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Urban Renewal


In Earl Francis Hofmann’s (1928-92) Urban Renewal the artist depicted a deteriorated Baltimore neighborhood characterized by decaying mansions, boarded up buildings, and piles of debris. A poster on the brick wall in the foreground reads, “URBAN RENEWAL” suggesting that soon these archaic and abandoned structures will be demolished to make way for modern buildings and gentrification.


circa 1960


Oil on canvas/masonite


20 x 30 inches

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Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, Gift of Earl Hofmann, BCLM-MA.4011

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