July 27, 2015 |
The mural of William Penn stunned Francis Purcell - its meticulous angles creating a three-dimensional effect that seemingly invited people to waltz into the painted archways surrounding Philadelphia's founder. "It was pretty amazing. No two ways about it," said Purcell, who first spotted the creation of renowned muralist Richard Haas on a four-story wall in Center City when he was a Drexel University student in the 1980s. The trickery of Haas' trompe l'oeil style transformed walls worldwide in the years that followed.
May 25, 2015 |
Maker Brad Litwin, 59, makes kinetic sculptures in his East Oak Lane studio, including a line he calls MechaniCards - intricately laser-cut paper made into tiny, greeting-generating machines. They're sold online, at MechaniCards.com, and at museum stores, including those of the Princeton Art Museum and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His start Litwin can't really pinpoint it: He's worked as an engineer, animator, musician, and artist. "In 2010, I was sitting in my studio and looking at some boxes I had on the shelf, CD mailers actually . . .. I was thinking it'd be neat to have a machine inside one of those.
October 31, 2014 |
Jewelry lovers might want to make time this weekend to visit the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. As part of the 127-year-old museum's fund-raising efforts, it's hosting "Treasures," a four-day baublefest starting Thursday that features a private reception, talks with jewelry historians, and fall fashion advice from local stylists. In addition, 26 jewelry designers will be selling handmade, one-of-a-kind accessories to shoppers with a sweet spot for frippery.
October 27, 2014 |
To display their art collection properly, Rob and Debbie Cohen renovated their condominium at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton in Center City with an eye to outfitting the space as a personal gallery with specially designed lighting. With the help of Mary MacElree Interior Design of Haverford and supplier Rittenhouse Electric, the Cohens transformed their apartment into a true haven for their paintings, sculpture and family portraits. Last year, Debbie Cohen, formerly a partner with law firm Pepper Hamilton, and Rob Cohen, who owns and operates the Frog Hollow Racquet Club in Lansdale, moved out of the Philadelphia suburbs and into the city.
September 19, 2014 |
Philadelphia knows its families of artists, families in which the spark of creative vision is passed from one generation to the next and ignites in each. Just stand in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, beneath Alexander Calder's white mobile, Ghost , look down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Swann Fountain's sculptural figures by Alexander Sterling Calder, and on to City Hall's tower, where Alexander Milne Calder's William Penn presides. Son, father, grandfather - three generations of artists defining one city boulevard.
February 9, 2014 |
How do you summarize 50 years of performance in 105 minutes? Pennsylvania Ballet, celebrating its half-century this year, did it Thursday night with a mini-tour of its repertory as it opened a four-day run at the Merriam Theater. The program began with "Serenade," one of the company's signature ballets. Founder Barbara Weisberger was a child in 1935 when she sat under a piano at the newly formed School of American Ballet and watched George Balanchine create it. The choreographer later gave "Serenade," along with a number of his other masterpieces, to Weisberger to get her young troupe on its feet.
June 11, 2012 |
Lisa Maxine Reisman Halterman, 57, of Rittenhouse Square, owner of an eclectic gallery who was a patron of the arts, died at home Wednesday, June 6, of breast cancer. In 2005, after careers as a real estate agent and college administrator, Ms. Halterman pursued her love of art and opened Lisa M. Reisman et Cie off Rittenhouse Square. The gallery displayed original paintings, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, Baccarat crystal, handmade items for babies, old posters, and art nouveau and art deco soap and perfume labels she had collected over 20 years.
May 7, 2010 |
Three art sales next weekend will offer works by major 20th-century figures - a quintessential example of an Alexander Calder mobile, an untitled oil-on-canvas by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, and a bronze cast by an artist not usually identified with sculpture, Thomas Eakins. The Calder mobile is among 180 lots of modern and contemporary works of art that will be offered by Freeman's beginning at 2 p.m. May 16 at the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St. Titled Azul, Amarillo, Blanco, Sobre Rojo and one of three Calders in the sale, it is expected to bring $100,000 to $150,000, according to presale estimates in the $35 catalog, accessible online at www.freemansauction.
January 12, 2009 |
For more than two decades, they've been out of public view, feared lost, feared destroyed, feared - at the least - grotesquely faded or damaged. But from a cluster of nondescript plastic tubs stuck in an out-of-the-way storage room in the bowels of a Center City office tower, they were ferreted out at last, still bright and essentially unmarred. And now, for the first time since the mid-1980s, the vanished Alexander Calder banners - part of one of the greatest public art legacies in Philadelphia history - will be on public view until March at the Central Branch of the Free Library on Logan Square.
August 3, 2008 |
Art may be at its greatest when it is still simple and raw. Then we often glimpse greatness to come; then we often see the artist most clearly. Alexander Calder, the Philadelphia sculptor whose 110th birth anniversary is this year, is a case in point. Like many famous artists, he had all the technical and financial resources a sculptor could hope for, and he used them in the production of his large mobiles and stabiles. But he also sat at his bench, and over a lifetime produced a prodigious body of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry, and countless other small works.