Art: Structurist for a New Age

In a rambling old house outside the small town of Red Wing, Minn., lives a warm, engaging man whom contemporary critics are finally coming to recognize as one of the important figures of modern American art. Charles Biederman has labored so long in obscurity that he good-naturedly describes himself as "the best-known unknown artist in America." Partly because of his geographic isolation from the world's art capitals, and partly because of his prophetic, much maligned theories about art, most of his career has been shadowed by misunderstanding, rumor, and critical hostility.

At long...

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