By MARK FRANCISCO
NEW York-based artist Charles Lahti has a total of 22 works on exhibit until March 2 this year at Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures. All these paintings are in acrylic on wood, acrylic on canvas, ink on paper and acrylic on linen.
Lahti has been a creative force within New York’s art community for more than three decades. He first studied with renowned abstract expressionist Mary Abbott in Minnesota then relocated to New York in 1977 to pursue a career in the visual arts acting first as a printer at Styria studios. From there, he went on to work with some of the giants of postwar American art including Andy Warhol.
Throughout his career, Lahti has emphasized and gravitated towards collaboration and experimentation. Always captivated by the nexus of art and community, he was at the forefront of a number of nascent creative media including performance, graffiti and multimedia art. His studios, first on the Lower East Side and then in Bushwick, have long been centers for learning and development for several generations of printmakers. His works have regularly exhibited around the globe.
The unveiling at CU Museum of Three Cultures last February 2 was attended by Mayor Oscar Moreno, Capitol University president Casimiro Juarez Jr. and executive vice president Fe Juarez.
The principal masterpiece, Ossorio’s Dancing Bush – Candelaria, will be a permanent fixture at the Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures donated by Lahti.
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