Charles Shaw 1892 —1974


1892 - 1974


 Born in New York City, Charles Shaw was described as a "wealthy man-about-town, poet and minor novelist" before he began to paint.  As a painter he became a significant figure in the history American abstract art. His work was noted for its clarity of form and architectural construction, most clearly, geometric-biomorphic abstraction. In the later part of his life, he turned to Abstract Expressionism.

Charles Shaw is included in the following books, among others, William C Agee Modern American Painting 1910-1940; Walter Hopps, American Images/The SBC Collection; Lane, John R and Susan Larsen, Abstract Painting and Sculpture; Bearden, Romare/Carl Holty, The Painters Mind;  John Gordon, Geometric Abstraction in America; American Abstract Artists, The World of Abstract Art: Pousette-Dart, Nathaniel. American Abstract Painting Today; and in  Samuel Kootz, New Frontiers in American Painting.  Shaw's work has been covered by Hilton Kramer in and Art and Antiques article, Saluting Pioneer Abstractionists in March 2003 and also in April 1997Painter of Privilege; and by Avis Berman in Art & Auction October 1995, American Modernisms.

Museums with works of Charles Shaw include the Phoenix Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Denver Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Phillips Collection, The High Museum, Allen R Hite Art "institute, Addison Gallery of American Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Ackland Art Museum, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, The Newark Museum, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum,  The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh/Carnegie Institute and the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum.

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