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December 2, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
An exhibition of wall sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly - including a large piece that once graced the old Greyhound terminal at 17th and Market Streets - will be presented at the Barnes Foundation from May 4 through Sept. 2, Barnes officials announced Thursday. It will be the first show of non-foundation works at the new Barnes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The initial special exhibition included foundation works not regularly on public view. "We are thrilled to inaugurate our program of contemporary exhibitions with a presentation of works by Ellsworth Kelly, an acknowledged master of the 20th and 21st centuries," said Derek Gillman, Barnes president and director.
NEWS
December 2, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
An exhibition of wall sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly - including a large piece that once graced the old Greyhound terminal at 17th and Market Streets - will be presented at the Barnes Foundation from May 4 through Sept. 2, Barnes officials announced Thursday. It will be the first show of non-foundation works at the new Barnes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The initial special exhibition included foundation works not regularly on public view. "We are thrilled to inaugurate our program of contemporary exhibitions with a presentation of works by Ellsworth Kelly, an acknowledged master of the 20th and 21st centuries," said Derek Gillman, Barnes president and director.
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December 8, 2009 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Watching hundreds of people gather around his wife at the Philadelphia Museum of Art the other night, 69-year-old Gene Gladstone thought about all the evenings he and Kaki had poured some wine and talked about their days. Gene, a lawyer, would take a minute or two to sum up his workday. "The rest of the night, she'd entertain me with hers," he said. And why wouldn't Kaki Gladstone have endless stories to tell, after 45 years working in volunteer services at the museum, the last 28 as head of a department that has 686 volunteers of one sort or another?
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March 7, 2012 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
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 architect Emanuel Kelly, a commission member. The commission's chairman, painter Moe Brooker, lauded the Barnes for bringing such high-profile attention to contemporary art. "I find that very exciting," he said. The Kelly sculpture, a slender stainless steel blade rising 40 feet, was commissioned and donated to the Barnes by the Neubauer Family Foundation.
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July 5, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Dancer and choreographer Joan Myers Brown, the founder of Philadanco and a commanding presence in the world of dance and arts education, and Laurie Olin, whose landscape-architecture firm is responsible for revitalizing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and many other public spaces in the city, have been named recipients of the National Medal of the Arts, the White House announced Wednesday. In announcing the 12 winners of the nation's highest civic honor for excellence in the arts, President Obama cited Brown, 80, for carving out "an artistic haven for African American dancers and choreographers to innovate, create, and share their unique visions with the national and global dance communities.
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January 1, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
Our loss is heaven's gain. In 2015, that place welcomed a lot of great people. Here are a few of the prominent newcomers to the next world: Newsmakers The civil rights movement graduated three of its great emeriti: Julian Bond , 75; Grace Lee Boggs , 100; and Amelia Boynton Robinso n, 104. Helmut Schmidt , 96, was a crucial cold war leader for then-West Germany. Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright was 92. Richard S. Schweiker , 89, was a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and a member of President Ronald Reagan's cabinet.
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January 23, 2009 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
In moments of sorrow, some like to send flowers. The museum world sends art. Starting just weeks after the death in June of Philadelphia Museum of Art director Anne d'Harnoncourt, the museum began receiving paintings, drawings and other items given in her memory. Among the gems: a small Georges Seurat oil on wood donated by Jacqueline Matisse Monnier, granddaughter of Henri Matisse; a Frank Stella painting from Museum of Modern Art president emerita Agnes Gund; and a colored-pencil drawing by Claes Oldenburg given by friend of four decades Marion Boulton Stroud, founder of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.
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April 30, 2013 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bernie Mason spent World War II moving Army tanks, sometimes picking them up and setting them down with his bare hands. He's not superhuman. And the tanks weren't some ultralight secret weapon. It was combat trickery. As a 21-year-old lieutenant, Mason helped lead a handpicked unit of artists and creative thinkers who deployed and arranged highly detailed, inflatable rubber tanks - and trucks, jeeps, and artillery - to fool the Germans into thinking the Americans had more firepower than they actually did or that the equipment was somewhere other than where it really was. Officially, the unit was the 23d Headquarters Special Troops.
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September 8, 2008 | By Peter Dobrin INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
In death as in life, she got them to look at art. And to Anne d'Harnoncourt last night, they said thank you and good-bye. About 2,000 friends, colleagues and admirers gathered at the Academy of Music for a warm and polished tribute to d'Harnoncourt, the longtime Philadelphia Museum of Art director whose death from a heart attack June 1 shook the local arts community and the tight-knit international art establishment. The event, held on what would have been her 65th birthday, may not mitigate the kind of grief and dismay that has gripped the Art Museum in the last few months, but it does draw down an unofficial curtain on a summer of mourning.
NEWS
November 10, 1998
Little did Philadelphians know, but the recent fight to save the Dream Garden mosaic was actually Round Two in the struggle to preserve privately owned artwork that's on public display. And Round One was a loss by knockout. More than a year before casino mogul Steve Wynn eyed Dream Garden, another work - the sprawling Ellsworth Kelly wall sculpture that, for decades, graced a downtown lobby - was purchased, carted off, resold and then donated to New York's Museum of Modern Art. The story of the Kelly sale, unearthed only now, is another wake-up call - as is the disturbing news, arrived last week, that there's still a "For Sale" sign on the Dream Garden.
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