February 21, 2015 |
The African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Brandywine River Museum combine forces on Saturday to celebrate the 127th anniversary of West Chester artist Horace Pippin with a "crafternoon" at the African American Museum. Festivities begin with a reading aloud of A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. Pippin often included a red highlight in his landscapes, domestic interiors, and historic scenes. Afterward, guests can make their own art inspired by the artist.
February 7, 2015 |
It was 39 years ago that President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month "to honor the too-often-neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history. " The month's mandate since then has broadened to encompass all elements of diaspora, heritage, issues, and achievement. The region has launched a month of art and exhibitions, theater, film, and events that celebrate and illuminate black history past, present, and future.
June 16, 2014 |
Since the arrival of director William Valerio almost four years ago, the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill has undergone stunning improvements, not least the transformation of the museum's unfocused summer juried exhibition into a serious examination of contemporary art. This year, the museum has made yet another bold step in the right direction, inviting one of the city's most admired artists, the painter Sarah McEneaney, to be the juror of its...
September 7, 2013 |
Horace Pippin deserved better. That's all librarian Christina McCawley and her husband, Dwight, could think of as they pushed away the branches. The West Chester couple had gone in search of the grave site of the self-taught artist whose work hangs on the walls of major museums. On their second visit to Chestnut Grove Annex Cemetery in West Goshen Township, they found Pippin's resting place. It was buried, the couple said, beneath the branches of a tree-size bush that dwarfed McCawley and her husband.
February 23, 2013
Film New this week: 56 Up (**** out of four stars). The eighth installment in the extraordinary doc series that began with Seven Up, profiling a group of British 7-year-olds, and revisiting them every seven years since. Although the respective stories are different, ultimately what is so compelling is the universality of the experiences. We were all once children. And we all will die. And in between, there is everything else. No MPAA rating (adult themes). - Steven Rea Music Sweet Honey in the Rock.
February 22, 2013 |
When she was 8 or 9, in the 1960s, Jen Bryant learned to type by copying obituary material on the desk of her father, a Flemington, N.J., undertaker. In 2004, having already published more than a dozen books, she happened on a painting at the Brandywine River Museum by Horace Pippin, the late African American artist from West Chester. Bookend events. From her first childhood taste of writing to her latest children's book, A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, published by Alfred A. Knopf in January.
February 22, 2013 |
The stage production based on E.B. White's story Charlotte's Web continues at Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Charlotte the Spider, Templeton the Rat, and their animal friends try to save Wilbur the Pig from being slaughtered. Charlotte writes messages in her web to get the farmer's attention in hopes he will let Wilbur live. "Charlotte's Web," 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at Broadway Theatre of Pitman, 43 S. Broadway, Pitman. Admission: $9. Tickets can be purchased by phone, at the theater box office, or online at www.pitmanbroadwaytheatre.com . Information: 856-384-8381.
February 17, 2013
Jen Bryant lives in Chester County and is the author of "A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin," illustrated by Melissa Sweet In 1933, if you peered through the first-floor window of a certain plain brick house on Gay Street in West Chester, you might see a strongly built African American man, impeccably dressed in pressed white shirt and wool vest, his left hand grasping his right wrist, leaning toward his easel. His gaze is riveted, intense, as he applies from his palette, in thick, short strokes, house paint he's scavenged from the borough's alleys.
October 24, 2010 |
Visitors to the Barnes Foundation eventually discover that there's much more to its extraordinary display than its renowned groups of impressionist, postimpressionist, and early modern paintings. There is, for instance, a sizable body of American art that accounts for about a quarter of the works installed in the Merion galleries. One room, Gallery 12, is devoted entirely to the American artists Albert C. Barnes knew and collected in depth. Despite this, and the fact that at least two American works hang in each gallery, in the public's perception the American artists continue to be eclipsed by European stars such as Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, and Matisse.
February 8, 2009 |
Over three generations, the Wyeth family has produced five painters, three of whom have achieved national stature. Andrew, who died Jan. 16, became the most famous, not only for the remarkable longevity of his career but also because a number of other painters have trod in his stylistic footsteps. His older sister Carolyn, who died in 1994, was not one of them, although she, too, was trained by their father, N.C. Wyeth. Instead, Carolyn became the anti-Wyeth, both for her independent and sometimes rebellious personality and because her paintings often don't look very Wyeth-like.