February 26, 2012 |
Rock-and-roll music embodies the spirit of several generations, which is to say raucous and sometimes transgressive behavior by both musicians and their fans, idol worship and mass hysteria. These effects have been observed before, particularly in young people - remember crooners and bobby-soxers? - but rock-and-roll has been an especially persistent and powerful shaper of popular culture. Why else would public television still be reviving musical acts from the 1960s to solicit contributions during periodic fund drives?
September 20, 2002 |
Clothing isn't just to wear, it can be transmuted into sculpture, with all its implications - metaphor, poetry, narrative and form that represents the human body. Martha Posner doesn't make sculpture from real clothing, she creates forms of wire and stiffened fabric that mimic common garments such as coats and shirts. But while the references in her exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum are familiar, the effects they produce have nothing to do with adornment. They evoke mystery, myth, even a mild terror - one "shirt" is studded with wicked-looking thorns from a locust tree.
May 12, 1993 |
While traveling in Japan during 1902, American lumber millionaire Eldridge Fowler assembled a large collection of Japanese prints that documented the history of the woodblock print from the late 17th to the late 19th centuries. Fowler's collection included two complete sets of the 55-print series called The Great Tokaido Road by Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), the most famous Japanese print artist of his time. One of those sets is the centerpiece of a handsome and stimulating exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum called "Sightseeing in Paradise.
September 25, 1994 |
In recent years, art museums of all sizes have become more concerned with how they present their permanent collections. A fundamental truth drives this concern - permanent collections, the bedrock of all museums, can't be taken for granted. A museum must constantly re-evaluate its installations, not only to accommodate new scholarship and new acquisitions but to stimulate its public. That's why the Philadelphia Museum of Art is engaged in an extensive project to reinstall its entire body of European art, and why the Metropolitan Museum of Art has reinterpreted its 19th-century European holdings.
February 19, 2010
Antiques/Art/Crafts .Art Show & Auction to Benefit Haiti All proceeds go to Haiti relief organization Partners in Health. Green Line Cafe - Powelton Village, 3649 Lancaster Ave.; 215-382-2143. 2/19. Beneath the Surface: Graphic Design From Iran Examples of Iranian graphic design that touch on social issues, politics, environment, education, art, and so forth. Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, 311 N. Fifth St., Camden; 856-225-2700. 2/19. Lehigh Valley Going Green Exhibit showcasing some of the area commercial, institutional & residential building projects that qualify as "green.
April 29, 1990 |
The Allentown Art Museum is presenting white-on-white works this week by Angelo Savelli, a former resident of Springtown in northern Bucks County who now lives in Manhattan. Featured in this one-man show is work done during the last 30 years by Savelli, an Italian sometimes called Rome's first abstract expressionist. Savelli is best known in this area for establishing the painting program at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Fine Arts and teaching there throughout the 1960s.
April 2, 1988 |
The high reputation of Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery rests on its solid collection of modern painting and sculpture. However, in the last decade, the institution has concentrated on acquiring one-of-a-kind works on paper, and a traveling exhibition, currently at the Allentown Art Museum, demonstrates that in this area, too, the Buffalo museum has achieved distinction. In this show, works, sometimes unexpected ones, by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Joan Miro, Winslow Homer, Charles Burchfield and Edward Hopper hang side by side with those of Gwen John, Lovis Corinth, Sonia Delaunay, Oscar Bluemner, Gifford Beal, George Bellows, Emil Nolde, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Cy Twombly and Susan Rothenberg.