Journal": Recent Artwork By Robert Reed At The Bayly Art Museum
April 6 - July 8
Abstract expressionist artist Robert Reed
WHAT: Talk by Reed to kick off the "Galactic Journal" exhibition
of his recent paintings and collages
WHERE: Talk -- U.Va.'s Campbell Hall, Room 153; exhibition
-- Bayly Art Museum, Rugby Road, Charlottesville
WHEN: Artist's talk -- Thursday, April 5, 5:30 p.m. Exhibition
runs Friday, April 6, through Sunday, July 8.
ALSO: Reed will be at the Bayly's First Friday reception
for his exhibition on Friday, April 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
a vocabulary of abstract imagery, Robert Reed's paintings and paper
constructions visually excite with their vibrant colors and energetic
play of forms. With paint, electrostatic images of earlier paintings,
and collage materials that are pasted, stapled and bolted to the
surface. Reed creates complex textures and physical dimensions.
subjects of Robert Reed's paintings are rooted in an abstract expressionist
formalism, while his pictorial language is composed of personal
ideograms. "The work," says Reed, who spent part of his youth in
Charlottesville, "allows me to document experiences, thoughts, objects,
places and people, both in the past and in the future."
Reed's artistic production constitutes a journal, his new work conveys
a vision of space exploration, both inner and outer. All the work
exhibited has a common dominant form. More subtly, all are called
"school colors" and incorporate, usually in a chromatic spread,
the school colors of his middle and high schools as well as his
undergraduate and graduate universities.
chromatic spread includes red and black from Charlottesville's Jefferson
High School and green and gold from Burley Middle School, which
earlier was a high school. The orange and blue harken back to his
time at Morgan State University, Baltimore, where he received his
B.A., while the blue and white represent Yale University where he
received his M.F.A. These symbolically unite his growing-up years
in Charlottesville with his professional training and achievements
as an artist and teacher. Reed currently lives in New Haven, Conn.,
where he is on the faculty at Yale.
exhibition is supported in part by University Arts funds, the Office
of African-American Affairs, and private contributions.
is available in lot A6 on Rugby Road across the street from the
museum for both April 5 and April 6 events.
about the Bayly Art Museum is available on the Web at http://www.virginia.edu/~bayly.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298