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Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s

11 February - 13 May 2012 

Mint Museum Uptown







 Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s focues on the astonishing paintings and drawings created by the American artist Charles Seliger (1926-2009) during the first decade of his career. During this period Seliger developed a distinctly personal voice and artistic vocabulary that drew upon his intimate knowledge of early twentieth century modernism, Surrealism, and a love of the natural world and philosophy. Unlike the precisely-painted dream worlds found in the work of Sage and Tanguy, Seliger worked in a bold, abstract style in which he subjectively transformed his subjects into colorful, provocative compositions.  This is first museum-organized exhibition of Seliger’s work in thirty years as well as the first to examine this critical period of his career. It will feature more than three dozen of his most important works from the 1940s, drawn from public and private collections as well as his estate. Seeing the World Within is organized by The Mint Museum and will travel to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy, and the Munson-Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, New York, following its debut in Charlotte. A fully-illustrated bilingual (English and Italian) catalogue with essays by exhibition curator Jonathan Stuhlman and Seliger scholar Dr. Michelle Dubois accompany the exhibition.


Seeing the World Within: Charles Seliger in the 1940s is part of Surrealism and Beyond and runs concurrently with Double Solitaire: The Surreal Worlds of Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy and Gordon Onslow Ford: Voyager and Visionary. 


About the Artist 


  Selected Print Resources from the Mint Museum Library



For additional print resources search MARCO, the Mint Art Research Catalog Online. 



created by Sarah Earle, Library Intern