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Charles Seliger: Representing 'the Structure of Becoming' by Michelle Dubois

By Michelle Dubois

Charles Seliger's high-density, summary, metaphysical work exhibit his perceptions that regardless of everlasting swap, there's an underlying order or set of everlasting legislation that shapes all of truth. on account that Seliger's work first got here into the general public eye through the period of summary Expressionism students are likely to represent him as an missed summary Expressionist or as sui generis. This dissertation on Charles Seliger differs from prior scholarship on his oeuvre and on mid-century summary portray more often than not. The small dimension, the order conveyed by means of his paintings, and his philosophical subject material, are features that truly relate to the paintings of artists with whom he exhibited on the Willard Gallery in long island, from 1950 until eventually 1970. by means of articulating the formal features and philosophical content material pursued by means of Seliger and his Willard Gallery friends, we'll have a extra nuanced and targeted photograph of summary portray at mid-century. therefore, via a examine of the paintings of Charles Seliger, this dissertation seeks to spot and articulate one other strand of yank abstraction.

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14 Seliger exhibited two paintings and several small, unidentified drawings in this show. Both of the exhibited paintings reflect his great interest in Paul Klee and a budding interest in Surrealism. 15 Seliger's work is indebted to Klee and becomes even more so Charles Seliger, Interview with the Author, December 4, 2006. In this interview, I asked Seliger what gave him the courage at such a young age to go to this exclusive gallery with his paintings. He replied that he had always felt an assuredness of himself as an artist.

His art is informed by Surrealism and bears much in common with Abstract Expressionism; it is in dialogue with both groups though it does not fully adhere to the characteristics of either. 2 His father found employment picking up trash in Prospect Park as part of the Federal Work Project. Seliger remains uncertain about what his mother did before she came to retrieve him from foster care in 1931, when he was five. After that unsettled start to life, an even more chaotic childhood ensued. He and his mother moved routinely, multiple times per year, and from time to time she left him with relatives while she went ahead in search of a job.

Charles Seliger's art and philosophy categorically rests in a narrow hinge period, as Surrealism transformed in the United States into a new art form, Abstract Expressionism. His art is informed by Surrealism and bears much in common with Abstract Expressionism; it is in dialogue with both groups though it does not fully adhere to the characteristics of either. 2 His father found employment picking up trash in Prospect Park as part of the Federal Work Project. Seliger remains uncertain about what his mother did before she came to retrieve him from foster care in 1931, when he was five.

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