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January 30, 1994 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Let's get right to the point. Pay the $7 and see the Horace Pippin retrospective at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Museum of American Art, Broad and Cherry Streets). This may be the best art exhibition Philadelphia will see this year. Pippin is the real thing. His work may not be polished but it's completely honest and often surprisingly sophisticated in its design and use of color. Pippin is America's Henri Rousseau - if he doesn't validate the model of the self-taught artist, no one else ever will.
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February 14, 2003 | By Edward J. Sozanski INQUIRER ART CRITIC
To mark Black History Month, the Reading Public Museum is introducing its audience to legendary folk painter Horace Pippin through a small survey show that illustrates the artist's principal themes - war images, portraiture, still lifes and especially scenes of black life. "In Search of Horace Pippin: Three Views" turns out to be a surprisingly strong presentation. It contains only 18 works, including three of the burnt-wood panels that got him started as an artist. However, the loans, from museums such as the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are strong.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Horace Pippin died in West Chester in July 1946 at age 58, the New York Times obituary praised the painter as a "noted Negro artist, who taught himself to paint. " The Times then reported that "the simplicity of the primitives he produced" had led Chester County critic Christian Brinton to compare Pippin to "Pittsburgh road digger John Kane, famed housepainter artist. " Even in death, Pippin was presented not on his own terms, but in relation to a white artist in a comparison made by a white critic.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1994 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Channel 12 describes The Art of Horace Pippin, which it will broadcast at 8:30 tonight, as a documentary, but that's stretching reality to the breaking point. This 30-minute program about the self-taught black painter from West Chester is really a promotional video for the retrospective exhibition of Pippin's work at the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In fact, a 10-minute version of the program is on continuous view in the exhibition, as an introduction to one of the most accomplished self-taught artists of this century.
NEWS
April 17, 2000 | By Catherine Quillman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Recently, two rare paintings done in 1930 by Horace Pippin were reunited at the Chester County Historical Society, which acquired the works 10 years apart. The most recent acquisition, known as The Bear Hunt II, has no dramatic story behind it. It was never lost. That makes it very unlike its creator, a West Chester painter whose career took off only a year after his work was "discovered" in a shoe-repair shop. The society purchased the work in June from a New York dealer, using funds donated by Penelope Wilson of Paoli.
NEWS
September 7, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 4, 1994
We went to see Horace Pippin the other day, on a bracing afternoon when a hot button of sun beamed down after so many months of snow and gloomy rain. He is the self-taught West Chester painter, the wounded African American infantryman who found that World War I "brought out all the art in me. " He was a genial man. He peered out on the America of the 1940s, beyond the Detroit race riots, beyond the Klansmen's hoods, beyond another war, and could still see bright reason to hope.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 1994 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Every young artist dreams of being "discovered" and taking the art world by storm. Horace Pippin wasn't discovered until he was nearly 50, but he conquered the art world of his time in one giant stride. Within a year, he had graduated from small-town painter to headliner at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). That was in 1938. By 1940, Pippin was known all over the country. Time and Newsweek wrote about his exhibitions. Hollywood stars such as Claude Rains, Edward G. Robinson and Charles Laughton were buying his paintings.
NEWS
February 6, 1994 | By Catherine Quillman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The vibrant and colorful paintings of Horace Pippin, on exhibit at the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, have often been characterized as a window into the heritage of black Americans in Chester County. Pippin, the grandson of slaves, captured the warmth and simplicity of everyday life in paintings such as Interior of a Cabin and Domino Players. But the scenes could have taken place anywhere. These folklore paintings, as well as Pippin's still lifes, portraits and landscapes of rural Pennsylvania, made him practically an overnight sensation.
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May 2, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Walk in honor and admiration of your favorite girls and women Saturday at the third annual Sojourner Truth Walk at Clark Park in University City. All are welcome to support this 5k walk through West Philadelphia. Bring a photo of your favorite female to hold up during the walk, whether it's your daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, an esteemed leader, or other. You can walk as an individual or as a team. The route circles Clark Park to Kingsessing Park, then Malcolm X Park, and ends at the Calvary Center for Community and Culture on 48th Street and Baltimore Avenue.
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April 24, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Horace Pippin died in West Chester in July 1946 at age 58, the New York Times obituary praised the painter as a "noted Negro artist, who taught himself to paint. " The Times then reported that "the simplicity of the primitives he produced" had led Chester County critic Christian Brinton to compare Pippin to "Pittsburgh road digger John Kane, famed housepainter artist. " Even in death, Pippin was presented not on his own terms, but in relation to a white artist in a comparison made by a white critic.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY BECKY BATCHA & LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writers batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
GENGHIS KHAN rides into town, gay rights get celebrated, "Deep Throat" (the Watergate informant, not the smut) appears in a very '70s photo show and the great painter Horace Pippin gets a great big retrospective - his first in 20 years. So stop bellyaching that there's nothing to do. Richard Avedon: Family Affairs, April 1-Aug. 2. Rare exhibit resurrects the fashion photographer's 1976 political statement - a portfolio he shot for Rolling Stone featuring 69 black-and-white portraits of that era's power elite.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
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...
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September 7, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
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.
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