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A Salute to Two Great 20th Century Artists - Picasso and Lichtenstein

 

On view at the Main Library
April 10 - June 17, 2006

Original prints, posters, and great books
Selected by William J. Dane
Keeper of Prints, Posters and Works of Art on Paper

Picasso_Au_Cirque
Au Cirque,
Dry point, 1905 (print by Vollard, 1913)
by Pablo Picasso

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The Library announces an exhibition "A Salute to Two Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso and Lichtenstein" which will be shown from April 17 through June 14, 2006 in the Second Floor Gallery at the Main Library at 5 Washington Street in Newark’s Downtown Cultural Center. Carefully selected, the exhibit includes original prints, historic posters, notable art books, biographic materials and portrait photographs of two visual artists whose works dominate the international art world in contemporary times.

Composition_etching
Composition,
Etching with colle and collage
by Pablo Picasso, 1936

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Among the works by Picasso are signed prints for the now rare edition published in American in 1934 for "Lysistrata" by Aristophanes, plus a 1913 work showing circus performers on the back of a prancing horse from the Artist’s Rose Period. Twenty posters from the 1950’s and 1960’s featuring Picasso’s paintings, ceramics, prints and sculptured pieces and including the celebrated likeness of Gertrude Stein, the original of which now hangs permanently in The Metropolitan Museum of Art as bequeathed in Miss Stein’s will.

Lichtenstein's_Moonscape
Moonscape,
color silkscreen on Mylar paper
by Roy Lichtenstein, 1963

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The original prints by Roy Lichtenstein were acquired by purchase by the Library in the 1960’s when Pop art was confounding gallery and museum visitors via new visual concepts by the artist who was on the Art faculty of Douglass College in New Brunswick. One of these works is entitled "Moonscape" and is a stunning screen print on Rowlux, a shimmering plastic material which was discovered by the artist in a novelty store. Another major print entitled "Reverie" from 1964 relates directly to comic strip art which was a favored theme of the artist who died in 1993.

The visual images include portraits of both artists, biographic data and highly colorful selections of their celebrated works. The show was organized for public enjoyment, visual excitement and art history education by William J. Dane, Keeper of Prints and Works of Art on Paper in The Library’s Special Collections. The show is open during regularly posted Library hours and is free to the public.

For additional information, please call 973-733-7745.

Bibliography — A Salute to Two Great 20th Century Artists: Picasso and Lichtenstein, prepared by Jane T. Capuano, Senior Librarian

 

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