The next exhibition at Nancy Hoffman Gallery, “40 Years,” celebrates four decades of the gallery, including recent work by most artists, along with key works from Estates the gallery represents. The show will comprise paintings, watercolors, photographs, video, sculpture and drawing and will include works by Nicolas Africano, Linda Mieko Allen, Ilan Averbuch, Joan Bankemper, David Bierk, Carolyn Brady, Howard Buchwald, Colette Calascione, Mark Calderon, Timothy Cummings, Rupert Deese, Purdy Eaton, Don Eddy, Viola Frey, Juan Gonzalez, Michael Gregory, Gregory Halili, Katerina Lanfranco, Hung Liu, Liséa Lyons, Lynn McCarty, Lucy Mackenzie, Carlton Nell, John Okulick, Frank Owen, Peter Plagens, Michele Pred, Richard Purdy, Joseph Raffael, Asya Reznikov, Bill Richards, Jesse Small, Jim Sullivan.
Nancy Hoffman Gallery opened in SoHo in 1972, among the first contemporary galleries downtown to show paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs, video and installa-tions. In October 2008, after more than 35 years in SoHo, the gallery moved to its new home at 520 West 27th Street in Chelsea—a light-filled space with majestically high ceilings and a sculpture garden.
More than ten years ago the gallery commenced an active and on-going Projects Space to showcase younger artists. The Projects program continues to grow and develop to introduce new artists to the gallery group and audience. Each artist’s single-minded, obsessive commitment to a personal vision and to the process by which that vision is realized, links younger to more mature artists.
Nancy Hoffman Gallery has maintained commitment, consistency and loyalty to artists over the years. Some of the artists have shown with the gallery since 1972 (Joseph Raffael had the inaugural show in 1972) others have joined the gallery in recent years. The artists come from China, France, England and the United States and have had exhibitions in this country, Europe, Australia, Asia, as well as the first virtual “art exhibition” in space on astronauts’ computer screens. Their age span echoes the geographical span, ranging from the 30s to the 80s.
For this celebratory show, the gallery suggested no theme or focus, requesting new and startling work by each participant. And that is what will be on view at 520 West 27th Street.