E V E L Y N H O F E R: 1922-2009 will be on view from March 20, 2010 through May 1, 2010.
To honor her life’s work, selections of nearly forty vibrant dye transfer color prints are on view at ROSEGALLERY. This exhibition anticipates a perspective into the late photographer Evelyn Hofer’s observing approach in her portrait, cityscape, and still life photographs. In reverence to her masterful technique for color, Hofer’s work is elevated here to disclose an individual and pure observation contained by the dye transfer process, a color-printing technique now considered rare since the skills and materials needed for production have been out of mainstream entities since the mid-nineties.
Evelyn Hofer’s illustrious career photographing began in literary circles after arriving in New York in the forties. Early in her adulthood, her aptitude for taking photographs was considerable after apprenticing under two commercial photographers in Switzerland thus making her arrival to New York refined with the skills in which to explore architecture, city life, and portraiture in the fifties and sixties. Her worldly output holds the exacting subtlety of a concert pianist with original compositions keenly performed through her lens leaving her viewers in a wake of a simple generosity where each object, remnant of clothing, and furniture imparts an active human habitation.
ROSEGALLERY has been collaborating with Evelyn Hofer and her printers, Guy Stricherz and Irene Malli for the past five years focusing on the production of her discriminating dye-transfer prints selected from her prolific city work spanning from the sixties through the nineties and her self-chosen studio still-life’s she created near the end of her lifetime.
The artist’s monograph published in 2004 with Gerhard Steidl showcases a distinctive insight into her truly remarkable contributions to black and white and color photography in twentieth century Europe, America, and Mexico. She was a well traveled, working artist whose classic composition, brilliant saturated color use outshine the fleeting snapshots of her contemporaries. The comprehensive publication features her most notable work from New York, London, Dublin, Paris, Spain and Italy. The harmonized presentation of her work on view highlights her lifetime commitment. Evelyn Hofer has quietly left behind an eye for interior and elegant stillness at a moment in history that pleads a reminder of the concentration and discipline this class of seeing necessitates.
Evelyn Hofer has work housed in museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Texas, the Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico, numerous university art collections, and private and corporate collections worldwide.
ROSEGALLERY is located in the Bergamot Station Arts Center at 2525 Michigan Avenue, Gallery G-5, Santa Monica, CA 90404.
By Jim McKinniss