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April 12, 1997
Teachers keenly appreciate that music programs enrich education and help entice some kids to school. They're a great, sneaky way to get students to work on math, reading and composition skills. But when cash-strapped school districts weigh computers versus chorales, music usually loses. So when a private group pledges to help rejuvenate the Philadelphia schools' bare-bones music program, it's cause for applause. By January, all 13,845 students in the Martin Luther King school cluster will learn about and perform jazz, as part of a pilot program funded by a $150,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation.
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October 23, 2002 | By Edward J. Sozanski INQUIRER ART CRITIC
For most of the 19th century, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts collected and exhibited European as well as American art. It was perfectly natural, then, for multimillionaire businessman Henry C. Gibson, a Philadelphian, to bequeath his art collection of more than 100 works, most by European artists, to the academy in 1892. Yet ironically, even as the museum was receiving Gibson's substantial gift, it was beginning to eliminate European art from its purview. It had started to become what it is today, exclusively an institution for American art. The museum sold some European paintings in 1898, and 85 more in four sales between 1986 and 1996.
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October 24, 2010 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
Visitors to the Barnes Foundation eventually discover that there's much more to its extraordinary display than its renowned groups of impressionist, postimpressionist, and early modern paintings. There is, for instance, a sizable body of American art that accounts for about a quarter of the works installed in the Merion galleries. One room, Gallery 12, is devoted entirely to the American artists Albert C. Barnes knew and collected in depth. Despite this, and the fact that at least two American works hang in each gallery, in the public's perception the American artists continue to be eclipsed by European stars such as Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse.
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September 12, 1993 | By Victoria Donohoe, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
When Joseph Green Butler Jr., an iron and steel magnate deeply interested in the cultural life of his Youngstown, Ohio, community, began to build up his art collection, he acquired works by popular European and American artists of his day. Then, while a museum was under construction to house those holdings, a disastrous fire struck his residence, destroying virtually all the art he owned. Butler's response: He immediately started collecting all over again - this time concentrating seriously on American art - and speeded up the completion of his fireproof museum.
NEWS
November 13, 1988 | By Nancy Reuter, Special to The Inquirer
Area retirees looking for an alternative to bingo or bus trips are invited to register for a six-part slide lecture series titled "Looking at America Inside and Out: A History of American Painting," beginning Friday. The series, which runs through February, is to be held at the Jewish Community Center of Southern New Jersey, 2395 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill. The lectures are sponsored and organized by the center and by the New Jersey Committee for the Humanities, which is a branch of the National Endowment for the Humanities, said Marian Reich, who is helping the center and NJCH coordinate the project.
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July 4, 2002 | By Edward J. Sozanski INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Darrel Sewell came to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1973 to take over the new department of American art. For 29 years, he has been its only chief curator. Now, with the department on the verge of major expansion and reorganization, he has decided to retire on Oct. 1 and leave that responsibility to a successor. She will be Kathleen Adair Foster of the Indiana University Art Museum, who was a curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts during the 1980s. Sewell, 62, said this week that the museum's expansion into the Perelman annex across Kelly Drive would lead to the creation of new galleries for American art in the museum's main building.
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February 8, 1986 | By Victoria Donohoe, Inquirer Art Critic
If tradition is, as some say, the last great frontier in American art today, Anthony Apesos is a pioneer. The sharp-focus realist paintings by this local artist have a Sienese and Tuscan Renaissance flavor, yet are unmistakably of our time. Not overly diluted remnants of an earlier era, they represent one artist's response to our own era of rapid transition. At the More Gallery, Apesos presents his sober groupings of figures (for which his friends and family members posed)
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January 9, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
In 1898, then-unknown black artist Henry Ossawa Tanner exhibited a monumental painting, The Annunciation , in the annual Paris Salon, where it was viewed with enthusiasm by French critics and visiting Philadelphians.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art then bought the painting in 1899, its first purchase of work by an African American, and Tanner's first inclusion in the collection of an American museum. More than a century later, The Annunciation has entered the canon of American visual art and the museum continues to acquire works by African American artists at an ever-increasing pace.
NEWS
January 28, 1990 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
Whenever museum directors talk publicly about the problems that confront their institutions, they rarely, if ever, mention irrelevance. Their current concerns, frequently cited, are shrinking government subsidies, a concomitant decrease in donations of art and money from private benefactors, and the deleterious effects of runaway market values on acquisitions budgets and insurance costs for special exhibitions. Museums hire marketing specialists to devise strategies for attracting larger audiences.
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April 25, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
NEW YORK - The public may go gaga for the museum designs of Frank Gehry, but museum directors prefer Renzo Piano, the Italian minimalist who just completed an expansive new home for the Whitney Museum of American Art overlooking the High Line. Since partnering with Richard Rogers in the '70s on the crayon-colored Pompidou Center in Paris, Piano's firm has gone on to create well over two dozen art museums. In America, the notches on his belt include major designs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth, Texas.
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March 26, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you're trying to measure an artist's notability, one gauge is whether his or her work is owned by a major institution such as, say, the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yet, of the 50 or so notable artists featured in the museum's exhibition "Represent: 200 Years of African American Art," only five or six have comprehensive entries on Wikipedia, a site that has become, for many, the de facto first stop for information on almost any topic....
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February 21, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
The African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Brandywine River Museum combine forces on Saturday to celebrate the 127th anniversary of West Chester artist Horace Pippin with a "crafternoon" at the African American Museum. Festivities begin with a reading aloud of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. Pippin often included a red highlight in his landscapes, domestic interiors, and historic scenes. Afterward, guests can make their own art inspired by the artist.
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February 7, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was 39 years ago that President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month "to honor the too-often-neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history. " The month's mandate since then has broadened to encompass all elements of diaspora, heritage, issues, and achievement. The region has launched a month of art and exhibitions, theater, film, and events that celebrate and illuminate black history past, present, and future.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
In 1898, the then-relatively unknown black artist Henry Ossawa Tanner exhibited a monumental painting, The Annunciation , in the annual Paris Salon, where it was viewed with enthusiasm by French critics and visiting Philadelphians. The Philadelphia Museum of Art bought the painting in 1899 - its first purchase of work by an African American, and Tanner's first inclusion in the collection of an American museum. More than a century later, The Annunciation has entered the canon of American visual art, and the museum continues to acquire works by African American artists at an ever-increasing pace.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford has landed the first plums from the bequest of billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife, who died in July and left his collection of more than 500 artworks to the Brandywine and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pa. The two museums began selecting paintings Wednesday as if choosing sides for a pickup ball game: They made alternating picks. Team Brandywine, led by museum director Thomas Padon, chose five oil paintings: Martin Johnson Heade's New Jersey Salt Marsh (no date)
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November 3, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
William Glackens is finally getting a proper homecoming. The Philadelphia-born painter who helped launch one of the 20th century's distinctive American art movements as well as one of the world's greatest collections of impressionist and early modernist art, is the subject of a much-anticipated full-scale museum retrospective opening Saturday at the Barnes Foundation and running through Feb. 2. "William Glackens" is the first complete assessment...
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August 11, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
That an expansive exhibition of work by painter Charles Burchfield is about to open at a Philadelphia-area museum is not an everyday event. Burchfield, who died in 1967, may not be well known here - he lived in Ohio and upstate New York - but he is considered one of the finest watercolorists ever to ply the trade in North America. "Breathtaking," wrote critic Christopher Knight of a 2009 Burchfield exhibition in Los Angeles. For Philadelphia, the exhibition is certainly welcome because it is unusual.
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July 16, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire who died July 4, left nearly half his large art collection, a 900-acre Western Pennsylvania estate, and $15 million to the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, according to a will filed with the register of wills in Westmoreland County, southeast of Pittsburgh. Scaife, 82, known for his backing of conservative and libertarian causes, and his support of conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, was an heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune, and publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and other newspapers.
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