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(b. 1932)



Charles Hinman (b. 1932) is an American Minimalist artist who was a leader in the movement of shaped painting in the twentieth century. 

His works are in private and museum collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, a National Endowment of the Arts grant, among others.

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© Charles Hinman.



Charles Hinman’s paintings are explorations into the boundaries of abstraction through elaborate three-dimensional wood structures created with mathematical precision. Challenging his abstract expressionist predecessors, Hinman spearheaded the development of 1960s and 70s Abstract Minimal art by utilizing hard-edged canvases to move painting from a two-dimensional illusory space to a three-dimensional real space.  What set Hinman apart from other contemporaries was his use of color, light, and time as his paintings reflect their hue onto the surrounding surface across varying levels of light. This juxtaposition places Hinman’s work at the intersection of the ideas explored by artists Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Barnett Newman, Al Loving, Dan Flavin, and James Turrell.

“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.
As the viewer passes a multi-dimensional object, the line of sight moves and causes the perception of a change in the shape of the object. As the quality of light changes across the surface of the painting, it affects the way in which the color is perceived. In bright light, the color pales – in shadow, it deepens. The simplest of paintings becomes quite complex when all these factors are considered.”

- Charles Hinman

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."

© Charles Hinman.




Charles Hinman is a New York Minimal painter who pioneered shaped canvas paintings through his innovative use of shadow, light, and shape with complex mathematical formulae. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Hinman holds his BFA from Syracuse University and later moved to New York City to study at the Arts Student League of New York. His first studio in the early 1960s was shared with James Rosenquist in an old sail factory in the Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan, and he later shared a studio with Robert Indiana on Spring Street. In 1965, he moved into his own studio and living space at 231A Bowery in the same building with artists Will Insley and Max Gimblett, where he resided for over fifty years. He was part of the growing community on the Bowery and downtown of influential painters and sculptors including Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Eva Hesse, Adolph Gottlieb, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Ryman, Brice Marden, Robert Mangold, and many others.

Hinman’s work has been included in era defining exhibitions alongside many of his Minimalist and Conceptual contemporaries. His art career began with a seminal exhibition at Sidney Janis Gallery, titled '7 New Artists', and thereafter a solo exhibition at Richard Feigen Gallery in 1964. This was followed by an historic exhibition at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in 1965, "Shape and Structure", curated by Frank Stella and MET Curator, Henry Geldzahler, which included artists, Donald Judd, Carl Andre and Will Insley. 

Charles Hinman’s artwork is exhibited internationally and collected by major institutions and private collectors across the world. His work 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 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Denver Art Museum, the Nagaoka Museum in Japan, and the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, among others. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and four Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants.

Exhibition History


2023, JAN 28 - MAR 25


Click to view our 2023 exhibition, Charles Hinman: Beyond Minimalism at Westwood Gallery NYC

2019, JUL 25 - SEP 7


Click to view our 2019 exhibition, Charles Hinman: Chromatic Eclipse at Westwood Gallery

2017, FEB 26 - MAY 6


Click to view our 2017 exhibition, Charles Hinman: Shaped Paintings at Westwood Gallery


2019, APR 18 - JUL 31


Click to view information about "Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965-2014" at The Kreeger Museum



2023 - Westwood Gallery NYC, New York: Charles Hinman, Beyond Minimalism

2019 - Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.: Charles Hinman, Structures, 1965-2014

2019 - Westwood Gallery NYC, New York: Charles Hinman, Chromatic Eclipse

2017 - Westwood Gallery NYC, New York: Charles Hinman, Shaped Paintings

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

2013 - Marc Straus, New York: Charles Hinman - 6 Decades

2012 - Marc Straus, New York

2011 - Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH: Charles Hinman, Gems

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

1975 - Galerie Denise Rene, NYC: Charles Hinman: White Works

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



2023 - Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH: Gary Lichtenstein, Painter and Master Printer (with Cey Adams, Janette Beckman, Robert Cottingham, Crash, Daze, Al Diaz, Shepard Fairey, Futura, Elizabeth Gregory, Bob Gruen, Charles Hinman, Robert Indiana, Indie184, Alfred Leslie, Eric Orr, Robert Scott, Jessica Stockholder, Vincent Valdez, and more)

2022 - Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York: Color Field Painting 60 Years: 1958-2018

2021 - Westwood Gallery NYC, New York: Charles Hinman | Will Insley: Structural Abstraction on the Bowery

2021 - Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK: Moving Vision

2021 - Marian Goodman Gallery, New York: Multiples, Inc. : 1955-1992

2019 - Georgia Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA: Color, Form and Light
2018 - Pace Prints, NYC: Welcome Back

2018 - Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Buffalo, NY: Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s

2014 - MARC STRAUS, NYC: Xigue-Xigue

2014 - Luxembourg & Dayan, NYC: The Shaped Canvas, Revisited

2014 - Galleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark: Shaped

2013 - Marc Straus, NYC: On Deck

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

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

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

2011 - Armory Show, NYC

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

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

2004 - Pace Editions, NYC: Blast from the Past

2004 - Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, NC: Abstractions

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

2003 - Margot Stein Gallery, Lake Worth, FL

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

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

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

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

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

1999 - Mitchell Algus Gallery, NYC: Red

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

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

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

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

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

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

1998 - Lipworth International, Boca Raton, FL

1998 - Space 504 Gallery, NYC

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

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

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

1996 - Space 504, NYC: Exploring Dimensions

1996 - Space 504, NYC: Three in Three Dimensions

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

1995 - Nordstamp/Lipworth International Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL

1995 - Heckscher Museum, Huntington, NY

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

1995 - Margaret Lipworth Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1993 - University of Georgia Abroad, Cortona, Italy

1992 - Georgia State Museum of Art, Athens, GA

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

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

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

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

1991 - Hunter College Galleries, NYC: Physicality

1990 - Margaret Lipworth Fine Arts, Boca Raton, FL

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

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

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

1988 - Hunter College Galleries, NYC: Abstraction: Systems

1988 - Musée de Beaux Arts de l'Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1988 - Zack/Shuster Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1987 - North Carolina State University Museum, Raleigh, NC

1986 - Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, FL

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

1986 - City Without Walls, Newark, NJ: Painting in the Third Dimension, curators Martha Henry & Chris Christofaro

1985 - North Carolina State University Museum, Raleigh, NC

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

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

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

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

1981 - Frank Merino Gallery, NYC: Works on Paper

1979 - Lowe Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

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

1977 - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

1976 - Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

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

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

1976 - Galerie Denise Rene, NYC: Black and White

1975 - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

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

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

1974 - Grace Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach FL

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

1971 - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT: Sculpture and Shapes of the Last Decade

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

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

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

1970 - Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

1969 - Richard Feigen Gallery, NYC: Big New Works

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

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

1969 - Herron Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

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

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

1968 - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT: From the Collection of Hanford Yang

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

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

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

1968 - Richard Feigen Gallery, Chicago, IL

1967 - Ithaca Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

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

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

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

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

1967 - Whitney Museum, NYC: Whitney Annual Exhibition

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

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

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

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

1966 - Pasadena Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

1966 - Old Hundred Museum, Ridgefield, CT

1966 - Finch College Museum, NYC

1966 - The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT: From the John G. Powers Collection

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

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

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

1966 - Whitney Museum, NYC: Recent Acquisitions

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

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

1965 - Whitney Museum, NYC: Young America 1965

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

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

1965 - Museum of Modern Art, NYC: Recent Acquisitions

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

1964 - Sidney Janis Gallery, NYC: 7 New Artists

1964 - Noah Goldowsky Gallery, NYC: Quantum I



Click to read “Charles Hinman at the Kreeger Museum” in the Washington Post, May 19, 2019

Charles Hinman at the Kreeger Museum by Mark Jenkins

Washington Post | May 16, 2019

Click to read “Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965-2014” at the Kreeger Museum

Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965-2014 at The Kreeger Museum

The Kreeger Museum | Thru July 31, 2019

Click to read “Must-See Art Guide: New York” in Artnet News, March 2, 2017

Must-See Art Guide: New York, March 2017 by Tatiana Berg

Artnet News | March 2, 2017



> The New American Abstraction 1950-1970, Second Volume, Skira Editore S.p.A, Italy, 2007, Claudine Humblet

> Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the 1960s, Yale University Press, 2001, James Meyer

> Charles Hinman: A Retrospective of Color, Charles B. Hinman, Corinne Robins

> Before the Letter, Charles Hinman

> Charles Hinman, Douglas Davis

> Art Now: New York Volume 1, Paul Katz

> Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin, volume 22, number 3, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1965, Ellen H. Johnson, Vinio Rossi, and Chloe Hamilton Young

> Structured Color, Emily Lenz

> Charles Hinman, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, January 2012

Museum Collections


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

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