Celebrating Four Master Artists of the 20th
Curated by William J.
Third Floor Gallery
January 18 - March 31, 2001
An exhibition entitled Glorious Posters to
Celebrate Four Master Artists of the 20th Century: Romare
Bearden, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse and Pablo
Picasso is currently on view in the gallery of The
Newark Public Library at 5 Washington Street in Newark's
Downtown Cultural Center.
|The theme of dynamic posters was selected to
appeal to the fast growing public interest in the
art of poster design and quality production. The
sixty works on view are posters designed by or
using images created by the four widely
celebrated artists who had great influence on the
international art scene during the century just
Girl, offset lithograph by Roy
Most agree that Picasso was the most prolific
and influential artist who lived during the 20th century
and that in addition to co-inventing the concepts of
Cubism along with Georges Braque, his output was
spectacular including not only painting and sculpture,
but also collage, etching, lithography, linoleum cuts,
drawing and ceramics.
|He created many of his ceramic pieces in
Vallauris, a small town in southern France, and a
group of his ceramic plates as published by Skira
in 1950, is shown along with a poster of his
celebrated portrait of Gertrude Stein, the
American writer of experimental prose and major
enthusiast for the work of modern artists in the
early decades of the 20th century. Miss Stein
left the historic painting to The Metropolitan
Museum in her will and it makes for a stunning
poster combining literary and artistic
Poster created by Pablo Picasso
for his exposition in Vallauris, France, 1953.
showing six color lithograph made from a
collage by Henri Matisse.
||Color is the major visual feature in the
posters of French artist, Henri Matisse. He
frequently used highly ornamental patterns in his
paintings and prints along with affectionate and
sensual images of women. These are displayed in
works by this master artist plus posters and
illustrations from his monumental book, "Jazz"
first published in 1947 in a super-deluxe edition.
|The cutouts for these images reveal the
artist's involvement with the circus, the
theater, and the joys of life which he
experienced in his final years while living in
Nice on the French Riviera. Matisse himself
called the iconography for Jazz "drawing
with scissors". The colorful compositions
have been used on several occasions in posters
featuring his work.
from Jazz by Henri
Poster for Lincoln Center by Roy
||Roy Lichtenstein who taught studio painting
at Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey
for several years in the early 1960's, first
became famous as a daring Pop Art personality
with his comic-strip subjects which truly created
a sensation. As the years moved along, his images
took on new meaning for contemporary audiences
and his work in various media was widely copied
and collected by a worldwide public.
|At the time of his death in 1997, the
trustees of The Museum of Modern Art saluted the
artist in the following statement; "Few
artists so admired in the inner circles of the
art world have had such a global impact on the
visual sensibility of their time, and fewer still
have commanded such a special blend of love and
respect from those who knew him. He altered the
way we see our culture, and the way we think and
feel about it."
Roy Lichtenstein screenprint for
a Guggenheim Museum poster.
Romare Bearden was active and well recognized as
a jazz musician in the 1940s after which he returned once
again to his earlier avocation of painting in the 1950s.
He gained recognition for his illustrations of daily life
and the mythology of African-Americans by the use of
photo-projections and collage which established him as a
major American artist.
by Romare Bearden. Collage
in 1988 and used on a poster for the Census
|One of his posters in this show was completed
for the Olympic Games in 1976 and another
entitled "Family" was used by our
Federal government in the huge census project
completed in 2000. His later style adopted the
intense colors of the Caribbean landscape where
he and his wife maintained a home. A major
exhibition of Bearden's work has been announced
to be shown at our National Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C. in September of 2002.
In addition to the scores of posters partially
noted above, the Library exhibit includes a few original,
signed graphics from the Library's permanent Special
Collection of prints. Open to the public during regular
Library hours without fees of any kind, the show which
was organized by curator, William J. Dane, runs through
the month of March, 2001 at the central Library building
at 5 Washington Street. For specifics and questions,
please call 973-733-7745.