May 23, 2014 |
ROLAND AYERS was one of those kids who seemed to be studiously bent over his schoolbooks in class, but in reality was hard at work drawing airplanes. Although he did well in school, Roland loved airplanes, and his schoolbooks were filled with drawings of all kinds of planes. His airborne pen-and-ink work dates back to the first grade, and his wife, Sheila Whitelaw Ayers, has drawings with his name written in a child's scrawl at the bottom. Of course, Roland went far beyond airplanes in a long and distinguished art career, creating what one critic called "magically surreal" works in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache and collage.
February 18, 2013 |
For many years, artist Lady Bird Strickland painted the people that she met in her life - and it was no ordinary life. Subjects such as Dizzy Gillespie, Josephine Baker, Charlie Parker, Marian Anderson, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington were all part of the jazz bebop scene in Harlem where the young Georgia native danced and romanced in the 1940s, before putting it all down with brushstrokes. But by the 1980s - married, settled down in suburban Willingboro, and still painting - Strickland began to grasp that the New York jazz era that she had witnessed was just one scene in a much larger mural of the African American experience.
July 8, 2006 |
Lucien Crump Jr., 71, founder of the first gallery in Philadelphia featuring African American artists and widely known for his depictions of Jesus as black, died of cancer Wednesday at his Germantown home. "We have lost a great part of our cultural community," said City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell. "Lucien painted most of the portraits on the Wall of Respect in my office, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass and others. " Mr. Crump's best-known work is a painting of Jesus sitting behind a crystal cross, with the refracted image showing Jesus having the physical characteristics of the world's races: one eye is blue and the other is brown, his skin has many hues, and his hair is black, blond and colors in between.
January 11, 2005 |
The nation's newest museum building opens in Center City today as a part of the nation's oldest art museum, and when Kim Sajet took a walk into one of its vast galleries, the artworks spoke directly to her from the walls. This surprised even Sajet, who has been living, professionally, with the works of "The Chemistry of Color," a collection of art by 41 African American artists in Philadelphia from 1970 to 1990. But there she was yesterday morning, standing in the middle of the show with a group of docents from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, giving them her curator's take on the work.
January 31, 2003 |
BLACK HISTORY Month inspires us to focus on African-American artists who are shaping our visual heritage. Here are some exhibits on display in February: African American Museum in Philadelphia 701 Arch St., 215-574-0380. "4 Artists of Distinction," on view until April 20, features superb work by four midcareer artists: Barbara Bullock, Charles Burwell, James Dupree and Martina Johnson-Allen. Bullock depicts performers, evoking the traditional rhythms of African music.
August 18, 2002 |
Patronage of the visual arts in the United States has a history of substantial collections of art being gathered by individuals or groups in a relatively short time. That's totally unlike many of the great European collections formed by families or nations over a span of centuries. American collectors initially turned their attention to European and Asian art, then came to appreciate art produced in their own country after they had been moving architectural fragments from many parts of the world and restoring old villages on this side of the Atlantic.
January 31, 2002 |
All the exhibitions in Old City galleries are new and exciting, featuring artists with a fresh vision and a role in shaping our culture, including many African-American artists. First Friday receptions between 6 and 8 p.m. provide a unique opportunity to meet these creative people and find out more about their work, so join the fun and visit the galleries in Old City between Front and 8th and Vine and Locust streets, with most of the galleries clustered on 2nd and 3rd streets and the cross streets in between.
July 7, 2000 |
First Friday in Old City makes art the stellar attraction in a version of the traditional Italian passeggiata, the evening stroll around the main piazza before going to dinner after sundown. In Philadelphia, we have the galleries between Front and 6th, Vine and Locust streets, open to the public and welcoming all visitors. Join the fun and meet your friends in Old City. And later in the evening, there are restaurants and watering holes for everyone. Artists' House, 57 N. 2nd St., 215-923-8440 Group show of invited artists: David Baker, Michael Doyle, Frances Galante, Stefanie Lieberman, Kyle Margiota, Nhan Phung, Kate Brockman, Glenn Rudderow and others.
June 2, 2000 |
June exhibitions in Old City galleries range from innovative new works by emerging artists to group encounters of gallery regulars. For some galleries, these are their summer shows, accompanied by covert nods to the coming Republican National Convention. Take advantage of First Friday gallery hours, generally from 5 to 9 p.m., to visit Old City galleries from Vine to Locust streets between Front and 6th. It's the perfect time of year to enjoy an evening stroll. Artists' House, 57 N. 2nd St., 215-923-8440 "Perspective," by Michael R. Bartman, revisits the workings of one-point perspective, which has been in existence since the Renaissance in Italy.
February 21, 2000 |
In an attempt to cover Black History Month events and review the state of contemporary visual arts, your Yo! cover story (Feb. 10), it is clear from the choice of artists highlighted, that Renee Lucas Wayne relied on a small, commercially based cadre of experts to suggest who are the area's top African-American artists. Only in one instance, was there comment from a professional curator at a local nonprofit cultural institution. While not dealing directly in the commerce of art, institutions like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and African American Museum help establish value for the artists and their artwork by their choices in collecting.