CHARLES LITTLER: Selections from the Artist’s Estate

30 October – 23 December, 2009

On 30 October 2009 CHARLES LITTLER: Selections from the Artist’s Estate will open at ACME Fine Art, Boston. A reception from six to eight on Friday evening 30 October will mark the opening. The exhibition will be on view through 23 December.

ACME Fine Art’s first solo exhibition of the work of this talented 20th century modernist will feature a selection of fine examples of paintings and collages from early in Littler’s lengthy career, with work ranging in dates from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s. Cape Cod Landscape, circa 1952, an oil painting depicting Provincetown Harbor that Littler painted while in Provincetown to study with Hans Hofmann, will form the centerpiece of the exhibition. Other notable works include Red Dot Collage, circa 1958 which is a playful abstract pastel drawing accented by strips of paper collage, and punctuated by an adhesive red dot. Still Life, circa 1955, a mixed media painting in shades of gray and glossy black and white, demonstrates just how successfully Littler was able to integrate the concepts espoused by Hofmann into his own distinctive artistic expression.

Charles Littler studied at Alfred University in south central New York state, and at Hans Hofmann’s School of Art in both New York City, and in Provincetown Massachusetts. In the 1950s he was – along with James Gahagan and William Freed – one of the founding members of one of the early cooperative galleries in Manhattan called the James Gallery. In the late 1950s Littler migrated west to Arizona, where he accepted a teaching position at the University of Arizona. Shortly thereafter, Litttler and a small group of his colleagues collectively purchased an aging dude ranch to form a cooperative artists’ community which they named Rancho Linda Vista. Over time, the ranch established a group consciousness that Littler felt compelled to nurture, saying “My view of Rancho Linda Vista is that it’s a work-of-art, initiated by me and executed collaboratively by many members-past, present and future (including all of those who don’t even think of themselves as artists).” Since Littler’s death in 1991, his legacy of Rancho Linda Vista lives on, and is now populated by a younger generation of artists who continue to be inspired by Littler’s original vision.

ACME Fine Art’s CHARLES LITTLER: Selections from the Estate of the Artist will be on view at the gallery until 23 December 2009.

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ACME Fine Art and Design is located in Boston’s Back Bay at 38 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. Gallery hours are 11:00am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.