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Current Exhibition

Charles Hinman

Shaped Paintings

Charles Hinman’s paintings explore the boundaries of light, shadow and shape through elaborate three-dimensional paintings created according to mathematical formulas since the 1964 exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery. The WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC exhibition is part of the series focused on artists in the Bowery Arts District.

Curated by James Cavello

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC presents a solo exhibition of New York artist Charles Hinman (b. 1932) as part of its program of exhibitions and events dedicated to artists in the Bowery Arts District, past and present. The exhibition of 40 artworks, spanning from the 1970s until 2014, includes a curated selection of shaped canvases, drawings and sculpture highlighting the artist’s unique process. On view will be artworks such as White Rise, 1974, a minimalist white column consisting of three prisms that emphasizes the force of negative space and shadows. Also on view are artworks from the Gem series, recently exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, and large scale paintings such as Phoenix, 1989, (8 x 12 ft), a compelling interaction of rectilinear forms constructed with nine canvases, each with a subtle protruding arc creating movement in the work.

Hinman's art career began in the 1960's with a seminal exhibition, 7 New Artists at SidneyJanis Gallery, followed by a solo exhibition at Richard Feigen Gallery in 1964. Other important 1960s exhibitions include the Tibor de Nagy 1965 exhibition curated by Frank Stella and Henry Geldzahler (with Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Will Insley); Art in Process: The Visual Development of a Structure at Finch College Museum of Art, May 1966 (Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Robert Smithson, Charles Hinman, Will Insley, Sven Lukin); Young America at The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1965, and Art Institute of Chicago's annuals in 1966 and 1969. His work was represented by Galerie Denise René in New York and Paris, as well as Hans Mayer in Düsseldorf. For the next forty years Hinman’s work was exhibited worldwide and expanded to commissions, such as The Wooden Dove, spanning almost 50 feet across.

In the leading art publication, The New American Abstraction 1950-1970, Claudine Humblet defines Hinman's work as challenging inertia and the force of gravity, sometimes connected with the interpretation of the aesthetics of "primary structures." In Humblet’s view, 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."

Charles Hinman’s paintings have explored the boundaries of light, shadow and shape through elaborate three-dimensional wood structures created according to mathematical formulas. The canvases are painted in primary colors and tones to create an interplay between real and elusive forms and structures. Often, the painted angular sides generate the illusion of color in the shadows. The artworks expand beyond the traditional rectangular picture plane into the realm beyond the artwork, exploring the very nature of three-dimensionality. Color interaction is essential to Hinman’s process and the colorful shadows connect him to Light and Space artists like James Turrell. The interplay of hue, light and form energizes the canvases as well as the surrounding area with shifting perceptions and reflective color, depending on the vantage point. In Hinman’s words, “As the viewer passes a multi-dimensional object, the line of sight moves and causes the perception of change in the shape of the object. As light transitions across the surface of the painting, it affects the way in which the color is perceived. In brighter illumination, the color pales – in shadow, it deepens. The simplest of paintings becomes quite complex when all these factors are considered.”


Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Hinman received his BFA from Syracuse University in 1955 and went on to study at the Arts Student League of New York. In the early 1960s he shared a studio with James Rosenquist on the historic Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan. There, he was part of a community of prominent artists of the time including Agnes Martin, Robert Indiana, and Ellsworth Kelly. He moved into a larger studio on the Bowery in 1965 alongside Will Insley and Max Gimblett, where he still resides. During his Bowery years, Hinman’s work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions and collectors around the world. His artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Denver Art Museum, the Nagaoka Museum in Japan, the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, among others. He is the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship and four Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants.

Artist Quote “My consuming interest in making these paintings is to establish the real sculptural space of the work in context with an illusory space and show how these spaces interact. I think of my paintings as occupying a 6-dimensional space: the three dimensions of space, one each of time, light, and color.” 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 - Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • 2004 - Margot Stein Gallery, Lake Worth, FL

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

  • 1999 - Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL

  • 1999 - Fairfield University Museum, Fairfield, CT

  • 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 - Douglas Drake Gallery, NYC

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

  • 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 - Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • 1981 - Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

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

  • 1980 - Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

  • 1979 - Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 1979 - Grace Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 1977 - Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

  • 1976 - Irving Galleries, Milwaukee, WI

  • 1975 - Grace Hokin Gallery, Chicago, IL

  • 1971 - Galerie Denise Rene', NYC

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

  • 1970 - Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 1969 - Lincoln Center Retrospective, NYC

  • 1968 - Donald Morris Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 1967 - Biennale, San Marino, Italy

  • 1967 - Richard Feigen Gallery, NYC

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

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

  • 1966 - Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

  • 1964 - Richard Feigen Gallery, NYC



Group Exhibitions

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

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

  • 2014 - Xigue-Xigue, MARC STRAUS, NYC

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

  • 2011 - Armory Show, NYC

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

  • 2011 - American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Exhibition, OK Harris Gallery, 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 - Current Work, Two-person Exhibition, Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1999 - Red, Mitchell Algus Gallery, NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1996 - Exploring Dimensions, Space 504, NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1991 - Physicality, Hunter College Galleries, NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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 - Works on Paper, Frank Merino Gallery, NYC

  • 1981 - Planar Painting, curated by Corinne Robins, Alternative Center for International Arts, 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 - Black and White, Galerie Denise Rene, NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1970 - Contemporary Painting and Sculpture , Travelling Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1967 - Whitney Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum, NYC

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 1966 - Recent Acquisitions, Whitney Museum, NYC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 1965 - Young America 1965, Whitney Museum, NYC

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

  • 1964 - Quantum I, Noah Goldowsky Gallery, NYC

  • Museum of Modern Art, NYC

  • Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA

  • Denver Museum, Denver, CO

  • The Ackland Museum, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

  • Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH

  • Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

  • American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA

  • Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies, Aspen, CO

  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

  • Boise-Cascade Corporation, Boise, ID

  • Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

  • Chase Manhattan Bank, NYC

  • Continental Grain Corporation, NYC

  • Delaware Museum, Wilmington, DE

  • Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI

  • European American Bank, Huntington, NY

  • Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

  • Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

  • Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

  • Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC

  • Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, LI, NY

  • Krannert Art Museum, Urbana, IL

  • Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

  • Lehigh University Museum, Bethlehem, PA

  • Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark

  • Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI

  • McCrory Corporation, NYC

  • Museum of Modern Art, Nagoaka, Japan

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

  • North Carolina State University Museum, Raleigh, NC