May 19, 1996 |
Randy C. Bolton of Landenberg and Henry Loustau of West Grove are the only Philadelphia suburban artists in the current Delaware Art Museum Biennial exhibit. This big display has an air of self-confidence and is more enjoyable than fashionable, a cultural crowd-pleaser. The lighthearted and energetically attractive work of these two Chester County artists reflects the mood of the show, in which both are participating for the first time. The exhibit came about because it is well-known that the star system in American art often cripples our knowledge of regional effort.
October 14, 1990 |
Robert Murray is a curious phenomenon: a world-renowned sculptor living on our doorstep that no one took official notice of until now. In the early 1960s, Murray became the first Canadian sculptor to seriously explore the possibilities then emerging of purely abstract sculpture. As a result, he was rapidly pushed into the limelight by curators as the only Canadian sculptor producing mainstream international art. In the decades since, Murray has held his own as one of the world's celebrated sculptors.
November 20, 2011 |
Howard Pyle's considerable artistic legacy includes, besides a noteworthy group of classic illustrations, the Brandywine School of painting and the Delaware Art Museum. Not bad for a man who usually is omitted from lists of important American artists. As a teacher, the Wilmington native nurtured an impressive cohort of followers, including N.C. Wyeth (who subsequently produced his own line of succession), Frank Schoonover, and Philadelphian Jessie Willcox Smith. The Delaware Art Museum traces its beginning to 1912, shortly after Pyle, born in 1853, died at age 58 while traveling in Italy.
August 8, 1997 |
Nancy Miller Batty, chief curator at the Delaware Art Museum, didn't set out, with the museum's summer exhibition, to create a dialogue between abstraction and figuration. She says she only wanted to give museum exposure to two local painters whom she believed deserved attention. Yet the dialogue emerges on its own and enhances what otherwise would be two unrelated solo exhibitions. The painters are Robert Straight, who teaches at the University of Delaware, and Lisa Bartolozzi, who earned a bachelor of fine arts in painting there in 1984.
October 12, 2001 |
When art museums expand, as many have recently, they typically add a wing. The Delaware Art Museum is putting a novel spin on that familiar scenario: To grow substantially while achieving architectural harmony, it's not only adding but subtracting. The museum, which specializes in American art and illustration, announced yesterday that it would begin construction next summer on a complex architectural design that would dramatically reconfigure its facility on Kentmere Parkway. Two wings will be added, but one older one will be subtracted and another, built in 1987, will be altered.
May 3, 2013 |
The 29th annual Philadelphia International Children's Festival, presented by the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, continues through Saturday with theatrical performances and outdoor activities. Featured shows include The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly , by Theatre Lovett; Australian circus troupe C!RCA with its production 46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes ; Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's interpretation of author and illustrator Eric Carle's A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories , and more.
March 31, 2005 |
After months of bad news - staff layoffs and construction problems that have twice delayed the completion of its $24.5 million expansion project - the Delaware Art Museum finally has something positive to announce. The museum has hired Danielle Rice, an associate director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as its executive director, effective June 1. Rice succeeds Stephen T. Bruni, who retires today after 20 years as the museum's leader. Rice has worked at the Art Museum for 19 years, beginning as a curator of education.
March 29, 2014 |
The Delaware Art Museum is planning to sell as many as four unnamed paintings to cover $20 million in old construction debt and replenish its endowment funds, the museum said Wednesday. "After detailed analysis, heavy scrutiny, and the exhaustion of every reasonable alternative to relieve our bond debt, the trustees had two agonizing choices in front of them - to either sell works of art or to close our doors," museum chief executive Mike Miller said in a statement. "While today's decision is certainly hard to bear, the closure of this 100-year-old museum would be, by comparison, unbearable.
November 2, 1990 |
The current exhibitions at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington offer a conjunction of opposites - abstract sculpture by Robert Murray and realist still lifes by painter Stephen Tanis. Murray's work is thoroughly modern in its formalism, while Tanis' is lush, slightly mysterious and rooted in art history. Murray's contribution consists of 41 works, most of them maquettes for large outdoor sculptures but also including several full-scale pieces, one of which is installed next to the museum.
October 1, 1995 |
One of the most fascinating exhibits to come our way in many years is the Delaware Art Museum's "Visions of Love and Life: Pre-Raphaelite Art from the Birmingham Collection, England. " Birmingham's museums house the world's finest and most comprehensive pre-Raphaelite collection. It is still fashionable to put down English pre-Raphaelite art as limited, otherworldly and utopian. But there is something compelling and audacious about the saga of seven artists in their early 20s banding together in 1848 under the banner of a Pre- Raphaelite Brotherhood.