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Push and Pull: Hans Hofmann

UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive


Hans Hofmann’s famous phrase ‘push and pull’ is most often associated with his signature works of the 1950s and 1960s, in which bold colour planes emerge from and recede into energetic surfaces of intersecting and overlapping shapes. The ideas and impulses behind this enduring term, however, took shape decades earlier, in his teachings, writings, and in his own paintings. Read more.

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