Charles Mathes has forged a unique career in three notoriously difficult industries: publishing, theatre and art.
Charles began his career as a magazine writer, editor and designer. His first job in the New York theatre was as an assistant to magician David Copperfield. He then spent a decade running Rodgers & Hammerstein’s international play publishing and licensing company and was responsible for the collection and distribution of millions of dollars of royalties and the annual licensing of over 2,500 productions. Ultimately, however, Charles found that he was more interested in Richard Rodgers’ renowned art collection than in the business of theatre, so he began the second act of his career by going through the NYU appraisal program and apprenticing with an important art appraiser. This led to a twenty-year stint as Director of the Jane Kahan Gallery in New York City.
Charles is now an independent art advisor, consultant and appraiser with a specialty in Modern Art, specifically Picasso ceramics and Modern Master tapestries and prints. He is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America and has belonged to the organization since 1992. He has frequently lectured to art related groups, and his expertise has been quoted in publications ranging from “Art & Antiques” to “The Financial Times.”
Charles Mathes’s first book was a coffee table volume entitled THE SPIRIT OF AMERICA: A STATE BY STATE CELEBRATION with an introduction by Bob Hope, followed by TREASURES OF AMERICAN MUSEUMS. He then wrote the unique “Girl Series” of art and antique-related mystery novels published by St. Martin’s Press, followed by a children’s book illustrated by his wife, Arlene Graston. Their collaboration, IN EVERY MOON THERE IS A FACE, was named as Foreword Magazine’s best Picture Book of the Year.