BUDD HOPKINS: Full Circle
PAAM 2017 exhibition catalogue
Budd Hopkins retrospective exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum
Curated by Grace Hopkins
In the late 1950s, when I first found my voice as a painter, I was carried away by Abstract Expressionism. The sense of a fresh and inventive painterly attack, the sheer power of painters like Kline and De Kooning, and the way in which the ABEX captured the speed and energy of America were absolutely persuasive to me. . . Franz Kline was surely a central influence on my work, though oddly, Piet Mondrian, that most orderly of painters, was a constant underworld presence. In 1966 I began to use the circle in my work as a centralizing theme, out of these more hierarchical paintings.
. . .A consistent undercurrent in [these] later works has been the black and white linear paintings of Piet Mondrian. So the influences of my two Gods of painting—Kline and Mondrian—appear together in what I feel now is a very satisfying amalgam.
— Budd Hopkins, 2010
Exhibition dates: July 21 – September 3, 2017