The front five rooms of New Concept Gallery are transformed into the exhibition space for a retrospective of Ann Hosfeld’s five-decade long career as an artist.
“Ann Hosfeld: A Retrospective” opens at the gallery on September 1 and runs through the end of the month.
The earliest pieces in the show are from the 1960s when Hosfeld was attending school in New York. As a student at New York’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Hosfeld studied with second-generation abstract expressionist painters, including Charles Cajori, and sculptor James Rosati. She later studied with Wolf Kahn and Nathan Oliveira.
After graduating from Cooper Union, Hosfeld moved to Los Angeles where she developed her unique artistic style influenced by tropical plants of the Southwest and Mexico. Early paintings explored banana leaves and tropical plants, with an emphasis on light and shape.
When Hosfeld moved to Santa Fe in 1982, she expanded her work to include agaves and cacti. “The Southwest has had a profound affect on my body of work,” says Hosfeld, who founded New Concept Gallery in 2007.
The show also features a limited number of Hosfeld’s carved wooden sculptures created in the 1970s and 1980s. One of the pieces on display is an abstracted form of the ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, whose talent Hosfeld has greatly admired.
In honor of her retrospective show and the gallery’s 10th anniversary, Hosfeld is donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of her work to the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA). “I was so fortunate to be able to study at Cooper Union tuition-free,” she says. “I want to support young artists interested in attending NMSA. The school recognizes young people with talent, drive and passion and then equips them so they can pursue a career in the arts.”