A mixed media on wood by Charles Keeling Lassiter (1926-2005), produced circa 1960s, depicting a gathering of abstract nude figures. Markings include the artist’s signature and date [Lassiter/ ’66] to the lower right corner. When Lassiter broke from the mainstream of the art world in the 1950s, he ignored the dominance of Pollock, Rothko, and the Abstract Expressionists, rejecting the subsequent movements of Pop Art, Op Art, and Minimalism. Instead, his paintings are more spiritually aligned with those of Ensor, Dubuffet, and Klee. The central characters in his journeys are lively calligraphic figures, quizzical portraits, and bizarre animals, each invigorating either canvas or paper as their surreal dance floors. Like Narducci, Lassiter also lived entirely alone and became agoraphobic. In 1956, curators from MoMA were the first to recognize his work and featured it in a contemporary drawings exhibition. In addition to MoMA, his works can be now found in the Met, the Brooklyn Museum, Yale, and the Carnegie. Like Picasso, Lassiter kept the best of his paintings for himself, and to the end was surrounded by their energy.
Source: askArt and Peter Hastings Falk, ‘Who Was Who in American Art’
Framed – 22.5″ H X 28″ W X 1.5″ D
Sight – 17.25″ H X 22.75″ W.