September 11, 2015 |
Long after he first jarred the art world with Campbell's Soup cans, Brillo Boxes, and silk-screened Marilyns, Andy Warhol's print of Eight Elvises sold in 2008 for $100 million. Was this guy, dead since 1987, an authentic pop art genius or a charlatan getting over on show-off collectors? The question lingers, and it helps drive Opera Philadelphia's world premiere of Andy: A Popera , which opens Thursday. The idea for the opera grew out of a collaboration between the company's general director, David Devan, and the self-described "queer experimental troupe" Bearded Ladies Cabaret and its director, John Jarboe.
August 26, 2015 |
Marion Boulton "Kippy" Stroud, 76, the seemingly indefatigable founder and director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the Acadia Summer Arts Program - a.k.a. "Kamp Kippy" - in Maine, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 22, at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine. She was, said Timothy Rub, director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, of great significance both to the Art Museum, where she was a long-serving trustee, and to the world of contemporary art, where she championed textiles as a medium and, ultimately, all things fashioned by hand.
March 23, 2015 |
GENGHIS KHAN rides into town, gay rights get celebrated, "Deep Throat" (the Watergate informant, not the smut) appears in a very '70s photo show and the great painter Horace Pippin gets a great big retrospective - his first in 20 years. So stop bellyaching that there's nothing to do. Richard Avedon: Family Affairs, April 1-Aug. 2. Rare exhibit resurrects the fashion photographer's 1976 political statement - a portfolio he shot for Rolling Stone featuring 69 black-and-white portraits of that era's power elite.
January 15, 2015 |
Norma Jarrett, 88, of Jenkintown, art curator for a suburban synagogue and mother-in-law of the newscaster Larry Kane, died Monday, Jan. 12, of leukemia at Abington Hospice at Warminster. Although it was a volunteer position, Mrs. Jarrett took seriously her work as art curator and director of the Olitsky Gallery at Congregation Beth Or, where she and husband Irvin were members. Before she retired last December after 35 years, Mrs. Jarrett told the Jewish Exponent that she set the bar very high for the artists whose work she displayed.
November 17, 2014
ZEN LEN likes feng shui, but doesn't like to be categorized. As an artist, Leonard Bazemore works in wood and clay - and watercolor, oil and acrylic, too. Before his ascent into art, he built his bankroll as a real estate agent - and real estate remains a key in his strategy for success in the art world. It seems contradictory. Commerce and art are usually mutually exclusive, but not for Zen Len. When he was about 10, he delivered newspapers and bought himself sneakers.
November 2, 2014 |
Carolee Schneemann may never be a household name. Though a well-known member of New York's downtown avant-garde in the 1960s, the performance artist, now 75, didn't even get a retrospective in that city until 1996, when the New Museum's then-curator Dan Cameron corrected the omission. But the art world is feeling nostalgic for the ferment of the '60s, and Schneemann was one of its most conspicuously ardent pot-stirrers, using her brains and her often-naked body in solo and collaborative performances that rattled audiences with their outspoken sexuality.
May 23, 2014 |
ROLAND AYERS was one of those kids who seemed to be studiously bent over his schoolbooks in class, but in reality was hard at work drawing airplanes. Although he did well in school, Roland loved airplanes, and his schoolbooks were filled with drawings of all kinds of planes. His airborne pen-and-ink work dates back to the first grade, and his wife, Sheila Whitelaw Ayers, has drawings with his name written in a child's scrawl at the bottom. Of course, Roland went far beyond airplanes in a long and distinguished art career, creating what one critic called "magically surreal" works in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache and collage.
April 23, 2014 |
By the time she was 6, Swarthmore novelist Rachel Pastan knew she would become a writer. Her decision wasn't the result of a blinding artistic epiphany: Nothing seemed more natural for Pastan, who grew up watching her mother, acclaimed Maryland poet Linda Pastan, sit for hours every day at her IBM Selectric. For Rachel, her future simply was a matter of entering "the family business. " And so she did. Pastan, 48, recently wrapped up a book tour for her third novel, Alena , a story about the art world told through a unique, clever reworking of Daphne du Maurier's famous Gothic romance Rebecca . The writing life came easily for the young Pastan.
September 7, 2013 |
The first thing Nick Stuccio wants you to know about the 2013 Fringe Festival - the cutting-edge performance binge formerly known as the Live Arts Festival - is that Philadelphia is ready for a serious dialogue with the global art scene. "We're changing our festival's usual balance and showing off what the international artist has to say," says Stuccio, director of the sponsoring FringeArts organization. Since the festival began 17 years ago, Stuccio has traveled worldwide to find the most daring performances in theater, dance, and video.