The stages of art, and the stages of life: Ben Wilson at Montclair State University

“In Plane Sight,” 2000, shows a light palette that suggests an upbeat mood. COURTESY THE GEORGE SEGAL GALLERY

Ben Wilson: from Social Realism to Abstraction

Curated by Professor Jason Rosenfeld

Through Nov. 4

The George Segal Gallery,
Montclair State University
1 Normal Ave.

For Montclair Local

Ben Wilson is an unknown figure in American art… by choice.

The retrospective “Ben Wilson: From Social Realism to Abstraction,” which runs through Saturday, Nov. 4, at Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery, is the first survey of Wilson’s entire career.

Guest curator Jason Rosenfeld explained the artist’s anonymity.

“He decided that he did not want to be part of the commercial art establishment. He pretty much limited his operations to New Jersey. He was involved in a couple of artists’ societies,” Rosenfeld said. “They exhibited in places they were hopeful

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