideas about pictorial and plastic relationships. . His influence lives on in his students and their students. I was fortunate enough to study with Hofmann students James and Nieves Billmyer. This film brought back treasured memories of Bill and Nieves. It was a great joy to see so many Hofmann paintings and drawings. The film was well researched and narrated. I highly recommend it.
This DVD offers good insights on Hofmann's teaching style but insights into his own paintings or his life story are very few (at least until the last 20 minutes when we're finally told more about the work). It does show examples of his paintings - I only wish they had been captioned so that viewers can at least research online the ones they found the most compelling. I did enjoy the documentary, though. I first discovered Hofmann in the pages of "New Art City" by Jed Perl many years ago and this DVD offers a good complement to the information in the book. What is really missing in the DVD is some explanation of Hofmann's paintings: how they evolved over the years, how did he choose the colors, how did he work to create them. In the DVD the filmmakers show his students painting abstract art from a real-life model and a still life. Was it how Hofmann created his paintings too? But in the second half of the documentary there is a bit of footage of him painting, and also footage... Read more
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