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This article by Pat Summers was prepared for the September 19,

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One Man’s Love of Books

Near the entrance, a large open book is displayed.

Each page is about 18 inches long; together they span nearly two feet

across. The volume is very thick, easily a few inches, and its

handmade

paper leaves are hand-bound. With woodcut ornamentation and

illustrations

by Edward Burne-Jones, virtually the whole black and white surface

is densely decorated — vines and leaves, borders around borders,

and text that looks embossed. Its appearance suggests that the page

would feel pebbly and ridged, from its lines and vines, varied type,

and images.

On the left side, inch-high archaic letters, seeming in white relief

on the intricate background, announce, "The works of Geoffrey

Chaucer now newly imprinted." The facing page is headed by the

words "Here beginneth the tales of Canterbury and first the

prologue

thereof," and below the detailed illustration, starting with a

giant "W," the text reads, "Whan that Aprille with his

shoures soote / The droghte of March hath perced to the roote . .

. / Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages . . ."

This is the Kelmscott "Chaucer" of 1896, printed by William

Morris (1834-1896), English poet, painter, craftsman, and social

reformer.

Eschewing the machine-made products brought forth by the industrial

revolution, Morris returned to the more humanistic handicrafts of

the early Renaissance. This allowed him to revisit and employ elements

of the early art of the book: revival of 15th-century type design,

use of handmade paper and lavish woodcuts, hand-binding.

The Kelmscott "Chaucer" has been called the Gutenberg Bible

of Arts and Crafts printing in both England and America, and the

inspiration

of the private press movement in American from the early 20th century

to the present. The copy that is on display in the Milberg Gallery

was purchased by Elmer Adler (1884-1962), book and print collector,

printer, and creator of Princeton University’s Graphic Arts

Collection,

with which he was affiliated as its first curator from 1940 until

his retirement in 1952.

"For the Love of Books and Prints: Elmer Adler and the Graphic

Arts Collection at Princeton University Library" chronicles the

influence in America of William Morris and his Kelmscott Press. Richly

illustrated in cases and wall displays, the exhibition traces the

line of printers who wished to emulate Morris, from Elbert Hubbard

(1856-1915) and Dard Hunter (1883-1966), to the latter’s friend and

frequent printer, Elmer Adler.

A native of Rochester, New York, where his wealthy

family

had a clothing business, Adler early on became an art patron and book

and print collector. James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Edward Hopper

were among the artists whose work he collected — and whose prints

are represented in this show. Adler believed everyone should have

beautifully functional things around them.

With artist Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960), Adler established Pynson

Printers in Manhattan in 1922. It was named for Richard Pynson, an

English printer who flourished around 1490-1530, and its printer’s

mark — and business signboard — showed Pegasus and Hermes

(the Roman Mercury), two symbols not directly linked in mythology,

but thought in this context to represent artistic inspiration and

its transmission. The Pynson prospectus declared "the printer

should be primarily an artist, a designer and a creator rather than

a mere manufacturer."

Adler continued his pattern of encouraging young artists, mounting

gallery exhibitions, and sponsoring seminars on printing, as well

as collecting. Starting in 1924, Pynson Printers shared quarters with

the New York Times in its newly-built annex on 43rd Street. In 1939,

Adler’s museum exhibition catalog, "Story of the Recorded

Word,"

appeared, ranging from Babylonian cylinder seals to the New York Times

itself.

American authors Willa Cather and Stephen Crane were among the

beneficiaries

of Adler’s printing esthetic. Pynson published a volume of Cather’s

early poetry, causing her to lavish praise on both publisher and

product

and, it would seem, to regard her verse more positively. Crane’s work

was published in series. Examples of both projects can be seen in

Firestone, as can the variety of art work — from book plates to

illustrations for Candide, Beowulf, and Moby Dick — by Rockwell

Kent, one of the artists Adler befriended and encouraged.

Adler also published "Colophon," a book collector’s quarterly,

and some of the cover art can be seen in this exhibition. So can

prints

by Mary Cassatt and Toulouse-Lautrec, and photographs by Julia

Margaret

Cameron, all of which came to Princeton thanks to his curatorial

skills.

In 1940, sponsored by the friends of the library, Adler came to

Princeton,

bringing his burgeoning collection — which was ultimately to

become

the nucleus of the present Graphic Arts Collection — with him.

He lived first on Mercer Street, then University Place, and his

activities

included exhibiting fine books and prints, inviting artists to

demonstrate

original printmaking techniques, conducting undergraduate seminars

on collecting, and starting a print loan program through which

students

could borrow original prints to hang in their rooms.

Rebecca Warren Davidson, curator of graphic arts since last December,

will lead a walking tour through "For the Love of Books and

Prints"

on Sunday, October 7, at 3 p.m. — which is also the final day

of the exhibition. Davidson, who holds a doctorate in architectural

history from Cornell where she was a librarian for 10 years, worked

with now retired Princeton curator Dale Roylance to mount this

exhibition.

— Pat Summers

For the Love of Books and Prints , Firestone Library,

Milberg Gallery, Princeton University, 609-258-3197. "For the

Love of Books and Prints: Elmer Adler and the Graphic Arts Collection

at Princeton University Library," is open Monday through Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. To October 7. Free.

The Leonard L. Milberg Gallery of Princeton University’s

Firestone

Library is located on the second floor, accessible via stairs or an

elevator in the Special Collections main gallery. It is free and open

to the public Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon

to 5 p.m.

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In the Galleries

Chapin School , 4101 Princeton Pike, 609-924-7206. New

works by Abe Liebmann. The West Orange artist’s intricate abstracts

are created in enamel gloss housepaint on Luan wood. To October 4.

Historical Society of Princeton , Bainbridge House, 158

Nassau Street, 609-921-6748. "Today’s News, Tomorrow’s

History,"

a show celebrating 18,000 photographs taken by the Princeton Packet’s

photographers and donated to the Historical Society’s permanent

collection.

The collection documents more than 25 years of development, historic

preservation, education, celebrations, and festivals, with images

of Princeton’s diverse populations. Show runs to March, 2002.

Marsha Child Contemporary , 220 Alexander Street,

609-497-7330.

Solo show of new paintings by Belarussian-born artist Igo Tishin,

his first U.S. exhibit. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30

a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To October 14.

Medical Center at Princeton , 253 Witherspoon Street,

609-497-4192.

"Phil Aklonis," dining room exhibition of works by the

Franklin

Park resident who has worked in the graphics industry since 1978 and

is now employed as a studio artist with Krell Advertising. Part of

sales benefit the Medical Center. On view daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

to September 19.

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Art in the Workplace

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Gallery , New

Brunswick,

732-524-6957. "Burlington County Art Guild," to September

20. Also "Wounds," a collection of works by Anne Dushanko

Dobek designed to evoke the emotional turmoil of psychic and bodily

pain. To September 27. By appointment only.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton , Lower

Conference Area, 1 Hamilton Health Place, Hamilton, 609-584-6427.

A solo exhibit of watercolors and oils by Maxwell Nimeck, part of

the hospital’s "Art and Soul Program." A reception and

illustrated

lecture will take place Monday, September 14, from noon to 3 p.m.

To October 3.

Stark & Stark , 993 Lenox Drive, Building Two,

Lawrenceville,

609-895-7386. Works by two photographers: Paul Kallich, showing his

Ellis Island Series, and Leo Ward. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To October 12.

Area Galleries

Gallery 14 , 14 Mercer Street, Hopewell, 609-333-8511.

"Lenses and Light: Ten Photographic Visions," a group show

at the new gallery for fine art photography and digital images.

Artists

include Vivian Abbot, Jay Anderson, Marilyn Anderson, DF Connors,

Heinz Gartlgruber, M. Jay Goodkind, Ed Greenblat, Rhoda Kassof-Isaac,

David H. Miller, and Carol Yam. Gallery hours are Saturday, Noon to

6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. To September 30.

Hopewell Frame Shop , 24 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-466-0817.

Show by nine artists of The Art Group, formed in 1992. Members are

J.N. Betz, Judith Koppel, Nadine Berkowsky, Liz Adams, Seow-Chu See,

Helen Post, Stephanie Mandelbaum, Edith Kogan, Gloria Weirnik, and

Edith Hodge Pletzner. Shop hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to

5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To November 10.

Montgomery Cultural Center , 1860 House, 124 Montgomery

Road, 609-921-3272. In the main gallery: solo show by Gail

Bracegirdle,

a member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Upstairs:

"Perceptions

IV," with works by Connie Gray and paintings by Diana Patton.

Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to

4 p.m. To October 14.

Morpeth Gallery , 43 West Broad Street, Hopewell,

609-333-9393.

Michael McGinley’s exhibit of recent paintings that explores issues

of faith and spirituality in contemporary industrial society. Open

Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To

October 13.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed , 31 Titus Mill Road,

Pennington,

609-737-7592. "Sense of Place," an exhibition featuring the

fine art and illustrative photography of Phil Moylan, Andy Chen, Marc

Stempel, and George Vogel. To November 10.

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Campus Arts

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

Photographs Look Like," the annual teaching show for Art History

248, featuring recent and historic gems from the permanent collection.

To

November 11.

Also "Seeing Double: Copies and Copying in the Arts of China,"

an exhibition of Chinese art, to November 4. On extended view in the

Bowen Gallery, Richard Serra’s "Weight and Measure" etchings.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday

1 to 5 p.m. Free tours of the collection are every Saturday at 2 p.m.

Firestone Library , Princeton University, 609-258-3184.

"The Light of Ancient Athens: A Photographic Journey by Felix

Bonfils, 1868-1887," an historic series of 42 large-format

photographs

taken in Beirut by the 19th-century French photographer. More than

800 Bonfils photographs were donated to Princeton in 1921 by Rudolf

Ernst Brunnow, professor of Semitic philology. Coordinated by Don

Skemer, the show is guest curated by Andrew Szegedy-Maszak of Wesleyan

University. Open to the public weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday

evenings to 8 p.m.; and weekends, noon to 5 p.m. To October 7.

College of New Jersey , Art Gallery, Holman Hall, Ewing,

609-771-2198. Works in all media by faculty members Bruce Rigby,

Elizabeth

Mackie, and Anita Allyn. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday,

noon to 3 p.m.; Thursday 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. To

October

3.

Lawrenceville School , Gruss Center of Visual Arts,

Lawrenceville,

609-620-6026. Two photographic projects: "Ed Greenblatt,

Photographs,"

featuring images of the Trenton Educational Dance Institute. Also

"Myself, My Camera, My World: The Ennis Beley Project." Both

shows continue to September 29.

"Myself, My Camera, My World," an exhibit of photographs by

young people in the Ennis Beley Project, supported by Young Audiences

of New Jersey. The Ennis Beley project is a national program that

teaches the art and business of photography to teens and preteens

that was introduced here in 1997. It is named in memory of a South

Central Los Angeles teenager with a gift for photography who was

murdered

in a gang shooting a few days before his 15th birthday.

Gallery at Mercer County College , Communications Center,

West Windsor, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. "Liminal Spirits,"

a shared show featuring paintings on paper by Rachel Bliss and Barbara

Bullock. Bliss will speak about her work on Wednesday, September 19,

at 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday evenings

from 6 to 8 p.m; and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

Princeton Theological Seminary , Erdman Hall Gallery, 20

Library Place, 609-497-7990. "Spirit States," an exhibition

of paintings by Ben Frank Moss. The artist, who studied at Princeton

Theological Seminary, has an MFA from Boston University and is a

professor

of studio art at Dartmouth College. Gallery talk and reception is

Tuesday, October 2, at 4:30 p.m.. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30

p.m.; Saturday to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 to 9:30 p.m.

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Art by the River

Artists’ Gallery , 32 Coryell Street, Lambertville,

609-397-4588.

Leonard Restivo and Marc Reed. New Hope artist Restivo focuses on

life in and around Bucks County. Reed depicts industrial landscapes

and intimate studies of the human form. Gallery hours are Friday,

Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To September 23.

Artsbridge Gallery , Prallsville Mills, Route 29, Stockton,

609-773-0881. Members’ features Anne Marie Belli, Damon Cramer, Marion

Robertson Frey, John Hylton, Michael Iskra, Edward Marston, Gale

Scotch,

Ferol Smith, and Anna Zambelli. Gallery is open Thursday through

Sunday,

noon to 6 p.m. To September 30.

Atelier Gallery , 108 Harrison Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-9992.

"Sweet Summer," a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Lisa

Mahan. Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To

October

15.

Gratz Gallery , 30 West Bridge Street, New Hope,

215-862-4300.

"Rena Segal on Her Own" featuring mixed-media still lifes

and recent landscapes on paper painted with oil stick. The daughter

of renowned sculptor George Segal, Rena Segal studied at Montclair

State University and received her MFA at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School

for the Arts. This is her ninth one-person show. In 1998 she and her

father shared a show at the Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Gallery

hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to

6 p.m. To September 30.

Hanga , 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope, 215-862-7044.

James T. Lang, lithographs, colographs, and mixed-media works on

exhibit in the Artworks Building. Gallery is open noon to 9 p.m.

daily.

Lee Harper Gallery , 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope.

Etchings and paintings by Patricia Ann Griffin. A graduate of Moore

College of Art and Design, her work has been exhibited in 30 galleries

across the nation. Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to

5 p.m., and by appointment. To September 30.

Louisa Melrose Gallery , 41 Bridge Street, Frenchtown,

908-996-1470. Jerry Cable, new works in oil. Gallery is open Wednesday

& Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.;

and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. To September 15.

Tin Man Alley , 12 West Mechanic Street, New Hope,

215-862-1110.

Exhibition features the unconventional graphics imagery of Shepard

Fairey, creator of the "Andre the Giant Has a Posse" sticker

campaign, designed to reawaken a sense of wonder about the urban

landscape.

His San Diego graphic design firm, Black Market, helps clients access

his guerrilla style of marketing to consumers. Curated by Jonathan

Levine. Gallery hours are Friday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To September 30.

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Art In Trenton

Artworks , 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. Faculty

exhibit features Sarah Grove Antin, Helen Bayley, Lisa Fuellemann,

Charles Viera, M.A. Zullinger and others. Gallery hours are Monday

through Thursday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. To October

22.

Extension Gallery , 60 Ward Avenue, Mercerville,

609-890-7777.

Recent works by Gyuri Hollosy. In his latest series, "Never At

Rest," Hollosy turns his attention to the kinetic rhythm and

energy

of abstract figures in space. Recalling the Baroque sculptures of

Bernini, Hollosy unpacks the subtle, expressive gesture to show how

figures move — through water, air, across the ground —

yielding

to gravity or emotion. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. To October 5.

Hollosy has earned a national reputation for his powerful, elegant,

often haunting figurative works cast in bronze and iron. His

commissions

include large-scale memorial sculptures for Liberty Square in Boston

and the Martin Luther King Municipal Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.

He most recently designed and completed the National Hungarian War

Memorial near Cleveland, Ohio. His work can be viewed at

www.hollosy.com

Grounds for Sculpture , 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton,

609-586-0616. Summer Exhibition. In the Museum, an exhibit by 30

members

of the National Association of Women Artists. In the Domestic Arts

Building, an exhibit by 20 members of the Sculptors Association of

New Jersey, plus a photography exhibit by Michael Bergman. New

additions

outdoors by Joan Danziger, David Allen Devrishian, Leonda Finke,

Sterett-Gittings

Kelsey, Manuel Neri, and Clifford Ward. To September 16.

Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adult admission

is $4 Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and Saturday; and $10

Sunday.

Annual memberships are also offered.

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

609-292-6464. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to

4:45 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Website: www.njstatemuseum.org.

On extended view: "New Jersey’s Native Americans: The

Archaeological

Record"; "Delaware Indians of New Jersey"; "The Sisler

Collection of North American Mammals"; "Of Rock and Fire";

"Neptune’s Architects"; "The Modernists"; "New

Jersey Ceramics, Silver, Glass and Iron"; "Washington Crossing

the Delaware."

New Jersey State Museum , Cafe Gallery, 205 West State

Street, Trenton, 609-394-9535. In the Cafe Gallery,

"Waterflowers,"

an exhibition of watercolors by Jane Garvey Adriance. All proceeds

benefit museum publications and acquisitions. Artist’s reception is

Sunday, September 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Area Museums

American Hungarian Foundation , 300 Somerset Street, New

Brunswick, 732-846-5777. "The Art of Baron Laszlo Mednyansky in

Context: Works from the Salgo Trust for Education." An exhibition

of works by the turn-of-the-century aristocratic artist who disguised

himself as a pauper to paint grim images of the underbelly of society.

Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday,

1 to 4 p.m. Donation $5. To September 16.

James A. Michener Art Museum , 138 South Pine Street,

Doylestown,

215-340-9800. "George Nakashima and the Modernist Moment,"

a major exhibition that aims to recontextualize the work of George

Nakashima within the practice of European modernism. Museum hours

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 p.m. Admission $5 adults; $1.50

students. To September 16.

Also: "The Spirit of Abstraction: Contemporary Painting from the

Collection" features paintings from the 1950s and ’60s by artists

including Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Karl Knaths, Alan

Goldstein,

and Joan Lindley; to October 7. "The Drawings of Robert

Tieman,"

an exhibition of abstract works by the artist (1937-1989); to October

28. "The Sculpture of Fred Schmidt," an outdoor exhibit of

six sculptures created by the late steelworker turned sculptor; to

October 28.

Hunterdon Museum of Art , Lower Center Street, Clinton,

908-735-8415. "Compelled," a multidisciplinary exhibition

of sculpture, painting, fiber, and ceramics by artists including

Chakaia

Booker, Ruth Borgenicht, Giovanna Cecchetti, Paul Edlin, Jacob El

Hanani, Jane Fine, Gary Gissler, and Seong Chun. Museum hours are

Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To November 4.

Printmaking Council of New Jersey , 440 River Road, North

Branch Station, 908-725-2110. "Small Impressions," a national

juried exhibition featuring printmaking, photography, and alternative

media selected by printmaker Zarina Hashmi. Reception is Saturday,

October 6, 2 to 4 p.m., for the show that runs to October 27. Open

Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Zimmerli Art Museum , George and Hamilton streets, New

Brunswick, 732-932-7237. Exhibitions include: "Peeling Potatoes,

Painting Pictures: Women Artists from the Dodge Collection," to

November 4. "From Whistler to Warhol: A Century of American

Printmaking,"

to November 25. "Robert Motherwell: Abstraction as Emphasis,"

to December 9. "Boxed In: Plane, Frame, Surface," to December

2. "Mother Goose’s Children: Original Illustrations for Children’s

Books from the Rutgers Collection," to December 9. Museum hours

are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday,

noon to 5 p.m. Admission $3 adults; under 18 free; museum is open

free to the public on the first Sunday of every month. Spotlight tours

every Sunday at 2 and 3 p.m.

Continuing exhibitions include: "The Uncommon Vision of Sergei

Konenkov (1874-1971)," to November 14. "Japonisme: Highlights

and Themes from the Collection," ongoing.


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