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September 24, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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...
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April 13, 2012 | By Caroline Tiger, For The Inquirer
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)
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September 19, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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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.
BUSINESS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | BY SHAUN BRADY, For the Daily News
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?
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November 30, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
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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?
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November 5, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 28, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The old bronze-doored art deco headquarters building on Philadelphia's Washington Square is condos now. But the words, wrought by copywriters and blazoned on TV and magazines by art directors at the pioneering ad agency N.W. Ayer & Son (1869-2002) still echo: A diamond is forever Be all you can be Never underestimate the power of a woman Half a century and more after they were hired at Ayer, a generation after the last of its local staff moved to New York (the name vanished later, in a merger)
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2014 | BY SHAUN BRADY, For the Daily News
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?
NEWS
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?
NEWS
May 5, 2013 | By Hillary Siegel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leo Weisz has been involved in art since he was 6, helping design advertisements for his father's Philadelphia five-and-dime store. He's still creating art, and his favorite medium is watercolors - at age 102. "His secret to a long life is that he never worked. He loved what he did, so it was never work," Weisz's son, Howard, said of his father's accomplishments, including a lifelong career in illustration and advertising. For more than 40 years, Weisz was the art director for Acme Markets.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, has appointed the following directors to its board of trustees: William S. Aichele, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Univest Corp. of Pennsylvania and chairman of Univest National Bank & Trust Co., Univest Investments Inc., and Univest Insurance Inc.; Beth Beans Gilbert, vice president of the Fred Beans Family of Dealerships; Bill Mandel, art director and head designer for CBS and Channel 13 Educational TV in New York; Al Pritchard, a certified public accountant; and Bob Welch, president of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and owner of Central Bucks Properties L.P., Buckingham Properties L.P., R.W. Group Inc., and Academy Wealth Advisers.
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November 30, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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