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 Marcia Hafif  (1929 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/California / Italy      Known for: monochromatic painting, non objective

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BIOGRAPHY for Marcia Hafif
1929 (Pomona, California)
New York/California / Italy

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Marcia Hafif emerged as a painter just as critics and artists alike were claiming that all applications and experimentation in the medium had been exhausted. In her 1978 essay "Beginning Again", Hafif argues against the “death of painting”, asserting that abstraction had been the style of some of the 20th century’s greatest artworks. Additionally, she believes painting cannot die for the reason that people perceive the physical, technical, and historical attributes of a painting differently.

In her monochromatic works, Hafif has explored the numerous formats, mediums, and mixes and how they highlight pigments in a specific application. Whereas some viewers feel that monochrome is “insufficient,” Hafif states it “is open and receptive and ‘empty;’ it is non-specific and changing according to time, location, and viewer.” In Cobalt Blue (1983), Hafif has mimicked the vitreous and subtle qualities of glass and Chinese porcelain.

Marcia Hafif was born in 1929 in Pomona, California. She earned her B.A. from Pomona College in 1951; she completed studies in art history from Claremont Graduate School in 1960, and she received her M.F.A. from University of California at Irvine in 1971.

Resent solo exhibitions include Compulsive Obsession, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna (2013); Pomona Houses and Ink Drawings, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York (2012); Splash: Green and Orange, Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York (2010); Blues and Reds, Mark Mueller, Switzerland (2009).

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