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
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
ACME Fine Art’s CHARLES LITTLER: Selections from the Estate
of the Artist will be on view at the gallery until 23 December
For further information
about this exhibition or other gallery events, please contact the
gallery at 617.585.9551, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACME Fine Art and Design is located in Boston's Back
Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116. Gallery
hours are 11:00am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.
selection of works