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January 9 - 31, 2020

Charlie Scheips: Inventions Fugues Flowers

RICHARD TAITTINGER GALLERY is pleased to present American artist Charlie Scheips’ first solo gallery exhibition, Inventions Fugues Flowers, and to announce his US representation.

Scheips’ painting technique and style reflect his obsession with Cubism, collage, and Picasso, which has informed his work since his college days as an art student. He consciously rejects photo-graphic depiction and instead relies on his eye and hand in his drawings and paintings. He invites us, through his paintings, into his multi-faceted world. He works both figuratively and through more inventive constructions that he calls his “glueless collages.” His still lifes and flowers are modern vignettes, rendered in captivating color and compositionally interesting juxtapositions of elements that dissolve the boundaries of traditional genres. However, his recent Fugue series, begun in 2019, reflects a different tempo. This body of work finds Scheips returning to a more cubist and less narrative focus.

The paintings exhibited in Inventions Fugues Flowers follow Scheips’s distinguished career as a cultural historian, author, curator, and archivist. He is the author of several books including American Fashion; Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died and most recently Elsie De Wolfe’s Paris. Scheips also curated the first exhibition ever of David Hockney’s iPad and iPhone drawings in Paris in 2010 for the Foundation Pierre Bergé/Yves Saint Laurent. His nearly forty-year friendship with artist David Hockney, for whom he served as chief studio assistant during the 1980s in Los Angeles, has also been an influence on Scheips who was a frequent portrait subject of Hockney over the years.

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