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Vol. LXIV, No. 32
 
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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Arts Council’s “Modern Masters” Features Work by Young Camp and Class Attendees

Dilshanie Perera

Modern artwork of all shades, textures, and stripes graces the walls of the Arts Council of Princeton’s (ACP) main gallery in its latest exhibition, “Modern Masters,” now on view until August 28. Students aged 5 to 14 created the pieces that adorn the space during summer camps and school-year classes over the past three years.

“Traditionally in the summer we’ve had shows of student artwork,” explained Andrea Honore of the ACP, adding that staff chose to show “projects from the past three years that we all admire and wanted to highlight.”

The giant pillowy hamburger sitting in the corner of the gallery evokes Claes Oldenburg, while the three-piece sculpture hanging from the opposite wall is a clear tribute to Frank Stella. Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Louise Nevelson, and Alexander Calder are all reflected in the other collaborative work on display.

Arts Council instructors Libby Ramage, Susan Hoenig, Bob Jenkins, and Jane Sutley designed the classes to impart an appreciation for art history by creating works in a certain style.

The children’s classes and camps were themed, with sculpture, kinetic sculpture, painting, photography, and mixed media, all of which are showcased in the exhibition.

The older pieces in the show are works that have been preserved by Ms. Ramage, or that have previously adorned the gallery walls, Ms. Honore said.

Last Friday’s opening reception drew a crowd of children, campers, teachers, and ACP members, an amused Ms. Honore reported, quipping “Instead of wine and cheese, we had ice cream and jimmies” for the occasion.

A blue, brown, pink, and yellow homage to Jackson Pollock located at the top of the stairs in the gallery was produced earlier this summer by “three girls and four boys with house paint,” according to the placard adjacent to the work, which lists Ms. Ramage as a “co-conspirator” in the events.

“Modern Masters” is on view in the Taplin Gallery at the ACP’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts until August 28. Visit artscouncilofprinceton.org for more information.

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