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 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.





2019 - Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.

2019 - Chromatic Eclipse, WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC, New York

2017 - Shaped Paintings, WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC, New York

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

2012 - Marc Straus, New York

2011 - Gems. 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



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, curator 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 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, Musée 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, curators Martha Henry & 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, The Aldrich Contemporary Art 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, The Aldrich Contemporary Art 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, The Aldrich Contemporary Art 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, The Aldrich Contemporary Art 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, The Aldrich Contemporary Art 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


Charles Hinman at the Kreeger Museum by Mark Jenkins

Washington Post | May 16, 2019

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

The Kreeger Museum | Thru July 31, 2019

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 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