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Hans Hofmann & Sam Feinstein: A Film Collaboration

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ART WEEK 2019 EVENT

Thursday May 2
6:30 pm  – 8:00 pm

Patricia Stark Feinstein will talk about a collaboration between her late husband, artist and filmmaker Sam Feinstein, and Hans Hofmann, the renowned Abstract Expressionist.

She will also show the 29-minute black-and-white documentary film, Hans Hofmann, that the two men made beginning in the summer of 1950 in Provincetown and continuing throughout the decade of the 1950s.

Together they wrote the narration while the filming, editing and final production was completed as a solo venture by Sam Feinstein. The filming itself took place in Hofmann’s classes as well as in his private studio and outdoors on the Cape and in New York City.

Sam Feinstein’s experience as an artist, art educator and writer, filmmaker and Hofmann student contributed significantly to the project.

The focus of the film is on the philosophy and principles of art as conveyed by Hofmann in his teaching and writing, and as made evident in the process of his own painting. A ten-minute sequence in the film shows Hofmann painting The Window, a work now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 1965, Hofmann wrote to Sam Feinstein: “I hope you can complete the realization of the great film about my scholarly and artistic activity that did so much engage your time and creative energy. I am totally in sympathy with the entire film. Most sincerely, Hans Hofmann

Prior to creating the Hofmann film, Sam Feinstein had worked on films for the Surgeon General’s Office of the US Army, the United Nations, the Film Board of Canada and the Federation of Atomic Scientists. During the late 1940s, he had been Supervisor of Classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and filmed the museum’s first art documentary. Feinstein was a Hofmann student from 1949 to 1953, and a contributing editor to Art Digest during the early 1950s. At Hofmann’s request, Feinstein wrote the essay for the Kootz Gallery brochure of the Hofmann exhibition in 1953.

The film Hans Hofmann premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1999 and has been screened in many venues since that time. It was released as a DVD insert in the monograph titled Sam Feinstein written by Patricia Stark Feinstein and published in 2008.

Patricia Stark Feinstein has been a painter and teacher of art and art history for over thirty-five years.  Pat taught at the Art Institute of New Jersey, at Riverdale Country School in NYC and along with her late husband, artist Sam Feinstein, she led painting workshops in Toronto, Canada annually for eighteen years.  She is the author of the monograph Sam Feinstein.  Pat has lectured and curated exhibitions in New York, Princeton and Gloucester as well as at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and at Highfield Hall in Falmouth. She is currently working on an exhibition that will be held at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia in 2020. 

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