For over seven decades, Gerald van de Wiele's distinctive art has tapped the pulse-rhythm of the natural world through a unique calibration of color and line. His paintings, sculptures, and drawings conceptually follow a direction not so unlike that of the early American Modernist's like Arthur Dove (1880-1946), Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), and Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), whose paintings channeled the matter and texture of real objects in order to shape his most radical abstractions.
Born in Detroit in 1932, he attended Black Mountain College from 1954-56. His first one-person show opened at the Wells Street Gallery in October 1957 and by 1959 he had moved to join his friends sculptor John Chamberlain and painter Robert Natkin in New York. He had his first solo exhibition in New York at the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1962.
Although van de Wiele’s work slipped out of circulation from the mainstream comings-and-goings of the New York art world, his connections to artists, poets, and composers remained true including painters Pat Passlof and Frank Stella, poet Charles Olson, and composer Stefan Wolpe.
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