March 8, 2012 |
After a few brief words of praise, the city Art Commission gave its unanimous blessing Wednesday to a soaring Ellsworth Kelly sculpture proposed by the Barnes Foundation for its new site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. "This was an easy one," said the architect Emanuel Kelly, a commission member (and no relation to Ellsworth Kelly). The commission's chairman, the painter Moe Brooker, lauded the Barnes for bringing high-profile attention to contemporary art. "I find that very exciting," he said.
November 1, 1998 |
The enormous, multicolored wall sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly that for decades peered through the plateglass front of the old Greyhound office building at 17th and Market Streets has been privately purchased and given to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The Kelly work - a staccato series of 104 anodized aluminium rectangles and curvy trapezoid panels strung out over 64 feet - became the first piece of abstract public sculpture in Philadelphia when it was commissioned (by architect Vincent Kling)
May 6, 2013 |
The past has come back to haunt us at the Barnes Foundation, big time. It returned this weekend in the form of a monumental mural by painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly called Sculpture for a Large Wall . Kelly created the mural in 1956-57 as a commission for the former Philadelphia Transportation Building at 17th and Market Streets. It's a landmark work of art, the first abstract sculpture in Philadelphia and a piece that looks as fresh and lively today as it did when it was installed in the building's lobby 56 years ago. The sculpture left Philadelphia in 1998 under circumstances that shocked the city's cultural community.
April 12, 2012
A photo caption in Wednesday's Inquirer incorrectly identified artist Ellsworth Kelly, above, whose new work, The Barnes Totem , was installed Tuesday at the Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In Annette John-Hall's Tuesday column, the wrong date was given for the Score 4 Scholarships Basketball Tournament. The tournament is on Sunday, April 15. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
November 6, 1987 |
The first two major sales of contemporary art since the Oct. 19 stock market crash produced mixed results Tuesday and Wednesday. Works by nine contemporary artists set sales records at Wednesday's auction at Sotheby's, but 64 works auctioned Tuesday at Christie's netted a disappointing total of $7.8 million, about $5 million less than the auction house's pre-sale estimate. Of the 64, 14 fetched bids below the reserve minimum set by the owners and therefore failed to sell. Sotheby's Wednesday sale brought in $17,661,600, reportedly the second highest total for a sale of contemporary art at auction.
April 10, 2012 |
Shortly before 8 on Tuesday, with the long morning sunlight coming in low over the city, Ellsworth Kelly's The Barnes Totem finally settled into its permanent home outside the new gallery of the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway. The slanting sunlight caught the bead-blasted steel surface of the 40-foot sculpture, brightening its matted gray and propelling geometric shadows onto the limestone panels of the new Barnes building nearby. Gusty wind Monday had delayed the installation a day - no one, and certainly not the 88-year-old artist, wanted an eight-ton artwork swirling uncontrollably high above 20th and Callowhill Streets.
May 7, 2009 |
Let's just say, it didn't hurt that the two paintings at the start of the Museum of Art's blockbuster exhibition were of guys in their swim trunks, and the people on the audio guide jumped in talking about homosexuality and nipples. "Cezanne and Beyond," I salute you. You totally got the attention of my children. I could almost see the oxygen flooding to the brain of my sixth grader, who pointed out the nipple weirdness of Cezanne's The Bather moments before the guides in her ears did. And I could see the eighth grader punching the numbers into the audio set when moments before she had vowed not to. Hey, maybe Mom is taking us to something interesting this time?
May 26, 2006 |
Having recently seen the University of Pennsylvania's annual master-of-fine-arts student show at the Icebox Project Space, as good a litmus test as any of the trends that have currency among young artists, I'd say geometric abstract painting is not the flavor of the moment. Cartoony, or at least image-driven, work reigns for now, as anyone who visited the Whitney Biennial noticed. Contrarians might argue, then, that this is an excellent time to be making abstract geometric work.
April 14, 1988 |
In addition to such artists' cooperatives as Momenta, the recent proliferation of exhibition spaces in Philadelphia has produced several galleries set up by artists on their own premises. One of the newest of these "labor of love" galleries is Red Column Studio, run by Yarrott Benz at 2101 Lombard St. Another, a few months older, is the Larry Becker at 43 N. Second St., operated by Becker and Heidi Nivling. Both galleries' public hours are limited, although you can get in by appointment - or, most of the time at Becker, by ringing the bell.