Category Archives: Contemporary Art

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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Living Work of Art

The MacMillan online dictionary defines sabbatical as “A period away from work when… college or university teachers can study, rest, or travel.” This is a sabbatical year for Rutgers University professor of art history Ferris Olin. Study, check; travel, check. … Continue reading

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History of Rejection

You’re cutting up an avocado for salad, but first you have to remove that little oval sticker. How annoying — they’re also on bananas, and if you don’t catch them before rinsing a red pepper, you never get them off. … Continue reading

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Elusive Moments

The paintings of Mavis Smith are about elusive moments — two strangers connecting on a street, for example — hinting at a narrative.  Mavis Smith: Hidden Realities will be on view at the James A. Michener Art Museum through May … Continue reading

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Interior Design

Art venues sprout up in the unlikeliest of venues. In some instances, office buildings offer art galleries in their lobbies in order to help bring arts-and-culturally minded types into their midst. Alternatively, guerrilla artists may present artwork in a public … Continue reading

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Debunking the Artist Myth

In the opening scene of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” we see a poet, a musician and a philosopher with an artist in his spacious, window-illuminated garret, burning a manuscript for warmth and spending the rent money on libation and carousing. Although … Continue reading

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What We Owe the Earth

Eve Ingalls is on an archaeological dig. She is examining the surface of the earth, and what we have done to it. Whether working in sculpture, paint, or drawing, she is redrawing the earth, with its scarred surfaces, showing us … Continue reading

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Summer in the City

Leaving behind the suburban greenery of the Garden State, where the deer and groundhog cavort among tomatoes and cabbages, I travel to the center of Philadelphia to see an exhibit called “Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment” at the Pennsylvania Academy … Continue reading

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Dancing with Fire

Some artists never grow up. Thank god. By preserving the child within, they help us survive this brutal world, with its tornadoes, hurricanes, e. coli outbreaks and drawer-dropping congressmen. Seeing the whimsical work of sculptors Dana Stewart and Francois Guillemin … Continue reading

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Poet with an Ax

It’s mating season for the peacocks. They strut their magnificent plumage and call out like a cat that got its tail  stuck in the elevator — not quite as seductive to the human ear as to the peahen’s. James Surls … Continue reading

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