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Four Views of Rashomon
pen and ink wash on acetate with gold paper backing
11-1/4 × 14 inches
Prominent American sculptor Charles Ginnever opens an exhibition of recent sculpture at Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, on Thursday, May 3 with a reception for the artist from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition will feature sculptures and rare drawings of his recent multiple component work Rashomon. Continuing through June 2, the show at Brian Gross will coincide with the installation of four large scale Rashomon sculptures at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University.
Over the years, Ginnever’s investigation of three dimensional abstracted form has yielded metalworks of dramatic geometries. In monumental proportions or on an intimate scale, his works seem to defy gravity, challenging perception and offering complex optical illusions. This recent body of work displays Ginnever’s unique sense of perspective by delighting the viewer with its paradoxical geometries. Built from flat planes of bronze or steel, the Rashomon sculptures present a singular form repeatedly transforming its shape as it is turned, tumbled and viewed from various vantage points. On display will be related works ranging from 18 inches to 5 feet high.
Ginnever’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe and is part of numerous important private and public collections such as: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Runnymede Sculpture Garden, Woodside, California, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, and the Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester.
Charles Ginnever was born in 1931 in San Mateo, California. He studied sculpture in Paris, at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, under Ossip Zadkine, and received a B.A. from California School of Fine Arts, and a M.F.A. from Cornell University. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Lee Krasner Award, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He divides his time between Putney, Vermont, and Petaluma, California.