Hans Burkhardt1904-1994

Orange County Museum of Art
Newport Beach, CA

$10,000 toward Hans Burkhardt, a retrospective exhibition on the painter with accompanying catalogue and educational programs, organized by museum curator Sarah Vure. Born in Basel, Switzerland, Burkhardt immigrated to New York in 1924 where he studied painting with Arshile Gorky before moving to the West Coast in 1937. Distant from the New York art scene, Burkhardt focused his concerns on social injustice and the atrocities of war by creating figuratively abstract paintings that incorporated biomorphic forms and sometimes included images of human skulls.