The achievement of Franco-Russian painter Serge Charchoune (1889–1975) is among the least widely known or understood in twentieth-century European art.
Sometimes seen as a minor practitioner of major modernist styles—Dada, Cubism, Purism, informal abstraction—Charchoune in fact operated quite independently within and beyond those tendencies. He was an unpredictable individualist, who in his resistance to stylistic conformity and his ambiguous relationship to taste presages a strain of post-conceptual painting only fully recognized toward the turn of the twenty-first century.
On view at the Smart Museum of Art, Other Modernisms is a concise survey, comprising around twenty works from the 1920s to the 1970s, carefully selected to demonstrate Charchoune’s diversity, uniqueness, and current relevance. The majority of the works are paintings, with a few works on paper and one livre d’artiste.
Monday, May 6, 5:30 pm
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street
Artist and exhibition co-curator Merlin James gives an introduction to the unique achievements of Serge Charchoune.
Tuesday, May 7, 12:30 pm
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue
Artists and exhibition co-curators Merlin James and David Schutter give an in-gallery talk, followed by lunch.