Discover three remarkable works by Charles Csuri, a pioneer of digital art, live on Artnet Auctions

Market interest in digital art has exploded in recent years due to an increasing number of exhibitions, critical writings, auction results and the growing number of artists working in the digital realm. .

As this historically overlooked genre continues to take the art world by storm, it’s crucial to look back to the founding fathers of the digital and generative art movement. Among them is Charles Csuri, the unstoppable artist, scholar, teacher, and inventor who began creating digital artwork in the 1960s and whose work entered MoMA’s permanent collection in 1967. , three of his works are available in Contemporary finds on Artnet Auctions.

Csuri first became interested in math and technology while serving in the U.S. Army in 1944. Galvanized by his wartime enlightenment, he returned to academia, earning a Master of Arts from Ohio State University in 1948 and later became a member of the school’s department. of the Faculty of Arts. He remained for the next 40 years, eventually becoming professor emeritus in 1990. Csuri’s lively artistic exchange with Roy Lichtenstein was born here.

Charles Csuri, Birds in the hat (1968). Live now in contemporary finds on Artnet Auctions. East. $30,000 to $50,000.

The current batch, Birds in the hat (1968), features an iconic example of early plotter drawing, a printing technique that allowed an ink pen to be guided by digital input. Produced using an IBM 7094 computer and a drum plotter, this work mathematically transforms a drawing of birds playing around a hat into a series of images in which the birds progress to dance in phases, distributed in the horizontal composition. Birds in the hat embodies the artist’s interest in the transformation of the image as analogous to the transformation of the human mind.

Charles Csuri, The man in the mirror (1965). Live now in contemporary finds on Artnet Auctions. East. $25,000 to $35,000.

Another of Csuri’s works, The man in the mirror(1965), appears as a line drawing. But look closer and you’ll see that the image was created from a sequence of single dots. This piece illustrates the artist’s desire to imitate machinery. The portrait depicts computer inventor Douglas Engelbart, who had a strong influence on Csuri.

The muse (1990, visible at the very top of this page) is an example of Csuri’s later work, combining heavy impasto painting with 3D rendering in a technique called “texture mapping”. The effect is created by a revolutionary process in which the artist maps the surface of his oil paintings, translating the ridges and valleys of the paint into data. Historian Maurizio Calvesi highlighted this piece in a 1990 volume of Artistic file, discussing Csuri’s strong ties to New York artist circles around the likes of Roy Lichtenstein and Allan Kaprow. Csuri also posed for George Segal’s famous sculpture, Dinner.

Csuri’s works debuted at auction earlier this year on the heels of his death in February. And as interest in digital art continues to grow, so does the market for Csuri’s work.

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