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Charles Hinman

Charles Hinman was introduced to the New York art scene in 1964 in a show titled Seven New Artists, at the Sidney Janis Gallery. Hinman's work was characterized by challenging the usual rectangular form of the canvas, a trend that continued over the decades and became his trademark. In the artist's own words, "My consuming interest in making these paintings is to establish the real sculptural space of the work in context with an illusory space and to show how these spaces interact. Through this process, I introduce the Einsteinian fourth dimension in that the difference of the natural light during a diurnal cycle or the peripatetic viewer moving in external space cause the perception of the image to change. Though the works at first glance appear serene and placid, they are ever changing as the surface of the ocean or the expanse of the sky. Ever dynamic, they are ever alive." Today, he continues to make shaped canvas' in his New York City studio.

Since the seminal 1964 exhibition, Hinman's work has been on view worldwide. Selected museum collections include Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, USA; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI; Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA. He is the recipient of four Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (1995, 2007, 2008, 2009), the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012, the Gottlieb Foundation Grant and numerous others. His work is included in The New American Abstraction 1950-1970 by Claudine Humblet.

In the 2007 leading art publication, The New American Abstraction 1950-1970, Claudine Humblet states about Hinman's work: From the very beginning of Hinman's adventure of construction […] the aim of the first structures was to address the challenge of inertia and the force of gravity, sometimes connected with the interpretation of the aesthetics of "primary structures" (structures by Donald Judd, Soll LeWitt, Robert Morris, and Robert Smithson were included alongside shaped works by Hinman, Insley and Sven Lukin in Art In Process. The Visual Development of a Structure, organized by the Finch College Museum of Art, New York in May 1966).[…] Hinman's work was intended solely to be regenerated within its own parameters: the "three dimensional character of the canvas object,", the "painted illusory or pictorial image," and the "feeling of the picture plane or the flatness of the wall."

Artwork © Charles Hinman

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 - Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.

  • 2017 - Shaped Paintings, WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC

  • 2016 - Two Points on a Plane: The Paintings of Charles Hinman, Museum of Art, DeLand, FL

  • 2013 - Charles Hinman - 6 Decades, MARC STRAUS, New York

  • 2011 - GEMS, at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

  • 2008 - Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

  • 2006 - Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

  • 2005 - Wooster Art Space, NYC

  • 2004 - Margot Stein Gallery, Lake Worth, FL

  • 2004 - Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • 2001 - Landing Gallery, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1999 - Fairfield University Museum, Fairfield, CT

  • 1999 - Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1998 - Bergen County Museum of Art, Paramus, NJ

  • 1995 - Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

  • 1994 - Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

  • 1993 - Chassie Post Gallery, Atlanta, GA

  • 1990 - North Carolina State University Museum, Raleigh, NC

  • 1990 - Douglas Drake Gallery, NYC

  • 1989 - Virginia Lust Gallery, NYC

  • 1987 - Irving Feldman Galleries, West Bloomfield, MI

  • 1985 - Gallery 99, Bay Harbor Island, FL

  • 1984 - I. Irving Feldman Galleries, Southfield, MI

  • 1983 - Galleri Bellman, NYC

  • 1982 - Irving Feldman Galleries, Sarasota, FL

  • 1981 - Medici-Berenson Gallery, Bay Harbor Island, FL

  • 1981 - Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

  • 1981 - Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • 1980 - Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

  • 1979 - Grace Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 1979 - Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 1977 - Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

  • 1976 - Irving Galleries, Milwaukee, WI

  • 1975 - Grace Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 1971 - Galerie Denise Rene', NYC

  • 1970 - Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 1970 - Galerie Denise Rene'/Hans Mayer, Krefeld, West Germany

  • 1969 - Lincoln Center Retrospective, NYC

  • 1968 - Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 1967 - Richard Feigen Gallery, NYC

  • 1967 - Biennale, San Marino, Italy

  • 1966 - Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

  • 1966 - Richard Feigen Gallery, NYC and Chicago, IL

  • 1966 - Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoaka, Japan

  • 1964 - Richard Feigen Gallery, NYC



Group Exhibitions

  • 2014 - Xigue-Xigue, MARC STRAUS, NYC

  • 2014 - The Shaped Canvas, Revisited., Luxembourg & Dayan, NYC

  • 2014 - Shaped, Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • 2013 - On Deck, Marc Straus, NYC

  • 2013 - Going Into the Dark, curated by Amalia Piccinini, The Painting Center, NYC

  • 2011 - American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Exhibition, OK Harris Gallery, NYC

  • 2011 - Structured Color, D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc, NYC

  • 2011 - Armory Show, NYC

  • 2009 - Exploring Black and White: the 1930s through the 1960s, D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc, NYC

  • 2005 - Geometric Abstraction 1930-1980, Margot Stein Gallery, Lake Worth, FL

  • 2004 - Blast from the Past, Pace Editions, NYC

  • 2004 - Abstractions, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC

  • 2004 - Current Work, Two-person Exhibition, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

  • 2003 - Gallery Artists, Margot Stein Gallery, Lake Worth, FL,USA

  • 2002 - Light and Shadow, curated by Corinne Robbins, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Narrowsburg, NY

  • 2001 - XXXIII Festival International de la Peinture, Castle Museum, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

  • 2001 - Painted in New York City, curated by James Little, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

  • 2000 - Foundation of a Century, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

  • 2000 - The Art of Absolute Desire, curated by James Little, 450 Broadway, NYC

  • 1999 - Red, Mitchell Algus Gallery, NYC

  • 1999 - The Armory Show, Mitchell Algus Gallery, The International Fair of New Art, NYC

  • 1999 - Red, Black, White: Bolotowsky, Nevelson, Hinman, Weber Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY

  • 1999 - Absolut Secret, curated by David McKee, D'Allenburg Fine Arts International, David McKee Gallery, New York Studio School, New York; Royal College of Art, London

  • 1999 - Abstraction: New Directions for a New Millennium, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI

  • 1998 - Recent Acquisitions , Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1998 - Art Students League of New York: Instructors' Work, Gremillion Fine Art, Houston, TX

  • 1998 - Gallery Artists, Lipworth International, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1998 - Summer 1998 Exhibition, Space 504 Gallery, NYC

  • 1997 - Abstractions: Charles Hinman and Manfred Mohr, Angela Danielle Gallery, NYC

  • 1997 - Windows '97, The Art Students' League, NYC

  • 1997 - French Designer Showhouse, curated by Jane Victor, NYC

  • 1996 - Coenties Slip: Early 60's, curated by Martha Henry, Elaine Goodheart Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

  • 1996 - Exploring Dimensions, Space 504, NYC

  • 1996 - Three in Three Dimensions, Space 504, NYC

  • 1995 - Reconstructivism: New Geometric Painting in NY, Curator: Peter Frank, Space 504, NYC

  • 1995 - Artists of the Gallery, Nordstamp/Lipworth International Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1995 - From the Collectors, Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY

  • 1995 - Across State Lines, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY

  • 1995 - Gallery Artists, Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1993 - UGA Summer, University of Georgia Abroad, Cortona, Italy

  • 1992 - Recent Acquisitions , Georgia State Museum of Art, Athens, GA

  • 1992 - Intermezzo: Gallery Artists, Douglas Drake Gallery, NYC

  • 1991 - Graphicstudio, curated by Ruth E. Fine, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

  • 1991 - Skowhegan: For Frances and Sydney Lewis, curated by Frederieke Taylor, Midtown Payson Galleries, NYC

  • 1991 - Selections from the Permanent Collection, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

  • 1991 - Physicality, Hunter College Galleries, NYC

  • 1990 - Gallery Artists, Margaret Lipworth Fine Arts, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1989 - American Painting Since the Death of Painting, curated by Donald Kuspit, Kuznetsky Most Exhibition Hall, Moscow, USSR

  • 1989 - Very Special Arts, curated by Jean Kennedy Smith, Christie's, NYC

  • 1989 - Aspects of the 60's, Virginia Lust Gallery, NYC

  • 1988 - Abstraction: Systems, Hunter College Galleries, NYC

  • 1988 - Recent Acquisitions, Musee' de Beaux Arts de l'Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • 1988 - Gallery Artists, ,Zack/Shuster Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1987 - Recent Acquisitions , North Carolina State University Museum, Raleigh, NC

  • 1986 - Gallery Artists , Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, FL

  • 1986 - Pop Art, Minimal Art: Artists-in-Residence in Aspen, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

  • 1986 - Painting in the Third Dimension, curated by Martha Henry and Chris Christofaro, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

  • 1985 - Art for Page Hall, North Carolina State University Museum, Raleigh, NC

  • 1985 - Exuberant Abstraction, The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States and the Mendik Company, NYC

  • 1984 - Viewpoint, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield, MI

  • 1983 - 20th Anniversary Vera and Albert List Art Poster Program, curated by Martin E. Segal, Chairman of the Board, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYC

  • 1981 - Planar Painting, curated by Corinne Robins, Alternative Center for International Arts, NYC

  • 1981 - Works on Paper, Frank Merino Gallery, NYC

  • 1979 - Selected Alumni, Lowe Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

  • 1978 - Constructs, curated by Eliot Lable, Bleecker Street, NYC

  • 1977 - Collector's Choice, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

  • 1976 - Group Show , Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

  • 1976 - Bicentennial Banners, Chuck Levitan, Inc., Works of Art,

  • 1976 - Highlights of New York Shows 74-75, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

  • 1976 - Black and White, Galerie Denise Rene, NYC

  • 1975 - Group Show, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

  • 1975 - Important Postwar and Contemporary Art, curated by Ellen H. Johnson, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH

  • 1974 - Striped and Shaped Canvasses, Bronx Museum of Arts, Bronx, NY

  • 1974 - Gallery Artists, Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach FL

  • 1971 - The Collection of the Chase Manhattan Bank, curated by Mary Lanier, Finch College Gallery, New York

  • 1971 - Sculpture and Shapes of the Last Decade, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

  • 1971 - American Painting and Sculpture, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

  • 1970 - Disappearance and Reappearance of the Image, Smithsonian Institute International, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Belgium

  • 1970 - American Art Since 1960, curated by Sam Hunter, The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

  • 1970 - Opening Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

  • 1970 - Contemporary Painting and Sculpture , Travelling Show

  • 1969 - Big New Works, Richard Feigen Gallery, NYC

  • 1969 - 29th Annual Exhibition, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

  • 1969 - Superlimited Boxes, Books, and Things, Jewish Museum, NYC

  • 1969 - Group Show , Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

  • 1969 - American Painting--The 1960's, American Federation of Art, NYC

  • 1968 - From the Collection of Robert B. Mayer, Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE

  • 1968 - From the Collection of Hanford Yang, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

  • 1968 - Signals in the 60's, curated by James Johnson Sweeney, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HA

  • 1968 - First India Triennale of Contemporary World Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

  • 1968 - In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

  • 1968 - Gallery Artists, Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 1967 - Selected Artist, Ithaca Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

  • 1967 - Out from the Wall, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

  • 1967 - Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana, IL

  • 1967 - Art Objectif, curated by Otto Hahn, Galerie Stadler, Paris, France

  • 1967 - Pittsburgh International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

  • 1967 - Whitney Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum, NYC

  • 1967 - The 180 Beacon Collection of Contemporary Art, Sam Wasserman Collection, 180 Beacon Street, Boston

  • 1967 - International Prize Exhibition, curated by Romare Brest, Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1966 - Conditional Commitments - The Artist's Terms, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

  • 1966 - The Dimensional Surface, A.M. Sachs Gallery, NYC

  • 1966 - Group Show, Pasadena Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

  • 1966 - Highlights of the Season, Old Hundred Museum, Ridgefield, CT

  • 1966 - Art in Progress, Finch College Museum, NYC

  • 1966 - From the John G. Powers Collection, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

  • 1966 - Art of the United States, 1670-1966, Whitney Museum, NYC

  • 1966 - Colorists, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

  • 1966 - 25th Annual Exhibition, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL

  • 1966 - Recent Acquisitions, Whitney Museum, NYC

  • 1966 - Art in Process: The Visual Development of a Structure , Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Charles Hinman, Will Insley, Sven Lukin Finch College Museum of Art

  • 1965 - Three Young Americans, curated by Ellen H. Johnson, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH

  • 1965 - Young America 1965, Whitney Museum, NYC

  • 1965 - Far Out - Selections from the John G. Powers Collection, Plattsburgh Museum, Plattsburgh, NY

  • 1965 - A New Collector Collects, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

  • 1965 - Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

  • 1965 - Shape and Structure, curated by Frank Stella and Henry Geldzahler (with Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Will Insley) Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC

  • 1964 - 7 New Artists, Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC

  • 1964 - Quantum I, Noah Goldowsky Gallery, NYC

  • Museum of Modern Art, NYC

  • Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA

  • Denver Museum, Denver, CO

  • North Carolina State University Museum, Raleigh, NC

  • Musee' des Beaux Arts de l'Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Museum of Modern Art, Nagoaka, Japan

  • McCrory Corporation, NYC

  • Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI

  • Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark

  • Lehigh University Museum, Bethlehem, PA

  • Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

  • Krannert Art Museum, Urbana, IL

  • Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, LI, NY

  • Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC

  • Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

  • Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

  • Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

  • European American Bank, Huntington, NY

  • Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

  • Delaware Museum, Wilmington, DE

  • Continental Grain Corporation, NYC

  • Chase Manhattan Bank, NYC

  • Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

  • Boise-Cascade Corporation, Boise, ID

  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies, Aspen, CO

  • American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA

  • Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

  • Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH

  • Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

  • The Ackland Museum, Chapel Hill, NC