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March 7, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
At 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hoisted its first and only N.C. Wyeth painting onto the wall at the entrance to the American galleries. Hard to imagine, in a region crawling with Wyethian objects and relatives and art, that this could possibly be the first. But it is - a gift from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which recently moved from its home of three decades on Vine Street to new glass offices in the Navy Yard. "We don't have any walls," said Ray Millora, the Glaxo project manager for the move.
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March 4, 2013 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
For the most part, the artists of " 'Great and Mighty Things': Outsider Art From the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection," which goes on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, shouldn't be called "outsiders. " They may be free of associations with academic art and the so-called art mainstream, however one chooses to define that elastic term. But "outsider" is a tag invented by insiders, both to separate these artists from the elite (while making them marketable) and also to camouflage or excuse technical deficiencies in their work, particularly wonky drawing.
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January 18, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2012
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville, NJ; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org . 101 Quilts. Donations accepted. Closes 12/15. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm. The Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-278-7000. www.barnesfoundation.org . $18; $15 seniors 65 and over; $10 students and children 17 and under. Sat.-Mon., Wed.-Thu. 9:30 am-6 pm; Fri. 9:30 am-10 pm. Brandywine River Museum Rte. 1 & Rte. 100, Chadds Ford; 610-388-2700.
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April 29, 2012 | Ed Sozanski
Since it opened in 1988, the James A. Michener Art Museum has assiduously promoted the art of Bucks County, particularly the New Hope colony, and American art in general. It's a bit of a jolt, then, to walk into the museum's special exhibitions space and encounter a display of European Old Master art, most of it Italian and all of it religious. The 43 paintings and two tapestries come from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, one of the world's most celebrated museums and home to a matchless collection of Italian art. The exhibition is both the Michener's first international project and outgoing director Bruce Katsiff's valedictory.
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March 4, 2012 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
Elaine Kurtz came to William R. Valerio's attention about a year ago when he saw one of her paintings in the home of Nancy Posel, a longtime friend of the artist's and a supporter of Woodmere Art Museum. The recently appointed Woodmere director was so intrigued by the work that he decided that Kurtz, who died in 2003 at 75, was an artist deserving of a major exhibition. Although represented in the collections of four Washington museums (Corcoran, Hirshhorn, National Gallery, National Museum of American Art)
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January 31, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
That the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a major van Gogh exhibition - it opens Wednesday - would be no mystery to the devoted Japanese pilgrims who bear ancestral ashes halfway across the world to commingle them with the earth of Vincent van Gogh's grave north of Paris. Nor would it be difficult to understand for the Russians who pour vodka onto the dark red soil of the same spot. The thousands from all over the world who travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, where van Gogh is buried next to his brother Theo, would understand.
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October 16, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
For more than four decades, Sande Webster has been a torch on the Philadelphia art scene. First at Locust Street Gallery, founded by Webster and three partners, then on her own, she has been a force for the commercial exhibition of photography, ceramics, and textiles as art, and - perhaps most notably - has provided an uninterrupted outlet for the work of African American artists. After 42 years running a gallery here, through the recessions of the early 1980s, the early 1990s, and the early 2000s, Webster is finally closing.
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