Modernism and other Twentieth Century

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Charles Biederman
#6, New York, 1938
Painted wood and colored plastic
22 x 17 x 5 inches
Inscribed on verso: 4/1938

The artist; to
Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm A. McCannel, before 1976; to
[The Kramer Gallery, Saint Paul, Minnesota]; to
The present owner, in 2012

In 1937, Biederman put down his paint brush in favor of a life-long investigation of sculpture and relief. His first works in relief are some of the earliest examples of sculpture incorporating plastic, plexiglas, and other novel materials. Later works were executed in aluminum, but these very early constructions represent an important turning point both in Biederman’s career and in abstract art in America.


Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1976, Charles Biederman: A Retrospective, no. 172


Gregory Hedberg, Charles Biederman: A Retrospective (1976), p. 93, illus. on back cover

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