CHARLIE KAPLAN | CONTOURS
Long-Sharp Gallery hosted an exhibition of nearly a dozen marble works created by sculptor Charlie Kaplan at its New York location. The exhibition, CONTOURS, celebrates the recent acquisition of Kaplan's Soaring (2018) by the William and Anita Newman Library at Baruch College, CUNY.
Following what has become the artist’s annual showing at the CIBART Festival in Northern Tuscany, Kaplan’s exhibition featured works ranging in artistic effect from the startling luminosity seen in Carrara Statuario marble (Unfolding, 2016) to the incomparable luster of noir belge (seen in Black Ghost, 2006).
A catalogue with essay by Sandra Kraskin accompanies the exhibition.
Baruch College’s Sidney Mishkin Gallery presents the exhibition Pleasing Curves: Sculpture by Charlie Kaplan, featuring seven works by the Los Angeles-based artist. The exhibition will run from Friday, September 28 to Friday, October 26, 2018. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Charlie Kaplan studied welding, blacksmithing, and he worked in clay, wood, and other media before being introduced to marble. Over the course of several years he studied in Pietrasanta, Italy—just ten miles from Carrara—where he developed a deep knowledge of the material, learning about the various types of marble, as well as honing his skill in bronze casting.
Noguchi wrote, “Stone itself is a symbol of the natural world and the sculptor’s engagement with stone is a metaphor for human existence.” Noguchi was fascinated with the historical and modern techniques of working with stone. Contemporary sculptor Charlie Kaplan leads this workshop, bringing his decades long experience as a stone carver. Participants will join Kaplan in the galleries, discussing Noguchi’s materials and processes, and then learn introductory hand carving techniques for creating their own stone sculptures in the studio.
The Museo Gigi Guadagnucci, in Massa-Carrara, Tuscany, presented a solo exhibition of early marble sculptures by Charlie Kaplan as part of its mission to showcase contemporary artists of international acclaim. Kaplan is the only Amerian artist to receive this honor. The accompanying catalogue, featured essays by Massimo Bertozzi and Annette Rose-Shapiro. As Ms. Rose Shapiro states “Kaplan’s artistry …can be summed up in the words of Lao-Tze who advised that to be strong one must stand like a mountain and flow like a great river. Kaplan’s work embodies that very ideal.”