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Art Critic to Examine What Constitutes Artist Genius April 26 at MCCC


West Windsor, N.J. What makes some paintings and sculptures timeless? Art critic Gerard Haggerty will examine what constitutes the makings of a masterpiece in his presentation, “Genius: How to Define It And How to Achieve It,” at Mercer County Community College on Tuesday, April 26 at noon in the Communication Building, Room 110, on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  Free and open to the public, the talk is a part of Mercer’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Tapping into a wellspring of inspiration, Haggerty will explore the works of such geniuses as Giotto, Picasso, Caravaggio and Pollock.  An artist in his own right, Haggerty’s works illuminate his concern with mood and myth.

His own art is included in the Chrysler and Portland Art Museums, among others, and in private collections such as Michael Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Jack Nicholson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. His pieces have been featured in the “XXIII American Drawing Biennial,” the “XXIV American Drawing Biennial” and the Smithsonian Institution’s “Contemporary American Drawings.”

Haggerty has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation.  His one-person exhibitions have been presented at such venues as Space Gallery in Los Angeles and Dome Gallery in New York City.  He has lectured extensively at Yale University, American University, Parsons School of Design and other institutions, and currently teaches at Brooklyn College and the Chautauqua Institution.  He writes for ARTnews magazine.

To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here, or call 609-570-3324.


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