May 20, 2022

Update: “Controversial Painting in Newark Library is Bared Once Again”

This post updates a December 6, 2012 item titled, “New Jersey: Censorship in the Library?”

From The Newark Star-Ledger:

The painting that caused such a ruckus at the Newark Public Library is uncovered again, viewable by all, and the controversy around it gone.

You may remember a column last month about several staff members up in arms because they didn’t think the art was appropriate. They made such a fuss that it was covered up a day after being hung in the second-floor reference room.


Library director Wilma Grey didn’t think displaying the drawing was a problem, but she covered it with fabric after people complained — so all could take a breath and think this over. Walker wasn’t happy about doing it, neither was Scott London, a longtime art collector who loaned the piece to the library.


“The library should be a safe harbor for controversies of all types, and those controversies can be dealt with in the context of what is known about art, about literature, democracy and freedom,” said Clement A. Price, a library trustee and Rutgers history professor. “There’s no better venue in Newark where such a powerful and potential controversial drawing should be mounted.”

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.