Monthly Archives: March 2012

Arnold Roth: A Living Cartoon

“You never call, you never write,” says Arnold Roth when I introduce myself on the phone. Then he pardons himself for a hearing aid adjustment. “If I press this button, are we still in English?” Arnold Roth is not just … Continue reading

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Drawing the Line

Often, people wanting to disavow themselves of artistic ability say “I can’t draw a straight line,” as if drawing an unwavering line had anything to do with art. In fact it is in the squiggles where it starts to get … Continue reading

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Hearsay of the Soul

Recently, visiting a gallery in Chelsea, I saw a Kleenex box on the floor with a few tissues splayed out. I believe this was intended as a work of art. And at the Whitney Biennial, Michael E. Smith takes a … Continue reading

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The Painterly First Lady

Not that the Historical Society Princeton doesn’t do everything top-notch, but I just wasn’t expecting the paintings of Ellen Axson Wilson, first wife of President Woodrow Wilson, to be quite so beautiful. I thought they would be important historically, helping … Continue reading

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Vote for Art that Heals

Can Art Heal? Here’s artist, educator and art therapist Eva Mantell’s impassioned letter to friends and family about voting for an artist-in-residence on the oncology ward of Princeton Healthcare Systems: “Princeton Healthcare System has partnered with The Arts Council of Princeton … Continue reading

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Into the Woods

For years, Harry Naar has been championing the work of other artists. In his gallery at Rider University’s Bart Leudeke Center, he has been showcasing artists for so long, he barely remembers the years – it’s been about 30. And … Continue reading

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There’s More Where This Came From

“No new work because I’ve been workin’ on the Side Project,” writes Debbie Reichard in an e-mail about her exhibit There’s More Where This Came From at Princeton Day School’s Anne Reid Gallery through March 8. “See attached.” I know … Continue reading

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Inside Out: Outsider Artists Tell Their Stories

Whether it’s called Outsider Art, Visionary Art, Naïve Art, or Intuitive Art, art produced by self-taught individuals, often without formal training, can reveal an innate personal vision that many trained artists strive to attain. According to the American Visionary Art … Continue reading

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