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 Charles F. Cajori  (1921 - 2013)

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Lived/Active: Connecticut/New York/California      Known for: modernist figure, abstract expressionist painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is submitted by Katherine Tozier:

Article on Charles Cajori that appeared in the Free Press Newspaper, (Colorado Springs, Co. newspaper, now defunct) Monday, July 13, 1964

A selection of drawings by Charles Cajori, noted New York artist and guest artist at the Fine Arts Center summer art school is currently on view at the Fine Arts Center.

Cajori, who received his first formal art training at the Fine Arts Center in 1939, is associated with the Howard Wise Gallery in New York and teaches at the Cooper Union School in New York.

He is teaching both beginning and advanced painting to summer art students at the Fine Arts Center.

The exhibition of drawings, all of figures which may be termed, "abstract-expressionism," include many which have been shown recently in museums across the country and a number ,which have been reproduced in national art magazines.

Cajori was described in a March 1963 article in ARTnews as the leading member of the second generation of the New York School. In the article, Cajori is credited with "revaluing" abstract-expressionism in his paintings and drawings of figures which express both orderly structure and the flux of existence.

Cajori's work was most recently exhibited in a one-man show at the Henry Gallery in Seattle and at the Chicago Institute Annual.

He has also had one-man shows at the Watkins Gallery in Washington DC, the Tanager Gallery in New York (which he helped organize in 1952), at the Oakland Art Museum, Cornell University and the Howard Wise Gallery.

Cajori was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Italy in 1952-53, received the Distinction in Arts Award from Yale University in 1959 and the Longview Foundation Purchase award in 1962.

Biography from David Findlay Jr. Gallery:
The following text in memory of Charles Cajori was written by a representative of the David Findlay Jr. Gallery. Cajori died December 1, 2013.

It is difficult to put into words our sadness over the passing of artist Charles Cajori. Known simply as "Cajori" to friends, colleagues, and students, the legacy he leaves behind is a testament to his nearly seven decade career in the art world.  Cajori died on December 1.  He was 92 years old.


As a founding member of the Tanager Gallery, Cajori was a major force among the Second Generation Abstract Expressionists of the Tenth Street scene. His early works were viewed favorably by noted art writers of the day, such as Dore Ashton and Irving Sandler.


As artist and teacher, Cajori championed the classical tenets of painting such as space and form, movement and perspective. No examination of his paintings could occur without reflecting on CÚzanne and for that matter, no conversation with Cajori would be complete without a nod to his spiritual forebearer. In an art world of constantly changing styles and schools, Cajori remained devoted to the history of his discipline, valiantly examining and re-examining his imagined world. Critic Ben LaRocco wrote about a recent exhibition of Cajori's work, "Without the sense of individual struggle with history and lineage that Cajori's art exemplifies, painting has little to offer beyond decorative flair."


In recent years Cajori was honored with the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship as well as two Childe Hassam Purchase Prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum.


Cajori was more than just our artist. He was also our friend and teacher. His perspicacious spirit will be dearly missed.

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