Session II: Contemporary Native American Art
20th century contemporary art of the Indians and Inuit from the Gerhard and Gisela Hoffmann collection (Lots 342-574)
It is one of the largest private collections of Contemporary Native American Art in Germany that is currently on the market. All of these fascinating objects are well documented. Their effect lies in the artistic individuality and creativity of the individual artists and masters and are a testament to the high connoisseurship of the collector couple.
Auction in Wurzburg:
Tuesday, 20th of November 2018 from 2 pm
Preview in Wurzburg:
Wed. 14th to Fr. 16th of November from 10 am to 7 pm
Sat. 17th of November from 9 am to 2 pm
Mon. 19th of November from 10 am to 5 pm
Tues. 20th of November from 9 am to 2 pm
Please note: There is no print catalogue, just the online catalogue for this session (II).
The collection belonged to the renowned Anglist and American researcher from the Julius-Maximilians-University in Wurzburg, Professor Dr. Gerhard and Dr. Gisela Hoffmann.
2014 Award for Prof. Dr. med. Gerhard Hoffmann for his academic achievements and for his engagement in the DGfA / GAAS (German Society for American Studies) with an honorary membership of the society. Hoffmann was Professor of American Studies at the Philological Institute of the Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg between 1971 and 1998 (Photo: La Rici Photography)
The offer includes more than 330 works - works of art, sculptures, ceramics and stone works, as well as carpets, textiles and wickerwork. Their effect lies in the artistic individuality and creativity of the individual artists and masters and are a testament to the high connoisseurship of the collector couple.
This is because it stands on a scientifically sound basis. It was compiled by Dr. Gisela and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hoffmann (1931-2018), whose research went far beyond the literature. Under his aegis two art publications on traditional and contemporary art in North America appeared in the 1980s. Even today, they are regarded as standard and reference works about a topic that has never before been presented in this comprehensive form in Europe:
Indianische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert: Painting, pottery and Kachina figures of Indian artists in the US, edited by Professor dr. phil. Gerhard Hoffmann on the occasion of the traveling exhibition of the same name, Munich 1985.
Im Schatten der Sonne. Contemporary Art of the Indians and Eskimos in Canada, edited by Gerhard Hoffmann, published in English and German on the occasion of the traveling exhibition of the same name, Ottawa o.J. / Stuttgart 1988
Hopi und Kachina. Indianische Kultur im Wandel, hgg. by Albert Kunze on the occasion of the traveling exhibition of the same name, with texts, etc. by Gisela and Gerhard Hoffmann, Munich 1988
"The contemporary artists of the 20th century have always turned to the past as a source of inspiration, while many artists have received their inspiration from the thoughts and ideas of the Western world. Their art serves as a means of self-assertion, it can express their own cultural values and make them vivid. Its art is thus expression and demarcation as well as communication and adaptation" [from: Gerhard Hoffmann, Indianische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert]