October 26, 2003 |
The Barnes Foundation has received a grant of $150,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the publication of a comprehensive catalog of the foundation's collection of American art. The foundation's American collection of more than 300 paintings and works on paper is one of its most significant assets. However, in most discussion of the foundation, the American works are overshadowed by the better-known French masterpieces. According to Emily Croll, director of the foundation's Collections Assessment Project, the three-year enterprise will result in a book that describes in detail 100 of the most important American works and illustrate them in color.
November 11, 1990 |
When two artists married in pre-feminist times, the husband always got the better studio in their common domicile - or the only studio, if there wasn't space for two. It was mutually understood that since his career needs took precedence, he was entitled to the prime studio space as a kind of droit du seigneur. If his wife wanted to continue working, she made do with a back bedroom, as Lee Krasner did while Jackson Pollock was pirouetting heroically in the barn- studio that has since become a shrine of abstract expressionism.
March 28, 1997 |
Arnaldo Roche-Rabell was born in 1955, so one would expect that by now he would know who he is. But Roche-Rabell was born in Puerto Rico of mixed European and African ancestry, which seems to have resulted in a pronounced case of cultural anxiety. As a Puerto Rican, he's also an American, but then Puerto Rico isn't a state but more like a possession, so is he really a full-fledged American or a colonial, and how does this uncertainty affect his sense of self-worth? Such questions come naturally after one sees Roche-Rabell's exhibition of paintings in the Museum of American Art. Developed by the Anderson Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University, "The Uncommonwealth" consists of 21 paintings made since 1985.
September 21, 1992 |
Every year at this time we peruse museum schedules to see what the new exhibition season offers in the way of temptations. Almost every year, we can find something that sounds so appealing we can hardly wait for it to arrive. This season the Philadelphia Museum of Art has lined up three such attractions - a mid-career survey for American sculptor Martin Puryear, the late city views of impressionist Camille Pissarro and a series of photographs by Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado. The work of Puryear, a highly acclaimed artist of international renown, will be seen from Nov. 1 to Jan. 3 in a traveling exhibition organized by the Art Institute of Chicago.
December 16, 1988 |
Latino chic, the fascination with Latin American culture, arts and entertainment that has been snaking a conga line around the country, is beginning to cha-cha-cha its way into Philadelphia. One recent Friday night, four galleries feted openings for Latino artists. Meanwhile, restaurant-goers savored fare from Spain to Brazil at popular establishments such as Tapas (Spanish) in North Philadelphia; Tequila's (Mexican) and Tango's (Argentine), both in Center City, and Caramba (Brazilian)
January 18, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and three other U.S. institutions have joined to offer a sweeping survey of historical American art for exhibition in South Korea. Museum officials describe the show, which includes more than 100 works drawn from three centuries of American art making, as the first such major survey in Korea. "Many Koreans are aware of American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, and familiar with post-1960s American art, but not with the work of artists of earlier periods, such as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins," Seung-ik Kim, the National Museum of Korea's lead curator for the exhibition and a specialist in Korean modern art and visual culture, said on Wednesday.
June 13, 2014 |
It may seem a little like bringing coals to Newcastle, but the small show of Cézanne still-life paintings soon to open at the Barnes Foundation is more like bringing a shiny apple to school. In fact, it's a lot like bringing many apples to school - along with a skull or two. "The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne" opens in the Barnes' special exhibition space on June 22 and runs through Sept. 22 before traveling to the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, where it will be a centerpiece of the gallery's 2014 centennial exhibition season.
June 9, 1989 |
One of the finest collections of privately owned American art began 49 years ago, when Vivian and Meyer Potamkin bought a black, brown and orange lithograph on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. It cost $10, frame included, and it matched the color scheme of their first apartment. The Potamkins, who now live on Rittenhouse Square, still display that sentimental purchase made shortly before their wedding day - along with works by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, Joseph Stella, Maurice Prendergast, Red Grooms and Georgia O'Keeffe.
March 21, 2011 |
Mary Cassatt's style of composing lifelike paintings of mothers and children with abstract detail and deliberate brushstrokes solidified her stature in the 19th-century art scene, but this Philadelphia-raised artist's influence travels beyond her maternal subjects. Kathy Foster, the curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, credits Cassatt, who attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before moving to Paris, as a "wedge" in bringing Impressionistic paintings to the U.S. "Mary Cassatt was not a bohemian," Foster said.
November 8, 1993 |
Did American modern art really begin with Marcel Duchamp (a Frenchman who lived for a time in America) and Man Ray (an American who lived most of his life in France)? That's what American Art in the 20th Century at the Royal Academy of Arts would have us believe. This most eccentric view of recent American art, which has been running for two months, is outdrawing the Thomas Eakins exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery by a wide margin. The principal reason, as several London critics have observed, is that most Europeans know next to nothing about American art before World War II. But they are familiar with Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.