Richard Yarde: Portraits
September 5 - October 27
September 5, 2017 – October 27, 2017
Public Reception and Fundraiser: September 28 from 5-7:30
Richard Yarde: Portraits will feature a selection of artworks rendered by one of the most important watercolorists in American art. Focusing on the artist’s varied approaches to portraiture, the exhibition will examine the artists extraordinary ability to explore both prominent figures from African American culture and everyday people through light and color, dealing with such complex issues as corporeality, fame, and social injustice. Yarde, who taught at UMass Boston and UMass Amherst for much of his career, passed away in 2011. It is with this in mind that University Hall Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Boston celebrates his career with images gleaned from private and public collections that illustrate the best of his portrait works. In addition to the exhibition, an exhibition catalog will be produced featuring an introduction by the organizing curator, Carol G.J. Scollans, and an essay by Professor Emeritus, Paul Tucker.
Richard Yarde was born in Roxbury, MA in 1939 and passed in Northampton, MA in 2011. His artistic practice spanned four decades, and advanced the field of watercolor painting. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Brandeis University and Mount Holyoke College. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Roosevelt Museum in New York, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Smith College Museum of Art, and in a 2003 solo-exhibition entitled Ringshout, presented at the Worcester Art Museum. In 1995, he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Academy Award in Art for exceptional achievement in painting.