Budd Hopkins (1931-2011)

IMG_4101Budd Hopkins (1931-2011). Panmure, 1964. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches; 32 x 42 inches framed. Signed and dated lower right. Custom splined and painted hardwood frame. Provenance: New Britain Museum of American Art, bequest Elaine Glass. Based on the evidence provided by Centerville MA label, we have concluded that the piece was completed at Hopkins’ Truro, MA studio.
An exemplar of Hopkin’s early 1960’s abstraction, Panmure has been archived in New Britain Museum’s collection for over 50 years. Of work from this period, the artist has this to say:
Looking back, I realize that in all of my paintings prior to 1965 I had used a compositional structure in which a number of large, somewhat equivalent elements came together, often with a degree of violence, to fight it out on the canvas surface. This was the compositional method underlying Franz Kline’s smashing, clashing black bars, for example, and De Kooning’s powerhouse abstractions of the later 1950’s.
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Birth place: Wheeling, WV Addresses: NYC Profession: Painter Studied: Oberlin College (B.A., 1953); Columbia Univ., 1953-54, with Meyer Schapiro. Exhibited: WMAA, 1958-72 (5 annuals); Festival Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy, 1958; “Young America,” WMAA, Baltimore Mus. Art, St. Louis Art Mus. & others, 1960; Allen Mem. Art Mus., 1957 (Three Young Americans); PAFA, 1964; Yale Univ. Art Gal., 1967 (Benjamin Collection); “Young New England Painters,” Ringling Mus. Art, Portland Mus. Art & Currier Gal., 1969; William Zierler Gal., NYC, 1970s Member: Provincetown AA (hon. vice-pres., 1968-70). Work: WMAA; Guggenheim Mus.; SFMA; Hirshhorn Coll., Wash., DC; Williams College Mus., MA. Commissions: oil painting, West Virginia State Humanities Council, 1972. Comments: Hard-edge abstract minmalist painter active in Provincetown, MA, 1956-70s. Preferred media: oils, acrylics. Contributor: “First Person Singular,” Art Gallery April, 1972; co-auth., “Concept vs. Art Object,” Arts April, 1972. Teaching: