February 24, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has named Matthew Affron, a scholar and curator at the University of Virginia, to the museum's prestigious post of curator of modern art, museum officials announced Friday. Affron succeeds Michael Taylor, who was named head of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College in 2011. Timothy Rub, director of the Art Museum, also announced that Dirk H. Breiding, an assistant curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named associate curator of arms and armor in Philadelphia.
February 23, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has named Matthew Affron, a scholar and curator at the University of Virginia, to the museum's prestigious post of curator of modern art, museum officials announced Friday. Affron succeeds Michael Taylor, who was named head of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College in 2011. Timothy Rub, director of the art museum, also announced that Dirk H. Breiding, an assistant curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named associate curator of arms and armor in Philadelphia.
November 5, 2012 |
William H. Campbell, 97, of Spring Garden, an illustrator, painter, and cofounder of the Main Point, a former cabaret in Bryn Mawr, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, of cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mr. Campbell had 47 solo exhibits and shared space at numerous shows with other artists over a career spanning more than 70 years. In a statement for an exhibit in 2000 at Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, he said he experimented with "dimension, texture, and color" to create his abstract art. He also exhibited at Woodmere in 2010 and 2011.
January 27, 2012 |
Michael Morrill, a prominent Pittsburgh abstract painter, is introduced at Seraphin Gallery in his first Philadelphia solo. A teacher of studio art at the University of Pittsburgh, the Yale-trained Morrill became an artist when the reductive aesthetic of the 1970s, not the more austere minimalism of the 1960s, was emerging and combining itself with painterly enrichment - something that characterizes his distinctive handling of this method. I'd say Morrill keeps half a foot in the reductive camp, while his paintings emphasize their expressive option with brilliance.
January 6, 2012 |
AMONG the paintings in the recent "Karmic Abstraction" show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery was a large piece by Ryan McGinness. An art-world star - the New York Times says so - his work hangs in respected institutions like the Museum of Modern Art and Spain's MUSAC. He's kind of a big deal. McGinness had other works in the show, but let's focus on one: "Untitled (Black Hole, Black 72.1). " On a black background, neon squiggles race in and out of each other as if created by some cosmic Spirograph.
July 29, 2011 |
The entry hall to Flora Becker's striking Center City condominium at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton is lined with art. The living room features a handsome Steinway baby grand piano. The kitchen, with its glass backsplash and walnut cabinetry, is a testament to sleek modern efficiency and elegance. But those are mere distractions. The main event asserts itself within seconds: It's the view of Philadelphia's core - City Hall, its courtyard, William Penn and his hat, and a skyscape that simply will not be ignored.
May 11, 2007 |
It's clearly a sign of the times that "Post Painterly Abstraction," the title of the current group show at Locks Gallery, could pass for one of those painfully artspeaky contemporary labels for a trend. In fact, Clement Greenberg, the reigning American art critic of the 1950s and 1960s, came up with the term, and it's the one most closely associated with him today. The former champion of abstract expressionism and its dense, agitated surfaces used it as the title for an exhibition he organized for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1964, of paintings by 31 artists - among them Helen Frankenthaler, Ellsworth Kelly, Morris Louis, Frank Stella, Jules Olitski, Gene Davis, and Kenneth Noland - who favored a new style of openness and linear clarity.
November 1, 2005 |
Karl Hagedorn, 83, a German-born artist whose paintings integrated body parts, geometric forms, numerical symbols and color images into "symbolic abstraction," died of esophageal cancer Saturday at Hahnemann University Hospital. He had lived in Center City for six years since moving from New York. Mr. Hagedorn's artistic life began in Guentersberge, a small village in the Harz Mountains in what was then the Weimar Republic. The son of a sawmill owner, he grew up around machinery, gears, wood grains, and kaleidoscopes of geometrical planes.
December 1, 2002 |
It's art for a mass audience, but it happens to be on view at an art museum. I'm referring to "The Berenstain Bears Celebrate: The Art of Stan and Jan Berenstain" at the Michener Art Museum. This traveling exhibition of Berenstain illustrations for children's books was organized for the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts by David Leopold of Bedminster. The occasion being celebrated is the 40-year career of the originators of books about a family of bears who live "down a sunny dirt road in Bear Country.
July 21, 2002 |
Religious belief has been the engine driving much of the world's art. It also can ignite political conflicts large and small, as recent events show. Over the last two weeks, a group of 59 teachers gathered at the Art Museum's summer teacher's institute to learn how art might provide a safe zone for classroom discussion of religious issues. "Religion is one of the last great taboos . . . as far as education is concerned," museum educator Danielle Rice said in opening the 10-day program.