Table of contents

Curator Statement

How He Became

In Dialogue with Andrew Lyght

Then thru Now

Historic Guyana

Guyana: A Brief Early History

Guyana in the Eighteenth Century: From Trading Outposts to Plantation Colonies

Full Circle

Andrew Lyght: Running the Race, Keeping the Pace

Andrew Lyght: Rebel and Guardian

Andrew Lyght: He Did It His Way

The Exhibit

Insider Notes

Builder/Fabricator: Studio Gallery Home

The Process: Flight Kite/Linear Dimensions

Set Design

Arc in Full Circle

Documents the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art’s exhibition of work by Guyana-born contemporary artist Andrew Lyght and provides new scholarship contextualizing Lyght’s work within the history and culture of Guyana and modern art.


This is a venture into the departures, encounters, discoveries, and transgressions that inform Andrew Lyght's artistic practice and life. While living and working for decades in various cultural contexts such as Guyana, Canada, and the United States, Lyght has pursued an extensive inquiry into the mechanics of art making. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, Andrew Lyght: Full Circle is the artist's first museum exhibition since he moved to Kingston, New York in 2006. Best known for his flexible and volumetric forms, vibrant paintings, and abstract linear drawings, Lyght creates a wide range of works that analyze the structural properties of painting and reanimate pictorial space as an open system. Over the many years he has developed an art form that explores the built environment as a dynamic pictorial subject, introducing new ways of seeing the world around us.

L. H. Roper is Professor of History at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Andrew Lyght combines drawing, painting, and sculpture in works that range in size from drawings to six-story hanging constructions. Born in Guyana, he currently resides in Kingston, New York. Karwan Fatah-Black is Assistant Professor of History at Leiden University. Carl E. Hazlewood is a writer and curator currently living in Brooklyn, New York, and the cofounder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey. Bram Hoonhout is PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Renata Karlin is an art historian and critic living in New York City. Tumelo Mosaka is an independent curator with an international reputation whose recent exhibitions include Poetics of Relation (2015) at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Florida. Sara J. Pasti is the Neil C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Barbara Rose is an art historian, critic, and curator. Artemis Zenetou is the Executive Director of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece.


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