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Opening Reception — Richard Lytle: A Retrospective

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Richard Lytle: A Retrospective will be on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum from September 15 - February 3, 2017; an Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, September 14, from 6-7:30 pm in the Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Richard Lytle (American, b. 1935) has been exhibiting his work internationally since the mid-1950s. He attended the Cooper Union and graduated from Yale University with a BFA in 1957 and Yale College of Art with an MFA in 1960. While still in graduate school, he was selected for Dorothy Miller’s 1959 “Sixteen Americans” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was in auspicious company as this exhibition introduced the museum-going world to Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson and Ellsworth Kelly among others. While studying at Yale, Lytle worked as a Teaching Assistant for Joseph Albers, and later spent more than 40 years there as a professor of art. He served as Acting Dean of the Yale School of Art on three occasions and was the director of the graduate and undergraduate art studies program as well.

Mastery of color is a hallmark of Lytle’s work, which ranges from realist to abstraction, and which has always found its inspiration in the organic world. His dreamlike images move across spaces suggestive of landscapes often in joyful biomorphic abstraction. Some works focus on plants and natural shapes that are magnified beyond recognition, while others include elements clearly chosen by the artist for their sensuous colors and patterning.

Lytle’s paintings and drawings have been included in many solo and group exhibitions including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Harvard University and elsewhere, and have been featured at American Embassies around the world and at the World’s Fair in Seattle. He has received many prestigious awards including the Saint-Gaudens Medal and the Citation for Professional Achievement from Cooper Union. His work is included in many public and private collections including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the University of New Mexico Museum of Art.

This exhibition includes early charcoal drawings from the 1960s Nude Figures Series, a selection of Pod Series drawings from the 1970s, as well as large oil paintings spanning the breadth of Lytle’s career.

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.

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