Charmion von Wiegand  (American, 1896-1983) 

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Charmion Von Wiegand (American, 1896–1983) is a De Stijl style painter. She began her art career as a writer and art critic in New York. Von Wiegand studied journalism, theatre, and art history at Columbia University. She served as editor of Art Front and wrote articles for The New Masses, New Theatre, ARTnews, and Arts Magazine. Apart from writing, she also made landscape paintings.

When Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872–1944) arrived in the United States, von Wiegand arranged to interview him for an article in The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. A close relationship formed between the two artists, and von Wiegand began to change her painting style completely. She believed that there was an intuitive and spiritual aspect of Neoplasticism explored by Mondrian that she wanted to explore as well. She became a member of the American Abstract Artists in 1941 and exhibited with them in 1948. She began making collages, such as Transfer to Cathay, using colored paper, tickets, menus, matchbooks, and handwritten notes arranged in a geometrical composition. This work is currently in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

During the 1960s, von Wiegand moved away from De Stijl and became interested in Buddhism. Although she still believed in the principals she learned from Mondrian, she began to make paintings using spiritual symbols and experimenting with automatic drawing. The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, FL, presented her first retrospective in 1982. In 2007, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery exhibited Offering of the Universe–An Artist’s Path from Mondrian to Mantra, which served as a survey of von Wiegand’s spiritual paintings and works on paper from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Her works can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of Art. The artist died in 1983. Von Wiegand’s estate is represented by the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.

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Charmion von Wiegand, Invocation to The Adi-Buddha

 

Charmion von Wiegand
Invocation to The Adi-Buddha
1968-1970

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Charmion von Wiegand, Untitled [MR132E]

 

Charmion von Wiegand
Untitled [MR132E]
1964

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Charmion von Wiegand, The Nuptial Form

 

Charmion von Wiegand
The Nuptial Form
1946-1947

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Charmion von Wiegand, Region of Unstruct Sound

 

Charmion von Wiegand
Region of Unstruct Sound
1955

Parkerson Gallery
Charmion von Wiegand, Untitled [MR135e]

 

Charmion von Wiegand
Untitled [MR135e]
1951

Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
 
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Charmion von Wiegand, Witching Hour; Birth of a Planet #212 (2 works)

 

Charmion von Wiegand
Witching Hour; Birth of a Planet #212 (2 works), 1963
gouache and mixed paper collage on paper

 

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Charmion von Wiegand, The Peacock Valley

 

Charmion von Wiegand
The Peacock Valley, 1960
gouache on paperboard

 

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Charmion von Wiegand, Basilique. Center of the China Road

 

Charmion von Wiegand
Basilique. Center of the China Road, 1958
gouache over pencil on paper laid on cardboard

 

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1896   Born: Chicago, IL
1920   Attended Barnard College and Columbia University School of Journalism, New York, NY
1926   Began to paint
1929   Moved to Russia
1932   Returned to New York, NY
1941   Joined the American Abstract Artists group
1951 - 1953   President, American Abstract Artists, New York, NY
1980   Elected as member, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1983   Died: New York, NY
2010   Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s–1950s, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
2009   The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Back to the Future: Alfred Jensen, Charmion von Wiegand, Simon Gouverneur and the Cosmic Conversation, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Daughters of the Revolution: Women in Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY
2008   New York Cool: Painting and Sculpture from the NYU Art Collection, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY; Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, PA; University of Iowa Museum of At, Iowa City, IA; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
2007   Charmion Von Wiegand: From Mondrian to Mantra, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2006   Paper Works by Abstract Masters, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Another View: New York School, Opalka Gallery, The Sage Colleges, Albany, NY
2004   Mood Indigo: The Legacy of Duke Ellington - A Look at Jazz & Improvisation in American Art, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
2003   Charmion Von Wiegand: Improvisations, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2001   1950-1965: Works on Paper, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
2000   Charmion von Wiegand: Spirituality in Abstraction, 1945-1969, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998   Charmion von Wiegand: Spirit & Form, Collages, 1946-1962, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Defining the Edge: Early American Abstraction, Selections from the Collection of Dr. Peter B. Fischer, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
1996   Abstraction Across America, 1934-1946, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY
1993   Charmion von Wiegand: In Search of the Spiritual, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT (solo)
1992   Between Mondrian and Minimalism: Neo-Plasticism in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1985   Contrasts of Form:Geometric Abstract Art, 1910-1980, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1982   Charmion von Wiegand: Her Art and Her Life, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL (solo)
1977   Paris - New York, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1973   Retrospective, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
Post-Mondrian Abstraction in America, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1962   The Art of Assemblage, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Geometric Abstraction in America, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1961   Howard Wise Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1956   John Heller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1954   Citadella d’Arte Internazionale e d’Avanguardia, Ascona, Switzerland (solo)
Zoe Dusanne Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1952   American Watercolors, Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1948   Rose Fried Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1947   American Abstract Artist Exhibition, Riverside Museum, New York, NY
Rose Fried Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1945   The Women, Art of This Century, New York, NY
1942   Rose Fried Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
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  Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2000    Charmion von Wiegand: Spirituality in Abstraction, 1945-1969. New York, NY: Rosenfeld Gallery, 2000 (catalogue)
1998    Charmion von Wiegand: Spirit & Form, Collages. New York, NY: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 1998 (catalogue)