Charles Arnoldi

Charles (Chuck) Arnoldi’s feted abstract paintings, sculptures, and prints can be described as experiments in color, form, and structure or, as he states, "art with a sense of dignity, honesty, and integrity." Elements of street art, color field painting, and minimalism are all visible in Arnoldi’s artistic practice, which has grown out of his early works, stick and twig constructions. Throughout his long career, the artist has also experimented with wall reliefs as well as investigated the effects of redacting portions of paintings (he has been known to paint over fields of color with bold black marks). Arnoldi’s Windows series from 2007-2012, for example, presents complicated color swaths—some are smooth and flat, others gestural and painterly—that are strikingly obscured by overlaying, colorful rectangles.


Arnoldi’s work can be found in dozens of public collections worldwide including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao, and the National Gallery of Art in Sydney. He has exhibited extensively since the early 1970s, and in addition to having shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Busan Art Museum, Arnoldi has been included in the Whitney Biennial, dOCUMENTA, and the Biennale de Paris.

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