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This article by Elaine Strauss was prepared for the May 19, 2004 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
A Quiet Setting, an Arresting Exhibit
‘Arcadia and Metropolis,” the exhibit at New York’s Neue Galerie, is something to look at, and something to think about. The roughly 40 items on loan from Berlin’s Nationalgalerie arrest the eye, and their history shocks the mind. In 1937 the Nazi regime declared such paintings too degenerate to be shown and raided the museum in which they were kept. Their artistic location is in German expressionism, and especially in “Die Brucke” (the Bridge) and in the “Neue Sachlichkeit” (New Objectivity) school.
Nazi-approved paintings ran essentially to realistic posters. They tended to be images idealizing motherhood and domestic affairs, images of buxom Aryan mothers and their blonde, blue-eyed progeny, or reverential depictions of German political or military institutions. The expressionist paintings displayed in the exhibit failed to please the Nazis because of their direct display of emotion in bold colors. The paintings of the “New Objectivity” group were intolerable because they mocked German society.
The “Arcadia” part of the show’s title takes its name from the early attraction of the countryside for German expressionist artists. The “Metropolis” part comes from their later drift to the cities. The New Objectivity seems to be encompassed under the heading of “Metropolis.”
A small room contains an oil portrait of Kaiser Wilhelm II along with photos of artists, supporters, and critics of the avant-garde. Posters can be seen in a corridor. The earliest painting on display dates from 1907; the most recent, from 1926. The show is on view until Monday, June 7.
The signature picture for the exhibit is Ludwig Kirchner’s “Potsdamer Platz” (1914), a choice that conveys the main themes of the show. Two fully-clothed prostitutes with green faces stand on a circular traffic island in the foreground. They dominate the street scene. In the background, their potential clients — tiny, and sketched in black — are deployed, somewhat askew, amid lonely streets and bleak buildings. The prostitutes look away from each other. The green roadways are a memory of grass. The jagged composition is pessimistic. It seems to say, “In this city nobody has meaningful contacts.”
In contrast, Max Pechstein’s “Seated Female Nude” (1910) is all curves. A voluptuous nude with jaundiced skin and long black hair sits — lips parted — against an indeterminate background that is primarily red and green. Unhealthy spots of red have been imposed on her cheeks. This is Gauguin made brittle.
Echoes of other near-contemporaries locate “Arcadia and Metropolis” in time. There are several additional references to Gauguin. Some of the vividly-colored paintings would be at home among the Fauve artists. Picasso appears to be at hand. Gauguin comes to mind in Emil Nolde’s “Papuan Boys” (1914) and in Hermann Max Pechstein’s “Am Strand von Nidden.” Karl Schmidt-Rottluff’s “Farmyard in Dangost” (1910) with its scarlet soil and cobalt blue shadows is painted with a Fauvist palette. The face of Shmidt-Rottluff’s “Girl Before Mirror” (1915) is an unsmiling mask of the sort that Picasso liked to employ.
Biting satire resides in the chilling works of New Objectivity painters. Otto Dix’s “The Skat Players” (1920) shows three mutilated war veterans playing cards. Limbless, missing ears, jaws, or nose, they indict war. George Grosz’s “Pillars of Society” (1926) finds no comfort in the mainstays of society. The military man’s truncated head is empty. The politician’s head contains excrement instead of brains. The alcoholic chaplain stares vacantly out the window. The newspaper publisher wears a chamber pot as a helmet.
The Berlin Nationalgalerie, home to the art works on display at the Neue Galerie, pioneered the collecting of modern art. Already by 1930, in advance of New York, Paris, and London, it had extensive holdings of 20th century works. However, the museum could not withstand the assault of the Nazis. In a two-pronged attack on modern art, authorities targeted not only Berlin, but also Munich to wipe out work that they thought was decadent. Participants in the main German avant-garde schools either fled Germany or remained and withdrew into privacy. After World War II the Nationalgalerie’s collection was reconstituted.
The year 2004 marks a high point in warm reciprocity between modern art museums in Berlin and New York. The exhibit of Berlin paintings at the Neue Galerie is balanced by an exhibit of more than 200 works on loan from New York’s Museum of Modern Art that opened in February in Nationalgalerie.
The Neue Galerie opened in 2001. The dream of art dealer Serge Sabarsky and philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder, it is housed in a six-story building at 1048 Fifth Avenue completed in 1914 and once occupied by Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III. The permanent collection includes art and objects from Germany and Austria. In the spring and fall the third floor galleries display special loan exhibits. The summer show, “New Worlds: German and Austrian Design, 1890-1940,” opens June 25 and remains until September 13.
The museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. It is also the site of lectures, chamber music, cabaret, and film outside of its normal opening times. A book shop and design studio are on the premises, as well as a cafe modeled after the cafes of Vienna. Children below the age of 12 are not admitted. Children between 12 and 16 must be accompanied by a parent. With its child exclusion policy, the museum is missing out on a potential audience. It’s never too early to get to know the Expressionists or to learn about the Nazis.
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th, New York. 212-628-6200. Www.neuegalerie.org. “Arcadia to Metropolis:German Expressionism from the Nationalgalerie Berlin.” Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed on Memorial Day. To June 7.
Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. “Lost Princeton,” an exhibit that explores lost businesses and houses. Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Free admission.
Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, 609-921-0100. “Let There Be Light” featuring Biblical illustrations and photographs from kenneth Kaplowitz’s “Tree Shadows” series. Kaplowitz is a professor of art at the College of New Jersey. Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday until 3 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays. On view to May 23.
Abud Family Foundation for the Arts, 3100 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Third Floor, Lawrenceville, 609-896-0732. Exhibition of paintings by David Alfaro Siqueros (1896-1974) presented in cooperation with the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. The Abud Family Foundation for the Arts was established in 2002 to promote primarily Ibero-American art in all its forms. Gallery open Thursday to Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.; show continues through May 28.
Frank Magalhaes & Martin Schwartz, Gallery 14, 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511. Two photography shows: “Eye on Turkey” by Frank Magalhaes, and “Let’s Sit Outside” by Martin Schwartz. Gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment. Show runs to May 23.
Sydney Anne Neuwirth, Cranbury Station Gallery, 28 Palmer Square East, 609-921-0434. “The Art of Dance,” an exhibit of original dance paintings by Princeton resident Sydney Anne Neuwirth. Painting from a multitude of sketches during classes and her own memory of dance, she has created a large body of work. Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. Through June 6.
Sandra Nusblatt, Hopewell Frame Shop Gallery 2, 24 West Broad Street, 609-466-0817. Show by Sandra Nusblatt, “Capturing the Light,” features a collection that captures Tuscany, Venice, and Portofino, in Italy, as well as nearby New Jersey towns and Philadelphia. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Through June 26.
Small Works Show, Morpeth Gallery, 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-333-9393. Spring group exhibition featuring small works by Paul Mordetsky, as well as works by Kirby Fredendall, Kate Hammet, Ken McIndoe, and Kyle Stevenson. Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Through June 6.
Princeton University Art Museum, McCosh 50, 609-258-3788. “The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library’s Medieval Picture Bible,” an exhibition of the Picture Bible, one of the greatest illuminated manuscripts of the 13th century, commissioned by Louis IX of France. The manuscript has been unbound for conservation and study with many individual pages on exhibit. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Free admission. To June 6.
Also, “Songs, Psalms, and Praises: An 18th-century Ethiopian Manuscript,” on exhibit to June 5, 2005. “Robert Adams: From the Missouri West” presents a recently acquired collection of 28 landscape photographs by Robert Adams taken between 1975 and 1978; to June 6. “Imperial Portraits by Van Meytens the Younger and Roslin” features newly acquired portraits of Tsarovich Paul, Maria Feodorovna, and empress Maria Theresa of the Holy Roman Empire, on view to July 11.
Also: “Useful Forms: Furniture by Charlotte Perriand,” an exhibit featuring six pieces of the French designer’s furniture from the 1940s to the 1960s. French designer Charlotte Perriand is frequently named as one of the most important but overlooked modernist designers of the 20th century. The show offers a rare opportunity to view a selection of Perriand’s mid-century furniture designs. Although Perriand has been the subject of major exhibitions in both France and England, she has received virtually no exposure in American museums, and remains underrepresented in American museum collections.
The Princeton exhibition is only the second in the United States to focus on her work, and the first to concentrate exclusively on Perriand’s mid-century designs created during the two decades following her employment in the studio of the architect Le Corbusier. To July 11.
Thomas Buechner: A 60-Year Retrospective, Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville, 609-620-6026. Exhibit is on the occasion his 69th reunion. The first director of the Corning Museum of Glass, he was the former director of the Brooklyn Museum, and the former president of Steuben Glass. Gallery open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.; Open Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. On view through June 5.
Maria Owens, Trinity Gallery, 89 College Avenue, New Brunswick. Inaugural show for the gallery features works of visual artist Maria Owens and her exhibit, “New Beginnings.” Her 13 pieces interpret Biblical texts as inspiration for her acrylic paintings. Gallery is open Wednesdays through Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. Through May 21.
On Their Own, Mason Gross Galleries, Civic Square, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-932-2222. Multi-ethnic exhibition, “On Their Own: The Legacy and Influence of Arts and educators from New Jersey’s Multiple Ethnic and Racial Communities. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Through June 20.
Lynda Juel, Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20 Library Place, 609-497-7990. “There is a Season: Reflections II.” Lynda Juel, a sculptor focusing on the world in which women live and create, lives in Princeton. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 to 9 p.m. On view to July 2.
Bible Exhibition, Princeton University, Firestone Library, 609-258-3184. “The Bible in English: Before and After the Hampton Court Conference, 1604, marks the 400th anniversary of an important event in the history of the English Bible. Exhibit hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday evenings, 5 to 8 p.m.; and weekends, noon to 5 p.m. Through August 8.
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hopewell Campus, 609-252-5120. Outdoor sculpture show features works by seven prominent East Coast artists: Hope Carter of Hopewell, Kate Dodd, Richard Heinrich, John Isherwood, Joel Perlman, John Van Alstine, and Jay Wholley. Exhibition is on view during business hours and will remain in its location for two years.
The artists were selected by a panel composed of Alejandro Anreus, veteran curator and scholar, Jeffrey Nathanson of the International Sculpture Center, and visual artist Sheba Sharrow, working under the guidance of Kate Somers, curator of the company’s corporate gallery in Lawrenceville.
Princeton Photography Club, Capital Health System, Mercer Campus, 446 Bellevue Avenue, Trenton, 609-394-4023. First day for an exhibition of photographs by members of the Princeton Photography Club. Show is on view in the lobby gallery. Lobby gallery is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. To May 28.
Highlights in Contemporary Glass Art, Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville, 609-252-6275. Group exhibition highlighting the work of 22 national and international contemporary glass makers. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed on Monday, May 31; Sunday, July 4; Monday, July 5; Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27. Through July 11.
Art Show and Sale, Pennington Computer School, 102 West Franklin Avenue, Pennington, 609-730-0746. Art exhibit by Alisha Hastings-Kinball with sculptures of vases with hand-sculpted faces and features. Sharing the show is David Mraovitch with oil paintings
Pennsylvania Impressionists & The Philadelphia Ten, Gratz Gallery, 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-862-4300. Exhibition of works by Pennsylvania impressionists including Edward Redfield, M. Elizabeth Price, Fern Coppedge, William Lathrop, and Antonio Martino. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the James A. Michener Art Museum. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Through June 6.
Focus on Photography, J.B. Kline & Son Gallery, 25 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-7026. Group show in new gallery. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Through May 28.
Louisa Melrose Gallery, 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-1470. “Purely Pastel 2004,” an exhibit of portraits, landscapes, still life, urban scenes, florals, interiors, and seascapes by more than 15 members of the Pastel Society of America. Free. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through May 30.
Rick Brown, Peggy Lewis Gallery, Lambertville Public Library, 6 Lilly Street, 609-397-0275. “Capturing a Moment of Light,” an exhibition of landscapes in watercolor by Rick Brown. Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show continues to May 28.
New Hope Arts, Union Square, West Bridge Street and Union Square Drive, New Hope, 215-862-3396. Second annual New Hope Sculpture Exhibition featuring and indoor exhibition of more than 88 works by 43 nationally and internationally recognized artists and an outdoor show of seven large-scale works installed throughout the town. Through April, 2005.
Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center, Titusville, 609-737-9303. Traveling exhibition of images, documents, and reproduction artifacts in traveling exhibit, “Churches, Taverns, and Revolution in New Jersey.” Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Through May 23.
Coryell Gallery, 8 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-0804. Annual spring exhibition featuring pastels by Nancy Silvia and watercolors by Charles Ross. Nancy Silvia, who now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Yale. She has studied art in Rome and calligraphy in Tokyo. Charles Ross, a native of Philadelphia, trained at the Fleisher Art Memorial and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To May 30.
E.M. Adams Gallery, 440 Union Square Drive, New Hope, 215-862-5667. New paintings by owner Ed Adams, who is also a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Somerville. Adams also leads the support group, Men Mentoring Men.
Creating Time for Art: The Reality of Abstract Art, Artists’ Gallery, 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville, 609-397-4588. Exhibit by T.A. Hahn and Joy Barth. Hahn’s works are sculpture and works on paper. Barth’s pieces are mixed media paintings. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On view through June 6.
Skin and Bones, Artsbridge Gallery, 243 North Union Street, Lambertville, 609-773-0881. Juried show “Skin and Bones.” Larry McKim, A Frenchtown resident and multi-media artist, juried the show. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m.Through May 30.
Reflections, Atelier Gallery, 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992. An exhibit of recent works by Robert MaGaw. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Show runs to June 21.
Robert DeChico, Buck’s Espresso Bar, 25 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-7026. Robert DeChico’s photographic prints, “A Celebration of Lambertville.” Open daily, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Through May 31.
Spring, The Art of Flowers, Local Works, 53 North Union Street, Lambertville, 609-397-2322. Exhibit of artists works of varying media including Myriam Cahn, Justin Ferate, Bee Burke, Gail Hannagan, Jacquelyn Kovacs, and Jack Howard. Hours are Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through June 6.
Ignite!, Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. Ignite!, an exhibition of new artworks from 18 contemporary artists. Through June 21.
The Old Barracks Museum, Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776. “Furniture, Curios and Pictures: 100 Years of Collecting by the Old Barracks,” a display in the exhibit gallery is included in the tour admission fee. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the last tour is at 3:50 p.m.
American Hungarian Foundation Museum, 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. “Everywhere a Foreigner and Yet Nowhere a Stranger,” an exhibition of 19th-century Hungarian art from the Salgo Trust for Education. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation. Extended to September 12.
James A. Michener Art Museum, Union Square Complex, Bridge Street, New Hope, 215-340-9800. New Hope satellite facility opens with the relocation of the popular, interactive multi-media show, “Creative Bucks County: A Celebration of Art and Artists,” featuring 19th and 20th century painters, writers, composers, and playwrights. Also on exhibit, “Pennsylvania Impressionists of the New Hope School.” Museum admission $6 adults; $2 youth. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays.
James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, 215-340-9800. “The Artists Among Us,” a permanent interactive exhibit dedicated to the history and legacy of the artists who have made New Hope an internationally recognized arts colony. It is a permanent exhibition. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Museum admission $6.50 adults; $4 students. www.michenerartmuseum.org.
Also, “Rock On! The Art of the Music Poster from the ‘60s and ‘70s.” Exhibition features more than 100 iconic posters, images that are recognizable to anyone who ever hung a poster under a black light — The Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Santana, Grateful Dead, et al. Curated by Graziella Marchicelli of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Extra admission charge, $4. To May 23.
Also on exhibit is “Mexican Folk Retablos: Images of Devotion,” an exhibit of painting on religious subject matter on tinplate inspired by religious imagery in churches and prints of saints. $12. Show runs to July 11.
Also, “Edward W. Redfield: Just Values and Fine Settings,” an exhibition of over 50 works created by the 20th century Pennsylvania impressionist. The exhibit features works from early students drawings, landscapes painted in France, and some pieces never before on public view. Through January 9, 2005.
Special events in conjunction with the show include lectures on Tuesdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. They will be held at the Ann and Herman Silverman Pavilion in Doylestown. Series, $55; single lecture, $20. Constance Kimmerle presents a Curator’s Lecture Tour on Thursday, May 20, 2 p.m., and Sunday, June 6, at 4 p.m. at the museum. Register, $10.
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, George and Hamilton streets, New Brunswick, 732-932-7237. “Soviet Propaganda Posters,” to July 6.
Beyond the Botanical: Organic Imagery in Print, Recent Acquisitions from the Dodge Collection and Transcultural New Jersey: Crosscurrents in the Mainstream, The show is part of the state-wide and year-long project. Show features works by Emma Amos, Peter Arakawa, Siona Benjamin, Melvin Edwards, Benedict Fernandez, Ming Fay, William J. Grant, Mija Kim, Raphael Montanez Ortiz, Ludvic Saleh, and Kay Walkingstick. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours every Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free. Free admission on the first Sunday of each month. Both shows run to July 31.
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