LA Louver Gallery
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Charles Garabedian: Outside the Gates

15 Jul - 19 Sept 2020
Online Exclusive

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Charles Garabedian
Study for the Iliad, 1991
acrylic on paper
94 1/2 x 43 in. (240 x 109.2 cm)
$35,000
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Charles Garabedian
Willie Snake, 1985
acrylic on canvas (three panels)
Overall: 7 ft. 6 1/2 in. x 33 ft. 6 in. (229.9 x 1021.1 cm)
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In a bi-coastal collaboration, L.A. Louver and Betty Cuningham Gallery are pleased to present Charles Garabedian: Outside the Gates. Drawing from both galleries' long histories with the artist, this exhibition brings together two dozen paintings from the last three decades of Garabedian's life. The artist’s ability to tap into the collective unconscious renders the work timeless; while many of the figures may be familiar from myth, their staging speaks to our common lot as humans. With distinctive humor and pathos, Garabedian takes us on a trip as he moves toward finding himself in history, mythology, and by accident.

Garabedian embraced grand themes in his idiosyncratic and compelling body of work. Inspired by Armenian manuscripts, Biblical stories, and the epic poetry of ancient Greece, his iconoclastic approach to figuration breathes vibrant, pulsating life into these old tales. His works are populated with warriors and gods, bathing beauties and epic journeys. Abstractions lie unsettlingly at the edge of recognition, seeming to take on the unknowable logic of Olympus.

A hallmark of Garabedian’s style is his Mannerist approach to the body. Twisted and elongated figures lounge, bend, and stretch across his compositions. That nearly all of his figures from this period are nude reinforces a feeling of otherworldliness. He treats the body as something malleable, something that can be distorted or even truncated. For example, the painting Man in the Brick Wall features a fleeing figure, a brick bust, and a torso with legs but no upper half.

Most of the works are on paper, a material the artist embraced for its flexibility and fluidity. As his concepts developed Garabedian affixed additional sheets to the original page in order to achieve his desired composition. This expansive narrative approach may be seen in works such as You Should have Looked at Me and Outside the Gates, and led to marked vertical and horizontal formatting which is evidenced too in the rare multi-canvas mural-scale painting Willie Snake. According to Garabedian, “I find the paper more liberating, it’s not as formal a concept. I like to think of it as more of a physical experience.”

See Betty Cuningham Gallery's presentation of Charles Garabedian: Outside the Gates here.

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Charles Garabedian
Sisyphus, 2007
acrylic on paper
35 1/4 x 44 1/4 in. (89.5 x 112.4 cm)
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Charles Garabedian
Prometheus Chained, 2014
acrylic on canvas
56 x 75 in. (142.2 x 190.5 cm)
$45,000
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Charles Garabedian
Prometheus, 2011
acrylic on paper
47 3/4 x 24 3/8 in. (121.3 x 61.9 cm)
$18,000

"If you knew you were going in there to knock out great paintings, it wouldn’t be any fun.  This is what makes it interesting to be an artist.  It’s the idea of finding yourself and knowing you can be 100% wrong with each decision, each brushstroke. The fun is wandering around in the fog, with a cliff nearby."

- Charles Garabedian

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Charles Garabedian
The Wine Dark Sea, 2011
acrylic on paper
29 1/2 x 184 in (74.9 x 467.4 cm)
$45,000
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Charles Garabedian
You Should Have Looked At Me,, 2012
acrylic on paper
101 x 38 1/2 in. (256.5 x 97.8 cm)
$45,000

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Charles Garabedian
Bathers, 2003-2004
acrylic on paper
48 x 56 in. (121.9 x 142.4 cm)
$35,000

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Charles Garabedian
The Eunuch, 2003-2004
acrylic on paper
48 x 61 in. (121.9 x 154.9 cm)
$35,000

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Charles Garabedian
Study for the Iliad (4 warriors), 1992
acrylic on paper
14 x 42 in. (35.6 x 106.7 cm)
$12,000
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Charles Garabedian
Creation, 2007
acrylic and watercolor on paper
43 x 42 1/2 in. (109.2 x 108 cm)
$24,000
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Charles Garabedian
Man in the Brick Wall, 2011
acrylic on paper
47 3/4 x 71 3/4 in. (121.3 x 182.2 cm)
$35,000
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Charles Garabedian
Red Sails in the Sunset, 2012
acrylic on paper
110 x 29 in. (279.4 x 73.7 cm)
$45,000
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Charles Garabedian
Homage to MH, 1999
acrylic on paper
26 x 17 in. (66 x 43.2 cm)
$12,000

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Charles Garabedian
A Mausoleum, 1997
acrylic on paper
23 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (59.7 x 31.8 cm)
$9,000

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Charles Garabedian
Henry Inn no. 8, 1999
acrylic on paper
26 x 14 in. (66 x 35.6 cm)
$12,000

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Charles Garabedian
The Hunter, 2006
acrylic on paper
22 1/2 x 17 in. (56.8 x 82.6 cm)
$9,000

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Charles Garabedian
Shadrack, Mishack and Abendigo, 2006
watercolor on paper
24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm)
$9,000

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Charles Garabedian
Casual Find, 1999
acrylic on paper
15 x 11 in. (38 x 28 cm)
$7,500

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“His nudes don’t refer to what the body actually is. They come from another place entirely, defining gesture and form internally, in such a way that it makes only the most general sense to say that this posture is unnatural, or that real human limbs can't stretch to that extent, or that the human body doesn't and won't bend that way, or that Garabedian can't paint the body. To say this would be to succumb to the world that Garabedian's paintings have supplanted.”

- Nevin Schreiner

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Charles Garabedian
Odalisque, 2001
acrylic on canvas
28 5/8 x 56 1/8 in. (72.7 x 142.6 cm)
$38,000
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Charles Garabedian
The Window, 2001
acrylic on paper
25 1/2 x 38 in. (64.8 x 96.5 cm)
$14,000
Arrows-CG92-16-copy
Charles Garabedian
Arrows, 1986
acrylic on paper
57 1/4 x 43 3/4 in. (145.4 x 111.1 cm)
$24,000
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Charles Garabedian
Mythological Figure, 2005
acrylic on paper
60 x 78 in. (152.4 x 198.1 cm)
$40,000
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Charles Garabedian
Outside the Gates, 2013
acrylic on paper
57 x 139 in. (144.8 x 353.1 cm)
$60,000

Charles Garabedian came to painting at age 32, and was almost 40 before he had his first solo exhibition. His career as an artist followed his service as a Staff Sergeant and gunner during World War II, during which he flew 30 missions in Europe. He subsequently worked for the tire company B.F. Goodrich, assembling cars for Chrysler, and as a clerk for the railroad. Garabedian studied literature and history at USC, and, encouraged by his friend Ed Moses, he took art classes with Howard Warshaw, which led him to UCLA. Upon graduating with an MA in 1961, he stayed on to teach at the university and would teach at several established art institutions throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s.

In 1962, Garabedian began showing with the Ceeje Gallery in Los Angeles. He had his first solo museum exhibition in 1966 at the La Jolla Museum of Art, and his first retrospective at California State University Northridge in 1974. In 1978, Marcia Tucker included Garabedian's work in the exhibition "Bad" Painting at the New Museum in New York, which she had founded just a year prior. Numerous solo and group gallery and museum shows followed, and culminated in a survey exhibition curated by Julie Joyce at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 2011, which drew widespread critical acclaim.

L.A. Louver has represented Charles Garabedian since 1979. Betty Cuningham began working with Garabedian in 1982, and Betty Cuningham Gallery has represented the artist since 2004.

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