What makes Hans Hofmann’s paintings so contemporary? Hofmann, who was born in 1880 in Weissenburg, Bavaria, enjoyed a brief period of success in Munich during the First Wold War but it was not until his move to New York in 1933 and his subsequent opening of the Hans Hoffmann School of Fine Arts, that the artist hit his stride. Hofmann became an influential teacher and spark to multiple famous artists careers such as Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Larry Rivers and many more. His teachings were firmly rooted in a keen understanding of Cubism, Matissian color theory, and the exuberance of Expressionism which made him into one of the key architects of Abstract Expressionism. The natural world, and its inherent objectivity was the basis and framework that guided his abstractions, even at a time when most of his colleagues started to swim against such Euro-centric currents. Hofmann’s push-pull theory which co-ordinates shape, color and line into harmonious spatial compositions is still being emulated by thousands of young artists today. It is the perfect tension between positive and negative space brought forth by an intuitive color sense and the congruous implementation of objective forms that make Hofmann’s compositions look like they were painted yesterday. At Miles McEnery Gallery through February 2.