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In the Galleries
Outsider Art: The Inner Worlds of Self-Taught Artists,’
which opened last week at the Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, is
an exhibit of 75 works by 30 international artists all known as self-taught,
visionary, or intuitive.
As Kristen Accola explains in her exhibition essay, "all the artists
represented are either mentally ill, imprisoned, poor, uneducated,
or cast out for cultural or racial differences, and for whatever reason,
they are living on the margins of society."
Accola, who is the former director of exhibitions at the Hunterdon
Museum of Art, now working with her husband Gary Snyder at their New
York Gallery, helped identify and gather the paintings for exhibition,
assisting Kate Somers, curator of the Bristol-Myers Squibb gallery.
Included in the show are works by Aloise Corbaz, Bill Traylor, and
Adolf Wolfli, all historical figures whose works helped define the
"outsider art" category.
206, Lawrenceville, 609-252-6275. Gallery is open Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. Show is on view
to June 15.
An exhibit of sculpture by Cassidy Enoch. Enoch earned his BFA from
California College of Arts and Crafts, and an MFA from New York State
College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He is currently employed
at Crozier Fine Art in Newark and was formerly the director of ArtSite
Gallery in Wellsville, New York. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. To April 18.
by Costa Rican artist Arlyn Heilbron Ortiz. Open by appointment during
school hours. To April 25.
"First You Must Take Direction," functional artworks by Boris
Bally created from traffic signs, including serving trays, bowls,
chairs, key chains, and pins. Wednesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to
6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To May 10.
and Montgomery Center for the Arts, 1860 House, 124 Montgomery
Road, Skillman, 609-921-3272. Two-venue Leonard Nelson Retrospective
Exhibition of paintings and prints by the late Philadelphia modernist,
curated by Sam Hunter, professor emeritus, Princeton University. To
overlooked until recent years," says Sam Hunter, whose comprehensive,
illustrated monograph on the artist was published by Rozzoli International
in 2001. "The rediscovery of his work is prompting increased awareness
of what a quiet, yet formidable force Nelson has been in the evolution
of 20th-century American art."
"Art First!" International juried exhibition and sale of art
and fine crafts by professional artists with physical and mental disabilities.
Over 300 pieces are mounted throughout the public corridors of the
Medical Center; on view through May 18.
Jurors include Anne Reeves, executive director Arts Council of Princeton;
Rebecca Sender, associate director, Princeton University Art Museum;
and Margaret Kennard Johnson, former art instructor at the Museum
of Modern Art.
"Memoir of an Assimilated Family," works by Judith Brodsky,
Princeton printmaker, Rutgers art professor emerita, and founder of
the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper. Brodsky’s installation
of 50 photo etchings were created from snapshots of various members
of her extended family, dating back to the 19th century. Each image
carries the artist’s personal anecdote about the people represented
and her thoughts on the process of assimilation. Monday to Friday,
3-5 p.m.; and by appointment. To May 9.
Paintings, prints, and drawings by Jennifer Cadoff. The co-curator
of the Jewish Center Gallery is showing her work there for the first
time with a show whose connecting thread is nature, particularly flowers
and landscapes. Part of sales benefits the center. 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 16.
Watercolorists Unlimited group exhibition. To May 9.
Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy," celebrating the contributions
of Swiss engineers to structural design in the 20th century. The show
is a tribute to David Billington who pioneered the integration of
liberal arts into engineering education during his 45 years teaching
at Princeton. To June 15. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Highlights tours Saturdays at 2 p.m.
Also "The Photographs of Edward Ranney," an overview of the
artist’s career from 1970 and 1999. First recognized for his photographic
studies of Mayan stonework and Inca ruins in the 1970s, Ranney began
an ongoing collaboration with the artist Charles Ross in 1979, documenting
the evolution of Ross’s earthwork sculpture "Star Axis;" show
runs to June 7.
Also "Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered," a
show featuring artists Sanford Biggers, Anne Chu, Ellen Harvey, and
Zhang Hongtu, curated by Eugenie Tsai, to June 29. The museum invited
the four artists to create new works inspired by paintings, sculptures,
and other objects from the museum’s vast holdings. These works are
on view in the permanent collection galleries. Also "The New Vulgarians:
New York Pop," to July 13.
609-620-6026. In the Hutchins Gallery, "Ted Berglund: Paintings
& Drawings." Berglund is an alumnus of the class of 1996. Open
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday and
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. To April 17.
609-490-7550. Solo show by Larry Miller. "Lines of Code" focuses
on his `genetic’ pieces including "Lines to Grow," a palmistry
piece with hand castings, and "Score," with references to
the Ten Commandments. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. To April 18.
Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Mythic Women: Helen and Clytemnestra,"
an exhibition of paintings and sculpture inspired by contemporary
women and mythic stories by Ann Stewart Anderson. Open Monday to Saturday,
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. To May 3.
609-895-5589. "Rosemarie Beck: Paintings 1965-2001" featuring
21 paintings by the artists who teaches at the New York Studio School.
Open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon
to 4 p.m. To April 28.
"Rosemarie Beck is considered one of the most important figurative
painters of our time," says Harry Naar, director of the gallery.
"She has played a critical role in the development of American
art, especially from the New York art seen during the late ’50s and
early ’60s. Because her work is deeply rooted in both mythological
and musical concerns, students in particular will see how an artist
can look to historical references to create powerful, meaningful images."
Brunswick, 732-932-7237. "George Segal: Sculpture, Paintings,
and Drawings from the Artist’s Studio," a major traveling exhibition,
to May 26. Also: "June Wayne: Selected Graphics, 1950 to 2000,"
celebrating Wayne’s recent appointment as a research professor at
Rutgers and the establishment of the June Wayne Study Center and Archive;
to June 29. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Spotlight tours Sundays at 2 and 3 p.m. $3;
under 18 free; and free on first Sundays.
"Ichthyology," an exhibit of sculpture and photography by
Larry Bage of about marine life. Bage’s passions for scuba diving,
photography, and sculpture come together in his art that ranges from
brilliantly colored photographs to cast aluminum and bronze pieces
that reflect intriguing sea myths of Central America. Gallery hours
are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To May 1.
609-586-0616. In the Museum, new work by glass artist Dale Chihuly,
extended to July 6. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
year round; Sunday is Members Day. Adult admission is $4 Tuesday through
Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10 Sunday. Individual memberships
start at $55.
609-292-6464. "Taking It Personally: Selected Paintings 1962 to
2003" by Paul Matthews continues in the museum’s Cityside Gallery.
These large-scale figurative oils address issues of time and transience,
aging and mortality. Political messages, human vulnerability in the
form of nudity, and the natural process of childbearing are all depicted.
To July 27.
Matthews studied at Cooper Union in New York where he received the
highest achievement prize. He has had more than 25 solo shows, receiving
the Best of Show at the Ellarslie Open in 1999 and 2002, as well as
First Award at the Philadelphia Sketch Club in 2000 and 2003. Exhibit
catalog includes an essay by Russell Banks.
609-695-0061. Ritch Gaiti, "Returning to the Spirits, A Painted
Journey of the West." A self-taught painter, Gaiti spent 26 years
in the corporate world and retired from his first career as the first
vice president and senior director of advanced technology at Merrill
Lynch. Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 26.
"Paintings, Constructions and Deconstructions" by Annelies
Van Dommelen and Stacie Speer Scott. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday,
and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To May 4.
Ninth annual juried show selected by Laura Galvanek and Keary Rosen.
Galvanek is curator of exhibitions at the Morris Museum in Morristown;
Rosen is sculptor and sculpture instructor at Raritan Valley Community
College. Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 27.
"Stepping Into the Future," a group show featuring young illustrators
and recent graduates of the Pratt Institute. Artists include Patty
Bowman, Nicole Margaretten, Ted McGraff, and Camille Wainer. Guest
curator is C.M. Gross. Open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To
Annual spring exhibition featuring watercolors, oils, and mixed-media
by W. Carl Burger, and oil paintings by Colette Sexton. Gallery hours
are Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To June 1.
"Treasures from the Soul." During a visit to the Golden Nugget
flea market in Lambertville, artist Ed Adams uncovered a series of
13 original drawing created in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust.
The drawings will be unveiled in the exhibit, "Treasures From
the Soul." Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.,
to April 28.
The original owners of the pencil drawings knew the artist and carried
them out of Poland. Acquired by a dealer through an estate purchase
after the owners’ death, the drawings were "rescued" from
the flea market dealer by 15 men who are members of the organization
"Men Mentoring Men," founded and led by artist and psychologist
An exhibition celebrating the work of Philadelphia Ten artist Maude
Drein Bryant. In addition to 50 works by Bryant, the show includes
works by Fern Coppedge, M.E. Price, Isabel Cartwright, Helen McCarthy,
and others. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday,
noon to 6 p.m. To May 4.
908-996-1470. "Passionately Pastel" invitational show brings
together 13 signature members of the Pastel Society of America, each
with technical virtuosity, many exhibiting in Frenchtown for the first
time. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to May 26.
The 17th annual Byers Bucks Fever Art Exhibition featuring photographers
Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m., Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. To April 24.
Shared show features "Women in White" by Edward J. Greenblat,
and "Plain and Simple Photography" by Heinz Gartlgruber. Gallery
hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and by appointment.
To April 20.
Abstract paintings by Florence Moonan. In 1990, the artist was awarded
Best of Show at the Ellarslie Open IX. "Moonan’s abstract acrylics
are deeply moving," says gallery owner Abby Frantz. "They
draw you into the personal and emotional feeling she’s projecting.
Her works reflect an incredible sensitivity, and viewing her work
is a richly rewarding experience." On view to April 26.
James Jansma’s "Time Being," a show of recent clay sculpture.
Also Micheal Madigan’s "Memory Walking," an exhibition of
paintings that evoke scenes of ancient, pastoral Ireland. Gallery
is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to
5 p.m. Both shows continue to April 27.
Street, 609-397-0275. "Moods of Nature," an exhibition of
paintings by Addie Hocynec. Open Monday to Thursday, 1 to 9 p.m.;
Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To April 25.
732-562-2310. "Captured Moments," a group show by members
of TAG. Artists include Adams, Berkowsky, Betz, Kogan, Koppel, Mandelbaum,
Pletzner, Post, See, and Wiernik. Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. To April 30.
Mixed-media works by D.J. Haslett and photography by Sally Davidson.
To May 2.
New Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "From the Old World to the New World,"
recent additions to the museum collection featuring works by Hungarian
American artists who emigrated to the U.S. between 1920 and 1957.
Artists are Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Bertha and Elena De Hellenbranth,
Sandor Zugor, Janos Antal Kurz, Lajos Szanto, Vincent Korda, Emil
Kelemen, Willy Pogany, Tibor Gergely, and Zoltan Poharnok. Museum
hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to
4 p.m. $5 donation. To May 18.
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 industry.
Open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
To May 30.
215-340-9800. "Randall Exon: A Quiet Light," a solo show by
the Philadelphia-area painter and Swarthmore College professor; to
April 27. 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. Admission $6 adults; $3
students and children.
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