michael hafftka

michael hafftka

Brooklyn, NY, United States

About michael hafftka

Michael Hafftka is an internationally acclaimed visual artist. His art works are represented in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Carnegie Museum of Art and The National Gallery of Art. He has had one person shows in New York at the Aberbach Fine Art, Mary Ryan, DiLaurentini, H. F. Manes and Rosa Essman galleries as well as in Belgium, Holland, Germany and Japan. Housatonic Museum of Art mounted a major retrospective of his large paintings and in 2009 Yeshiva University Museum presented a comprehensive show of old and new works. Other recent exhibits include the Mizel Center for the Arts in Denver and Chapman University. Hafftka is an accomplished improvisational guitarist who recorded and performed with avant-garde musicians internationally in Feeding Goats. Hafftka lives in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit www.hafftka.com.

About Michael Hafftka's painting

Michael Hafftka, has a way with paint, and he can pace his sometimes very large paintings in such a way that we want to see what will happen next.

"”John Russell, The New York Times


Hafftka's explorations are so profound and his presentation of them is so strong that they take on the character of myth..His work is powerful, original, and superbly painted.

"”John Caldwell, Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


New York has scarcely seen figure paintings of such unrelenting solemnity and exasperation, or with so original an authority, since Francis Bacon brought his first exhibition to the city. Like him, Hafftka can be characterized as both an eccentric visionary and an increasingly dazzling technician whose virtuoso painterly expressivity and skills invite comparison with the masters.

"”Sam Hunter, Princeton University


Hafftka is a marvelously resourceful Neo-Expressionist in command of technique, subject matter and, most important, vision. He's also one of the best young painters to have come along in a decade, without posturing or pretense or super evident jockeying for art-world position. Hafftka is too hideously virtuous for the latter; and, if virtue is its own reward, it is also, in this case, proof of an astonishing integrity of style.

"”Gerrit Henry, Art In America

Education

Public Collections
Museum of Modern art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
New York Public Library Collection, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, TX
Arizona State University Art Museum
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Yeshiva University Museum, New York, NY
Central High School, Philadelphia, PA
Chapman University Permanent Art Collection, Orange, CA
One-Person Exhibitions
2009/10 Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Denver, CO
2009 Yeshiva University Museum, New York, NY
2004/5 Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
2003 Susan Aberbach Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Cobble Hill Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1999 Aberbach Fine Art, New York, NY
1998 Louis Dijkstra Kunsthandel, Antwerp, Belgium
1996 Louis Dijkstra Kunsthandel, Waalwijk, Holland
1996 Louis Dijkstra Kunsthandel, Antwerp, Belgium
1995 Louis Dijkstra Kunsthandel, Waalwijk, Holland
1992 Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
1991 Aberbach Fine Art, New York
1991 David Aberbach Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1990 Aberbach Fine Art, Art Cologne, Germany
1988 PS Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1987 Dilaurenti Gallery, New York
1987 Marc Richards Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1987 Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
1987 Janet Steinberg Gallery, San Francisco, California
1986 Louis Dijkstra Kunsthandel, Waalwijk, Holland
1986 Rosa Esman Gallery, New York
1986 Yares Gallery, Scottsdale Arizona
1984 Rosa Esman Gallery, New York
1984 Louis Dijkstra Kunsthandel, Waalwijk, Holland
1984 Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1984 H.F. Manes Gallery, New York
1983 Art Galaxy, New York
1982 Gotham Book Mart Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions
2007 Arizona State University Art Museum, AZ
2006-7 Musee des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
2005 Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX
2000 Baron Boisante Gallery, New York
1999 Baron Boisante Gallery, New York
1998 Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp, Belgium
1991 Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona
1991 Wooster Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
1989 Artstart, Scottsdale, Arizona
1987 "Art for Your Collection", Marion Koogler McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX
1987 "The Artist and the Myth", Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1987 Marc Richards Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1987 Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
1986-1988 "Jewish Themes/Contemporary American Artists II", the Jewish Museum, New York; also Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA
1986-1988 "Portrait of a Collector: Stephane Janssen", Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humleback, Denmark; also University Art Museum, California State University, Palm Beach, CA, Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
1986-1987 "Public and Private American Prints Today", The Brooklyn Museum, New York; also Flint Institute of the Arts, Michigan, Rhode Island School of Design, RI, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Walker art Center, Minneapolis
1986 "Naked/Nude", Museum of Modern Art, New York
1985 "Surplus" Exit art, New York
1984 "Invitational", Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
1984 "Selected Drawings by Eleven Artists", Willard Gallery, New York
1983 "Art of Found Objects", Gallery Schlesinger-Boisante, New York
1982 "The Crime Show", ABC No Rio, New York
1982 "Summer Invitational", Rosa Esman Gallery, New York
1982 "Artist Protest", Pratt Graphics Center, New York
1982 "The New Menace", Gallery Schlesinger-Boisante, New York
1982 "Dirty Pictures", White Columns, New York
1981 "Invitational", Gallery Schlesinger-Boisante, New York
1980 Gruembaum Gallery, New York
1977 Museum of the Cathedral of Saint John, New York
1976 Rabinowitch and Guerra Gallery, New York

Monographs
2007 "Conscious/Unconscious", fiction with drawings by Michael Hafftka, published by Six Gallery Press, Pittsburgh, PA
2004 "Michael Hafftka, A Retrospective: Large Oils 1985-2003", published by Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
1987 "Michael Hafftka, New Paintings" with text by Sam Hunter, published by Dilaurenti Gallery, New York
1984 "Michael Hafftka" with text by Elaine King and John Caldwell, published by Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1982 "Michael Hafftka, Selected Drawings 1975-81", text by Michael Brodsky. Published by Guignol Books, New York. Also available, a deluxe edition of fifty with an etching.
1982 Zwart en Wit 82.3, reproduction of 12 drawings, Oosterbeek, Holland
1981 "Art of Experience, Experience of Art" published by Guignol Books, New York




Other Publications
2008 "Circular Stairs, Distress in the Mirrors", Six Gallery Press, poetry by Peter Kla