Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Arizona Series 1, Tree #3, Agua Caliente, 2023. Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, photograph, 3 parts. Unique. Overall: 241.6 x 335.9 x 15.2 cm / 95 1/8 x 132 1/2 x 6 inches. © Charles Gaines. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Keith Lubow.
ArtExhibitionsCharles Gaines: Numbers and Trees (Arizona Series)
Exhibition

Charles Gaines: Numbers and Trees (Arizona Series)

October 30, 2024 - July 20, 2025 Located in Cummings Great Hall

A preeminent figure in conceptual art, Charles Gaines is widely known for converting images and text-based documents into numerical structures, musical notations, and other sign systems through rigorous translation mechanisms.

Learn More

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

A preeminent figure in conceptual art, Charles Gaines is widely known for converting images and text-based documents into numerical structures, musical notations, and other sign systems through rigorous translation mechanisms.

Organized by Phoenix Art Museum, Charles Gaines: Numbers and Trees (Arizona Series) debuts the complete series of Gaines’ most recent body of work, Numbers and Trees: Arizona Trees 1, 2023. The image of the tree has been central to Gaines’ practice since the 1970s, and since then, he has examined a variety of species, including California walnuts and palms to southern pecans. This new series features eight large-scale triptychs depicting cottonwoods that were photographed along the San Pedro River outside Sierra Vista, AZ. The trees were then plotted with specific colors and a numbered grid reflecting the full form before sequentially overlaying the trees.

Charles Gaines: Numbers and Trees (Arizona Series) is presented in conjunction with Charles Gaines: 1992-2023 in the Museum’s Steele Gallery. These exhibitions simultaneously demonstrate Gaines’ enduring aesthetic commitment to demystifying systems of representation as well as his ongoing and indispensable contributions to the field of conceptual art.

Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Arizona Series 1, Tree #3, Agua Caliente, 2023 (detail). Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, photograph, 3 parts. Unique. Overall: 241.6 x 335.9 x 15.2 cm / 95 1/8 x 132 1/2 x 6 inches. © Charles Gaines. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Keith Lubow.

Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Arizona Series 1, Tree #3, Agua Caliente, 2023 (detail). Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, photograph, 3 parts. Unique. Overall: 241.6 x 335.9 x 15.2 cm / 95 1/8 x 132 1/2 x 6 inches. © Charles Gaines. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Keith Lubow.
Header: Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Arizona Series 1, Tree #3, Agua Caliente, 2023. Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, photograph, 3 parts. Unique. Overall: 241.6 x 335.9 x 15.2 cm / 95 1/8 x 132 1/2 x 6 inches. © Charles Gaines. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Keith Lubow.

EXHIBITION SPONSORS

Charles Gaines: Numbers and Trees (Arizona Series) is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and curated by Olga Viso, the Selig Family Chief Curator. The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Men’s Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Ellen and Howard Katz, and Jane and Mal Jozoff. Generous support provided by Hauser & Wirth. All exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum are underwritten by the Phoenix Art Museum Exhibition Excellence Fund, founded by The Opatrny Family Foundation with additional major support provided by Joan Cremin.

Men's Arts Council logo

RESOURCES

EXHIBITIONS

On view for a limited time, exhibitions present art from across the centuries and the globe, from iconic fashion to Old Master paintings, contemporary photography to historical objects of Asia.

MORE
COLLECTIONS

Featuring more than 20,000 objects, the collection spans the globe, bringing the world to our city, and our city to the world.

MORE
ARIZONA ARTIST AWARDS

Since 1986, Phoenix Art Museum has awarded more than $350,000 to over 200 Arizona-based artists through two annual artist awards opportunities.

MORE

What can we help you find?

Need further assistance?
Please call Visitor Services at 602.257.1880 or email

info@phxart.org
TYPE HERE TO SEARCH...