September 24, 2012 |
Robert D. Darrach, 85, an art director in the 1960s for national magazines published in Philadelphia, died Thursday, Sept. 13, of complications from pneumonia at a nursing home in Lebanon, N.H. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Darrach attended La Salle College High School and served in the Army Air Force from 1944 to 1946, photographing, among other work, the sites of plane crashes and bombings in Japan in the year after World War II. Mr. Darrach earned...
April 13, 2012 |
Project Runway fans know the TV version of how a textile pattern comes to be: Designers call on inspirations as literal as a clock or as abstract as a childhood memory. Then they draw, paint, or scan their interpretations into existence. It's easy to imagine in-house design teams at brands like Target and BCBG mimicking this process, but the truth is they have a secret weapon. Since 2006 Printfresh, a textile studio based in Kensington, has been selling fresh prints — both original designs and vintage textiles — to inspire the clothing we buy at the mall (Kohl's, Target)
September 19, 2014 |
Philadelphia knows its families of artists, families in which the spark of creative vision is passed from one generation to the next and ignites in each. Just stand in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, beneath Alexander Calder's white mobile, Ghost , look down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Swann Fountain's sculptural figures by Alexander Sterling Calder, and on to City Hall's tower, where Alexander Milne Calder's William Penn presides. Son, father, grandfather - three generations of artists defining one city boulevard.
December 3, 2011
Former New York Times art director Louis Silverstein, 92, who helped modernize the Times and was credited with influencing newspaper design nationwide, has died. Mr. Silverstein's daughter, Anne Silverstein, told the Times that her father died Thursday of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Brooklyn. Mr. Silverstein was charged with transforming the so-called Gray Lady into a more visually appealing newspaper that could attract readers in the age of television. Former Times managing editor Arthur Gelb said Mr. Silverstein responded with a vision for opening up the newspaper's design.
February 15, 2012
Lillian Bassman, 94, a magazine art director and fashion photographer who achieved renown in the 1940s and '50s with high-contrast, dreamy portraits of sylphlike models, then reemerged in the '90s as a fine-art photographer after a cache of lost negatives resurfaced, died Monday at her home in New York. Ms. Bassman entered the world of magazine editing and fashion photography as a protégé of Alexey Brodovitch, the renowned art director of Harper's Bazaar. In addition to providing innovative graphic design, she gave prominent display to future photographic stars like Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, and Louis Faurer, whose work whetted her appetite to become a photographer herself.
February 24, 2015
Annie Burridge has been named managing director of Opera Philadelphia . Burridge will join the artistic-planning team and assume responsibility for implementing the company's business plan. She had been senior vice president of institutional advancement. Jeremiah Marks has been hired as chief financial officer. Marks, who had been controller at Seattle Opera, succeeds Gary B. Gansky , who recently retired after 17 years of leadership with Opera Philadelphia. In addition, the company has hired two opera professionals to serve in key fund-raising positions.
January 9, 2014 |
Whether you're there to vent your frustration at City Council, report for the drudgery of jury duty or, worse yet, winding up on the other side of the court system, there are plenty of reasons to be unhappy about visiting City Hall and its neighboring municipal buildings. But, instead of tweeting your complaints the next time you find yourself there, you can now use your smartphone to explore the stunning public artwork in and around the historic building. What was the inspiration behind Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE statue?
November 30, 2012 |
JAMES JACKSON was 5 years old when he started to draw cartoons. They weren't the customary scratchings of a restless kid, but pictures that showed a budding talent ready to blossom. Jimmy Jackson parlayed that talent into a career as a graphic artist, much in demand by companies seeking clever websites, and businesses needing advertising art. He died Nov. 27 of complications of scleroderma, an autoimmune disease. He was 45 and lived in Blue Bell. Jimmy was also active in his church, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.
December 12, 2013
J AMES McMANAMAN, 54, and David White, 48, both of South Philly, are co-owners of Absolute Abstract, an art store on 13th Street near Walnut specializing in giclee (pronounced GEE-clay) canvas prints. They also have a pop-up store at Christmas Village in LOVE Park, with a mistletoe-themed "Kissing Wall. " Ten percent of proceeds from mistletoe sales will be donated to the National Kidney Foundation. I spoke with McManaman. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Absolute Abstract?
November 5, 2012 |
William H. Campbell, 97, of Spring Garden, an illustrator, painter, and cofounder of the Main Point, a former cabaret in Bryn Mawr, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, of cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mr. Campbell had 47 solo exhibits and shared space at numerous shows with other artists over a career spanning more than 70 years. In a statement for an exhibit in 2000 at Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, he said he experimented with "dimension, texture, and color" to create his abstract art. He also exhibited at Woodmere in 2010 and 2011.