A documentary style short film comprised of interviews with the artist. It is a private, informal glimpse into the studio and the thoughts of the artist, at a particular time, giving context on works done and those to come.
Running time: 7:31
November 17, 2006
Are Artists Like Fine Wine?
Aging Means Getting Older, Wiser, and Maybe Even More Creative
What inspires artists as they grow older? Do they approach their work in new ways? Do they see the world differently? Painter Charles Garabedian, muralist Judithe Hernández, and musicologist Karen Painter tackled these questions at an “Open Art” event co-presented by the Getty. It was inspired by the Getty exhibition “J. M. W. Turner: Painting Set Free,” which features works from the final years of Turner’s life.
In the introduction to the book she edited,Late Thoughts: Reflections on Artists and Composers at Work, Painter wrote that aging artists do not have “a prototypical or consistent approach” to their work: “Late style does not exist in any real sense.”Los Angeles Times arts reporter Mike Boehm, the evening’s moderator, opened the discussion in front of a large crowd at the Getty by asking Painter if that statement made a discussion …
Born in Detroit, MI in 1923, Charles Garabedian moved to California in his early teens. After serving in the United States Air Force during World War II, Garabedian received an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California in 1950. He began painting at age 32 and decided to return to school to receive formal painting instruction from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned an MA in 1961.
He has shown regularly in New York and Los Angeles since the early 1970’s and is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
His work can be seen in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. In 2011, Julie Joyce curated a comprehensive retrospective of Garabedian’s work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in Santa Barbara, CA.
Charles Garabedian passed away on February 11, 2016 at his home in Santa Monica California.
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