Charles Arnoldi: 1972-2008

Overview

The Los Angeles painter and sculptor Charles Arnoldi has been described as an artist who "draws in space" to create his unique assemblages. Throughout his long career, he has been fascinated with shape and pattern as they apply to advanced formal concerns, from his 1970s paintings made entirely of natural forms to his current work, of which the architect Frank Gehry has said, "the maturing Arnoldi has a secure color sense and the ability to work at large scale as well as to produce tiny, exquisite watercolors." ...
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Overview

The Los Angeles painter and sculptor Charles Arnoldi has been described as an artist who "draws in space" to create his unique assemblages. Throughout his long career, he has been fascinated with shape and pattern as they apply to advanced formal concerns, from his 1970s paintings made entirely of natural forms to his current work, of which the architect Frank Gehry has said, "the maturing Arnoldi has a secure color sense and the ability to work at large scale as well as to produce tiny, exquisite watercolors." Gehry, who provides the introduction for this first comprehensive monograph, also cites Arnoldi as an influence in his own work, saying, "this is an artist whose best is yet to come, who is still experimental and still willing to risk."
Charles Arnoldi is represented by Charles Cowles Gallery in New York, Modernism in San Francisco, and Charlotte Jackson Fine Art in Santa Fe.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This elegant work serves as the first comprehensive look at Arnoldi, a Los Angeles-based, internationally known artist. His influence on other artists is described in a foreword by Frank Gehry, who has been a friend and colleague for many years. The book also includes a candid discussion of the development of Arnoldi's career by the artist and four of the most important people in his life-dealers Gregory Amenoff, Fred Hoffman, and Charlotte Jackson, along with Michael Zakian (director, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art). The ever-changing vision of the artist, willing to take risks and try new techniques, becomes even more apparent in the major section of the work, which features 160 full-page color illustrations of the various periods and media. The immediate, intense impact of Arnoldi's work comes through on every page, and it is a breathtaking experience to move from a multicolored sculpture to an acrylic/plywood collage to a geometric oil on canvas, all accompanied by the conversation between the colleagues. This spectacular look at one of this country's outstanding artists is highly recommended for all art, academic, and large public libraries.
—Paula Frosch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934435076
  • Publisher: Radius Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

"Fred Hoffman is an art dealer, producer of fine art editions, and Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles."

Dave Hickey has written for most major American cultural publications. Formerly executive editor at Art in America, Hickey's publications include Prior Convictions (1989), The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993), and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997). Hickey received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism in 1994. He is currently associate professor of art criticism and theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dave Hickey has written for most major American cultural publications. Formerly executive editor at Art in America, Hickey's publications include Prior Convictions (1989), The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993), and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997). Hickey received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism in 1994. He is currently associate professor of art criticism and theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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