Charles Biederman Structurist Relief, Red Wing No. 20 1954–65

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Artist
Charles Biederman 1906– 2004
Title
Structurist Relief, Red Wing No. 20
Date 1954–65
Medium Oil on aluminium
Dimensions Object: 1048 x 914 x 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1966
Reference
T00882
Not on display

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An American painter and theorist, Biederman knew Mondrian in Paris in the 1930s. In 1937 he ceased to paint and concentrated on brilliantly coloured reliefs. Biederman sees his reliefs as extensions of painting and sculpture. He has emphasised the important role in the creative process of the viewer, who 'may experience the act of pure creation through the sense of visual perception'. He believes that only non-representational art can be purely creative, describing his work as an 'Art of Light'. After the Second World War, his writings on art influenced the British artist Victor Pasmore and his circle. The words Red Wing in the title of this relief refer to the artist's home in Minnesota, rather than to the colour of the work.

September 2004

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