Installation view of the exhibition Charles White: Selected Works at David Zwirner in New York, 2019.

Charles White

Selected Works

In conjunction with Charles White: Monumental Practice, the gallery is pleased to present a selection of the artist’s paintings and drawings, dating from the 1930s through the 1950s, a significant period for the development of his social realist aesthetic. These works demonstrate White’s unwavering commitment to realism and thus underscore the central values of his practice. "To him," as Kellie Jones notes, realism "presented an art language that was understandable worldwide. Above all, the ‘communicability’ of the representational was key, ‘how it reflects the great experience of life and singles out that which is most significant and meaningful to its process’; these are portrayals of the subtle and daily human struggles for peace and freedom."1

1 Kellie Jones, South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017), pp. 31–32.

Image: Installation view, Charles White: Selected Works, David Zwirner, New York, 2019

Dates
January 8February 16, 2019
Opening Reception
Tuesday, January 8, 6–8 PM
Artist
Charles White
A drawing on paper by Charles White, titled Hand of Tory, circa 1943.

Charles White

Hand of Tory, c. 1943
Charcoal on board
22 1/2 x 17 1/4 inches (57.2 x 43.8 cm) Framed: 26 x 21 1/2 inches (66 x 54.6 cm)
A drawing on paper by Charles White, titled Study for Mother (Awaiting His Return), dated 1945.

Charles White

Study for Mother (Awaiting His Return), 1945
Pencil on paper
16 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches (42.9 x 35.2 cm) Framed: 23 1/2 x 20 3/8 inches (59.7 x 51.8 cm)
A drawing on paper by Charles White, titled Gig, circa 1940.

Charles White

Gig, c. 1940
Charcoal on paper
14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Framed: 20 3/4 x 17 5/8 inches (52.7 x 44.8 cm)
An untitled drawing on paper by Charles White, circa 1948 to 1949.

Charles White

Untitled, c. 1948-1949
Ink on paper on board
30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm) Framed: 36 1/2 x 26 1/8 inches (92.7 x 66.4 cm)
An untitled drawing on paper by Charles White, circa 1943.

Charles White

Untitled, c. 1943
Pencil on paper
16 x 16 inches (40.6 x 40.6 cm) Framed: 22 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches (57.8 x 57.8 cm)
A drawing on paper by Charles White, titled Hand (Study for Hampton Mural), dated 1943.

Charles White

Hand (Study for Hampton Mural), 1943
Charcoal on paper
15 x 22 inches (38.1 x 55.9 cm) Framed: 20 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches (52.7 x 64.8 cm)
An untitled drawing on paper by Charles White, dated 1959.

Charles White

Untitled, 1959
Ink on paper
13 1/4 x 10 inches (33.7 x 25.4 cm) Framed: 20 5/8 x 17 3/8 inches (52.4 x 44.1 cm)
A painting on board by Charles White, titled Homage to Attica, dated 1972.

Charles White

Homage to Attica, 1972
Watercolor on board
11 3/8 x 53 3/4 inches (28.9 x 136.5 cm) Framed: 14 7/8 x 57 3/4 inches (37.8 x 146.7 cm)
A painting by Charles White, titled Sharecropper, dated 1947 to 1948.

Charles White

Sharecropper, 1947-1948
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61 cm) Framed: 32 3/4 x 26 5/8 inches (83.2 x 67.6 cm)
A painting by Charles White, titled Woman in Green Dress,dated 1935.

Charles White

Woman in Green Dress, 1935
Oil on board
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm) Framed: 21 5/8 x 17 1/2 inches (54.9 x 44.5 cm)
A painting by Charles White, titled Landscape, circa 1957 to 1959.

Charles White

Landscape, c. 1957-1959
Oil on board
36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm) Framed: 38 5/8 x 26 3/4 inches (98.1 x 67.9 cm)

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