EXPIRED: 10/01/09 – Charles Seliger, 83, a little-known, first-generation Abstract Expressionist, never found the fame of Jackson Pollock or Willem de Kooning but his small, complex explorations carried him through a career that lasted more than 60 years.

Seliger didn’t produce a lot (never more than 10 paintings a year) but always made sure he was present in the NY gallery scene. He wasn’t a fulltime artist though, he held a full-time job at a china company where he started as a decal artist and retired in as executive vice president.

Starting in the 50’s he jotted down his thoughts on painting – and on the art world at large – and in 2005 he he donated all 148 volumes of his journals to the Morgan Library & Museum.



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