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Hoboken Public Library
The Gallery

The art and history gallery of the Hoboken Public Library is located at the second floor vestibule. Local artists submit their work for review and those who are selected are provided with enough space to stage a one-person show of their work. Each artist's work is shown for a month.
The gallery is free to all visitors to the library. Also featured are monthly historical or themed book displays.

While strengthening their drawing skills, the Hoboken Library art
students, led by their teacher Liz Cohen, explored several periods of
art and art history. The study of different periods of art started with an
in depth look at the works of the Impressionists and Post
Impressionists. They then created landscapes in the style of the
French au plein air artists.

The study of Impressionism led us to take a very close look at
Fauvism. Fauvism was characterized by bright colors, organic shapes,
and textures in unexpected places. Henri Matisse was the most
famous Fauve artist and after looking at many of his brilliant collage
pieces, students proceeded to create their own abstract collage in the
Fauvist style of Matisse.

Cubism was the next great European movement in art. The most
important proponent of Cubism was Pablo Picasso. Much discussion
ensued after looking at some of Picasso’s more famous works.
Picasso explored the idea that objects and people could be painted
from all sides and directions at the same time. In the very unique and
barrier breaking style of Picasso, the Hoboken artists made portraits in
the Cubist style of Picasso.

Finally, we looked at and critiqued the works of the great abstract
expressionist artists Hans Hoffman and Jackson Pollack. We learned
that abstract expressionism was very popular in the United States of
the 40s and 50s. Representation of objects and people became less
important in artistic expression during Cubism. Students had fun
exploring the free and kinetic styles of the abstract artists.
Please enjoy the show of these works by our Library’s very talented
artists. See if you can guess which period of art and artistic style
influenced the piece you are admiring.

Saturday July 15 at 1 PM join us for a gallery opening. Light refreshments will be served.

Rotating Collection

Picturing America at the Hoboken Public Library
In 2008, as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), We the People Program’s Picturing America initiative, the Hoboken Public Library received 40 prints of the nation’s most significant historical artwork to put on display at the library.  Bruce Cole, NEA Chairman, describes them as “a valuable resource that can help bring the past alive.”  The prints will be displayed in the second floor vestibule on a rotating basis in between our displays by local artists.



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