LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting (MFA)

Fall 2018 Hoffberger Visiting Artists

Patricia Treib

Patricia Treib was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1979, she now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from the Art institute in Chicago and her MFA from Colombia University, where she received both the Dong Kingman Fellowship and the Agnes Martin Fellowship.

Treib's paintings sound a striking note with their resonant color palette. Her luminous and finely painted calligraphic strokes, whose figurative origins generate an abstract form, are both enigmatic and lucid.

Her work has been shown extensively internationally in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, London, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon and Prague catching the attention of prominent critics and art writers, Peter Schjeldahl, Lloyd Wise, Roberta Smith, Joe Fyfe, Stephen Westfall, and Sharon Butler among others. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the American Academy in Rome, the Dora Maar House in France and a studio at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation in Brooklyn. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

For more images: http://www.bureau-inc.com/mainsite/Artists/Patricia/PatriciaTreib.html


David Humphrey and Gary Stephan in dialogue

October 2: Gary Stephan and David Humphrey will discuss the Mont Sainte-Victoire from 1897 by Paul Cezanne.  A seminal work for both artists, please see Stephan's article on the piece at: https://paintersonpaintings.com/gary-stephan-paul-cezanne/.  Humphrey recently mentions the work in an interview at https://paddle8.com/editorial/texting-with-david-humphrey/ when asked about the painting he would love in his collection.  

Gary Stephan was born in Brooklyn in 1942, he lives and works in New York City & Stone Ridge, NY.  Stephan has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe, and came to the fore early in his career with many exhibitions in Soho during its 1980’s heyday. Stephan creates formally complex and sophisticated abstract paintings as well as prints, sculpture, photography and video art. His work has been exhibited at many important institutions including the Drawing Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum.  He is recognized as one of the most formally astute painters working today.

Stephan studied industrial design at Parsons School of Design and at Pratt Institute. In 1965, he moved to San Francisco and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1967. After returning to New York, he was a studio assistant to Jasper Johns until he started showing with the David Whitney Gallery in 1970. This and the Whitney Biennial Exhibitions of 1971 and 1973 were followed by sufficient shows and reviews to prompt Roberta Smith in the New York Times to refer to his work as “among the most closely watched developments of the early ’70s.”

Stephan is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA program. He is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery in New York City and Devening Projects + Editions in Chicago.

David Humphrey is a New York artist, born in 1955. He received his BFA from MICA and his MFA from NYU.

He has been showing his paintings and sculpture internationally since the 1980’s. His is also a musician who also performs regularly in New York.  Occasionally called a Pop Surrealist, his work hybridizes a variety of depiction schemes and idioms to make works charged with psycho-social content and narrative potential. “Working in the studio was like building an empire inside your head that resonated into the world; that could function like a lens to the outside.”

Blind Handshake, an anthology of his art writing, was published in 2010 by Periscope Press and includes a wide variety of reviews, essays and curatorial statements. Humphrey won the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship and a variety of grants including an NEA and the New York State Council for the Arts among others. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions in New York at the McKee Gallery and Sikkema Jenkins and Co. and is currently represented by Fredericks & Freiser.

Lael Marshall

October 9: Lael Marshall was born in Seattle, Washington in 1968.  She received her BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1990 and an MFA in 1997 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany.

Marshall’s work is a quiet tribute to the beauty that surrounds us in our everyday lives. Patterned clothes, dishtowels, or handkerchiefs are often the materials she works with, attracted by the textures, patterns, or transparencies, which she cuts, sews, stretches, primes, or paints until something new arises.  Marshall’s work is about that precise moment when a material tips, and demands a greater attention, asking for a different and more attuned sort of looking.   Straddling the boundary between object and image, she is attentive to the limits a material can be manipulated before it relinquishes its original identity as a utilitarian object to become something new.  When for example, a dishtowel stops being a dishtowel, and suddenly transcends to become a painting.  

Recent solo and 2-person shows include Gray Contemporary in Houston, 57W57ARTS and Dieu Donné in NY and mitart gallery, Basel, Switzerland. Group exhibitions include The Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, BRIC in Brooklyn, The Curator Gallery in NY ParisCONCRET  in Paris, Sydney Non-Objective in Sydney, Beers Contemporary in London, A/B/Contemporary in Zurich, A3 Gallery in Moscow, Look&Listen in Saint-Chamas, France and Moulins de Villancourt in Pont de Claix, France.

Her work is in the collection of the New York Public Library, the BMW AG in Munich, the  Nordstern Versicherung GmBH and the Hypo Vereinsbank in Germany.  She was been awarded a residency at  Dieu Donné Workspace in 2014 and received The Acker Award for Visual Arts, San Francisco also in 2014.  In 1996 she was awarded a Purchase Prize from Nordstern Versicherung in  Köln and the Jubiläumspreis der Stadt München, (prize for painting, city of Munich).  For more information see: http://www.laelmarshall.com

Ali Banisadr

October 23: Ali Banisadr was born in Tehran in 1976, he currently lives and works in New York City. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005, and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2007. Growing up during the Islamic revolution and the eight-year Iran-Iraq War, his family left Iran in 1988, moving first to Turkey and then to California. 

Ali Banisadr's approach to abstraction alludes to displacement, memory, nostalgia and violence; his recent paintings weave elements from traditional Persian miniature painting together with a lush materiality and gesture. Their fractured grounds create an all-over field inflected with anarchy and carnage as inspired by his recollection of sounds during the bombings. This synesthesia connection between auditory memory and visualization is consistent throughout his work. His paintings have been featured in international surveys, such as “Love Me/Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and Its Neighbors” at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Recently, his work was included in “Rebel, Jester, Mystic Poet: Contemporary Persians” at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto (2017), which traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2017). Among public collections owning his work are the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The British Museum; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg. He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting in 2010. He is represented by Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York.   His website is: http://www.alibanisadr.com

Jackie Saccoccio

November 6: Jackie Saccoccio was born in Providence, RI in 1963.  She lives and works in CT and NY. She received her MFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988 and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985. 

Saccoccio has exhibited nationally and abroad for the last 20 years. Her solo exhibitions include The Club, Tokyo, Japan (2018); Case Chiuse, Torino, Italy (2018); a 2-venue show at 11R, NY and Van Doren Waxter, NY (2015); Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL (2015); Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS (2013); and Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa in 2014. Group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS; Marlborough Contemporary, London; Annet Gelink, Amsterdam; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL; and The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Saccoccio’s exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The New York Observer, Time Out, Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, and Artforum, among others. 

Saccoccio is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including The Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome; John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant; Fulbright Foundation Grant; Art Production Fund/Claude Monet Foundation Artists in Giverny residency; Artadia NADA Award; the Stein Prize from MOCA Jacksonville; and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship.  For more images see: https://www.jackiesaccoccio.com

Barbara Takenaga

November 13: Barbara Takenaga was born 1949 in North Platte, Nebraska.  She lives and work in New York City.  Takenaga attended the University of Colorado Boulder, earning a BFA in 1972 and a MFA in 1978. She has been the Mary A. & William Wirt Warren Professor of Art at Williams College since 1985. Currently represented by DC Moore Gallery in New York and by Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco she has been the subject of more than 40 solo exhibitions and countless group exhibitions in her career .

Takenaga is an abstract painter who is known for her swirling, dot-based paintings that evoke a sense of infinity and boundlessness like the night sky.  Due to her use of tessellated forms, Takenaga's work is noted for its challenging optical quality. Shown nationally and internationally, Takenaga's work is in the collections of The Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, The De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, NE, Neuberger Museum, Purchase College SUNY, NY, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, Sheldon Art Museum, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, and Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA among others.  

Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art News, The Brooklyn Rail, San Francisco Chronicle, The Denver Post, Art in America, artcritical.com and The New York Sun, with numerous catalogues to accompany her exhibitions.  Honors include the Wauson Fellowship, For-Site Foundation, San Francisco, CA in 2009. the Eric Isenburger Annual Award, National Academy Museum, NY in 2008, the Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Awards from the  American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2005. Her website is: http://www.barbaratakenaga.com/frames/paintings_frame2.html

Virginia Wagner

November 20: Virginia Wagner is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She makes paintings set in zones of conflict between human progress and the natural world. Raised in a family of biologists, she has a unique perspective from which to observe the psychological and physical effects of our quickly changing planet. She received her BA from Oberlin College in Studio Art and Creative Writing and her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art’s Hoffberger School of Painting. She has been granted residencies at VCCA, the Edward Albee Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Ucross, Vermont Studio Center, and Yale Norfolk, and received the 2016 Lotos Prize in Painting. Her portrait series has been featured on BBC Radio’s 'The Cultural Frontline' and in a short documentary entitled ‘The Gender Line,’ which premiered at the Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. Wagner is Co-Founder of the blog Painters on Paintings and teaches fine art at Pratt Institute and Montclair State University.  Her website is https://www.studiovirginia.com.