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...
February 15, 2014 |
Terry Adkins, 60, a University of Pennsylvania art professor whose works have been exhibited at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere, died of heart failure Friday, Feb. 7, at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Adkins lived there with his wife and two children, and also kept an apartment in Philadelphia, where he taught at Penn's School of Design. A native of Washington and the oldest of five children, Mr. Adkins was exposed to the arts early. His father, Robert, was a singer and organist, and his mother, Doris, played piano and clarinet.
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 9, 2013 |
Phillips Simkin, 69, a Philadelphia artist who created installations using his humor and off-the-wall artistic vision, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, of congestive heart failure at his home. In his artist's statement, Mr. Simkin wrote that he regarded his art activities as pseudo-enterprises "often laced with a dose of sardonic wit and humor, parody and puns. " He hewed to that vision. He was most renowned for casting and copyrighting the crack in the Liberty Bell at Independence National Historical Park, which he did after receiving permission from the National Park Service.
December 7, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Edward Hopper's Depression-era painting East Wind Over Weehawken , a bleak New Jersey streetscape owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for more than 60 years, was sold to an anonymous private buyer Thursday for $40.5 million at Christie's sale of American art. The price, which includes the auction house cut, represents a record for a Hopper painting and far exceeds Christie's pre-auction estimates of $22 million to...
October 26, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA You may have noticed the creepy, abandoned-looking building at 12th and Spring Garden Streets, its battered block-stone front inscribed, "Finney & Son - 1850. " It was once a tombstone showroom, a place where a bygone vendor of mausoleums displayed its wares. You may also have noticed that on many nights, the place looks alive, lights ablaze and shadows falling on the walls. It's not ghosts. It's art. All kinds of art - paintings, prints, music, and especially film - curated and exhibited at the aptly named Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art, or PhilaMOCA for short.
August 29, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, owner of two signature oil paintings by American realist Edward Hopper, intends to sell one and plow the expected sizable proceeds into a fund largely for acquisition of contemporary art, officials have announced. The 1934 work, East Wind Over Weehawken , is a characteristically bleak streetscape, this one in North Jersey, of angular Victorian houses, tilted telephone and light poles, and almost insignificant figures; a prominent sign stands in the foreground, "For Sale" scrawled in vivid red across its face.
July 28, 2013 |
At any time of year, Venice reels in tourists with her gliding gondolas and sunset-colored palazzos, but one of this lagoon-side siren's biggest draws is La Biennale. Up to 440,000 people flood the city for the festival, which is organized in odd years, encompassing contemporary art, architecture, the Venice Film Festival, and dance, music, and theatrical performances. The pavilions of the Giardini, a garden area first built by Napoleon Bonaparte, and the warehouses of the Arsenale are the epicenter of the event, which draws artists from around the world.
July 13, 2013
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville, NJ; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org . Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm. The Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-278-7000. www.barnesfoundation.org . Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall. $18; $15 seniors 65 and over; $10 students and children 17 and under. Sat.-Mon., Wed.-Thu. 9:30 am-6 pm; Fri. 9:30 am-10 pm. Brandywine River Museum Rte. 1 & Rte. 100, Chadds Ford; 610-388-2700.
June 25, 2013
By Reese Palley I note with pleasure the open-air sculpture museum being curated by Lance Fung in the heart of Atlantic City. I note with displeasure the response of the citizens of Atlantic City to this small but important effort to widen the appeal of our town: They don't like it. This called to mind another tale of art and Atlantic City. It is a story few know, perhaps no one still alive other than I. It is about a moment that could have altered Atlantic City's future. Sometime in the 1960s, I was at my desk in my shop at the old Marlboro-Blenheim Hotel when the phone rang.