Charles Arnoldi

April 2021
St. Helena

The evolution of Arnoldi's works is seen as the intricate stick paintings and wood reliefs of his early years, find themselves further abstracted through his use of color, line and form.  Upon viewing works by Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning as a young man in New York, Charles Arnoldi felt compelled to paint, inspired by the abstracted and imperfect lines and details of these great artists.

Biography

Arnoldi’s work speaks parenthetically. His curved lines envelop the idea of formalist construction, while simultaneously projecting the idea outward to the viewer for further introspection. We are confronted by his clever use of color and movement. Although simplistic in form, these complex concepts are only successful visually when executed by the most experienced of painters.

For over thirty years Arnoldi has dealt with the interplay of these ideas in art. He began these pursuits scholastically at first, but quickly abandoned these teaching methods in favor of his own inspiration. Playing outsider did get him in the door of many prominent collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

His work hangs theoretically next to the likes of Mark Rothko or Piet Mondrain, but stands alone in its unique attention to detail. His fields of color are accented with thoughtful visual interruptions. Shades of grey poke through iris blue, grape hides beneath a sheet of turquoise. These gestures help to qualify the grander concepts behind simplicity, known in art as modernity.

While his paintings do attempt to explain, they leave the bigger picture up to the viewer. We are confronted with an intricate web of puzzle pieces, finely crafted into one total work of art. Our minds can envision the pulling and pushing of these parts, a testament to the ongoing struggle of getting comfortable in the web of modern art—challenging, intricate and beautiful.

Born

1946 Dayton, Ohio.


Education

1968 Attended Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA


Public Collections

Arthur Anderson, Chicago, Illinois. • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York • Bank of America, San Francisco, California. • Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, New York • Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii • Continental National Bank, Fort Worth, Texas • Dellen Publishing, Santa Clara, California • Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado • First International Bank, Houston, Texas • First Interstate Bank, Las Vegas, Nevada • Frito-Lay, Dallas, Texas • Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California • Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain • Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, Missouri • Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey • J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky • JMB Reality, Chicago, Illinois • Hughes Corporation, Los Angeles, California • Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California • Menil Foundation, Houston, Texas • Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis, Tennessee • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York • Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas • Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York • National Gallery of Art, Sydney, Australia • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri • The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey • The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA • Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California • Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California • Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon • Rayovac Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin • San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington • Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, California • Southland Corporation, Dallas, Texas • Southwestern Bell, St. Louis, Missouri • United Energy Resources, Houston, Texas


Selected Museum Exhibitions

2011 Pacific Standard Time, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin, Germany.

          California Art: Selections from the Frederick R Weisman Foundation, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

          California Art: Selections from the Frederick R Weisman Foundation, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA.

          California Abstract Painting 1952-2011, curated by James Hayward, Woodbury University Art Gallery, Burbank, CA.

2010 Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA.

          15 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.

2009 Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

2008 Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

          A Focus on Jacksonville Collections, Museums of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL.

          Las Vegas Collects, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV.

          Refraction: An exploration of Light and Color, Riverside City College, Riverside, CA.

2007 The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,        Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, CO.

          Made in California, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

          Clear Cut: Wood Sculptures from Northwest Collections,Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.

          Contemporary Cool and Collected, The Mint Museums, Charlotte, NC.

          Denatured: Work from the Anderson Collection + the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

          California Art: Selection from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA.

2006 Museum of Design, Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA.

          Breaking Out! Sculpture Explorations in Metal & Wood, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

          Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World 1950-1980, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.

2005 Paint on Metal, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ.

          Inside Out: Selection from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

2004 Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi and Laddie John Dill, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

          Image + Energy, Selections from the Haskell Collection,

          Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL.

          Lost But Found: Assemblage, Collage and Sculpture

2002, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA.

          The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.

2003 Made in California: Selection from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.

          Made in California: Selected Works from the The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, CA.

          Red on Red, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.

          American Art: Wilfred Davis Fletcher Collection, Boise ArtMuseum, Boise, ID.

2002 Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea.

          Contemporary American Art, Embassy of the United States of America, Vienna, Austria.

2001 Chouinard: A Living Legacy, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA.

          Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary California Works on Paper, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA.

2000 Celebrating Modern Art: The Anderson Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

          An American Focus: The Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA.

          The Intuitive Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum Foundation Galleries, Los Angeles, CA.

1999 The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collections, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA.

          The California State Senate Contemporary California Art Collection 1998-99, State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA.

          Radical Past: Contemporary Art and Music in Pasadena

1960-1974, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.

1991 American Narrative Painting and Sculpture: The 1980's, from the Collect, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY.

          The Unique Print: 70's into 90's, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

          Soho at Duke: Five Artists from Charles Cowles Gallery, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC.

           Visions/Revisions: Selections from the Contemporary Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.

1990 Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Malmgran Gallery, Göteborg, Sweden.

          Selections from the Carnation Company Collection, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.

          Color in Art: American Expressions from the Mid-Twentieth Century to the Present, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

1989 Recent Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York, NY.

          Art of the 80's from the Collection of Chemical Bank, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ.

Selected Works from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

          Visions of the Volcano, Volcano Art Center Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.

1988 Art in Public Buildings, Phebe Conley Gallery, California State University, Fresno, CA

          An Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, TX.

          40th Annual Purchase Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

          Imprimatur, Greenville County Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

          The 1980's: A New Generation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

          Charles Arnoldi: Painting and Sculpture 1971-1988, Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA.

1987 Arnoldi: Just Bronze, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA.

          The Anderson Collection: Two Decades of American Graphics

1967-1987, Stanford University Museum of Art, Palo Alto, CA.

          15th Anniversary, Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MO.

          The Frederick R. Weisman Collection: An International Survey, San Antonio, TX.

          39th Annual Purchase Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

1986 Public and Private: American Prints Today, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

          Foundry/Process, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND.

          Contemporary Art from Southern California, Art in Embassies Program, Helsinki, Finland.

          Recent Graphics from American Print Shops, The Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL.

          ARCO Sculpture Garden Installation, The American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA

          70's in '80's: Printmaking Now, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

          A Southern California Collection, Cirrus, Los Angeles, CA

          Collector's Choice Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL.

          Asian, Israeli and European Tours, Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art.

1985 Selected Works, The Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.

1984 American Art for the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collections, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.

          Art of the States: Works from a Santa Barbara Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

          A Broad Spectrum: Contemporary Los Angeles Painters and Sculptors, Design Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

          Contemporary American Wood Sculpture, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.

          Out of Square: View Point, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Detroit, MI.

          Charles Arnoldi: Unique Prints, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

1983 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

          The 38th Corcoran Biennial Exhibition of American Painting: Second Western States Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

          The American Artist as Printmaker, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

          The Bay Area Collects, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

1982 A Century of Modern Sculpture 1882-1982, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

          Forgotten Dimensions: Survey of Small Sculpture in California Now, Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, CA.

          L.A. Art: An Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings, Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan.

          A Private Vision: Contemporary Art from the Graham Gund Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

1981 The Americans/ The Landscape, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.

1979 Aspects of Abstract, Crocker Museum Sacramento, CA.

          The Dootson Collection, Seattle Museum of Art Seattle, WA.

1978 Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.

Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Company, Collection of California Art, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA.

1976 Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA.

          Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

          Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.

1974 Fifteen Abstract Artists, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

          Group Show, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY.

1973 Market Street Program, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA.

          Ten Years of Contemporary Arts Council Acquisitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

          The Wall Object, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA.

8e Biennale de Paris, 8e Biennale de Paris, Paris, France.

1972 Fifteen Los Angeles Artists, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA.

          Dokumenta 5, Kassel, Germany.

1970 Permutations: Light and Color, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

Press

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Selected Artworks

Quick Start, 2016

Quick Start, 2016

Oil on Linen

82 x 72 inches

210134

Imposter, 2016

Imposter, 2016

Oil on Linen

86 x 76 inches

210133

Hollow Point

Hollow Point

Oil on Linen

84 x 72 inches

210132

Permafrost, 2017

Permafrost, 2017

Oil on Canvas

32 x 28 inches

200518

Untitled, 2017

Untitled, 2017

Acrylic on Canvas

32 x 27 inches

200517

Tilt, 2009

Tilt, 2009

Acrylic on Canvas

31 x 23 inches

200516

Moody, 2008

Moody, 2008

Acrylic on Canvas

39 x 23 inches

200515

Black Diamond, 2008

Black Diamond, 2008

Acrylic on Canvas

39 x 23 inches

200514

Big Bones, 2008

Big Bones, 2008

Acrylic on Canvas

39 x 23 inches

200513

Untitled, 2020

Untitled, 2020

Mixed Media on Linen

55 x 46 inches

200436

Glove, 2020

Glove, 2020

Mixed Media on Linen

48 x 39 inches

200435

Dig, 2018

Dig, 2018

Oil on Linen

64 x 57 inches

200434

Full, 2011

Full, 2011

Acrylic on Canvas

74 x 69 inches

200433

McKinley, 2008

McKinley, 2008

Acrylic on Canvas

90 x 51 inches

200431

Untitled #4

Untitled #4

Wood

29 x 7.5 x 19 inches

190545

Untitled #2

Untitled #2

Wood

12 x 11.5 x 4.5 inches

190543

Untitled #1

Untitled #1

Wood

17 x 15.5 x 3.5 inches

190542

Fuel, 2018

Fuel, 2018

Acrylic on Canvas

74 x 62 inches

180464

Steerage, 2017

Steerage, 2017

Oil on Canvas

75 x 63 inches

170406

Space in Time, 2016

Space in Time, 2016

Oil on Canvas

84 x 72 inches

170216

Surrogate, 2010

Surrogate, 2010

Acrylic on Canvas

46 x 43 inches

150398

Shift, 2011

Shift, 2011

Acrylic on Canvas

74 x 69 inches

150397

Mill, 2012

Mill, 2012

Acrylic on Canvas

66 x 104 inches

140724

Born

1946 Dayton, Ohio.


Education

1968 Attended Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA


Public Collections

Arthur Anderson, Chicago, Illinois. • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York • Bank of America, San Francisco, California. • Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, New York • Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois • The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii • Continental National Bank, Fort Worth, Texas • Dellen Publishing, Santa Clara, California • Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado • First International Bank, Houston, Texas • First Interstate Bank, Las Vegas, Nevada • Frito-Lay, Dallas, Texas • Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California • Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain • Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, Missouri • Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey • J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky • JMB Reality, Chicago, Illinois • Hughes Corporation, Los Angeles, California • Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California • Menil Foundation, Houston, Texas • Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis, Tennessee • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York • Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas • Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York • National Gallery of Art, Sydney, Australia • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri • The Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey • The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA • Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California • Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California • Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon • Rayovac Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin • San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington • Security Pacific National Bank, Los Angeles, California • Southland Corporation, Dallas, Texas • Southwestern Bell, St. Louis, Missouri • United Energy Resources, Houston, Texas


Selected Museum Exhibitions

2011 Pacific Standard Time, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin, Germany.

          California Art: Selections from the Frederick R Weisman Foundation, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

          California Art: Selections from the Frederick R Weisman Foundation, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA.

          California Abstract Painting 1952-2011, curated by James Hayward, Woodbury University Art Gallery, Burbank, CA.

2010 Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA.

          15 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.

2009 Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

2008 Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

          A Focus on Jacksonville Collections, Museums of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL.

          Las Vegas Collects, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV.

          Refraction: An exploration of Light and Color, Riverside City College, Riverside, CA.

2007 The Eclectic Eye: Pop and Illusion, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,        Colorado Springs Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, CO.

          Made in California, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

          Clear Cut: Wood Sculptures from Northwest Collections,Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.

          Contemporary Cool and Collected, The Mint Museums, Charlotte, NC.

          Denatured: Work from the Anderson Collection + the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

          California Art: Selection from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA.

2006 Museum of Design, Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA.

          Breaking Out! Sculpture Explorations in Metal & Wood, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA

          Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World 1950-1980, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.

2005 Paint on Metal, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ.

          Inside Out: Selection from the Permanent Collection, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

2004 Peter Alexander, Charles Arnoldi and Laddie John Dill, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

          Image + Energy, Selections from the Haskell Collection,

          Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, FL.

          Lost But Found: Assemblage, Collage and Sculpture

2002, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA.

          The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.

2003 Made in California: Selection from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.

          Made in California: Selected Works from the The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, CA.

          Red on Red, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA.

          American Art: Wilfred Davis Fletcher Collection, Boise ArtMuseum, Boise, ID.

2002 Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea.

          Contemporary American Art, Embassy of the United States of America, Vienna, Austria.

2001 Chouinard: A Living Legacy, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA.

          Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary California Works on Paper, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA.

2000 Celebrating Modern Art: The Anderson Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

          An American Focus: The Anderson Graphic Arts Collection, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA.

          The Intuitive Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum Foundation Galleries, Los Angeles, CA.

1999 The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collections, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA.

          The California State Senate Contemporary California Art Collection 1998-99, State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA.

          Radical Past: Contemporary Art and Music in Pasadena

1960-1974, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.

1991 American Narrative Painting and Sculpture: The 1980's, from the Collect, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY.

          The Unique Print: 70's into 90's, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

          Soho at Duke: Five Artists from Charles Cowles Gallery, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC.

           Visions/Revisions: Selections from the Contemporary Collection, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.

1990 Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Malmgran Gallery, Göteborg, Sweden.

          Selections from the Carnation Company Collection, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.

          Color in Art: American Expressions from the Mid-Twentieth Century to the Present, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

1989 Recent Monotypes from the Garner Tullis Workshop, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, New York, NY.

          Art of the 80's from the Collection of Chemical Bank, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ.

Selected Works from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

          Visions of the Volcano, Volcano Art Center Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.

1988 Art in Public Buildings, Phebe Conley Gallery, California State University, Fresno, CA

          An Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, TX.

          40th Annual Purchase Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

          Imprimatur, Greenville County Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC.

          The 1980's: A New Generation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

          Charles Arnoldi: Painting and Sculpture 1971-1988, Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco, CA.

1987 Arnoldi: Just Bronze, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA.

          The Anderson Collection: Two Decades of American Graphics

1967-1987, Stanford University Museum of Art, Palo Alto, CA.

          15th Anniversary, Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MO.

          The Frederick R. Weisman Collection: An International Survey, San Antonio, TX.

          39th Annual Purchase Exhibition, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

1986 Public and Private: American Prints Today, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.

          Foundry/Process, St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND.

          Contemporary Art from Southern California, Art in Embassies Program, Helsinki, Finland.

          Recent Graphics from American Print Shops, The Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, IL.

          ARCO Sculpture Garden Installation, The American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA

          70's in '80's: Printmaking Now, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

          A Southern California Collection, Cirrus, Los Angeles, CA

          Collector's Choice Exhibition, Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL.

          Asian, Israeli and European Tours, Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art.

1985 Selected Works, The Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Art, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.

1984 American Art for the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collections, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.

          Art of the States: Works from a Santa Barbara Collection, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

          A Broad Spectrum: Contemporary Los Angeles Painters and Sculptors, Design Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.

          Contemporary American Wood Sculpture, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.

          Out of Square: View Point, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Detroit, MI.

          Charles Arnoldi: Unique Prints, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

1983 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

          The 38th Corcoran Biennial Exhibition of American Painting: Second Western States Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

          The American Artist as Printmaker, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

          The Bay Area Collects, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

1982 A Century of Modern Sculpture 1882-1982, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.

          Forgotten Dimensions: Survey of Small Sculpture in California Now, Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, CA.

          L.A. Art: An Exhibition of Contemporary Paintings, Nagoya City Museum, Nagoya, Japan.

          A Private Vision: Contemporary Art from the Graham Gund Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

1981 The Americans/ The Landscape, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.

1979 Aspects of Abstract, Crocker Museum Sacramento, CA.

          The Dootson Collection, Seattle Museum of Art Seattle, WA.

1978 Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.

Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Company, Collection of California Art, University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, CA.

1976 Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA.

          Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern Era, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

          Painting and Sculpture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN.

1974 Fifteen Abstract Artists, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

          Group Show, Museum of Modern Art New York, NY.

1973 Market Street Program, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA.

          Ten Years of Contemporary Arts Council Acquisitions, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

          The Wall Object, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA.

8e Biennale de Paris, 8e Biennale de Paris, Paris, France.

1972 Fifteen Los Angeles Artists, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA.

          Dokumenta 5, Kassel, Germany.

1970 Permutations: Light and Color, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL.

Biography

Arnoldi’s work speaks parenthetically. His curved lines envelop the idea of formalist construction, while simultaneously projecting the idea outward to the viewer for further introspection. We are confronted by his clever use of color and movement. Although simplistic in form, these complex concepts are only successful visually when executed by the most experienced of painters.

For over thirty years Arnoldi has dealt with the interplay of these ideas in art. He began these pursuits scholastically at first, but quickly abandoned these teaching methods in favor of his own inspiration. Playing outsider did get him in the door of many prominent collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

His work hangs theoretically next to the likes of Mark Rothko or Piet Mondrain, but stands alone in its unique attention to detail. His fields of color are accented with thoughtful visual interruptions. Shades of grey poke through iris blue, grape hides beneath a sheet of turquoise. These gestures help to qualify the grander concepts behind simplicity, known in art as modernity.

While his paintings do attempt to explain, they leave the bigger picture up to the viewer. We are confronted with an intricate web of puzzle pieces, finely crafted into one total work of art. Our minds can envision the pulling and pushing of these parts, a testament to the ongoing struggle of getting comfortable in the web of modern art—challenging, intricate and beautiful.

Press

Problem Solved: Charles Arnoldi's Intricate Career is Traced in an Exhibition at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. By Sarah. E. Fensom

Art & Antiques

June, 2018

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April 2021
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The evolution of Arnoldi's works is seen as the intricate stick paintings and wood reliefs of his early years, find themselves further abstracted through his use of color, line and form.  Upon viewing works by Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning as a young man in New York, Charles Arnoldi felt compelled to paint, inspired by the abstracted and imperfect lines and details of these great artists.

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