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Charles Gaines: Painting by Numbers

Students will explore how artist Charles Gaines uses patterns, grid, and systems to convey ideas around representation and create new work.

About Charles Gaines

Charles Gaines is an American artist, recognized for his work in the field of conceptual art.

Charles Gaines was born in 1944 in Charleston, South Carolina. He received a BA from Jersey City State College in 1966 and earned his MFA from the School of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1967. Since 1989, he has been full-time faculty in the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts.

Gaines’ groundbreaking work over the period of 40 years serves as a critical bridge between the first generation conceptualists of the 1960s and 1970s and those artists of later generations exploring the limits of subjectivity and language. Charles Gaines’ art has explored the relationship between aesthetics, politics, language, and systems. Charles Gaines is currently based in Los Angeles, where he teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.

About the Educator

Logan Moises is the Accessibility Assistant at ICA Miami. As an integral part of both the Education and Operations departments, Logan ensures that visitors of all abilities feel welcome and meaningfully engage with the art and programs.

Charles Gaines Artwork

Image of Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV: Tree #7, Maria, 2017
Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV: Tree #7, Maria, 2017. Collection of Kate and Adam Clammer, Menlo Park, California. Courtesy the artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
Image detail of Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV: Tree #7, Maria, 2017
Detail: Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV: Tree #7, Maria, 2017. Collection of Kate and Adam Clammer, Menlo Park, California. Courtesy the artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
Detail image of Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV: Tree #1, James, 2017
Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series IV: Tree #1, James, 2017. Courtesy the Artist.
Image of Charles Gaines at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, 2017.
Installation view: Charles Gaines, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, 2017.