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Old and New Expectations

Select Portrayals of Women Through the Millennium As Seen By Artists Barbara Nessim, Jörg Schmeisser, Gabriel Schmitz and Mary Stork

Small Blue Maria  © 1999 Gabrial Schmitz

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Old and New Expectations  © 1994 Jörg Schmeisser

Exhibit at The Williams Gallery

8 Chambers Street, Princeton NJ
Mary Lou Bock, Curator

March 11 to April 8, 2000

Opening Reception: Saturday March 11,  5:00 to 7:00 PM

Gallery Hours:
Mon. -  Sat- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Off the Hook © 1999 Barbara Nessim

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Calm © 1999 Mary Stork

This exhibit offers diverse interpretations of women throughout the 20th century and into the new millennium as depicted by four internationally prominent artists. Whether real, imagined or characterized, each artist presents a sensitive look at women as they were, as they are now and where they may be going. The mediums employed in creating the images include etching, watercolor, ink-jet, oil, and pastel. Additionally the artists, stemming from Australia, England, Spain, and the USA, offer the viewer culturally flavored images of ‘women’ that are refreshingly universal in perception and appeal.


Barbara Nessim is an internationally known artist, illustrator and educator. In July of 1992 she was appointed Chairperson of the Illustration Department at Parsons School of Design in New York where she continues to work in traditional mediums as well as lecturing about and creating electronic art. The work on exhibit includes drawings, pastels, watercolors, and digital art. In discussing her work Ms . Nessim says "Migration and immigration encourages integration. Population growth expands it all. For centuries people have traveled the Earth, fleeing, seeking, roaming. The mobility of people and all it's ramifications is the theme and spine of my work. The artist will be present at the opening reception on March 11 and available for further discussion of the theme "Is the Gene Pool Full Yet?"

Ms Nessim's work and have been shown in museums and galleries worldwide. Her work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Sweden; The Smithsonian Institute and The Museum of Modern Art, Budapest. Nessim’s work was also exhibited in the Kunst Museum in Dusseldorf and The Louvre, Paris. Recently, it has been included as part of The Williams Gallery On-line web site ""

Jörg Schmeisser's etchings display a reverence for the forms and intricacies of nature and culture married to an unrivaled technical prowess. In observing the artist’s oeuvre, one becomes aware of of an active intelligence engaging and re-engaging an important theme, and of a pattern of recurring motifs. (Quoted from Eric Denker, Corcoran Gallery of Art - 1999) His scope of interest has encompassed images drawn from calligraphy and text; horticulture and anatomy; architecture and archeology, often borrowing and combining themes within a single etching. In the current exhibit three works have been selected which develop the theme of women in their private and public lives. Elements of the artist’s recurring motifs become apparent to the viewer as may be seen in his portrait "Old and New Expectations".

Born Stolp, Pomerania in 1942, Schmeisser attended art school in Hamburg, Germany, and took his post-graduate work at the Fine Arts University of Kyoto, Japan. He moved to Canberra, Australia in 1978 to head the Printmaking Workshop of the Australian National University, Canberra School of Art. His work has been shown in more than 130 solo exhibitions world-wide and is represented in major private and public collections such as the Princeton University Graphic Arts Collection; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Australia; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and the Kunsthalle, Hamburg.

Gabrial Schmitz: Included in the show are oil paintings on canvas and paper as well as mixed media works on paper by Gabriel Schmitz. Born in 1970 in Dortmund, Germany, Schmitz began his formal art studies in his native country. After graduating with honors from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland he received further instruction in Salamanca,Spain and an MA in European Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art in Barcelona, Spain.

Though his career is still in its early stages, Mr. Schmitz has already had several one-man exhibitions in Barcelona and Salamanca, Spain; Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England and Paris, France. He has participated in group exhibitions throughout Europe and in the United States. He received a major commission from The Barcelona Opera in 1998 which resulted in a solo exhibition the same year.

Women feature prominently in his work though not exclusively. He attributes this to "a kind of female sensibility that pervades my painting not just in what is painted but in how it is painted". Schmitz explains this by saying: "Among all the movements I observe the ones that seem to touch on something essential and yet undefinable are female. Be it subjective or objective, it’s where I find inspiration and some sort of sense."

 Mary Stork: Studies of the female human figure by Mary Stork are included in the current exhibition Working primarily in pastel, Ms. Stork’s style is highly distinctive. Her method is confident yet highly intuitive. By utilizing dramatic color and a strong line the figures that she draws exude a real sense of presence and dynamism.

Rooted in the figurative and characterized by bold yet simplistic lines, the work of Mary Stork retains a raw energy that she attributes to her coastal surroundings in Cornwall, England. Ms. Stork has lived in Cornwall for more than 30 years and is a member of the Penwith Society of Art, the Newlyn Society as well as the St. Just Group of Artists.

Mary Stork studied art at the West of England College of Art at Bristol England and at the Slade School in London where she was taught by both Henry Moore and Frank Auerbach. After an eighteen year hiatus during which she raised her family, Stork returned to painting full-time in 1988 and has exhibited successfully ever since.

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