Charles Magistro S/N Lithograph, Laughing Water


Artist: Magistro, Charles
Title: Laughing Water
Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil
Edition: 300
Paper Size: 38" x 30"

Magistro's paintings explore the relationship between dreams and objective experience, reality and imagination, surface and substance. His paintings inter an attitude which calls upon associations, cues which unearth private emotional response in recalling events and scenes which shape an individual's destiny. He favors ambiguity and surprise, but often directs and controls the communication by means of more visually narrative devices in his collagesque pieces. Although many of his references are private the paintings also tend to incorporate ubiquitous elements which refer to the banal and sometimes ludicrous aspects of the American scene. It is a physical impression without a sense of urgency or need for ultimate solutions, a combination of urban and suburban symbolism juxtaposed and straining to complete their evolution in space and time.
Magistro was born in Cleveland, Ohio and earned his Bachelor of Fine Art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. He obtained his Masters at Ohio State University in Columbus. He has been the recipient of numerous awards. Magistro's unusual and often political graphics place the literal inventions of man's imagination against their inspiration which is nature. They combine to form mystical visions that approach the core of the problem of resolving contradictions.

One Man Shows
1974 Terrain Graphics, New York
1974 James Yu Gallery, New York
1973 Terrain Graphics, New York
1972 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
1970 Kiquel and Buchannan Gallery, Richmond
1963 Kingsly Settlement House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Group Exhibitions
1978 Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
1978 Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1977 Pyramid Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1977 Allessandra Gallery, New York
1977 Nancy Lurie Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1976 Pyramid Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1974 19th National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum
1973 Whitney Museum, New York
1973 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1973 Postdam Drawing Exhibition New York
1973 Davidson National Print and Drawing Exhibition, North Carolina
1973 25th Boston National Print Exhibition, Massachusetts
1973 Penninsula Art Gallery, Newport News, Virginia
1973 Mariner Museum Invitational Print Show, Newport News, Virginia
1972 20th Century Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia
1972 Postdam National Juried Print Show, New York
1972 Mint Museum Juried Exhibition, Charlotte, North Carolina
1972 Gallery of Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1972 Oklahoma National Juried Print & Drawing Exhibition
1972 James River Regional Juried Show, Newport News, Virginia
1972 Virginia Museum Designers 72 Show, Richmond
1972 Welton Exhibition, Washington, D.C.
1971 51st Society of American Graphic Artists Annual National Print Exhibition, New York
1971 4th Annual Reese Museum Regional Juried Exhibition
1971 James River Mariners Museum Juried Show, Newport News, Virginia
1971 ThaIhimers Virginia Museum Certificate Winners Exhibition, Richmond
1971 Virginia Museum Artists 71 Juried Exhibition, Richmond
1971 The 35th National Graphics Arts and Drawing Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas
1971 Jewish Community Center
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1971 Southeastern Drawing and Printmaking Show, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1971 Convention for School of the Arts, Virginia Commomwealth University, Richmond
1970 1st National Print Exhibition Atlanta, Georgia
1970 Printmakers Invitational Exhibition, Emery and Henry University, Virginia
1970 Northern Illinois University National Printmaking Competition, Dekalb, Illinois
1970 Virginia CommonwealthUniversity, Faculty Exhibition Richmond
1970 Virginia Museum Biennial Juried Painting and Drawing Show, Richmond
1970 Gallery of Contemporary Art Invitational Show, Richmond
1969 Gallery of Contemporary Art Juried Show, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1969 Jewish Community Center Invitational Print Show, Richmond, Virginia
1969 Two Man Invitational Show, Ohio State University, Columbus
1968 Virginia Commonwealth University Art Faculty Exhibition, Richmond
1968 Mint Museum Juried Show, Charlotte, North Carolina
1968 James River Juried Show, Norfolk, Virginia
1968 Gallery of Modern Art Juried Show, North Carolina
1967 Art Faculty Exhibition, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
1965 Lander Wood Plaza Show
1964 Greensboro Museum Student Exhibition

Collections in Museum
Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Reese Museum, Tennessee
Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia

Item Details

Reference #:
Fine Art
c. 1980
(Width x Height X Depth)
30.00 x 38.00 x