Category Archive: works on paper

“holding it together”

is a show i’ve curated about assemblage and collage.  in art vernacular, an assemblage (pronounced a-ˌsäm-ˈbläj) or collage is made by putting together preexisting things that weren’t intended to go together and usually… Continue reading

“the moon,” a new series of drawings from crystal liu.

like all of her work, these use nature as metaphor to explore human emotion.   her inconography of trees, water, rocks, mountains, clouds and the stars and moon recount stories, or maybe it’d be… Continue reading

a studio visit with william t. wiley,

in preparation for his first solo show at hosfelt gallery. visiting wiley’s studio is like going into a dark room after being in bright sunlight — your eyes need to adjust to the… Continue reading

curating an opening exhibition

while our new space is gorgeous, a gallery is only as good as the art in it…  an inaugural show is the benchmark, setting your audiences’ expectations.   we couldn’t open with a solo… Continue reading

a studio visit with julie chang

this dialogue and the photos from julie’s studio came out of the lead-up to her solo exhibition in our new york gallery space… todd hosfelt:   language is really important in your work.   you’ve… Continue reading

this is not a chair

ruth marten makes really smart artworks drawing on antique etchings.  i mean that figuratively — in that her work is inspired by the imagery of the old prints she gets in flea markets… Continue reading

we’re at the PULSE art fair in miami…

here are some (not-very-good-quality iphone) photos of our booth… a driss ouadahi painting, photographs by jay defeo… the door of jonathan brand’s paper mustang, (one-half of) a painting by jutta haeckel, a thread… Continue reading

a look back at our clementina street gallery

i opened hosfelt gallery in october 1996 – 15 years ago.  today is the last day in our clementina street gallery in san francisco.  we’ve been here for 13 years.    feeling a… Continue reading

marco maggi in bogota

marco has installed an exhibition at NC-arte, an art foundation in bogota, colombia. called “radical optimism,” it begins in the atrium with a 10 meter column, wrapped in yellow post-its, then spreads across… Continue reading

jonathan brand is installing

a full-scale 1969 ford mustang  – made of watercolor paper – in the new york gallery. as a kid, the artist restored three vintage cars with his father.  the last one, a 1969… Continue reading

an interview with jutta haeckel…

something like a long-distance, digital studio visit… Todd Hosfelt:  the process in which you work is related to print making, but seems to me to be unique in painting,  would you explain it?… Continue reading

my writing about jay defeo

for the publication we produced for our exhibition: 1.    a compass is an instrument used to describe a circle or arc. Family lore says that as a child Jay DeFeo would spend hours… Continue reading

i’ve been working

on an exhibition of jay defeo’s work for the last six months (actually, i started working on it in september of 2005 when i first visited the storage facility for jay defeo trust).  … Continue reading

turner contemporary –

a new david chipperfield-designed museum will open in margate, kent, in the south of england next week.  the decidedly subdued exterior is based on the forms of fishing sheds, but clad in translucent… Continue reading

a glance back

it’s been 14 years and 200 shows –  guess i’m feeling nostalgic…    we failed to photograph most of our early exhibitions, but here are some fun images. shahzia sikander, “beyond surfaces.”  this… Continue reading

something i never do in the gallery…

is hang salon-style.    i have a well-earned reputation as a give-every-work-of art-the-space-it-needs kind of guy.  i’m the only gallerist i know who regularly leaves a couple (or more) of the walls of the… Continue reading

i’ve been looking and thinking

about jay defeo’s work a lot lately…   an untitled photo from 1973 that i’m particularly drawn to… it’s an image she took, in her studio, of a cast that had been removed from… Continue reading

studio visit with lordy rodriguez…

lordy rodriguez makes drawings –  ink on paper. they’re based on map making.   but are more about lordy’s interpretation of the world than they are about real places.   his workspace: sketches tacked… Continue reading