August 29, 2013
Just no room for this inn Even though Inga Saffron's suggestions would improve the Dranoff tower, the building will, alas, remain a behemoth squeezed uncomfortably into its space along the Schuylkill ("Suggestions for One Riverside," Aug. 23). As Saffron pointed out, normally there is a street separating buildings of this size from the waterfront. The mistake was made in 2010 by allowing developer Carl Dranoff this zoning designation, and there should still be a way to challenge this.
July 23, 2012
Herbert Vogel, 89, a retired New York postal worker who, with his wife, Dorothy, created one of the world's most unlikely - and most significant - collections of modern art, then bequeathed much of it to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, died Sunday at a nursing home in New York City. His death was confirmed by Anabeth Guthrie, a spokeswoman for the National Gallery. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. In 1962, when Mr. Vogel and Dorothy Hoffman were married, they went to Washington on their honeymoon and spent several days visiting the National Gallery and other museums.
May 19, 2012 |
The general public gets its first views of the Center City iteration of the Barnes Foundation on Saturday, but cultural leaders and donors to the new building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway saw, and feted, their handiwork Friday night. About 875 philanthropists, politicians, business leaders and others went through the galleries, and then promenaded down a garden path to an enormous tent set up on the Parkway for dinner. Tickets went for $5,000 a head - tables for $50,000 - and sold out quickly.
February 19, 2012
Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, 90, who built a billion-dollar fortune with her late husband's Argentine cement companies and became a leading art collector, died Saturday in her luxury apartment in Buenos Aires. Ms. Fortabat became one of Argentina's wealthiest women at age 54, when her second husband, Alfredo Fortabat, 27 years her senior, died in 1976. At the time, Argentina had just fallen under a dictatorship with close ties to the country's wealthy business elites, and the Loma Negra cement businesses flourished through government contracts with the military junta.
June 24, 2011 |
Manayunk turns into a tent city filled with art this weekend with hundreds of booths selling everything from drop earrings to couch paintings. When the 22d annual Manayunk Arts Festival opens Saturday morning, the neighborhood's Main Street will be closed to traffic - except foot traffic. Organizers say they expect the usual crowd of nearly 200,000, despite gas prices and the sluggish economy. They hope two trends will buoy attendance - more families skipping expensive vacations and more people looking for free events.
April 3, 2011
Wanamaker's Pursuit In 1911, a (fictional) Philadelphia department store heir, Nathan Wanamaker, travels to Paris on a learning trip to become a buyer for his family's store. Invited to an over-the-top party thrown by Paul Poiret, the self-proclaimed "King of Fashion," Nathan is smitten by the joie-de-vivre lifestyle. But when - uh-oh! - it's time to come home, what to do? This world premiere is commissioned by the Arden Theatre Company from playwright Rogelio Martinez. At the Arden Theatre Company, through May 22. The Credeaux Canvas Kevin Bunin's play involves love, intimacy, and friendship - and the betrayal of all that - as three struggling New York friends swindle an art collector.
January 24, 2011 |
The 16th-century portrait was a bargaining chip in the spring of 1943. Friedrich and Louise Gutmann, a Jewish couple from a prominent banking family, hoped to trade it for their lives. Adolf Hitler's art dealer ordered the painting, along with others from the famous Gutmann collection, shipped to Germany in exchange for the couple's safe passage from the Netherlands to Italy. But the Nazis reneged on the deal. The Gutmanns ended up in concentration camps, where they died, and their 1509 painting - Portrait of a Young Man by the German artist Hans Baldung Grien - mysteriously disappeared on the way to Berlin.
December 14, 2010 |
Philadelphia collector, artist, and philanthropist Linda Lee Alter has donated the lion's share of her collection of art by women - about 400 works - to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, academy officials announced Monday. The works, in a variety of media, span most of the 20th century as well as the last decade in American art. Some of the artists - who include Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Joan Brown, Viola Frey, Ana Mendieta, Christina Ramberg, and Beatrice Wood - are not currently represented in the academy collection.
July 2, 2010
Rudolf Leopold, 85, who assembled Austria's largest private art collection, including works allegedly stolen by the Nazis, died Tuesday in Vienna. Mr. Leopold is credited with assembling the country's largest and most important private art collection, which includes more than 5,000 works by artists such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. But the collection, which draws art aficionados from around the world, has been criticized in recent years by Austria's Jewish community and others who say it contains works seized by the Nazis that should be returned to their rightful owners or heirs.
November 27, 2005 |
In the heart of this resort town's historic district, 1,200 miles from its former home in Pennsylvania, a stunning building facade is getting star billing as an icon of 1930s art deco design. "It's a masterwork of its kind," said art collector Micky Wolfson Jr., who bought the intricate terra-cotta artifact for the unique museum bearing his name. But in Norristown, where that gem of commercial architecture welcomed patrons to the Norris Theater for 52 years, there remains only a parking lot. In March 1983, the borough lost the window grille facade and six remarkable stained-glass windows when the remainder of the cultural treasure was razed to make way for a McDonald's.