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Art That’s Of & On Paper
They said computers would replace paper, and yet more
paper is used now than 10 years ago in the Western world. If an
in the March 25 issue of the New Yorker gave hope to habitual
pilers, and filers, those devoted to art works on paper can take heart
from two current exhibitions that share this basic material, and
slightly in both time span and artists. Art on — and of —
paper is proliferating, and doing so in richly varied ways.
At the Montgomery Center for the Arts, "Works on Paper: Five
of View" continues through Sunday, April 28. The intersecting
trajectories of its two curators have resulted in an exhibition of
nearly 30 pieces — paintings, prints, drawings — by five
whose careers and very different styles and uses of paper have
Some years ago Pamela V. Sherin, retired curator of the Gallery at
Bristol-Myers Squibb (U.S. 1, September 22, 1999), was affiliated
with artist Barry Snyder in his Princeton art gallery, which handled
the work of Margaret Kennard Johnson, renowned print and
Later, as a much-respected curator, Sherin assembled two shows that
included Johnson’s work. Sherin also served as a trustee at Artworks,
the visual arts school of Trenton, and elected to take Johnson’s
"Experiences in Seeing."
Now both Sherin and Johnson are prospective residents of Stonebridge,
the community under construction next to the 1860 House. For more
than a year, these two neighbors in the making have built a
bond, starting with last spring’s exhibition of art by residents-to-be
of Stonebridge. Curated by Sherin and including Johnson’s work, it
was a curatorial prelude to the current show, which they collaborated
"We started to think who were our favorite people who had work
on paper," Johnson says, and, describing their harmonious process,
Sherin adds, "We get in the car and we start talking — and
we agree on everything!"
Together, from individual backgrounds in art that have proven to be
complementary, they identified five artists they both admired. Then
they visited studios, looked at work, and put together "Works
on Paper: Five Points of View."
Hannah Fink’s current perspective is anatomical details
— an eye, a thigh, "pink knees" — produced in
pigment stick and graphite. Her six views are displayed in a room
of their own off the main gallery. Diana Gonzales Gandolfi’s eight
abstract prints — monotypes and collographs, some with chine
some hand-colored — have attracting titles that draw the viewer
in: "Faith Tricks," "Fallen Ways," "Encircled
John Goodyear’s considerable body of work is represented by five
yet minimalist pieces executed in colored pencil and litho ink on
paper. "Labors of Hercules" seems hardly a fitting subject
for tiny, colored squares — yet their scope and effort are
With five abstract watercolors in dark tones, some also involving
colored pencils, Barbara Osterman continues to suggest change,
chaos, and always myriad possibilities. Her painting called
shows three rectangular shapes (possibly windows) in tumbling-scumbly
Illustrating still another medium on paper, William Vandever shows
five archival color digital inkjet prints. Two computer-created
landscapes flank the gallery’s fireplace; three others involve
imagery, such as skulls, horns, and leaves. He also incorporates pears
here, as continuity from his earlier, traditionally produced still
lifes. The victim of a catastrophic studio fire a few years ago,
lost all his equipment and commercial negatives; by now, though,
has risen like a phoenix," Johnson says.
The exhibition’s two curators gave generously of expertise and
to the 1860 House, filling its downstairs with noteworthy art. But
to better serve work of this caliber, and attract comparable shows
in future, couldn’t this venue offer carefully spackled and
walls, from which all earlier used nails have been removed? An
hanging system? Some sort of glare-shield so art works behind glass
might be seen more easily? For now, it’s like displaying beautiful
flowers in an untended garden.
But the show’s not over when it’s over, and two of those
involved with the 1860 House exhibition are also part of "Layers
of Time and Space: Works on Paper," at the Atelier Fine Art
in Frenchtown. Margaret K. Johnson doffs her curator’s hat to join
Diana Gonzales Gandolfi and Joan B. Needham in a show of
work selected by guest-curator Barry Snyder. Unending intersections.
Opening this Saturday, April 27, with a 7 to 10 p.m. reception, this
exhibition will run through Sunday, May 26. Gandolfi will again be
represented by her abstract mixed-media monotypes and monoprints;
many are reworked with thin layers of acrylic paint, gouache,
and colored pencil. A long-time printmaker, Johnson continues
the expressive possibilities of handmade paper, which she may tear,
fold, incise, or imbed with rusty wire or pigment to produce her
Joan B. Needham, mixed media artist and visual arts professor at
County Community College, says she "works paper through different
stages, and there’s a lot of activity on the surface." Texture,
yes, and vibrant color too — possibly reminiscent of Southwestern
canyons and caves she has visited, yet transformed in ways she says
are both intuitive and calculated. She "plays with the
in experimenting with the qualities of paper.
And so, even though computer-assisted, or digital, art is a burgeoning
field, computer technology has not at all obviated paper. Each medium
has its purposes, and they’re often complementary. Think about it:
because of art works on paper, this story came to be written on a
PC, for eventual publication in this newspaper. However, it will be
readable both in hard copy and on-line.
— Pat Summers
for the Arts, 124 Montgomery Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272. Open
Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 pm; Sunday 1-4 p.m. On view through
108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown, 908-996-9992. Opening Saturday, April
27, with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m., the exhibit runs through
May 26 Hours are Thursday to Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
and Stone," an exhibit of handmade paper images by Marie Sturken
and stone sculpture by Petro Hul. Gallery is open by appointment
school hours. To May 2.
Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "From Tow Path to Bike Path:
and the Delaware and Raritan Canal," an exhibition that looks
at the history and creation of the canal, the life of death of its
workers, and more recent environmental and preservation issues. Open
Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Show runs to March, 2003. Free.
In the dining room, landscapes by Donna Senopoulos. A member of the
American Watercolor Society, Senopoulos shows her work at Cranbury
Station Gallery, Go For Baroque, and Kanon Gallery. Part of proceeds
benefit the Medical Center. On view daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. To
"The Eden Series II," an exhibition of paintings by Gilda
K. Aronovic. Open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturdays. To May 21.
"Humanly Possible," and exhibition of figurative work by David
FeBland, Dan Hughes, and Gabriel Schmitz. Gallery hours are Monday
to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To May 18.
New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New
an exhibit of recent additions to the museum collection featuring
works by nine Hungarian Americans, all of whom emigrated to the U.S.
between 1920 and 1957. Artists are Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bertha and
Elena De Hellenbranth, Sandor Sugor, Emil Kelemen, Willy Pogany, Tibor
Gergely, Zoltan Poharnok, and Vincent Korda. Museum hours are Tuesday
to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5 donation.
To April, 2003.
732-745-4177. "Uncommon Clay: New Jersey’s Architectural Terra
Cotta Industry," an exhibition of artifacts and written and oral
histories of New Jersey’s once booming architectural ceramics
Open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
On view to May 30, 2003.
908-735-8415. "Jim Toia: Groundwork" and "Peter Arakawa:
Recent Work." Museum hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. To April 28.
215-340-9800. "Roy C. Nuse: Figures and Landscapes," an
of works by the influential Bucks County artist and teacher (1885
to 1975) who trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where
he studied with Daniel Garber. Nuse and his wife, artist Ellen
moved to Bucks County; Nuse taught at the Pennsylvania Academy for
29 years; to May 12. Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Wednesday evenings to 9
Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "India: Contemporary Art From
Private Collections," the largest exhibition of its kind to be
held in an American museum. Show features more than 100 works from
20 collections, with an emphasis on the post-independence era, 1947
to the present. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to
4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission $3; under
18 free; open free to the public on first Sundays. To July 31.
Indian artists include members of the Progressive Artists Group, F.N.
Souza, M.F. Husain, Krishna Ara, and Syed Raza. Also first and
Indian modernists Ram Kumar, Tyeb Mehta, Ganesh Pyne, and artists
who have emerged in recent years such as Atul Dodiya and Jitish
Also "In Context: Patterns in Contemporary Printmaking."
Baltics: Nonconformist and Modernist Art During the Soviet Era,"
the first major survey of modernist art produced in Estonia, Latvia,
and Lithuania during the post-Soviet period. "Efim
"By All Means: Materials and Mood in Picture Book
All to July 31.
"April in Paris, London," a group show of photographs from
around the world by gallery members Rhoda Kassof-Isaac, Don Connors,
Marilyn Anderson, Jay Goodkind, David Miller, Heinz Gartlgruber, Jay
Anderson, and Robert Borsuk. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday,
1 to 5 p.m. To April 28.
Valerie Von Betzen’s show of recent paintings and "Small
a group show featuring Betty Curtiss, Ken McIndoe, Micheal Madigan,
Ellie Wyeth Fox, and others. Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To April 28.
Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Lumpy Landscapes and Other Bumps
in the Road," an open members show. Gallery hours are Wednesday
through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. To May 18.
609-397-0275. "Songs of the Earth," an exhibition of pastels
and drawings by Joyce Sanderson. Gallery hours are Monday and
1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday 1 to
5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 26.
"Vanishing Points," a shared show featuring photographs by
Sandra C. Davis and paintings of the American industrial landscape
by Marc Reed. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m.
to 6 p.m. To May 5.
Eighth annual national juried show on view daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
to April 27.
Annual Spring Exhibition features pastels by Nancy Silvia and
by Charles R. Ross. Open Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To May
Suite 208, Morrisville, 215-295-8444. Shared show featuring
Ricardo Barros, Deborah Holljes, and Karen McDonall. Parachute is
an artist-run gallery featuring innovative art in all media. Gallery
hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
To April 30.
"Play It Cool," an exhibition of new and rare prints by
artist Shag. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to
6 p.m. To May 27.
"Between the Brush Strokes" features Bradley Hendershot and
Jerry Cable. To April 30.
Van Dyck: `Ecce Homo’ and `The Mocking of Christ.’" Also, "In
the Mirror of Christ’s Passion: Images from Princeton University
Both shows to June 9. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5
p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Free tours of the collection every Saturday
at 2 p.m.
Also "Klinger to Kollwitz: German Art in the Age of
an exhibit of prints and drawings that comprises an overview of late
19th and early 20th century German art, to June 9. "Guardians
of the Tomb: Spirit Beasts in Tang Dynasty China;" to August 31.
609-258-3184. "Heroic Pastorals: Images of the American
Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Art Student Exhibition to May 1. Gallery hours are Monday through
Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.
609-490-7550. "Contemporary Directions in Performance Art,"
features performance artists Dawn Auvigne, Jim Jeffers, Cliff Owens,
and Craig Smith. Artists will present documentation of past
work as well as live performances of new work through the run of the
show. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To April
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Natural Rhythms Stilled," an
exhibition of photographs by John Hess, a photographer and biology
professor at Central Missouri State University. Gallery hours are
Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. To
Ellarslie Open XX, the 20th annual Ellarslie juried exhibition,
by Anne Fabbri, founding director of the Noyes Museum and now director
of the Paley Design Center at Philadelphia University of the Arts.
Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To
"Cupol Aesthetics," a show of photos, drawings, and furnaces
in conjunction with the International Conference on Cast Iron Art.
The show focuses on the concept of common tools built as fine art,
specifically industrial iron furnaces used to produce gray cast iron.
Artists include George Beasley, Wayne Potraz, Barry Bailey, Charles
Hook, Cam Choy, Dan McGuire, Marjee Levine, Andrew Marsh, Vaughn
Jonathan Hils, Clark Ashton, Kyle Dilihay, and Matt Toole. Monday
to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To May 2.
609-586-0616. "2300 degrees F, 2002: Contemporary Sculpture in
Cast Iron," an invitational show featuring 30 artists held in
conjunction with the Fourth International Conference on Cast Iron,
co-hosted by the Johnson Atelier. All the show’s objects represent
the final stage of an ancient process that entails heating iron to
2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, the point at which iron liquefies. Open
Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adult admission $4 Tuesday
through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. To May 5.
Selected by Kathleen Whitney, the artists "represent the full
array of potential that this materials offers, from the highly
to the realistic." She clusters them in three related categories:
the natural, the mechanical, and the metaphorical.
609-292-6464. "Jacob Landau: A Memorial" to June 30;
Works: Fine Art from the Museum’s Collection" to May 12; "Art
by African-Americans: A Selection from the Collection" to August
18; "American Indians as Artists: The Beginnings of the State
Museum’s Ethnographic Collection," to September 15. Museum hours
are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to
5 p.m. Website: www.njstatemuseum.org.
State Street, Trenton, 609-394-9535. Watercolors by Anne-Marie Belli.
A graduate of Princeton University in art history, Belli has worked
at the Whitney Museum and the Guggenheim. Sales benefit the State
Museum collections and publications. To May 12.
Museum , Department of State Galleries, 225 West State Street,
609-292-6464. Memorial kiosks and the Memory Wall from Liberty State
Park provide the central focus of "9.11 NJ: Response and
an exhibit augmented by materials related to New Jersey’s relief
a tribute to those lost at the World Trade Center on September 11.
Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
On view to May 12.
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