Program Faculty

Charles Gaines

Charles Gaines

 

Highly regarded as both a leading practitioner of
conceptualism and an influential educator at the
California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles-based artist
Charles Gaines (American, b. 1944) is celebrated for
his works on paper and acrylic glass, photographs,
drawings, musical compositions, and installations that
investigate how rule-based procedures influence
representation and construct meaning. He has had over
80 one-person shows and several hundred group
exhibitions in the US and abroad including the 2007
and 2015 Biennale di Venezia. In 2015, he presented a
critically acclaimed retrospective exhibition at the
Studio Museum in Harlem and the Hammer Museum.
Gaines’ work is collected internationally and at major
institutions, including at the Museum of Modern Art
(New York), Whitney Museum of American Art, and the
Studio Museum in Harlem and the Los Angeles County
Museum. He is represented by Hauser & Wirth Gallery.
His compositions created by translating revolutionary
texts into musical notation have been widely performed,
most recently in Australia at the 2017 Melbourne
Festival, at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016, and at the
56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice. In 1977, Gaines
received a grant from the National Endowment for the
Arts, in 2007 a United States Artists Fellowship Award,
the 2013 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation Fellowship, the 2015 CAA Artist Award for
Distinguished Body of Work, and is the 2018 honored
recipient of the REDCAT award.