New Jersey Artist Series:
Jon Naar: Signature Photography
January 19 to May 5, 2013
Main Building - 2nd Floor Riverside Gallery
Barragan Red, 1965
reproduced courtesy of the artist
Jon Naar Exhibition Catalog
The work of Trenton-based photographer Jon Naar encompasses photojournalism, portraiture, architecture and design, street art and fine art. Naar was born in 1920 in London, educated at the Sorbonne, the University of Vienna, London University and Columbia University where he earned an MA in political science and international relations and a Certificate from the Russia Institute. During World War II, he served as a Major in British Intelligence and Special Operations.
Naar has photographed a number of artists, designers, architects and celebrities including Andy Warhol, Josef Beuys, Marcel Breuer, Josef Albers, Harry Bertoia, Louis Barragan and Betty Parsons, among others. His photographs have been published in many of the world's leading magazines and exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the International Center of Photography (all New York); the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’ the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, and the Fondation Cartier (all Paris); the Kunstgewerbe Museum, Zurich; and many other museums and galleries worldwide.
Naar is the author or co-author of twelve books. In 1957, he won the Thomas Alva Edison award for writing The Story of America. His Faith of Graffiti (1974) with introduction by Norman Mailer, is an iconic collector's item. Design for a Limited Planet (1976), the first popular book on solar energy, sold over 100,000 copies. In 1990, he co-authored (with Alex J. Naar) Design for a Livable Planet, winning the American Library Association Best Book of the Year for Young Adults and, in 1993, This Land Is Your Land. Published in 2005, Getting the Picture, celebrating his photography from 1955 to 2005, won Best Design Book of the Year in the Netherlands. In 2007, Prestel published Naar’s, The Birth of Graffiti, which received critical praise in Europe and the United States.
Jon Naar will present a gallery walk through the exhibition on Friday, April 5 from 12:10 to 12:50 pm in the galleries at the State Museum. This gallery walk is free to Museum visitors. Mr. Naar will discuss some of the works on view and the stories behind them.