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These article by Nicole Plett & Barbara Fox were prepared for the May 14, 2003 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

In the Galleries

The art we know as "still life," Parisians

call "nature morte." The term seems particularly apt for Vladimir

Grigorovich’s big paintings of deserted Parisian streetscapes currently

on exhibit at the Abud Family Foundation for the Arts in Lawrenceville.

In Grigorovich’s assembled series of images of doors and shop facades,

the whole gallery takes on an ambience of Old World Paris. Some subjects

make particular appeal to our creature comforts — "Boulangerie

12," "Patisserie," and "Pain d’Epices" among them.

The artist also tackles such "name-brand" subjects as "Laperouse,"

the restaurant renowned for its rooms decorated in the Baroque style

of Fragonard. His portrait of "Le Tour d’Argent," the Parisian

restaurant renowned for its signature pressed duck, features a charming

painted pair of Mozartean figures on its facade.

Grigorovich is a Russian-born artist now living and working in Port

Murray, New Jersey, near Hackettstown. His solo show is currently

installed at the Abud Foundation’s one-room gallery space at 3100

Princeton Pike (Building 4, third floor). The opening reception is

Friday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. for the show that remains on view

to June 28.

At a preview showing of the work, Grigorovich expressed

his pleasure at exhibiting this work, most of it painted over the

course of the 1990s, so close to home. In fact he plans to play host

at the gallery every Saturday for the show’s duration. The Abud Foundation

was established last year by neurosurgeon Ariel Abud primarily to

promote the Ibero-American art that interests the much-traveled physician.

Originally from Nicaragua, Abud not only promotes the contemporary

arts of Spain, Latin America, and Central America, but also awards

stipends to artists, with an invitation to travel to the U.S. and

exhibit their work in the small Lawrenceville gallery. A chance meeting

between Abud and Grigorovich brought the New Jersey-based artist’s

show to the gallery.

Born in Moscow in 1939, Grigorovich settled in New Jersey in 1975.

Grigorovich, whose work has been exhibited in Chicago and New York,

as well as many international spots, studied art since childhood,

first attending the Moscow Secondary Art School, and later graduating

from the graphic arts department of the Moscow Pedagogical Institute.

In Russia, he had a successful career as illustrator and graphic designer,

working for several publishing houses. In 1972 he emigrated to Israel,

and then on to the U.S.

The artist’s interest in buildings and the picturesque dates back

early in his career when he began painting with watercolor. In the

1970s, his show in Israel of desolated and abandoned houses was described

by one critic as a "Russian melancholy landscape" rendered

"in dull and gloomy colors." Shortly after his arrival, when

he was living and working in Jersey City, he was recruited by Ivan

Karp to the OK Harris Gallery in Soho. A few years ago he and his

family bought and renovated a Victorian house in Port Murray where,

under a Second Empire mansard roof, he maintains a spacious upstairs

studio, lit by dormer windows.

All the paintings on exhibit take as their subject a representational

image — stores, doors, mirrors. Yet much of the appeal of these

strongly structured, almost grid-like compositions lies in the artist’s

abstract handling of flat textured surfaces. These are cool compositions

that rely for their appeal, not on sentimentality, but on close observation,

consummate draftsmanship, and a modern abstract sensibility.

While meticulous in every detail, and partly derived from photographs

of their subjects, these are not photo-realist works. They are, instead,

extremely painterly interpretations of the visual world. The rectangular

canvases assert their individuality with an overall patterning and

palette. These storefronts are congruent with the flat surface of

his canvas, reinforced, spatial illusion goes no deeper than the ornate

moldings on his antique paneled doors. Some of these compositions

in oil on canvas are heightened by certain tricks of three-dimensionality

created with built-up layers of modeling paste.

This Paris series strikes a comfortable balance between prosperity

and decay in these grand urban structures. Working with a surprisingly

limited palette, Grigorovich’s images take on a pervasive mood of

genteel decay and deterioration. Like fading memories, these weathered

exteriors have born witness to generations of devoted denizens of

the City of Light. Clearly the artist has spent a lot of time enjoying

this ambience.

The most impressive work in the show also dominates the space. "Antiques

at Versailles," painted in 1989, is 7-feet high by 12-feet wide,

constructed of three component pieces (necessary to get it out of

the artist’s upstairs studio). This expansive store front is rendered

in the subdued tones of dusky wood. Postcards and handbills, which

seem to have been posted around the entrance doorway, are rendered

with almost trompe l’oeil accuracy.

Unlike the quite flat store front paintings, "Venetian Antiques"

is a tour de force of draftsmanship in its rendering of an array of

crystal and porcelain that includes a mirror that casts a reflection

of a woman in sunglasses.

Thus Grigorovich pays tribute to the traditional Parisian decorative

arts with wonderful renderings of its elaborate gilded lettering,

painted floral swags, and fruit displays etched in glass. As the artist

notes, the artisans who once embellished the glass panels of Parisian

store fronts are fast disappearing. And today’s broken windows are

unlikely to be replaced with the traditional decorated panes. Nevertheless,

his painted "homage" in oils to the art and artisans of Paris

seems likely to endure.

— Nicole Plett

Vladimir Grigorovich, Abud Family Foundation for the

Arts , 3100 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Third Floor, Lawrenceville,

609-896-0732. The gallery is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,

3 to 6 p.m. The artist will be present at the gallery each Saturday

during the run of the show, which continues through Saturday, June

28. Opening reception Friday, May 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

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Art in Town

Marsha Child Contemporary, 220 Alexander Street, 609-497-7330.

"Past Made Present: Paintings of Ilona Zaremba," solo exhibit

by the Polish native now living in Canada. Her richly textured mixed-media

compositions are included in many corporate and private collections,

including that of actor Steve Martin. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30

a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To May 26.

Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4211.

"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 Medical Center. Show remains

on view through May 18.

Princeton Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, 609-921-0100.

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.

Princeton Photo, 126 Nassau Street, 609-683-1211. David

J. Simchock’s exhibition of travel photography, "Vagabond Vistas."

The images were captured during the artist’s three-year journey through

five continents. To May 15.

SweeTree Gallery, 286 Alexander Street, 609-934-8665.

"Chickens to Go," hand-made chickens by artist Maria del Fabro,

who awoke one morning and started making chickens. Her chickens come

out of handwork traditions passed down to her from her Italian ancestors;

they are made of wool, cotton and other natural fabrics. A portion

of show’s proceeds will be donated towards efforts for peace. Also

on exhibit, "Art from the Caribbean." Open Fridays and Saturdays,

1 to 6 p.m. To May 24.

Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855.

"Princeton Impressions," an exhibition and sale of impressionist

oil paintings by Olga Holroyd. Images include Princeton University,

flower gardens, and the Delaware-Raritan Canal. To July 6. @HEAD 14

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Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Lawrenceville,

609-252-6275. "Outsider Art: The Inner Worlds of Self-Taught Artists,"

an exhibit of 75 works by 30 international artists referred to as

self-taught, visionary, and intuitive. Aloise Corbaz, Bill Traylor,

and Adolf Wolfli, historical figures whose works helped define the

category, are represented. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends

and holidays, 1 to 5 p.m. To June 15.

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Campus Arts

Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. "Shuffling

the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered," a show featuring new work

by artists Sanford Biggers, Anne Chu, Ellen Harvey, and Zhang Hongtu,

inspired by the museum collections, curated by Eugenie Tsai, to June

29. Also "The New Vulgarians: New York Pop," an exhibition

of 18 works that seeks to reposition pop in such away that its challenging

and discomforting aspects can be perceived again; to July 13. Also

"The Photographs of Edward Ranney: The John B. Elliott Collection,"

an overview of the artist’s career from 1970 and 1999; to June 7.

Open 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 Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy," celebrating

the contributions of Swiss engineers to structural design in the 20th

century; to June 15. "In Pursuit of the Past: Provenance Research

at the Princeton University Art Museum," a behind-the-scenes look

at the research methods used to trace the history of works of art

focusing on issues related to ownership and collecting; to August


Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson

School, 609-258-1651. "Ricanstructions," a selection of works

by Puerto Rican artist Juan Sanchez. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.

to 5 p.m.. To June 7.

Firestone Library, Princeton University, 609-258-1148.

"Brave New World: 20th-Century Books from the Cotsen Children’s

Library," an exhibition that fills the library’s main gallery

and the Milberg Gallery upstairs.

Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center,

609-586-4800, ext. 3589. Visual Arts Student Show, the annual show

highlighting work by MCCC visual arts students studying with faculty

that includes Mel Leipzig, Joan Needham, Frank Rivera, Yevgeniy Fiks,

Tina La Placa, Eric Kunsman, and Michael Welliver. Open Tuesday to

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday

evenings 7 to 9 p.m. To May 15.

Princeton Theological Seminary, Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Drawn from Scripture: Woodcuts and

Sculpture," an exhibition of works by Margaret Adams Parker, an

instructor at Virginia Theological Seminary. Gallery hours are Monday

to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. To June 27.

Rider University Art Gallery, Student Center, Lawrenceville,

609-895-5589. Student art exhibition. Gallery hours are Tuesday through

Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. To September


Lawrenceville School, Gruss Center of Visual Arts, Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. "Seeing: Selections from Collection Dancing Bear"

featuring 70 works focusing on eyes from the collection of William

Hunt ’64. Hunt is a New York-based collection, curator, and champion

of photography. He is director of photography at the Ricco/Maresca

Gallery in Chelsea. 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 June 7.

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Art In Trenton

Extension Gallery, 60 Sculptors Way, Mercerville, 609-890-7777.

"Animism," an exhibit of sculptures of dancers by Philadelphia

artist by Clifford Ward. A Rider University graduate, Ward worked

in educational publishing before joining the Johnson Atelier Technical

Institute, beginning in 1997. Open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to

4 p.m. To May 29.

Clifford says dancers Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Twyla Tharp, Martha

Graham, and Rennie Harris, are among those who have inspired him to

create his own sculptures that "dance." His works originate

from mixed media such as steel, paper, newspaper, plaster bandages,

and cowrie shells; some are cast in bronze and aluminum, others remain

in the original form.

Ellarslie, Trenton City Museum, Cadwalader Park, 609-989-3632.

Ellarslie Open XXI, the annual juried show. Distinguished juror Robert

Sakson selected 85 works by 72 artists from the 310 entries submitted.

Awards for "Best in Show" in painting, sculpture, printmaking,

mixed-media, and photography. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to

3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. To June 15.

A vital member of the Trenton art scene for over 40 years, juror Robert

Sakson is a member of almost every outstanding watercolor society

and painting group in the U.S. His work is in the permanent collections

of the Princeton University Art Museum, Ellarslie, Avon Corp, AT&T,

and others.

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton,

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.

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Recital Time for Grownups

Baby boomers have long learned that it’s never too late to participate

in activities you love. "Got Dance?," the fifth annual sharing

of adult student work at Princeton Ballet School in the Princeton

Shopping Center, is set for Saturday, May 17, at 7 and 9 p.m., with

an "open dress rehearsal" on Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m. Audiences

should not expect to encounter future superstars here — just grownups

sharing the joy of dance.

Among the modern dance and ballet classes participating are those

of Kim Chandler Vaccaro, Helena Froelich, and Christine Humes. Alma

Concepcion will present her intermediate and advanced Spanish dancers,

and Ellen Yochelson’s beginning tap class will perform. Susan Tenney,

who organizes the evening, combines different class levels for this

occasion. "The beginners learn from the advanced dancers, and

the advanced dancers get to work with a larger group," she says.

Her three-movement Vivaldi concerto for guitar and orchestra has been

choreographed for the ballet students, and she has a work made to

Handel excerpts for the modern dancers.

In previous years, the Saturday showings were sell-outs, so the open

dress rehearsals were added to the schedule. "Though this annual

event is very informal — a studio showing, with people sitting

on folding chairs — it serves as a culmination of our year’s work,"

says Tenney. "Dance is a performance art, and to complete the

learning experience, students need a chance to show their work. We

emphasize the joy of performing."

— Barbara Fox

Got Dance?, Princeton Ballet School, Princeton Shopping

Center, North Harrison, 609-921-7758. Annual adult student performance

directed by Susan Tenney, with choreography by Tenney, Kim Chandler

Vaccaro, Helena Froelich, Alma Concepcion, Christine Humes, and Ellen

Yochelson. $10 donation. Saturday, May 17, 7 and 9 p.m.

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Playhouse 22 has auditions for "Forever Plaid" on Saturday, May 17, 1 to 3 p.m., and Monday, May 19, 7 to 9 p.m. Seeking four men ages 16 to 25 with tight harmony, barbershop, doo wop style singing. Howard M. Whitmore directs the show running weekends July 18 to August 9. The theater is at 350 Dunham’s Corner Road, East Brunswick. Call 732-254-3939 for information.

Community Arts Partnership at the Peddie School has auditions for "Spitfire Grill" and "Songs for a New World" at the Mount-Burke Theater, Peddie School, Hightstown, on Monday and Wednesday, May 19 and 21, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Rick Joyce is the director for both shows. Songs from a New World performs on Fridays and Saturdays, July 12 to 25. Spitfire Grill has performances on Saturdays and Sundays, July 19 to 27. Call 609-490-7550, E-mail, or website:

Stars in the Park has auditions for "Meet Me in St. Louis" on Friday, May 30, 6 to 9 p.m. at Notre Dame High School, 601 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, and on Saturday, May 31, Noon to 4 p.m., at Kelsey Theater, Mercer College, West Windsor. Callbacks are on Monday, June 2. Director-choreographer is Diane Wargo; musical director is Nancy Snyder; dance captain is Jacqui Mihalik. Call 609-530-0912 to schedule an appointment. Performances will be August 14 to 16 and 20 to 23 at The Open Air Theater, Washington Crossing Park, Titusville.

Pennington Players has auditions for "The Scarlet Pimpernell" on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, 10 am. to 4 p.m. Frank Ferrara is the director. Bring resume, photo, and vocal selection. Performances will be September 12 to 21 at Kelsey Theater. Call 609-737-7529 to schedule an appointment.

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Call for Entries

Dramatists Workshop Series at Peddie School invites playwrights to submit works for consideration for public reading in the 2003-4 season. Deadline is Thursday, May 15. Entries should be sent to Robert Rund, Dramatist Workshop series at the Peddie School, Box A, South Main Street, Hightstown 08520 or E-mail rrund@peddie.cor. For information call 609-490-7550.

New Hope Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival seeks artists of jewelry, ceramics, metal work, stained glass, fabric art, and photography. The festival is the weekend of October 4 and 5. All fine art mediums and artistic crafts must be submitted by June 15. Call 215-598-3301 or e-mail

The Arts Council of Princeton is preparing its WPA Gallery annual calendar for the 2003-2004 season. The WPA Gallery is a dynamic, alternative gallery that features the art of emerging artists and work by established artists exploring new directions. Interested artist are encouraged to submit slides of current work in all mediums to be considered for the upcoming season. To submit, please include: a resume or biography, a sample price list, an artist statement, and a short proposal for a proposed show. Deadline for proposals is Thursday, June 12. Send submissions to the Arts Council of Princeton, Paul Robeson Building, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542.

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Keep Middlesex Moving has the newly updated "New Brunswick, You Can Get There by Bus" transit brochure available. Call 732-745-4465 or send e-mail to

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Stony Brook Millstone Watershed offers "White Water Rafting on the Lehigh Daytrip" for adults and children over age eight on Saturday, June 21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. $95 adults; $85 child. Deadline for signup is Wednesday, May 21. Call 609-737-7592.

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