Charles Biederman
Czech-American, 1906-2004
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Forum Gallery at Art Market San Francisco 2018,
Forum Gallery
The Mayor Gallery at Art Basel 2018,
The Mayor Gallery
Six Decades of American Abstraction,
Caldwell Gallery Hudson

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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