By Carol Jessen. Color Woodblock print, 1994
||Prints by Women Artists
Curated by William J. Dane
Second Floor Gallery
March 9 - April 29, 2000
The Special Collections of The Newark Public Library have
selected and installed an exhibition of nearly fifty original
works of graphic art by women artists in The Librarys 2nd
floor gallery from now through April 29th, 2000. This visual
celebration is organized to salute the outstanding work of
printmaking women artists during the month of March which has
been officially designated as National Womens History Month
for the Year 2000.
Circle Dance by Gene Kloss. Aquatint.
The purpose of the project is to display the extraordinary
development and commitment to printmaking demonstrated by women
artists over the past century and more. The prints include a wide
variety of techniques, both traditional and newly discovered
combinations. In addition to the established media such as
lithography, etching, engraving, mezzotints, serigraphs and
linoleum cuts, women artists of recent times have experimented
with mixed media, photo-engraving processes, collagraphs, chine
colle, and collage constructions while creating works of art on
Landscape by Ruth Chaney. Early silkscreen
|There is international representation in the exhibit
with prints from England by Claire Leighton, from France
by Marie Laurencin, Orovida Camille Pissarro, and Louise
Bourgeois, and by Kathe Kollwitz from Germany. The
largest representation of women artists is from America
such as Mary Nimmo Moran from the 19th century; other
more contemporary artists are Clare Romano, Louisa Chase,
Linda Plotkin and Elizabeth Murray with the first half of
the twentieth century represented by Peggy Bacon, Betty
Parsons, Mabel Dwight, Isabel Bishop, and Minna Citron.
of January for a 1996 calendar by Consuelo Gotay.
Linoleum cut print.
of September for a 1996 calendar by Consuelo Gotay.
Linoleum cut print.
||The show includes a strong representation by well
known New Jersey artists such as Judith Brodsky, Lucille
Hobbie, Helen Frank, Wanda Gag and Victoria Ebbels Hutson.
From Japan are works by Toko Shinoda who was born in
Manchuria and now lives and works in Japan, along with
two American women, Lilian Miller and Carol Jessen who
have studied printmaking for a number of years with
Japanese master artists and print specialists. Also shown
is a recently acquired calendar with six linoleum cuts by
Consuelo Gotay from Puerto Rico.
|The subject matter depicted in the prints is highly
diverse. It includes abstract and non-objective works
both in color and in black and white, plus well known
buildings and sites, portraits, landscapes, images of the
human condition shared by all people plus animal and
floral studies. A stunning poster entitled An
extraordinary Century for Women Now, Imagine the
Future was acquired from the center for The
National Womens History Project in Windsor,
California. This striking poster by Margaret Lofton
Whiting is included in the Librarys collection as
it lists a backdrop of the names of many movers and
shakers in the womens movement over the past one
Kong Junk by Lilian May Miller.
Wood engraving in the Japanese manner, 1928.
The many prints were carefully selected from the Librarys
Fine Print Collection. Curator William J. Dane commented that
The planning for this exhibition was a great pleasure with
the ultimate goal of celebrating such a positive development
which benefits so many people both in the art world and in
everyday life. He also noted that there were many graphic
works by other artists in The Librarys collection of over
20,000 works on paper to merit another show on the same topic of
works by women printmakers.
Milking by Clare Leighton. Wood engraving.
|The exhibition runs through April 2000 and is open to
all during Library hours without any entrance fees. For
additional information or details, please call 973-733-7745
at The Newark Public Library in the citys downtown
Day, Cambridge, New York by Altoon
Sultan. Hand colored drypoint etching, 1988.