Current Exhibition


Richard Carlyon: A Retrospective

This exhibition and an accompanying catalogue will document the artistic career of Richard Carlyon (1930-2006), a pivotal figure in the Richmond arts community. While Carlyon’s reputation as an influential and highly regarded teacher is legendary, he also maintained an active studio practice for over five decades, producing an extensive body of paintings, drawings, videos, collages, and constructions. Thematically grouped selections from these extensive holdings—most of which has never before been on public view—together with loans from private collections will give a comprehensive overview of his development and accomplishments. The artist’s studio will be reassembled as another component of the show.

Coordinated by VCU’s Anderson Gallery, with assistance from VCU professor emeritus of art history Howard Risatti, the project is a collaborative effort with 1708 Gallery, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, and Reynolds Gallery. The individual sections of this multi-site retrospective will open concurrently at all four venues with a progressive reception on September 11 and remain on view through October. A performance piece conceived by choreographer Chris Burnside as a tribute to Carlyon’s intellect, innovation, and wide-ranging perspective will take place on Saturday evening, September 26, at the Grace Street Theater.


Accompanying the exhibition is a 96-page catalogue designed by John Malinoski, with essays by Howard Risatti and Wesley Gibson, available at each venue for $30.


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