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The Spirit of the Modern:

Drawings and Graphics by Maltby Sykes

Oganized by the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens GA
May 26-July 30, 2006

During his long and successful career, which included painting, printmaking, teaching, and writing, Maltby Sykes proved a tremendous asset to the cultural life of the entire southeastern region. This exhibition of a selection of his works on paper provides an examination of his important artistic legacy.  Sykes’s understanding of modern theory and embracing of alternative approaches to the creative process were important elements in his work as a teacher and as an artist. After more than three decades, Sykes retired from the art department of Auburn University in 1977 and died in 1992.

This exhibition, organized by the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, includes over fifty objects that are representative of the development of this artist from social realism to modern abstraction.  A catalog of the exhibition with essays by exhibition guest curator, Marilyn Laufer, Georgia Museum of Art curator, Romita Ray, Professor Taylor D. Littleton of Auburn University, and an introduction by Georgia Museum of Art Director, William Eiland will be available.

This exhibition is generously suppoted by The Carlisle Gallery and ENL Landscaping, both of Auburn.


Maltby Sykes, Kite, 1967.(ed.30), Engraving and mezzotint. Collection of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.