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Charles Arnoldi (AKA Charles Arthur Arnoldi), American, b. April 10, 1946

Creation date: ca. 1979
Creation place: United States

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Type: Wood Sculpture
Medium and Support: Wood
Credit Line: Gift of Mason and Elizabeth Phelps
Accession Number: 1994.113
State/Province: California
Dimensions: 49 in. x 198 in. x 11 in. (124.46 cm x 502.92 cm x 27.94 cm)


Mr. and Mrs. Mason Phelps, Pasadena, California ( - December 30, 1994)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (December 30, 1994 - )

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It was the discovery of Abstract Expressionism in the 1960s that inspired Charles Arnoldi to train as an artist, first at the Art Center in Los Angeles and then at the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts). By 1969, however, he had had abandoned his studies, and with them the practice of painting—which Arnoldi judged increasingly irrelevant. In marked contrast to the gestural abstraction of the New York School and the Hard-Edge geometry of his California contemporaries, Arnoldi began experimenting with found objects: creating painted, sculptural compositions. The branches and twigs that Arnoldi assembled in his stick constructions form fragile, linear lattices, as in this wall relief of 1979. The use of wood, in combination with other materials, remains one of the main features of Arnoldi’s art.
Last Updated: 7/3/2019


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Experiments in Abstraction , 11/26/2011 - 2/19/2012

Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Ms. Betti-Sue Hertz. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 248-249, Figure Number: 248-249

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