Curving like mountains or waves, Charlie Kaplan’s sculptures echo the organic forms of nature. His work appears monumental whether it’s massive like Soaring, which rises nine feet, or much smaller like Black Slice, which is only 28 inches high. The marble, Kaplan’s favored material, imparts a timeless quality to his sculptures. It also provides a natural color that adds a unique beauty and a specific identity to each piece. As Kaplan, himself, explains, “My ideas come from the stone.” Because he carves directly, without a sketch as a guide, Kaplan is responding to the individual characteristics of each piece of stone, almost like he would to a spoken command. The stone is speaking to him, and he is following its imperatives.
Charlie Kaplan will be 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 will be placed at the entrance of Baruch College’s Newman Library for students, faculty and staff to share. In September 2018, Charlie Kaplan had his first New York institutional solo exhibition at Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery.
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, is pleased to present a solo exhibition of marble sculptures by Charlie Kaplan as part of its mission to showcase contemporary artists of international acclaim.
Jury selection in 2009 of Charlie Kaplan's "Flight" for the public pier, photographed for the cover of the city's official tourism brochure
Drawn from a collection of works Kaplan created in a 24-year period, the show concentrates on sculptures that fuse his signature biomorphic forms with a soulful modernist style. The majority of works in the exhibition are sculpted from Carrara marble with additional pieces carved from alabaster, Belgian black marble, Rosso Laguna marble and Bianco Puro Carrara marble. A selection of bronze and stainless steel sculptures are also included.
Charlie Kaplan: Sculpture, Pleasing Curves | Drawn from a collection of works Kaplan created during a 24-year period, the show concentrates on sculptures that fuse his signature biomorphic forms with a soulful modernist style. The majority of works in the exhibition are sculpted from Carrara marble with additional pieces carved from alabaster, Belgian black marble, Rosso Laguna marble and Bianco Puro Carrara marble. These luxurious materials are transformed into sparse silhouettes that express a primal state, where sensuality and sexuality, are celebrated within a single monolith.
Charlie Kaplan's path to sculpting marble began with an interest in hand tools. A natural ability in shop class in high school, a passion for collecting vintage tools, a reader of the history of technology, and a knack for being a handyman around the house meant that as a 24 year old, recently married college graduate living in an apartment in West Hollywood in 1968, he would have a set of new chisels.
Charlie Kaplan's sculpture Flight was selected by a jury to grace the pier in the city of Pietrasanta in the Tuscan region of Italy, during the city's second annual outdoor public art exhibit.