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Sanford Wurmfeld: Color Visions 1966 - 2013

Curated by William C. Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor of Art History with the following graduate students: Rotem Linial, Bridget McCarthy, Theresa Andrea Morrison, Joan Reutershan, and Nicoline Strøm-Jensen. 

Assisted by Constance DeJong, Gabriele Evertz

Organized by Susan Crile with Lisa Corinne Davis

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 15, 6-8pm

Exhibition DATES: February 15 - April 20, 2013

450 West 41st Street (between Dyer and 10th Avenue), New York, NY
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 1-6pm

Sanford Wurmfeld: Color Visions 1966 - 2013 celebrates the work of Sanford Wurmfeld, the Phyllis and Joseph Caroff Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus and the Hunter College Art Department Chair from 1978-2006. Wurmfeld is an internationally known painter and a fixture in the New York art world. For decades he has created abstract paintings about color and its affects on human mood and visual perception.  Drawing inspiration from Georges Seurat, Josef Albers, Claude Monet, Mark Rothko, and his mentors and colleagues from Hunter College, among others, Sanford Wurmfeld illustrates the psychological effects of color on large-scale canvases. He has pursued a near-scientific inquiry into the perceptual and experiential effects of color while remaining an intuitive painter.  With over sixty paintings, sculptures, drawings, and films - many of which have never been exhibited - Sanford Wurmfeld: Color Visions 1966 - 2013 presents the most comprehensive retrospective of the artist's works from his nearly fifty-year-long career. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to explore Wurmfeld's groundbreaking examination of three-dimensional color as well as his legacy as a painter.

Hunter College is deeply grateful to the leadership support from the following exhibition sponsors: The President's Office, Hunter College; The Bershad Exhibition Fund; The Evelyn Kranes Kossak Painting Fund; and The Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation. We thank, for their major contributions, Phyllis and Joseph Caroff, Lucille D. & Theodore Kaufman, Golden Artist Colors, Inc., New Berlin, NY, Phyllis L. Kossoff, John Leubsdorf, Joan Masket and Sherman Pincus, Jacqueline J. Sferra Rada, Anita Shapolsky, and the Judith and Stanley Zabar Fund.  We are also grateful for the many generous gifts to the exhibition from Sanford Wurmfeld's former students, colleagues, friends, and family, including those who contributed through our Facebook campaign.

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