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2018 Honoree: Rhona Hoffman

Rhona Hoffman has been known as a visionary gallerist in Chicago for over 40 years. First co-founding Young Hoffman Gallery in 1976 and then splitting off as her eponymous Rhona Hoffman Gallery in 1983, Hoffman became known for her discerning and pioneering eye - introducing to Chicago conceptual and minimal artists like Sol Lewitt, Donald Judd, Vito Acconci, and Gordon Matta-Clark; giving women artists such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and Jenny Holzer solo shows early in their careers; and foregrounding work by African-American artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems - and currently Derrick Adams, Deana Lawson, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn.


Vanity Fair, "Prima Galleristas," December 2014
​From left: Eva Presenhuber, Galerie Eva Presenhuber; Marianne Boesky, Marianne Boesky Gallery; Paula Cooper, Paula Cooper Gallery; Marian Goodman, Marian Goodman Gallery; Barbara Gladstone, Gladstone Gallery; Shaun Caley Regen, Regen Projects; Helene Winer, Metro Pictures Gallery; Janelle Reiring, Metro Pictures Gallery; Luisa Strina, Galeria Luisa Strina; Philomene Magers, Sprüth Magers; Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn, Salon 94; Victoria Miro, Victoria Miro Gallery; Monika Sprüth, Sprüth Magers; and 
Rhona Hoffman, Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Photographed at the Odeon restaurant, in New York City.

Photo: Annie Leibovitz