Charles Sheeler: The Precisionist Eye
Charles Sheeler (1883-1965)
Delmonico Building, lithograph, 1926
This exhibition, focusing on drawings and photography, will be the first in the UK dedicated to the early American modernist artist Charles Sheeler. Sheeler’s distinctive style cited both the American variant of Cubism (known as Precisionism) and the minimal Shaker aesthetic. Although trained as an artist by William Merritt Chase, his work as an architectural photographer would have a profound effect upon the development of his oeuvre. Buildings, particularly the Manhattan skyline, industrial landscapes as well as the traditional interiors of his Doylestown house were constant motifs in his paintings, drawings and photographs. He also produced (along with Paul Strand) the first artist’s film to be produced in America – Manhatta, 1921 (inspired by a poem of the same title by Walt Whitman). (Further details to be confirmed).