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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-An exhibition of recent works by Bard alumnus Arthur Hughes '67, sponsored by the Bard-St. Stephen's Alumni/ae Association, will be on view at the Fisher Studio Arts Building at Bard College from Thursday, August 9, through Wednesday, August 22. There will be an artist's reception on Saturday, August 11, from 3 to 6 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Delusional Landscape" features recent paintings and giclée prints, also known as Iris prints, which are scanned images that are reproduced using high-resolution inkjet printers. "My subjects are always the landscape and plein air experience itself," says Hughes. "In California, the Southwest, or Cape Cod, that was and is the inspiration for my work."

Hughes studied at Bard with teachers that included sculptor Harvey Fite; painters Louis Shanker, Anton Refregier, and John CuRoi; printmaker Tony Smith; and art historian Hannah Dinehardt. He went on to earn a master's degree from Hunter College studying with minimalist sculptor Tony Smith; abstract expressionist Ray Parker; and art historians/curators Eugene Goosens and Nicolai Cikovski Jr. He was also greatly influenced in his work by family friend, Boston realist and later Hans Hofmann abstractionist William H. "Bill" Littlefield. In 1997, he began a multiyear project of documenting Littlefield's life and work, resulting in a detailed chronology, exhibition history, collector's list, and a biographical draft covering Littlefield's relationships with Lincoln Kirstein, Monroe Wheeler, and Eric Schroeder.

After completing his master's thesis (based on interviews with artists who had been in the John Reed Clubs in the late 1920s and early 1930s), Hughes worked with the Art Workers Coalition and its associated organization, "Museum, Project of Living Artists." This was an artists' organization that was the site of alternative shows and art auctions, benefiting the antiwar movement organized by Ivan Karp. Hughes worked as a marine pipefitter in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the 1980s and as copy editor at ARTNews and Konecky & Konecky in the 1990s, before devoting himself to photography and painting.

For further information, call the Bard Alumni/ae office at 845-758-7407 or e-mail

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(Editors: Please note that the artist may be contacted for interviews at 212-877-0728 or by e-mail

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This event was last updated on 06-29-2001