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New, Non-Objective, and Abstract Prints
For your consideration, reflection, and summertime enjoyment
Curated by William J. Dane

Second Floor Gallery
July 10 - August 31, 2000

The Special Collections Division of The Newark Public Library announces an exhibit entitled “New, Non-Objective, and Abstract Prints” which is on view in the 2nd Floor Gallery at the central Library building at 5 Washington Street in Newark’s Downtown Cultureplex from July 10th through August of 2000. The seventy works of graphic art were selected for public consideration, reflection and summertime enjoyment for the many visitors to the landmarked 1901 building on Washington Park. The show is an intriguing mix of traditional and current graphic techniques as well as subject matter leaning heavily to avantgardism.
Clear Night by Richard Sloat. Mixed media of etching and aquatint, 1995.

Walt Whitman's House in Camden, New Jersey by Joseph Pennell. Etching, 1924.

Among the new prints are a photo-silkscreen of Frederick Douglass by Ben Shahn which is a gift to The Library from the Stephen Lee Taller Ben Shahn Archive in Berkeley, California and a silk screen print by Jose Camacho which comments on the controversy swirling around the continued military exercises on the island of Viequez near Puerto Rico. A six-color lithograph by Donald Baechler is also new to the Library. This print was created especially for the menu of a 1995 commemorative dinner in New York. A large and lively work by Jean Charlot showing Mexican children at play is also on view as a new acquisition.

Newark Airport Restaurant and Bar by Louis C. Reinert. Drawing, circa 1950.
Users of the Newark Airport will be intrigued by a dynamic rendering of a restaurant and bar drawn in pen and ink over 50 years ago with a prop-driven plane speeding in low in a nighttime view of a popular restaurant jammed with approaching patrons and vintage cars.

Abstract images by celebrated artists such as Georges Braque from France, Abraham Walkowitz from New York and William Scott from Great Britain depict a dancing female figure in curvilinear cubism, a cityscape with massive skyscrapers looming almost directly overhead and a serene still life with subtle areas of pure color and beautifully presented images. George Segal’s 1964 print, “Woman Combing Her Hair” combines realism and abstraction with brilliant colors adding greatly to the overall aesthetic of his image. Segal, who died in June of this year, is known world-wide for his sculptured figures in settings which speak clearly to those involved with social, historic and political causes of current concern. He is much admired and sorely missed by the extensive art community of the Garden State.
Figure by Georges Braque. Etching.

The New York Collection for Stockholm by Richard Serra. Lithograph.
Untitled Nonobjective Print by Jean Rets. Serigraph, 1956.

Kleine Welten (Small World) by Vasily Kandinsky. Color Lithograph.
Nonobjective graphics are well represented in this show which includes a lithograph in color by a master 20th century painter and printmaker, Vasily V. Kandinsky. Two large prints by English artist, Terry Frost, are truly nonobjective with shapes based on the circle and half-circle such as wedges and crescents with vivid colors intertwining loops, arcs and bands forming decorative, flat patterns.

Phantoms by Mrs. Norbertine von Bresslern-Roth. Color wood engraving.

This summertime show was organized and selected by graphic arts specialist, William J. Dane who hopes “that this grand gathering of graphics combined with seventy animal and bird prints in the Library’s Upper Gallery will be highly rewarding and visually stimulating to the several thousand visitors to the Library during the summer months of 2000.” The exhibits are open during regular Library hours which include Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with free admission at all times. For additional data and details, please call 973-733-7745 at Special Collections in The Newark Public Library, 5 Washington Street in renaissance Newark.
Mural design for a railroad station in France by Albert Gleizes. Pochoir.



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