Sign in

Alan Charlton

49 Rectangles, 2008

×
×

Alan Charlton

Ubiquitous, and ordinary? Or a color with infinite potential? While still a student at London’s Camberwell School of Art, Alan Charlton made a decision: he would only produce monochromatic paintings using shades of gray on canvases whose dimensions are factors of 4,5 cm. This staunch conceptualist has now spent more than 40 years using these strict parameters to explore the full emotional depth and special characteristics that gray has to offer. The result has been a body of work that is monumental, honest, and direct, an expression of form and rhythm played out over his immaculate surfaces and also of an enduring vision based on a profound sense of painting as a spatial entity.

Charlton was born in Sheffield, England in 1948 and studied at the Royal Academy Schools after leaving Camberwell. He has exhibited internationally including at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and at Konrad Fischer Galerie in Düsseldorf. The Tate and the Centre Pompidou are among the institutions that hold his works in their collections.

Ubiquitous, and ordinary? Or a color with infinite potential? While still a student at London’s Camberwell School of Art, Alan Charlton made a decision: he would only produce monochromatic paintings using shades of gray on canvases whose dimensions are factors of 4,5 cm. This staunch conceptualist has now spent more than 40 years using these strict parameters to explore the full emotional depth and special c […] more

49 Rectangles, 2008

49 Rectangles epitomizes Alan Charlton’s body of work. A silkscreen print on 300g Somerset Satin paper, this edition depicts exactly what you would expect from the title: 49 rectangles presented with Charlton’s signature simplicity in a striking shade of mid-tone gray. It also mimics Charlton’s well-known use of multiple canvases in installation to achieve serial, methodical iterations of an idea, interrupting the spatial plane to create unexpected rhythm and depth in the monochromatic.

Classically Charlton — not to mention a classic example of British minimalism — 49 Rectangles was produced in a very limited run of just 50 prints, signed and numbered by the artist. For collectors of minimal and conceptual art, 49 Rectangles is far more than the straightforward depiction of its title: it is a wonderful opportunity to bring one of the genre’s most dedicated artists into their collection.

49 Rectangles epitomizes Alan Charlton’s body of work. A silkscreen print on 300g Somerset Satin paper, this edition depicts exactly what you would expect from the title: 49 rectangles presented with Charlton’s signature simplicity in a striking shade of mid-tone gray. It also mimics Charlton’s well-known use of multiple canvases in installation to achieve serial, […] more

Purchase Edition

Alan Charlton
49 Rectangles, 2008

Size:
49,8 x 67,5 cm

Material:
Silkscreen on Somerset Satin paper

Edition:
50, signed and numbered on verso

Frame: Info

With
Without
€550,00

Incl. 7% VAT

Excl. € 45 Shipping within Europe

Constantin Brancusi

Simplicity is complexity resolved.