Richard Yarde (1939 - 2012)

 Richard Yarde is one of America's great watercolorists. He has earned wide critical acclaim for his bold use of brilliant, vibrant colors and powerful imagery drawn from the black experience. His paintings reside permanently in nearly three dozen public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The Studio Museum of Harlem in New York City, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
His exploration of African-American themes led him to the Savoy Ballroom:

"Music and dance have always been a source of joy and inspiration for me. When I saw photographs of dancers and musicians at the Savoy Ballroom I was struck with the drama of loving courtship in dance, the risk taking of the dancers, and the roots in African dance. And I was deeply moved by the contradiction between the joy and skill of the dancers in the fact of their circumstances in the wider world. The Savoy became a source of creativity, joy, and strength to me which I want to share and honor."
Richard Yarde is a Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Born:  
10-29-39 Boston Massachussetts
Education:  
1958-62 Boston University, B.F.A.
1962-64 Boston University, M.F.A.

Individual Exhibitions
1970 Carl Siambab Gallery, Boston
1972 Thayer Academy, Braintree, Massachussetts
1974 The Gallery, Boston
1975 Wellesley College Museum, Wellesley, Mass.
1976 Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
1976 Musuem of the National Center for Afro American Artsitd, Boston
1977 University of Connecticut, Storrs
1978 Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachussetts
1979 Williams College Musuem of Art, Northampton, Massachussetts
1979 Harcus-Kraklow Gallery, Boston
1979 Meridith Long Gallery, Houston
1982 Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
1982 Savoy: An Installation by Richard yarde, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South hadley, Massachussetts
1983 Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
1985 Philadelphia Art Alliance
1985 Wendell Street Gallery, Cambridge Massachussets
1986 Untah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
1986 Galerie Tension, Paris
1987 Springfeild Museum of Fine Arts, Massachussetts
1987 CRT'S Craftery Gallery, Hartford, Connecticutt
1990 Zone Art Center, Springfeild, Mass.
1990 Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artsits, Boston
1993 Recent Watercolors, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1996 Massachussetts College of Art
   
Selected Group Exhibitions
1970 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
1976 American 1976, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C.
1988 Morris Brown Gallery, Atlanta GA
1990 Boston Center for the Arts
1990 Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island
1993 Bomani Gallery, San Francisco
1995 Twenty-Five Years of African American Art, Studio Museum,
Harlem, NY
1995 Boston University Art Gallery
1995 National Academy of Design, New York
1996 Canal Gallery, Holyoke, Mass.
   
Collections:
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Fisk University, Nashville
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Herter Gallery, University of Massachussetts, Amherst
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachussetts
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachussetts
National Academy of Design, New York
Newark Museum of Art, New Jersey
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Massachussetts
Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton, Massachussetts
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Studio Musuem in Harlem, New York
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City
Wellesley College Museum, Wellesley, Massachussetts


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