October 30, 2012
Gudmund Vigtel, 87, pivotal director of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, died Oct. 20 of cancer at his Atlanta home. He oversaw the museum's transformation from a modest regional institution housed in a simple brick building into one of the nation's most successful art museums, and shepherded its move to an architectural statement of a building designed by Richard Meier. Mr. Vigtel remained at the High for 28 years. Mr. Vigtel was named to the top post in 1963, a year after more than 100 Atlanta art patrons and their family members died in a plane crash.
August 1, 2012 |
ART SANCTUARY was founded in 1998 in North Philadelphia with the purpose of bringing African-American artists to speak, lecture and perform in a venue within the African-American community. As arts excellence rises out of the inner city, it ought to cycle through it. The purpose of this organization was to serve as the entity that connected communities — black, Latino, Asian, white; young, old; educated, non-educated — directly with African-American art and all that it entails, so that they could find themselves, their history and their culture within it. Art Sanctuary has continued to use the power of black art to transform individuals.
October 16, 2011 |
For more than four decades, Sande Webster has been a torch on the Philadelphia art scene. First at Locust Street Gallery, founded by Webster and three partners, then on her own, she has been a force for the commercial exhibition of photography, ceramics, and textiles as art, and - perhaps most notably - has provided an uninterrupted outlet for the work of African American artists. After 42 years running a gallery here, through the recessions of the early 1980s, the early 1990s, and the early 2000s, Webster is finally closing.
October 9, 2011 |
As Bank of America expanded in recent decades by absorbing other banks, it built up a substantial collection of art once owned by those banks. The Philadelphia Museum of Art recently exhibited one such constituent collection, a group of watercolors by the 19th-century painter Alfred Jacob Miller. Through the end of the year, the African American Museum in Philadelphia is featuring another aspect of Bank of America's art holdings - paintings, works on paper, and a few sculptures and mixed-media pieces by African American artists.
February 5, 2010 |
Black History Month will be marked Feb. 23 in New York with a major sale of works by African American artists, including several with Philadelphia ties. But earlier there will be another auction of local historic significance: the liquidation of Richman's Ice Cream in South Jersey's Salem County. The company's huge white art deco building near the intersection of Route 40 and Kings Highway, a few miles east of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, had long been not only a landmark but also a mecca for motorists who would go there to get the freshly produced ice cream that was distributed throughout the region.
December 18, 2009 |
The Christmas party is on. Tomorrow's annual event to provide toys to needy children from Camden and other South Jersey communities was on the verge of being postponed by the Camden Rescue Mission this week. On Wednesday, at least 6,000 boys and girls had registered for gifts, but only a couple of thousand items had been collected. The mission's pastor, the Rev. Al Stewart, was praying for a miracle. And yesterday he got it. After word spread through The Inquirer and other media, phone calls, and personal visits, toys flooded in by the hundreds.
October 2, 2009 |
While Freeman's will be busy next week with a two-day catalog sale of fine English and Continental furniture, silver, and decorative arts, a catalog sale in New York will focus on an African American painter who developed his skills in Philadelphia, Barkley L. Hendricks. Hendricks will be represented Thursday in Swann Auction Galleries' sale of African American fine art. Born here in 1945, Hendricks is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale University, and is a professor of art at Connecticut College.
November 9, 2007 |
Nine African American students stand against a brilliantly colored backdrop. Courage is emblazoned at their feet. Clutching their books, they appear determined and ready to learn in an integrated environment. The scene, a serigraph by artist Charly Palmer, is titled Little Rock Nine - 50 Years, a piece commissioned to commemorate the enrollment of nine African American students at an Arkansas high school after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools offered inherently unequal education.
December 17, 2006 |
Saniah Johnson hopped from booth to booth at the 21st annual Philadelphia International Art Expo last month, taking in the plethora of paintings, sketches, serigraphs, sculptures and dolls created by African American artists. While Johnson, 32, appreciates the works of the Eakinses and Wyeths, she feels drawn to the richness of art from her culture. She already owns two pieces by Andrew Turner, the prolific Philadelphia artist who died in 2001, and is eager to expand her collection.