Category Archives: Contemporary Art

Ceramic Evolution from Toilet and Tea Cup

From the 19th to the early 20th century, Trenton was one of two major pottery centers in the U.S. (the other being in East Liverpool, Ohio). Its products were shipped all over the country and at its zenith, in the … Continue reading

Posted in Ceramic Art, Contemporary Art, Museum exhibits, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Copper Belly of the Buddha

The Brooklyn studio of Ursula von Rydingsvard is redolent of cedar. For more than 30 years she has been incising monumental cedar forms using a hand-wielded chainsaw. Wearing black pants and turtleneck, von Rydingsvard, 73, runs up and down a flight … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Central NJ Art, Contemporary Art, Museum exhibits, Sculpture | Leave a comment

Expression in Stone

Visitors to Grounds For Sculpture observe how Magdalena Abakanowicz’s “Space of Stone”–a work that itself conveys a greater power–is enhanced by the long shadows of the sun sitting low in the sky. Part of a series that includes major installations in … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Art, fiber art, Sculpture | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Around the World in Books and a Box

In the 1950s, when Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451, the idea of desecrating a book was sacrilege. No dog earing the pages, we were taught; no scribbling. But books aren’t what they used to be. Artists paint over pages and … Continue reading

Posted in Central NJ Art, Conceptual Art, Contemporary Art, Sculpture | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fertile Crescent Challenges Stereotypes of Middle Eastern Women

On a midsummer day, Ferris Olin and Judy Brodsky sit on Brodsky’s Princeton deck, surrounded by hydrangeas that have just opened their enormous white blooms. The co-founders and co-directors of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers are updating … Continue reading

Posted in Central NJ Art, Contemporary Art, Museum exhibits, Social Concerns, Video | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Where Money Grows on Trees

Utopia; paradise; Shangri-la.  Abundance. Lush tropical forest. Grounds For Sculpture, with its fantastical artwork, opulent gardens and peacocks strutting their stuff, is a nice place to site a utopia. And artist Ming Fay has done just that. Canutopia, a name … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Art, Museum exhibits, Sculpture | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Merry Old Sole

Willie Cole’s artistic training began in the 1960s: with his dollar-a-week allowance, the Newark native visited S. Klein’s Department Store and bought model kits of plastic cars and superheroes. He’d put them together according to the directions – but that … Continue reading

Posted in African art, African-American art, Central NJ Art, Contemporary Art, Found Art, Museum exhibits, Sculpture | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Illuminating Data

A recent New York Times article on the deluge of data  described the office of the future – alive and well on some desks today – where three monitors, with as many as 10 tabs open on each, are the … Continue reading

Posted in Contemporary Art | Leave a comment

Consider the Pineapple

When Anne Q. McKeown and I arrive at her Brooklyn high rise, with a sweeping view of the eastern part of the borough, artist Emna Zghal offers us something to drink: coffee, tea, or would we like something Tunisian? Definitely … Continue reading

Posted in Abstract art, Contemporary Art, Emerging artists, printmaking | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Contemporary Art, Emerging artists, Museum exhibits | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments