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Charles Alston (1907 - 1977) New York, North Carolina Listed Artist Oil

Charles Alston (1907 - 1977)

Charles Henry Alston was active/lived in New York, North Carolina. Charles Alston is known for abstract expressionist painting, portraits, lithography, murals.

Signed Lower Left
Oil on Canvas
Painting Size: 15 1/2" x 31 1/2".
Frame Size: 19 1/2" x 35 1/2".
Dated 1956

Good condition, no visible damages


Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Charles Alston was a long-time instructor at the Art Students League of New York and was known for his grasp of abstract design and his ability to express in his artwork the social forces that where shaping America at that time. His mediums were painting, sculpture, and murals, and his mural titled Man on the Threshold of Space, is at the Harriet Tubman School and another, Emerging Man, is at the Harlem Hospital, both in New York.

Charles Alston earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Columbia, University, and in 1930, received the Arthur Wesley Dow Fellowship. From 1950, he began several decades of teaching at the Art Students League and was also a member of the National Society of Mural Painters. In 1958, he was a U.S. representative to the Brussels Worlds Fair and in 1967 was appointed to the Advisory Board of the National Council of the Arts.

He exhibited at the John Heller Gallery in New York and in 1969 had a large retrospective exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in New York. However, he declined an invitation to participate in a 1971 exhibition of Black Artists at the Whitney Museum of Art writing to the Curator: "The idea of separating artists on the basis of color is a repulsive affirmation of the racism and bigotry which permeate American society . . . I would hate to think that I was in an exhibition because I's Black, rather than because I am a good painter." (Herskovic 26)

Private Collection from New York

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Charles Alston (1907 - 1977) New York, North Carolina

Estimate $1,200 - $2,000Feb 23, 2019
Little Neck, NY, USA