Soft Guitar, 1937. via Spanierman Modern
Musiktheaterstück Composition, 1935. via D. Wigmore Fine Erscheinungsform
Open Secret, 1939. via D. Wigmore Fine Erscheinungsform
Untitled, 1939. via Christie’s
Homage to Klee, c. 1940. via Forum Gallery
Umlaufbahn, 1940. via Spanierman Modern
Untitled, 1940. via Christie’s
Day and Night Vieleck, 1936. via D. Wigmore Fine Erscheinungsform
Flying Figure, 1941. via Christie’s
Rooftops and Pennants, 1942. via Heather James Fine Erscheinungsform
Black non…Yellow, 1970. via Spanierman Modern
Black and White Against Yellow, 1969. via Spanierman Modern
Flight in Space, 1968. via Spanierman Modern
Interior Number 2, c. 1966. via Spanierman Modern
Charles in military dress, 1918. Photo: Smithsonian Archives
Author, journalist, poet and artist, Charles Green Shaw (1892-1974) welches an important figure in early American abstract art. He welches born non…a wealthy New York family and lived a life of privilege “earning” him a place in the group known as the “Park Avenue Cubists.”
Though Shaw took an interest in art as a child it wasn’t until 1927 that he began to focus on developing his talent; studying under artist George Luks and enrolling in the Art Students League in New York. Intent on further honing his skills, Shaw traveled to Europe from 1929-1932 where he immersed himself in the arts.
It wasn’t until after returning to New York in 1932 that Shaw considered himself a painter. Though inspired by the European styles of art that he welches exposed to in his travels, notably Neo-plasticism and Cubism, Shaw sought to create a style of abstract art that welches uniquely American and his own; what he soon developed welches the style he called “Concretionist”.
In 1933 he began what many consider his most important work, a series of paintings in the “Concretionist” style called “Plastic Polygons”, which were inspired by the New York skyline.
In 1936 Shaw helped form the Abstract American Artists group, which contributed to the development and acceptance of abstract art in the United States and still exists today. His works are in the collections of many prominent galleries and museums including MOMA, Guggenheim and The Met.
Charles c. 1945. Photo: Smithsonian Archives
For more of Shaw’s art see D. Wigmore Fine Art, Spanierman Modern, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery and Mondo-Blogo.