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Charles Green Shaw: Idioms    2. Aug - 3. Sep 2013


Opening Reception: Friday August 2, 5-8pm

Over the course of a long career in the arts, Charles Green Shaw was a vocal proponent of abstract painting, and according to New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, "a peripatetic, multitasking insider-outsider who pledged allegiance to Modernism but also played the field." In 1936, along with Josef Albers and others, Shaw founded the American Abstract Artist association in New York City, a group that paved the way for Abstract Expressionism and came to include Jean Arp, Louise Bourgeois, Piet Mondrian and Ad Reinhardt, among many others.

Idioms is Peyton Wright Gallery's first exhibition of his work, and primarily consists of paintings from the 1950s and 1960s. The style Shaw developed by the early 1930s was a hard-edged, crisply defined interpretation of Cubism, which depicted the geometry of urban architecture; by the early 1950s, he broke away from the hard edges and smooth surfaces that characterized his earlier work, and began exploring effects of surface texture and broader brushstrokes in his compositions.



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