February 12, 2013 |
Last year, curators at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts began planning an all-female art exhibition. Organizers hoped it would facilitate a debate about whether feminism is still needed in modern art, but they weren't sure audiences would find the topic worthy of debate. Then came Ken Johnson, a New York Times art critic who in only six sentences sparked an impassioned controversy that has played out for months on his Facebook page, arts blogs, an online petition and, on Sunday evening, a sold-out panel discussion at PAFA on the very topic the curators wanted to discuss all along.
February 1, 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 . $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. www.brandywinemuseum.org . The Magic Pencil of the Amazing F.O.C.
January 22, 2013 |
Leonardo Hidalgo's art career spanned several countries and dozens of years, but it was a dance school that brought him to Philadelphia. Mr. Hidalgo, who was born in the Philippines, was already a well-established artist and professor there when his only daughter won a scholarship to Philadelphia's Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet in 1992. Mr. Hidalgo moved the family to Philadelphia - where he kept painting - and ended up staying for the rest of his life. He died at home Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 78 after suffering a heart attack.
January 16, 2013 |
Stephen Anthony "Tony" Gaye, 65, of Northern Liberties, a commercial and fine-art photographer who had studios in and around Philadelphia for about 30 years, died Thursday, Dec. 13, of a heart attack at his home. Mr. Gaye, who described himself as a "studio still-life photographer," was known for his work for advertisers and his fine-art work in galleries, said Frank Bolling, a longtime friend. "He did the photographs for the most recent Campbell's annual report," Bolling said.
November 26, 2012 |
Linda Lee Alter's collection of art by women, 25 years in the making, makes its public debut at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under the title "The Female Gaze. " At the entrance to the show, visitors are greeted by a monumental ceramic "grandmother" figure by Viola Frey that unequivocally announces not only that one has entered the domain of female art, but that this art easily holds its own with any other. As one quickly comes to realize, the "gaze" in question refers not only to women expressing how they experience daily life and the world, it embodies the intelligence that shaped the collection.
November 25, 2012
Connecticut. Celebration of American Crafts in New Haven runs through Dec. 24 at the Creative Arts Workshop, 80 Audubon St. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thus., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Suns., 1-5 p.m.; Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. www.creativeartsworkshop.org . Delaware. "Yuletide at Winterthur: A Feast for the Eyes" runs through Jan. 6. In addition to the tour, there are special events, performances, and workshops. 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Adults $20; ages 2-11, $5. www.winterthur.org . Maryland.
November 11, 2012 |
She doesn't look like a revolutionary. Now in her early 70s, Linda Lee Alter is diminutive, gracious, and soft-spoken, with a fringe of white hair and rimless glasses. During an interview in her light-filled Center City apartment, she was dressed simply and conservatively: charcoal sweater vest, pearl-gray blouse, black slacks, flats. Yet with one bold gesture, Alter has transformed Philadelphia into a must-visit city for anyone interested in the work of female artists. Alter spent a quarter-century assembling an impressive collection: approximately 400 works made during the last four decades by more than 150 American women.