selected works: 1957-1987
June 1 - July 15, 2006
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
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Selected Group Exhibitions:
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.