– Ellen Dissanayake, Author
"What a book— informative, moving, and clarifies so much that was always unclear to me. One revelation after another,
and it reads beautifully. Detailed, but with broad perspectives, all in the context of other important events.
I hated to put it down. An amazing achievement! I was especially gratified to see both of the Hofmanns from the
Houston Museum of Fine Arts. Fiat Lux was my last acquisition for the museum,
and was met with stony silence except by the few who knew painting. A stormy picture, and it matched my
mood at the time, so I was taken with Hofmann’s comment, in the book, that it was painted in a mood of ‘negative ecstasy’— exactly!"
– William C. Agee, Evelyn Kranes Kossak Professor of Art History, Hunter College
Author; former director (MFAH, Pasadena Art Museum) and curator (MOMA and Whitney)
"Hofmann’s teaching ... was crucial to a number of Canadian abstract artists, including Joe Plaskett, Hortense Gordon,
Alexandra Luke, Jock Macdonald, Takao Tanabe, William Ronald, Don Jarvis, and Margaret Peterson. ...
Between his arrival in America in 1933 and his death in 1966,
his passionate teaching based on strong principles inspired a generation of teachers and artists. This exhaustive book not only outlines
Hofmann’s biography but aims to impart his teaching, as conveyed by those who studied with him. ... Hofmann’s influence
on hundreds of painters was a vital part of the scene and is at last brought to light."
– Robert Amos, Times Colonist
(Victoria, BC, February 5, 2011)
"Treat your mind’s eye to painterly tomes"