About the Exhibition
This exhibition will survey the art of Budd Hopkins in depth, from his early abstract expressionist works, to his collage-based period, to his final painting series of “dancing guardians.”
Budd Hopkins is considered a member of the New York-based second generation of abstract expressionists, with peers such as Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell. Artist, art historian, and former President of the American Section of the International Association of Art Critics John Perreault posits that his work extends his legacy beyond this characterization: “What Hopkins did was quite astounding. He re-thought art and its relationship to contemporary life, returning to the collage aesthetic pioneered by the Cubists in the early 20th Century. He reinterpreted and generalized the basic principles of collage to offer a fresh look at modernism and what followed.” Hopkins remained committed to the emotional and spiritual core of abstract expressionism, while many others didn’t consider their compatibility.
This exhibition will primarily feature paintings, with some supporting prints and drawings, and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog.