Imagery of the Unconscious: The Fantastic Dark and Unsettling Light of Michael Hafftka (the Zohar Book of Concealment Series)
By Lori Cole
Adirondack Review, Spring 2010 Issue
Lori Cole is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at New York University. Her research focuses on the artistic exchange between the European and Latin American avant-garde. She is also a translator and art critic, writing for Artforum.com and Flash Art, among other publications.
Toward the Plane of the Sacred: Hafftka’s Great Chain of Being
By Michael Brodsky
Michael Brodsky is a well-known and highly respected novelist, the author of 12 published works of fiction and winner of the Hemmingway prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. He is the translator of Samuel Beckett's play Eleutheria. This essay is copied with the author's permission from the Housatonic Museum of Art catalogue for the 2004 retrospective of Hafftka’s work.
Michael Hafftka: Dreamworks
By Professor Sam Hunter
Sam Hunter was Professor Emeritus of Art History at Princeton University and the author of numerous monographs including Francis Bacon, Isamu Noguchi, and George Segal, to name a few. Among his books published by Harry N. Abrams are American Art of the 20th Century, Hans Hofmann, and Robert Rauschenberg. Prior to his appointment to Princeton, Hunter was the director of the Jewish Museum in NY, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. This essay is copied with the author's permission from the Housatonic Museum of Art catalogue for the 2004 retrospective of Hafftka’s work.
Michael Hafftka A Retrospective: Large Oils 1985-2003
This catalog was published by the Housatonic Museum of Art to accompany the show of 2004-05. It contains 23 color reproductions of maor paintings by Hafftka, critical essays by Prof. Sam Hunter and Michael Brodsky, and an introduction by the Director of the Housatonic, Ms. Robbin Zella.
About Hafftka’s Work
By John Caldwell
Mr. Caldwell was an assistant curator of American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art . He contributed art criticism to the weekly sections of The New York Times. He later became the curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This article was included in the catalog for a Hafftka show at the Hewlett Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University in 1984.
About Hafftka's Paintings
By Dr. Elaine King
Dr. King was a Professor of Art History & Theory at Carnegie Mellon University from 1981 to 2017. She has curated over 50 one-person shows and group exhibitions over her career and she brought significant exhibitions to the Carnegie Mellon campus. This essay is from the Hafftka show catalog at Hewlett Gallery, Cargengie Mellon University, which Dr. King has curated.