Charles Arnoldi

(b. 1946)
Lot 224
Charles Arnoldi
Hobby
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $11,875
September 30, 2018
Lot 240
Charles Arnoldi
Wisecrack
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $12,500
June 10, 2018
Lot 176
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $9,375
February 25, 2018
Lot 177
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled (ST. I-2)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,000
February 25, 2018
Lot 178
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,063
February 25, 2018
Lot 179
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $4,375
February 25, 2018
Lot 251
Charles Arnoldi
Peninsula
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $36,250
October 22, 2017
Lot 252
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled (Abstract Lines)
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $6,250
October 22, 2017
Lot 76
Charles Arnoldi
Speedway
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $34,375
March 5, 2017
Lot 77
Charles Arnoldi
Decker
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $34,375
March 5, 2017
Lot 101
Charles Arnoldi
Billion 1
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Price Realized: $40,625
October 9, 2016
Lot 103
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled (90.MP.20)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $2,000
October 9, 2016
Lot 104
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $8,125
October 9, 2016
Lot 105
Charles Arnoldi
III
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,375
October 9, 2016
Lot 136
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,000
May 22, 2016
Lot 197
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $53,125
October 11, 2015
Lot 198
Charles Arnoldi
Hobby
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $16,250
October 11, 2015
Lot 199
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,000
October 11, 2015
Lot 200
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled (diptych)
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,875
October 11, 2015
Lot 201
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $2,375
October 11, 2015
Lot 22
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $5,625
May 17, 2015
Lot 46
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $10,625
March 1, 2015
Lot 234
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $11,250
February 23, 2014
Lot 235
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
Price Realized: $6,250
February 23, 2014
Lot 256
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $15,000
October 13, 2013
Lot 232
Charles Arnoldi
This Night is Over
Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
Price Realized: $20,000
May 19, 2013
Lot 233
Charles Arnoldi
SB
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized: $2,500
May 19, 2013
Lot 107
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized: $1,000
December 11, 2011
Lot 177
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $9,187
October 9, 2011
Lot 197
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $400 - $600
Price Realized: $531
March 6, 2011
Lot 543
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,680
June 7, 2009
Lot 475
Charles Arnoldi
Untitled
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,920
December 7, 2008

About The Artist

 

Charles Arnoldi has been making art for over forty years–he first achieved acclaim in the 1970s. Born in 1946 in Dayton, Ohio, he moved to California soon after high school. He spent some time studying at the Art Center School in Los Angeles (now the Art Center College of Design), then at the Chouinard Art Institute (which became the California Institute of the Arts). Arnoldi received immediate recognition–in 1969 he was a recipient of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Young Talent Award.

In his essay “Chuck Arnoldi: The Natural,” Dave Hickey positions the artist as the “the kid” (the younger one) among the famed set who set up shop in Venice Beach having fled “the banality of the American Middle West”– he’s in company with the likes of Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, and Joe Goode. “. . . even though Charles Arnoldi, today, is a mature and profoundly innovative artist at the zenith of a thirty-year career, to the Venice Beach artists with whom his life and career has always been associated, he is still ‘the kid’—. . . prone to spontaneous acts of profound innocence, generosity, enthusiasm and aesthetic impropriety. He shares with them a passion for the material world and a commitment to unflagging studio production; he shares their comfort level with the business of the art business and with the insouciance of California social life.”

Arnoldi experimented with various painting techniques–after collecting tree branches and observing them against the wall in his studio, he began to use branches and twigs to make up the lines within his paintings. He made different forms, some freestanding structures; some wall pieces made of branches, using string or tape, with some of the branches painted; and some colorful acrylic on canvas paintings composed of lines looking like twigs. According to Hickey: “Arnoldi’s sticks . . . bore with them no ‘homage to nature’ but rather homage to the fact that what nature aspires to and always fails to achieve—symmetry, right angles and straight lines— . . .  [His sticks] were carefully chosen, exquisitely nuanced, meticulously joined and deftly composed according the argument of the eye.”

Later Arnoldi layered sheets of wood and used a chainsaw to cut them into shapes; or pieced heavy blocks of wood together and painted them, to mount on the wall. He also continued to paint various shapes–arcs, ellipses, and grids. His paintings today feature brightly colored blocks (still reminiscent of abstract “blocks” of wood) in oil on linen. Chuck Arnoldi participated in group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work is in the public collections of the Chicago Art Institute, the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, among many more.

 

“Charles Arnoldi: Biography." artnet. Artnet Worldwide Corporation, 2015. Web. 10 May 2015.
“Charles Arnoldi.” R.B. Stevenson Gallery. R.B. Stevenson Gallery, n.d. Web. 10 May 2015.
Flans, Robyn. “The Evolution of Charles Arnoldi.” The Malibu Times. Malibu Times, 12 January 2011. Web. 10 May 2015.
Hickey, Dave. “Chuck Arnoldi: The Natural." 2008. Charles ArnoldiCharles Arnoldi Studio, 2015. Web. 10 May 2015.

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