Charlie Kaplan's large-scale marble sculpture Soaring is being acquired by the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. His work will be added to the growing and dynamic sculpture collection in the Smalley Sculpture Garden, alongside such luminaries as Anthony Caro, Jenny Holzer, Sol Lewitt, George Rickey and Benar Venet. The formal installation will occur in 2022.
Long-Sharp Gallery presented its first major large-scale sculpture exhibition in Indianapolis. Sculpture of Scale as part of the gallery’s SCULPT program. The exhibit included works by 12 contemporary sculptors from across the globe, including Charlie Kaplan (California & Italy), Tarik Currimbhoy (India & New York), Patrick Hurst ((UK), Jason Myers (Indiana & The Netherlands), and Cha Jong Rae (S. Korea). A fully illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition.
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.
Charlie Kaplan was present for the installation ceremony of his 2018 sculpture, Soaring, at Baruch College, The City University of New York. The sculpture made of Bianco Puro Carrara marble was placed at the entrance of Baruch College’s Newman Library for students, faculty and staff to encounter and enjoy. In September 2018, Charlie Kaplan had his first New York institutional solo exhibition at Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery, which featured Soaring, as well as a representation of smaller-scale works in stone.
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.