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Lyght, Andrew, 1983 November 29

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Painter and sculptor Andrew Lyght delivered his single lecture on 11/29/1983 (2015-0002/RR220). Andrew Lyght (born 1949 in Georgetown, Guyana) is a contemporary artist living in Kingston, New York. Lyght is a mixed media artist, often combining drawings, painterly elements, industrial objects, and sculptural wooden assemblages.


  • 1983 November 29

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Biographical / Historical

Lyght holds Guyanese, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship. Some of his work includes references to forms and objects from his childhood in Guyana, such as kites, sails, oil drums, and archaic rock writings found in the interior of Guyana.

Lyght's artistic interest and abilities were recognized in Guyana during his childhood. He began winning art competitions while a student and was invited as a teenager to study with Edward Rupert Burrowes, Guyana's leading modern artist, at Queens College Thomas Lands, and subsequently became Burrowes's apprentice. Lyght stated in an interview that Burrowes encouraged him to “make my name at home and then leave Guyana and start afresh in a new environment.”

After Burrowes's death, and having won all the available art prizes in Guyana, Lyght went to Canada, where one of his paintings had been exhibited at the Guyana-Barbados Pavilion of Expo 67 in Montreal. In 1969 Lyght won a scholarship to study at the Sadye Bronfman Centre and became a Canadian citizen. Lyght lived and worked in Montreal until 1977, though he represented Guyana at the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1971. During his time in Montreal he received several grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts, was involved with Vehicule Art Inc., Canada's first artist-run gallery, and exhibited work at Vehicule and other venues including Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts, where he had a solo show in 1974.

In 1977, Lyght moved to New York, where he did a two-year residency at P.S. 1 in Long Island City (now MoMA PS1). Since that time, he has continued to show his work in group and solo exhibitions around the world, with his most recent solo exhibition, Second Nature, in 2020 at Anna Zorina Gallery in New York. He had a retrospective in 2016 at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz, N.Y., for which an exhibition catalogue, Full Circle, was published by the SUNY Press. The exhibition was curated by South African independent curator Tumelo Mosaka.

Lyght's other museum installations include Andrew Lyght: 3-D Paintings at the Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Roslyn, N.Y. (1985), for which a catalogue was published by the museum, and Painting Structure at Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Mass., in 1983. He was included in the 2010 Global Africa Project at the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, an exhibition that was co-curated by Lowery Stokes Sims and explored the impact of African visual culture on contemporary art, craft, and design around the world.

Lyght received major grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation in 2010 and the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation in 2004.

His work is held in collections including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris;[15] the Jewish Museum, New York; the World Bank Art Program, Washington, D.C.; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Mass.

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1 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recording) : RR 220 1 reel, 0:36:12; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

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From the Series: English

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