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‘Buddha: A Study in Gold,’ Rick Allen

Def Leppard is not currently on tour, but the veteran rock band’s drummer, Rick Allen, will be in New Jersey this weekend. He’ll be making an appearance at the Wentworth Gallery at the Mall at Short Hills, where his artwork is currently on display. The exhibition is titled “Rick Allen: Angels and Icons,” and it includes 45 mixed media originals featuring his photography, light art and painting. One example, “Buddha: A Study in Gold,” is shown above. Allen will appear at the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday; a portion of each sale will go to Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program, described on its web site as “An innovative healing program for veterans, active duty military, and their families that address the everyday stress, anxiety and depression experienced by service men and women and their families.” Continue Reading →

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‘Untitled #20,’ Mark Dorf

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Many of us live, these days, with one foot in physical space and the other in digital space. So why shouldn’t our art do the same? “Inverted Normals,” an exhibition at the Rowan University Art Gallery through Dec. 20, showcases art that attempts to bridge that gap by using new digital techniques as well as more traditional means. Shown above is Mark Dorf’s “Untitled #20,” from his series “//_PATH.” Continue Reading →

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‘Closed for Breakfast,’ Yevette Hendler

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A diner, presumably abandoned, sits under a gray sky and a nearly bare tree in “Closed for Breakfast,” a 2012 photograph by Yevette Hender. There’s grass growing in the parking lot in front of it; it looks like if you slammed the front door too hard, the whole thing would collapse. “Closed for Breakfast” is part of “A Journey to Disregard,” a solo exhibition featuring photographs by Bloomsbury resident Hendler that will be at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton through Jan. 4. According to a press release, Hendler “finds beauty in decay. Continue Reading →

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‘Listen to the Grooves on Your Skin,’ Christian Marclay

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Countless musicians have been influenced by the Rolling Stones. And some visual artists as well, apparently. “Listen to Your Grooves on Your Skin,” a painting by Christian Marclay (who happens to be an adventurous composer and recording artist as well), is a variation on the cover of the Rolling Stones’ 1981 “Tattoo You” album, and is part of “12 Inch,” a multimedia show at the One River Gallery in Englewood. Each piece of art in the show, which runs through Dec. 27, was influenced by a famous album. Continue Reading →

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Infinity Climber at Liberty Science Center

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Okay, it may not technically be a work of art. But it does look like a piece of modern sculpture. As imagined by Dr. Seuss. The Infinity Climber, billed as “the world’s first suspended climbing play space of its kind,” will be unveiled at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, Saturday. High wire aerialist Nik Wallenda will be there, on that day, to climb it himself, and attendees can also take part in the museum’s Family Fun Fitness Festival. The Climber consists of 64 platforms connected to curved steel pipes. Continue Reading →

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‘Elk Ridge,’ Julie Askew

I bet you didn’t know New Jersey has a museum devoted to wildlife art. Yes, New Jersey has a museum devoted to wildlife art, and it’s one of only five of them in the United States. It’s the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, located in an 1893 cedar shingle and turret carriage house in Oradell. And through Jan. 4, it is hosting a traveling exhibition, “Art and the Animal,” put together by the Society of Animal Artists. Continue Reading →

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‘Ready to Play,’ Pamela Hall

In Pamela Hall’s “Ready to Play,”a bulldog stands over a soccer ball, glaring. Is he standing guard against those who might want to steal it from him. Or hoping for someone to come along and join him in some fun? Maybe a little bit of both? This is one of the many striking — and very human-like — canine images in “The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions,” which is at the Morris Museum through Dec. Continue Reading →

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‘Max and the Tag-Along Moon,’ Floyd Cooper

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Is any art more taken for granted than the art that appears in children’s books? The College of New Jersey’s fall exhibition, “Visual Voyage: Exploring the Media and Styles of Award Winning Children’s Book Illustrators,” represents an attempt to rectify that, by exhibiting more than 50 works by book artists Mary Azarian, Eric Carle, Floyd Cooper, Gérard DuBois, Trina Schart Hyman, Steve Jenkins, Leo Lionni, Ted Lewin, E. B. Lewis, Emily Arnold McCully, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Peggy Rathmann, Jan Reynolds, Faith Ringgold, William Steig, Duncan Tonatiuh, Chris Van Allsburg, David Wisniewski and Paul O. Zelinsky. Shown above is Cooper’s cover image for his book, “Max and the Tag-Along Moon.” It is open through Dec. 14, and there is no admission charge. Continue Reading →

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‘Ocean Coral,’ Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine

One of the most humble media in the art world, paper, is explored in “Pulp Culture: Paper Is the Medium,” an exhibition which is at the Morris Museum in Morris Township through Dec. 7. It includes more than 80 objects: everything from life-size sculptures of humans to jewelry made out of paper. At right is the gracefully flowing “Ocean Coral,” by Erik Demaine and his father, Martin Demaine. This is an example of what they call Curved-Creased Sculpture. Continue Reading →

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‘Silk City Love Affair,’ Joseph Verilla

It was a time, Joseph Verilla says, when, in Paterson, “smoke spewed from factory smoke stacks, water flowed through the raceways and the Fat Man served ‘Heavy Duty Soup’.” It was, more specifically, 1977, when Verilla took 30 black and white photographs of the city, which will be on display at the Paterson Museum from Sunday through Jan. 19. Verilla — who taught ESL, creative writing and poetry in the Paterson School District for 35 years, and now teaches creative writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York — took the photos while attending Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., and they are a part of the college’s permanent collection. He showed them to his wife while they were attending the college’s 150th anniversary celebration, last year, and he decided at that point to try to get them displayed. Continue Reading →

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‘We Are Seeking Higher Plains,’ Mansa K. Mussa

Mansa K. Mussa has worked as a dancer and percussionist, so it’s not surprising that much of his work as a visual artist centers around the worlds of music and dance. That’s the case with his action-packed collage, “We Are Seeking Higher Plains,” shown above, as well as many of his other collages, photographs and constructs that are being shown along with it at “Precious Memories,” an exhibition of his recent work that is at the Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at the South Orange Performing Arts Center through Feb. 15. “I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and my life has been shaped by the city’s fiery cauldron of art, politics, personalities, music, and fashion,” says Mussa, who now lives in West Orange and teaches at Arts Horizons in Englewood, the Newark Museum and elsewhere. The exhibit is curated by Micha Hamilton, co-founder of the GAS Gallery And Studio in Maplewood. Continue Reading →

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