August 1, 1991 |
Perhaps because she was a woman working in a period dominated by male artists, or perhaps because Hodgkin's disease forced her to stop painting when her talent was in full flower, the late Reva Urban has been overlooked in chronologies of American painting over the last 30 years. The exhibition of her work in the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that Urban's reputation deserves to be refurbished. If these works are typical, during the early to mid-1960s she was as innovative as any of her contemporaries, and more so than most.
August 28, 1992 |
John Andrew Cederstrom, 63, of Merion Station, an artist and teacher who began his career as a nature artist and ended it restoring and protecting the works of others, died Tuesday at Hahnemann University Hospital. "He was an amazing man," said Roslyn Hahn, co-owner of the Hahn Gallery in Chestnut Hill, where Mr. Cederstrom was chief conservator. "He restored paintings, works on paper and he occasionally worked on frames. And he was very aware about art history and about the artists and the art periods of the art he worked on. " He was a quiet, soft-spoken man who never raised his voice and had a reputation as an intellectual with a vivid sense of humor that made his students remember the lessons he taught.
December 12, 1991 |
The steadily growing interest in women's art should be further stimulated by the new exhibit "Lady Artists in Evidence: Four Chester County Women Artists" at the Chester County Historical Society. Until now, historical societies in our area seem to have left this kind of enterprise to commercial art galleries or small museums. This show is often more interesting as social history than for its esthetic revelations. Indeed, it has to be considered a social documentary about four turn-of-the-century women artists from the same locality, rather than an anthology of their highest achievements.
October 25, 1990 |
John Singleton Copley's famous painting Watson and the Shark is grounded in historical fact - a man named Brook Watson was, indeed, attacked by a shark while swimming in Havana harbor. But Copley's dramatic interpretation of the incident as a heroic allegory is as much fiction as fact, which is equally true of Thomas Eakins' masterpiece, The Gross Clinic. In her show at Temple Gallery, Dotty Attie shows us that pictures such as these aren't always what they appear to be. She does it imaginatively and humorously, for while Attie wishes to cut to the bone of art history, she doesn't want the patient to bleed excessively.
October 20, 1990 |
The first reaction of people she meets, when she tells them what she does, is "their eyes glaze over," Marina Pacini observes cheerfully. Pacini, a slim, dark-haired woman born in Colombia 35 years ago, is the one-woman band who, for the last five years, has been coordinating the Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project for the Archives of American Art. Since 1954, when the Archives of American Art launched its initial two-year project -...
April 7, 2002 |
Ralph Kuncl, a physician and researcher in the field of neuromuscular diseases who also has a background in education, has been named provost of Bryn Mawr College. Kuncl lives in Baltimore, where he is vice provost for undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University. He will take the post at Bryn Mawr in June, when he will replace Robert Dostal, who plans to return to teaching in the college's philosophy department. Kuncl, the first physician to be named to the position, is also a professor of neurology and pathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
December 7, 2003 |
Intrigued by the expressive way artists have portrayed beautiful women and by the talented geisha entertainers in colorful Japanese woodblock prints, Ginger da Costa decided to try her hand at the ancient art form. An art history professor, da Costa drew on her love of vintage photographs, Asian culture and the classical world to create images of the geisha, dancing and playing the traditional musical instruments, as well as of the goddess Aphrodite, heeding Cupid's advice. Da Costa's work, along with the prints created by her West Chester University colleague Belle Hollon, will be exhibited in a two-person show, Beyond Ukiyo-e: Creative Woodblock Prints, at the Chester County Art Association through Dec. 20. "It was 15 years since I made art," confessed da Costa, who has a doctorate in art history.
December 14, 2005 |
Rosemont College announced this week that president Ann M. Amore had taken a medical leave of absence for an indefinite period, and will be replaced by acting president Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, a professor of art history at Dickinson College. Citing privacy law, Rosemont spokeswoman Christyn Moran Newman declined to say what was ailing Amore, or how long she expects to be gone. Hirsh's appointment is for six months, Moran Newman said. In a letter this week to students and professors, however, Amore did not sound like an administrator who would be returning anytime soon to the small Catholic liberal arts school on the Main Line.
October 28, 2012 |
As his friend and longtime colleague Elizabeth Osborne observed, Murray Dessner was making his strongest paintings when he died of cancer Sept. 22, seven weeks short of his 78th birthday. Two exhibitions that opened this month allow Dessner's admirers and the public at large to judge for themselves. (A third, outside Wilmington, closed Saturday.) Dessner is one of four artists associated with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts showing at the Berman Museum of Ursinus College in Collegeville through Jan. 13. (The others are Osborne, Bruce Samuelson, and Vincent Desiderio.)
January 1, 2012 |
While studying city planning at Harvard University, Abraham A. Davidson had difficulty drawing perspectives correctly. In his autobiography on a Temple University website, Dr. Davidson wrote that a Harvard professor discouraged his thoughts of graduate studies in architecture but, he recalled, "I might be allowed to continue in city planning. "I thought city planning was beset by politics, while art history was something 'purer.' "Little did I then realize . . . " Dr. Davidson, 76, of Center City, who retired as an art history professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art in May after a 43-year career there, died of sepsis Sunday, Dec. 18, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.