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George Tice Celebrating a Living Legend
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10/26/2013 to 2/2/2014
When: 10/26/2013

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New Jersey celebrates the photographer's 75th birthday with dual exhibitions at the Newark Museum and William Paterson University

Seeing Beyond The Moment
Newark Museum
Through Feb. 2

Without Adornment: Photographs By George Tice
At William Paterson University's University Galleries
Through Dec. 13

The new Jersey native George Tice celebrated his 75th birthday and 60 years of making work through dual exhibitions at institutions he has has a long history with.

Segment of a story on the artist and these events in the Wall Street Journal:

"Most of my pictures are about place," Mr. Tice explained to Mr. Caponigro in a 1997 interview. The 36 prints at the University Galleries at William Paterson University in Wayne are all about places, New Jersey places, nine of them scenes of nature such as "Oak Tree, Holmdel, NJ" (1970) or "The Passaic Falls" (1971), and most of the rest scenes of urban decline. The neon used to illuminate "USED CARS" in the "Riverside Auto Sales" (1971) sign is missing. The paint is peeling from the "Cott Beverage Sign" (1969). There is trash on the sidewalk at the foot of the stairs in "Hamilton Avenue, Paterson, NJ" (1971). The boarded-up "Factory Windows" (1970) are emblematic of industrial collapse. These places are not slums, but they have lost their middle-class gentility and are shabby. Mr. Tice is not reproachful; he accepts things as they are.

If Mr. Tice has an agenda, it is existential, not political. "The great difficulty of what I attempt," he said in the preface to "Urban Landscapes" (2002), "is seeing beyond the moment; the everydayness of life gets in the way of the eternal." Most of his pictures are taken with an 8-by-10-inch view camera that captures tiny details, and his meticulous darkroom technique ensures they will be visible in the final print. Several of his pictures, including "Petit's Mobil," "White Castle" and "Telephone Booth," have been made into platinum/palladium prints with delicate gradations of tone even in the shadows. His carefully selected points of view seem straightforward, but always manage to put the elements of his pictures into significant juxtapositions. Nothing superfluous is included. People are rarely prominent in his cityscapes, so the scenes are like stage sets waiting for the cast to appear.

Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal Here

More at the William Paterson University and The Newark Museum

Related exhibitions:

George Tice : 60 Years of Photography
Nailya Alexander Gallery
Through Nov. 23

George Tice: The Photographer's Photographer
Scott Nichols Gallery
Through Nov. 16

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