Larry Day: Absent Presence, through November 21

By Daniel DiPrinzio | September 2, 2021


Larry Day, Three Worlds, 1989, oil on canvas, 66 × 48 in., Lent by Woodmere Art Museum, Museum purchase, 2017

This fall, three venerable Philadelphia-area institutions will mount what will be the most expansive exhibition to date of the art of Larry Day (1921-1998). “Body Language: The Art of Larry Day” will be presented across Arcadia University, University of the Arts and Woodmere Art Museum, exploring Day’s significant contributions to American art from the 1950s through the 1990s including nearly 150 paintings, drawings and prints.

The exhibition is curated by Day’s longtime friend David Bindman, emeritus professor of history of art at University College London and visiting fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

The exhibition’s three-part structure highlights the distinct elements in Day’s career, organized around his most prominent thematic categories: abstraction, figuration and the cityscape. Together, they work in concert to reinforce the artist’s significance and lasting relevance while exploring Day’s shift from abstraction to representation.
“Larry Day: Absent Presence” will be on view at the Spruance, Rosedale, and Harrison Galleries at Arcadia University from August 30 to November 21, 2021; “Larry Day: Silent Conversations” will be on view at Woodmere Art Museum September 25, 2021, to January 23, 2022; and “Larry Day: Nature Abstracted” will be on view at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of University of the Arts October 8 to December 3, 2021. Admission is free at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery and Arcadia University. Admission at Woodmere Art Museum is $10 and free on Sundays and to students.