October 28, 2012 |
As his friend and longtime colleague Elizabeth Osborne observed, Murray Dessner was making his strongest paintings when he died of cancer Sept. 22, seven weeks short of his 78th birthday. Two exhibitions that opened this month allow Dessner's admirers and the public at large to judge for themselves. (A third, outside Wilmington, closed Saturday.) Dessner is one of four artists associated with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts showing at the Berman Museum of Ursinus College in Collegeville through Jan. 13. (The others are Osborne, Bruce Samuelson, and Vincent Desiderio.)
October 26, 2012 |
FORCED FROM THEIR country, my Cuban grandparents cut ties with their homeland and adjusted to life in United States as immigrants. Blending in became a means of survival for my family. A generation later, Americans are more likely to celebrate than hide or abandon their heritage. A diverse representation of Latino artists' work is on display at "Diálogo 365: Carpe Diem," the fourth annual "Dialogo 365" and the largest Latino contemporary art exhibition in Philadelphia.
October 19, 2012
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville, NJ; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org . 101 Quilts. Donations accepted. 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.
August 30, 2012 |
Temporary tattoos were once relegated to children's party favors and Cracker Jack boxes. Now, several companies hope that adults - men and women - will apply warm water and a bit of colored stickum to their bodies before they go out for a night on the town. The newest breed of temporary tattoos are produced by hip designers and high-fashion houses for a nostalgic population that appreciates fine body art without the permanence or pain. There's Tattly, which offers tattoos of everything from bicycles to booze bottles drawn by hot artists such as Jessica Hische, Oliver Jeffers, and James Victore.
August 24, 2012 |
Auction activity over the next few days will be concentrated in South Jersey with sales including a souvenir statue from the 1939 World's Fair; Asian, modern, and fine arts; a historic glass collection; and a new auction concept, a "tailgate" sale in the Pinelands. The statue is a metal copy of Augusta Savage's The Harp , originally a 16-foot-tall plaster sculpture formally titled Lift Every Voice and Sing , inspired by the composition by James Weldon and Rosamond Johnson. The original was the most popular and photographed work at the fair, and the copy, with a presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000, will be offered by 21st Century Antiques at an estate sale beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at 599 N. Church St. in Moorestown.
August 21, 2012 |
Irma Domke Lebing, 95, an artist who was a public-school art teacher in Elkins Park, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, of dementia at Brookside Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Roslyn. Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., and raised in Philadelphia's Frankford section, Mrs. Lebing graduated from Frankford High School in 1935 and, with an art scholarship, from what is now the University of the Arts at Broad and Pine Streets in 1940. She earned a bachelor's degree in education at Temple University in 1941.
August 2, 2012 |
BOB FRANKLIN was a man of diverse accomplishments. Foremost among them was his enormous talent as a master printer of fine art, which earned him a national reputation. But he was also a drummer with an African flavor, a professional boxer with 13 fights and a star of the playground-basketball scene, where he liked to talk about whipping Bill Cosby when both lived in the Richard Allen Homes. Robert Warren Franklin, who worked with more than 200 well-known artists in 30 years at the Brandywine Workshop on South Broad Street, died July 20 after a brief illness.
July 13, 2012 |
On an ordinary weekend, Haddonfield's main drag, Kings Highway, bustles with window shoppers, restaurant-goers, and families out for a stroll. Little side streets beckon with boutiques and galleries. But this weekend, Kings Highway will be in its annual Crafts and Fine Art Festival mode, a reminder that this town loves the arts, and has set aside this summer weekend for the last 19 years to prove it. This year marks a milestone 20th anniversary of the show. Tents line the middle of the street, and foot traffic expands exponentially as more than 285 crafters and artists, all juried into the show, display their wares in a festive arts corridor.
July 6, 2012 |
THE PENNSYLVANIA Academy of the Fine Arts is known for its focus on the human figure, thanks in part to its collection of works by famed Philadelphia painter Thomas Eakins, who studied there. Currently holding the spotlight at PAFA is a touring show of figurative paintings by American artist Eric Fischl, but also worthy of attention is Bill Viola's "Ocean Without a Shore," which is as painterly — and as figurative — as a video can get. Fischl's show, here through Sept.