BIOGRAPHY


GEOFFREY DORFMAN
  Geoffrey Dorfman is a painter, writer, and musician. He received his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from Syracuse University. An Associate Professor at the College of Staten Island/CUNY, he has taught painting, drawing and modern culture there since 1978. He has also taught at the Parsons School of Design (Graduate Program) and served as visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Dartmouth College in 2000/01. He was represented by Oscarsson-Hood in the 1980’s. His exhibition of monotypes in 2003 at the Painting Center was reviewed as, “a gem of a show.” He has authored several articles on painting for Artforum and on music for Stagebill magazine. His book,“Out Of the Picture; Milton Resnick and the New York School,” Midmarch Arts Press, 2004, received rave reviews in the College Art Association Art Journal, The Provincetown Arts Annual of 2005,  and >artcritical.com<. It was begun in 1978 with an NEA Individual Fellowship Grant. An exhibition of his own work at the Painting Center in New York City in October of 2005 received stellar reviews. The Brooklyn Rail praised his commitment to, “ the notion of the classic brush stroke, the sensual rebound and multitude of responses possible...” He also recently curated the, “Hans Hofmann: The Legacy,” show at the Painting Center in New York City which received excellent reviews in the N.Y. Times, The N.Y. Sun, and The N.Y. Observer. In 2006 he won the Henry Ward Ranger Prize from the National Academy of Design and contributed an essay to the book, “Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Newman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” co-published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press in September of 2007. He has a large oil painting in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art in Georgia, and is currently represented by the Ober Gallery in Kent, Ct. where he has exhibited in solo shows in 2007, 2012, and 2014. He was favored with a retrospective exhibition at Rider University in 2013. He has most recently appeared at a four person show at the Center for Contemporary Art of New Jersey, in January, 2015.

    In the realm of music, Geoffrey Dorfman has given several full length solo concerts in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bechstein Hall, the Marjorie Deane Little theater at the Westside YMCA, Columbia University, Westminster Choir College, Stevens Institute of Technology and the Cooper Union. His full-length recital opened Great Britain’s Marlborough Summer Festival in 1997. In Fanfare magazine, the esteemed critic, Peter Rabinowitz wrote of his solo piano recording, “This is authoritative playing, both technically assured, (nothing on this program seemed to challenge his fingers) and interpretively individual.”  Paul J. Pelkonnen, Classical Editor on Newyorkcitysearch.com wrote, “an impressive recording from a pianist worth investigating.” Dorfman’s 2012 three CD release of 19th century Masterworks by Schumann, Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, was reviewed thusly in Fanfare: the Magazine for the Serious Record Collector: “…throughout this recital, he manages, with his high-contrast playing, to mark the music’s formal junctures in a way that not only clarifies the overall architecture but that also heightens the emotional impact, something not always achieved by other highly form-conscious pianists.”  Geoffrey Dorfman periodically writes liner notes for classical compact discs, The Complete Josef Hofmann, Vol. 8  (Marston label), Vladimir Horowitz in Leningrad, Natan Brand: the Legacy, Richter at Carnegie Hall (all Palexa label.)