June 7, 2009 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday won the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion award for best national pavilion - the first by a commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion since 1990. In a ceremony at the pavilion attended by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, the museum accepted honors for "Bruce Nauman: Topological Garden," echoing the capture of a similar top award two decades ago for its Jasper Johns show. "We're all so happy," Art Museum chairman H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said. "What it represents to me is what a great loss it was when Anne d'Harnoncourt died a year ago, and the museum has not lost a step despite that.
June 7, 2009 |
VENICE, Italy - The Philadelphia Museum of Art yesterday won the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion award for best national pavilion - the first by a commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion since 1990. In a ceremony at the pavilion attended by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, the museum accepted honors for "Bruce Nauman: Topological Garden," echoing the capture of a similar top award two decades ago for its Jasper Johns show. "We're all so happy," Art Museum chairman H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said.
April 24, 2009 |
One of the special benefits for collectors in major cities like Philadelphia is that wonderful things come to them. On the menu this weekend is a banquet of pottery from turn-of-the-century Arts-and-Crafts-movement pieces to contemporary studio works by living artists. Members of the American Art Pottery Association have been touring collections and listening to seminars this week as part of the organization's 2009 convention based in Northeast Philadelphia. Starting at 3:30 p.m. today, collectors will be able to preview about 400 lots, many featuring works by women, which will be offered for sale by auctioneer Greg Belhorn beginning at 5 p.m. During the preview reception, authors will sign their books on ceramics.
March 27, 2009 |
During the 1960s and 1970s, when American art was, for many, indecipherable, an unassuming New York couple named Herb and Dorothy Vogel cracked the code. The postal clerk (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) were after-hours artists, admirers of abstract expressionists and color-field painters. On their modest salaries, they couldn't afford to buy works by Jackson Pollock or Helen Frankenthaler. Their regular visits to museums, galleries, and artists' studios attuned them to the avant-garde, minimalists such as Richard Tuttle and conceptualists such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude.
November 9, 2007 |
Nine African American students stand against a brilliantly colored backdrop. Courage is emblazoned at their feet. Clutching their books, they appear determined and ready to learn in an integrated environment. The scene, a serigraph by artist Charly Palmer, is titled Little Rock Nine - 50 Years, a piece commissioned to commemorate the enrollment of nine African American students at an Arkansas high school after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools offered inherently unequal education.
November 22, 2006 |
How does a painting speak to and about a city? If the painting is Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic, now facing removal from Philadelphia after a surprise sale announcement Nov. 10, the dialogue includes the very essence of identity, race, intellect and creativity. It is not simply that the painting has been owned by Thomas Jefferson University since 1878, three years after it was painted here. It is not simply that Eakins studied anatomy at Jefferson and art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
May 5, 2006 |
American folk art from the estate of a well-known New York dealer and a collection of quilts from a central Pennsylvania consignor will be the highlights of two auctions - one tomorrow, the other a two-session sale next weekend. Both should offer some affordable items. The folk art, from the collection of the late John Gordon and his wife, Leah, will be featured at Pook & Pook Inc.'s sale of furniture, art and accessories May 12 and 13. Gordon was a New York dealer who rode the crest of the wave of interest in American folk art in the 1970s.
January 11, 2005 |
The nation's newest museum building opens in Center City today as a part of the nation's oldest art museum, and when Kim Sajet took a walk into one of its vast galleries, the artworks spoke directly to her from the walls. This surprised even Sajet, who has been living, professionally, with the works of "The Chemistry of Color," a collection of art by 41 African American artists in Philadelphia from 1970 to 1990. But there she was yesterday morning, standing in the middle of the show with a group of docents from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, giving them her curator's take on the work.
November 10, 2003 |
Maybe it was The Cosby Show, said influential gallery owner Mercer Redcross. Hanging on the walls of the Huxtables' home was the work of African American artists, Redcross said, and African Americans in the 1980s took note. Or perhaps it was simply the inevitable flow of history that finally produced a sizable art-buying community among U.S. blacks, he said. Either way, what observers call a rising class of art-savvy African Americans could be seen inside Temple's Liacouras Center this weekend at the 18th annual Philadelphia International Art Expo.
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.