Charles Biederman (1906-2004)
September 20 - October 6, 2017
Menconi + Schoelkopf is pleased to present a group of works by American painter and sculptor Charles Biederman (1906-2004). Born in Cleveland in 1906, the painter became an early and powerful proponent of radical abstraction in the 1930s. By mid-decade, he was showing with Alexander Calder and A. E. Gallatin, working in a mature style that combined non-objective surrealism with an increasing interest in geometric abstraction. In a sudden and decisive break, he gave up painting in 1938, in favor sculpture and wall relief. While he abandoned canvas as a dead art form, the architectonic forms he devised in oil profoundly influenced his relief work, and remain a fascinating document of an important turning point in modern art. The rest of his career—which continued until his death in the early twenty-first century—would see his tireless reinterpretation of de Stijl-inspired constructions. Menconi + Schoelkopf presents a concise survey of Biederman’s oils and constructions from across his career. September 20 through October 7, 2017.