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 Charles Garabedian  (1923 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Michigan      Known for: modernist, naive style figure, abstraction,

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Charles Garabedian is an American artist known for his imaginative paintings and drawings rich in references to Greek and Chinese symbolism. His detailed artwork reveals a deeply personal world that explores the relationship between painting and sculpture.

Garabedian was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1923. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1933 where he began a long academic period.  He studied at the University of California; Santa Barbara, from 1947 to 1948, then went on to the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for one year in 1949, where he received a Bachelors degree. He received his Masters degree in 1961 at the University of California Los Angeles.  He did not, however, become an artist until later in his life.

When in his forties, Garabedian began to explore the relationships between painting and drawing.  His fascination with China is reflected in many of his pieces incorporating dragons and ornate grillwork and pattern.  Although his most prolific period was in the late 1960s, he still continues to paint.  He gave his first solo exhibition at the Ceeje gallery in Los Angeles (1963) and subsequent one man shows followed at the Fine Arts Gallery at California State University, Northridge (1974), and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1976).

His group exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition: Contemporary American Art, New York (1975).

Art in America, 9/2000

Biography from Gallery Paule Anglim:
For many years, Charles Garabedian has provided a spell-binding pictorial world where dramatic narratives find new life in skewed forms and a vivid palette. Mythology, history and opera inform and provide the tone for stories taking place in the artist’s signature enchanted landscapes.

1923 Born, Detroit, MI
1942-45 S/Sgt. U.S.A.F.
1961 Master of Arts, U.C.L.A.

The artist currently lives in Santa Monica, CA

Solo Exhibitions:

1981 Just a Great Thing to Do: Selected Works by Charles Garabedian, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
1980 Collage and Ceramic Works: 1978-80, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
1977 American River College, Sacramento, CA
1975 College of Creative Studies, University of Santa Barbara, CA
1974 California State University at Northridge, Northridge, CA (catalogue); Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles
1966 La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA

2000 American Academy of Arts and Letters
1987 Painting Juror, National Endowment for the Arts
1979 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1977 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

Selected Public Collections
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Eli Broad Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Oklahoma City Art Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

1959-61 Teaching Assistant. University of California at Los Angeles, CA
1962-64 Lecturer, University of California at Los Angeles, CA
1964-66 Summer, Visiting Artist, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
1966 Palos Verdes Art Association, Palos Verdes, CA
1967-68 Assistant Professor in Residence, UCLA, CA
1968-69 Assistant Professor in Residence, California State University at Northridge, CA
1969—73 Assistant Professor in Residence, University of California at Los Angeles, CA
1975 Lectureship, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
1973 College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA
1987 Cooper Union, New York, NY
1987 Artist in Residence, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MN
1991 Spring Quarter, University of California at Los Angeles, CA, fall. Resident Critic, Vermont
Studio School, Johnson, VT
1992 Winter quarter. University of California at Los Angeles, CA
Spring quarter. College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, CA,
Summer. Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

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