April 12, 2014 |
Most of the windows were broken. There were holes in the floors. The sense of an abandoned, unlovely, and unloved place was palpable. But when two young, newly married artists stepped inside this hulking home in West Philadelphia in 1975, they saw something else. "I not only saw potential - I knew that someday we would truly come to love this house," Deborah Gross Zuchman remembers. Today, this four-story twin home, vintage 1892, is the belle of their University City neighborhood, at once grand, graceful, and slightly wild.
February 28, 2014 |
Vetri venturing up Things are looking up at Vetri - Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin's tiny flagship restaurant at 1312 Spruce St. It is expanding upstairs, taking over the apartment that for decades has benefited from the aromas that wafted up not only from Vetri but from such gems as predecessors Two Quails, Le Bec-Fin, Chanterelles, and Ciboulette. The opening, pegged for May, will also mean Sunday dinner at Vetri, something that the restaurant has not offered in its 15-plus years.
February 27, 2014 |
The residential portion of the 17-story Beaux Arts-style Avenue of the Arts building at Broad and Chestnut Streets is being sold for an undisclosed amount. MRP Residential, of Washington, and Principal Real Estate Investors, of Des Moines, Iowa, said they had purchased 176,000 square feet of the building at 1338-48 Chestnut St. and will renovate the space as 220 rental apartments. While the buyers declined to disclose the amount they will pay, sources say the sale price would be in the range of $175 to $200 per square foot.
February 26, 2014 |
On March 7, Philadelphia video artist Joshua Mosley will have his first show ever in New York. He's making quite an entrance: His work will be part of the Whitney Museum of American Art's 2014 Biennial, the prestigious survey exhibition that runs through May 25. He's not the only one. While Philadelphia has, over the years, sent a handful of works up I-95 to Manhattan for contemporary American art's big dance, this year's exhibition includes an...
December 19, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will announce Wednesday that it has successfully completed a five-year, $54 million campaign to endow 29 staff positions across the full range of museum departments, from painting and sculpture to digital technology. The campaign began in 2008 when H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, then chairman of the museum's board of trustees, and his wife, Marguerite, offered a $27 million grant and challenged donors to match it, million for million, for the right to endow and name the positions.
December 6, 2013 |
For a group of young, culturally diverse artists, the epiphany came two years ago. Sharing a workspace in the emerging creative haven of Port Richmond, the five decided pooling their talents and opportunities would pay off faster than individual struggle. Amber Art & Design was born, and already the public-art collective has left an impressive imprint, including the Roots mural honoring the Philly hip-hop neo-soul ensemble presented over the summer at Broad and South Streets.
October 2, 2013 |
Roger W. Anliker, 89, of Elkins Park, a professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art for 25 years, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, of complications from dementia at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales. Born in Akron, Ohio, Mr. Anliker distinguished himself early, winning awards and prizes for outstanding artwork. Mr. Anliker studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he graduated in 1947 with the Agnes Gund Memorial Scholarship for travel. His schooling was interrupted by service as a mapmaker during World War II with the Army's 16th Armored Division.
July 12, 2013
M IKE GREENSPOON, 29, is creative director of Brand Revive, a digital-marketing firm. Greenspoon, an Art Institute of Philadelphia grad, started the company in February 2012 in his Fitler Square home. In May, he moved it from co-op space in Old City into an old thrift store on 4th Street near Kauffman in Queen Village. His wife, Liza, 29, handles the books and oversees networking. I spoke with Mike. Q: How's the biz model work? A: A lot of companies get a website designed in one place, SEO [search-engine optimization]
July 1, 2013 |
My friend Van Youngman is a devout and vocal atheist, which serves him well as a college professor who teaches logic to art students and future sous chefs at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. White-bearded and endlessly opinionated, Youngman states those opinions in a rich, broadcast-quality baritone. He explains his enthusiastic nonbelief in religion with the ease and moral certainty of a monsignor who knows that he has won the trip to Ireland in next Sunday's parish raffle. Youngman argues that individual human existence is brutish, short, and meaningless.
June 12, 2013
Creativity blossomed larger than a white water lily at this spring's end-of-year student fashion shows, where young designers sent versions of thrift-store chic and 1960s mod looks down their runways. Moore College of Art & Design senior Amanda Davis showed two collections, among the evening's highlights. Davis' urban-prep women's wear featured lettered sweaters and knee-length pleated skirts; it was voted most saleable. Her out-of-this-world evening wear, inspired by outer space, featured a bell-sleeved electric sheer gown that could outdo J.Lo.