Charles Biederman

Czech-American, 1906–2004

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Charles Biederman

Czech-American, 1906–2004

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While a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, Charles Biederman first encountered the work of Paul Cézanne, an artist who had an enormous impact on his career. Searching for more progressive art, he moved to New York, where he exhibited alongside the likes of Alexander Calder and Charles Shaw; later he traveled to Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Constantin Brancusi. But Biederman then abandoned city life for Minnesota, where he devoted himself to the search for a “new” art. There, in the early 1950s, he created the colorful, three-dimensional aluminum constructions that would preoccupy him for the rest of his career. Though inspired by Constructivism, Cubism, and De Stijl, Biederman favored natural observation over artistic theory. “One cannot go wrong with the truths of nature,” he said.

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Biography

While a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, Charles Biederman first encountered the work of Paul Cézanne, an artist who had an enormous impact on his career. Searching for more progressive art, he moved to New York, where he exhibited alongside the likes of Alexander Calder and Charles Shaw; later he traveled to Paris, where he met Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Constantin Brancusi. But Biederman then abandoned city life for Minnesota, where he devoted himself to the search for a “new” art. There, in the early 1950s, he created the colorful, three-dimensional aluminum constructions that would preoccupy him for the rest of his career. Though inspired by Constructivism, Cubism, and De Stijl, Biederman favored natural observation over artistic theory. “One cannot go wrong with the truths of nature,” he said.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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