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Niles Spencer

American, 1893–1952

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Niles Spencer

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American, 1893–1952

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With a stylistic vocabulary influenced by the flat color planes and faceted forms of Paul Cézanne and the Cubists, Niles Spencer is known for his austere, elegant paintings of pared-down, semi-abstract urban scenes, skyscrapers, factories, and industrial machinery. Like Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, Spencer is considered a Precisionist for his focus on industrial subjects and for the sharp-edged geometry of his compositions. Uninterested in naturalistic representation, he said: “the deeper meanings of nature can only be captured in painting through disciplined form and design.”

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Biography

With a stylistic vocabulary influenced by the flat color planes and faceted forms of Paul Cézanne and the Cubists, Niles Spencer is known for his austere, elegant paintings of pared-down, semi-abstract urban scenes, skyscrapers, factories, and industrial machinery. Like Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, Spencer is considered a Precisionist for his focus on industrial subjects and for the sharp-edged geometry of his compositions. Uninterested in naturalistic representation, he said: “the deeper meanings of nature can only be captured in painting through disciplined form and design.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more