April 22, 2016 |
S teuart and Michelle Pincombe are spending a year living in a trailer, traveling through the United States and Canada, spreading the word about the power classical music can have in surprising places. Tuesday night the couple stopped at Dock Street Brewery at 50th and Baltimore Streets, where Steuart played Baroque cello while an attentive standing-room-only crowd quenched its thirst for Bach and beer chosen to somehow match each other. Our critics weigh in on the evening.
March 13, 2016 |
'Why?" is a question every aspiring journalist is taught to ask - and answer. Yet, in my current incarnation as an art critic, when I find myself confronting a work and asking "Why?"
November 20, 2015 |
Brother Daniel Burke, 89, former president of La Salle College and founder-director of the La Salle University Art Museum, died Saturday, Nov. 14, from cardiac problems at De La Salle Hall, a nursing home for members of the Christian Brothers in Lincroft, N.J. Born in Pittsburgh, he received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, all in English, from Catholic University of America. He taught English at West Catholic High School and elsewhere before joining the faculty at La Salle, now a university, in 1957 as an assistant professor of English.
December 27, 2014 |
'With your big eyes and your big lies . . . ," Lana Del Rey purrs over the end titles of Tim Burton's Big Eyes . It's a sultry, albeit hardly subtle coda to a wondrously strange true story about art and heartbreak, intellectual property theft, and the subjugation of women. Specifically, the subjugation of one Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) by husband Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who in the 1960s claimed his wife's paintings of saucer-eyed waifs as his own. Signed simply "Keane" (often followed by a copyright symbol)
April 18, 2014 |
Edward J. Sozanski, 77, art critic for The Inquirer, who over three decades became a major figure in describing and documenting the city's cultural transformation from regional byway to the national main stage, died suddenly Monday, April 14, in Gladwyne. The cause of death has not been determined. Whether writing about America's first sculptor, William Rush, or art from Korea's Joseon dynasty, or the way John Cage's musical "scores" looked on the page, Mr. Sozanski always sought to directly engage the art and provide his readers with an utterly independent critical judgment.
February 12, 2013 |
Last year, curators at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts began planning an all-female art exhibition. Organizers hoped it would facilitate a debate about whether feminism is still needed in modern art, but they weren't sure audiences would find the topic worthy of debate. Then came Ken Johnson, a New York Times art critic who in only six sentences sparked an impassioned controversy that has played out for months on his Facebook page, arts blogs, an online petition and, on Sunday evening, a sold-out panel discussion at PAFA on the very topic the curators wanted to discuss all along.
September 26, 2012 |
Murray Dessner, 77, a tall and handsome painter whose canvases were suffused with light and color and who deployed a keen and supportive critical judgment to the benefit of generations of students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, died Saturday in Philadelphia. His wife of 27 years, Linda, said the cause was cancer. Mr. Dessner was born in South Philadelphia, attended the academy in the 1960s, and began teaching there in 1970, becoming one of the most respected and beloved faculty members until illness forced his retirement at the end of 2011.
August 9, 2012
Robert Hughes, 74, the eloquent, combative art critic and historian who lived with operatic flair and wrote with a sense of authority that owed more to Zola or Ruskin than to his own century, died Monday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He died after a long illness, said his wife, Doris Downes. With a Hemingwayesque build and the distinctively rounded vowels of his native Australia, Mr. Hughes became as familiar a presence on TV as in print, over three decades for Time magazine, where he was chief art critic and often a traditionalist scourge in an era when art movements fractured into unrecognizability.
March 30, 2012
Former New York Times chief art critic Hilton Kramer, 84, died Tuesday. His wife, Esta, said he had had a blood disease. He had been in an assisted-living facility in Harpswell, Maine. Mr. Kramer started as an art critic in the early 1950s and joined the Times in 1965 as art-news editor. He became chief art critic in 1973. He left the newspaper in 1982 and became founding editor of the New Criterion magazine, a monthly journal that critiques the arts and other topics. - AP
November 14, 2011
TAKE YOUNGMAN (PLEASE!) Think of Jayson Musson as the Sacha Baron Cohen of the art world and Hennessy Youngman as an art critic Ali G (see youtube.com/user/Youngman). "The Grand Manner," Musson's exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts through Feb. 5, features Youngman's criticism of their great works via cellphone tour. Youngman will do one of his typically hysterical presentations at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at PAFA, 128 N. Broad St. It's free. 215-972-7600, pafa.org. OTHERWORLDLY DANCE Chunky Move's riveting, 60-minute work "Connected" launches Dance Celebration's 29th season, "Out of this World.