NOHO Modern
750 N. La Cienega blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90069
Tel: 310-360-3990

Robert Hansen

selected works: 1957-1987

June 1 - July 15, 2006

Opening Reception
June 3, 2006 6-10 p.m.

at the still point, there the dance is ~ T. S. Eliot

I first encountered the work of Robert Hansen when I was an art student during the 1960s. Like others interested in the newly burgeoning art scene in Los Angeles, I attended the Monday night “Art Walks.” At the time, most of the art galleries in Los Angeles were located on or near La Cienega Boulevard. One Monday night each month, all of the galleries opened for patrons to walk from one gallery to the next. It was a smaller Los Angeles then and a smaller art scene.

Hansen's career in Los Angeles began just before the legendary Ferus Gallery helped bring international attention to the area. In 1958, Ferus Gallery co-founders Edward Kienholz and Walter Hopps gave Hansen one of the gallery's first shows. At the time of this early exhibition, Hansen had already embraced a subject and developed a technique that would occupy him until the mid-1980s. His subject was the figure, which he rendered in strands, drips and dollops of industrial lacquer.



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ROBERT HANSEN Born 1924, in Osceola, Nebraska

University of Nebraska; AB, BFA 1948
Escuela Universitaria de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; MFA 1949
Studied mural painting with Alfredo Zalce -- Executed 3 murals in public buildings
University of Michoacan, Morelia, Mexico: 1951-52
Guggenheim Fellowship: 1961-62 India and Southeast Asia
Fulbright “senior research” grant: 1961-62 India (Painting, bronze casting)
Tamarind Lithography Workshop Fellowship: 1965

Bradley University 1949-55
University of Hawaii 1955-56
Occidental College 1956 to 1987
Instituto Allende, Mexico: Summers 1959, 1960

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
14 solo shows in Los Angeles from 1957-1975:
Ferus gallery, Bertha Lewinson, Huysman, and Comara Gallery
Castellane Gallery, New York City, 1964
Graphics Gallery (drawing and lithographs), San Francisco 1975
Brand Gallery, Glendale, 1976
Oranges/Sardines Gallery 1981, 1982
Solo invitational, Kresge Art Gallery, Michigan State University, 1980

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Long Beach Museum of Art 1967
Los Angeles Municipal Gallery 1973
Bradley University 1976
Museum of Modern Art Painting USA: The Figure 1961
Carnegie (Pittsburgh) International 1961, 1966
USC Galleries 1982
Whitney Annual 1962, 1964
International Art Program of the U.S. State Department
The New Vein 1969-71 Toured museums in the capitals of Europe and South America
Tamarind-printed livre de luxe Satan's Saint exhibited in UCLA's Word and Image show, 1978

Permanent Collections: Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, Princeton University, University of Nebraska, and numerous private collections.