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Just 4 U
Brand New & Memorable Original Prints, Historic Posters, Artists' Books, Pop-Ups, and other Super Visuals
April 15 through May 24, 2003
Second Floor Gallery
Curated by William J. Dane 

The Newark, New Jersey Public Library is showing a wide variety of works of art on paper which were recently acquired for the permanent holdings of The Special Collections Division. The exhibit is entitled “Just for You” and includes memorable original prints, historic posters, artists’ books, pop-ups and other super visuals for the pleasure and appreciation of the Library’s many visitors during the Spring months. The nicely varied works, some vintage and others very contemporary are on view in the Library’s second floor gallery through May 24, 2003.

Cinemanic, mezzotint by Carol Wax.

Although some of the graphic art is historic, the prints have recently been added to the collections and have not been on display before. These include a view of Prague, in the Czech Republic, before 1850, “The Folk Fair in Nuremberg, Germany in August of 1833 in a lithograph by Heinrich Kobler (1808-1885), and an expansive view of the Admiralty in St. Petersburg, Russia before 1850 in a beautifully hand tinted lithograph. These and other prints, show buildings, street scenes and people in precise detail. Contemporary works include a multi-color serigraph by Alice Dalton Brown, a color etching by Warrington Colescott showing this artist’s version of Pablo Picasso pulling etchings at Mougins, and a limited edition portfolio of poems and three original prints published in Berlin, Germany in 2001.

July 3rd, four color silkscreen by Abby J. Goell.

Poster art is reflected in close-up portraits of The Beatles published by Apple Corps, Ltd., the America’s Cup yachting race in Western Australia in 1987, the American tour of the rock music group, KISS, in 1976 and a poster portrait of Dada artists, Marcel Duchamp.

A group of splendid contemporary prints created at The Rutgers Center for Innovative Print & Paper in New Brunswick represent an avant-garde approach to iconography, paper making by hand, and print techniques including the mixing of media in 2002. These works by New Jersey artists are outstanding and notable for their refreshing creativity and cutting edge approaches. Among these artists, works are shown by the late Suellen Glashausser of Highland Park, by Peter Arakawa of Edison, Patricia Dahlman of Lyndhurst , Mayumi Sarai of Jersey City, Serena Bocchino of Basking Ridge, and Christopher Lesnewski of Jersey City whose large mixed media print includes the use of chine collé.

Of particular interest are a group of small paintings done by an unknown Chinese artist around 1840. In brilliant colors, they show insects, flowers and fish in stunning detail. It is reported that these unique and fascinating works were found aboard a captured Japanese submarine in the early 1940’s. They have found their way to The Newark Library as a gift from thoughtful donors.

Insects, Flowers and Blossoms, by an unknown Chinese artist, c. 1840.

The international movement of artist’s books is represented by a tunnel book by Rand Huebsch of Manhattan, a miniature accordion book celebrating the freedoms which Americans enjoy by Maria Pisano of Plainsboro and a notable new publication published in 2002 by New York’s Grolier Club. It is titled “New York Revisited” with text by Kenneth Auchincloss and color wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec. A still life with long shadows is a masterful aquatint by William J. Behnken, a widely known artist and teacher with a long association with The Society of American Graphic Artists. Some new art books are featured including a sad, haunting biography of Picasso and his family by Marina Picasso, the artist’s grand daughter who tells the tragic story of family quarrels, suicides, psychological dramas and serious, long-running conflicts throughout the artist’s professional career and private life. Read it and weep is the caption warning for this disturbing biography.

Presque Tout Blanc II, aquatint by William J. Behnken.

The exhibit is curated by William J. Dane of The Library’s Special Collections Division with the hope that the many visitors to the long established institution will find the materials on display to be illuminating and informative. The Library is located at 5 Washington Street in the city’s center and is open without any charges during regular hours of service for Springtime, 2003.

Dappled Pink, silkscreen by Alice Dalton Brown, 1993.

 

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