January 14, 2013 |
Isaiah Zagar, the mosaic wizard of South Street, has taken his glistening brand of lost-and-found artistry to the walls of Germantown Academy. If the 73-year-old muralist gets his way, a 600-square-foot white hallway in the Fort Washington school will be transformed from innocuous to enchanted. "I'm trying to get them to give me more space," said Zagar, who has created more than 100 murals in Philadelphia. "I want [the students] to feel like they're going through a magic tunnel.
July 16, 2012 |
THROUGH THEIR EYES "Envisioning Home: Perspectives from Philadelphia Refugees" is a photo exhibit by immigrants from Burma, Iraq and Bhutan who documented their resettlement in our city. See their work in the gallery space at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, the mirrored -mosaic treasure created by Isaiah Zagar. $5 gets you into garden and exhibit ($2, ages 6-12). The exhibit continues through Aug. 27. 1020 South St., 215-733-0390, phillymagicgardens.org . BOTTI POPS AT MANN Popular jazz trumpeter Chris Botti pairs with the Philadelphia Orchestra for a perfect summer soundscape at the Mann Center at 8 p.m. Thursday . Tickets are $32-$52 inside, $19.50 for the terrace/lawn.
April 17, 2009 |
The following review originally appeared during the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival. Isaiah Zagar's art is all over Philadelphia's South Street corridor. And his restless spirit - and painful secrets - are all over In a Dream, a stunning, deeply personal documentary portrait by the muralist's youngest son, Jeremiah Zagar. Like the dazzling, colorful mosaics that Isaiah has pasted to buildings around town - crazy-quilt images of people (often including the artist himself), shards of shattered mirror, cracked crockery, wine bottles, bicycle wheels - his life has been kaleidoscopic, yet singularly focused.
April 16, 2009 |
When Jeremiah Zagar was a chubby, awkward kid (his description - he's neither anymore), he and his father, Isaiah, marched from their house on South Street to the Ritz to watch Terry Gilliam's eye-popping fabulist fantasy, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Afterward, Jeremiah insisted they stay and watch it again. And again. Two decades and innumerous movie marathons later, Zagar has applied that same obsessive passion to his own films. In a Dream, his documentary feature debut, opens tomorrow at the Ritz at the Bourse after spending a year on the festival circuit, nabbing prizes from San Francisco to Woodstock, N.Y., Austin, Texas, to Philadelphia.
April 4, 2008 |
Isaiah Zagar's art is all over Philadelphia's South Street corridor. And his restless spirit - and painful secrets - are all over In a Dream, a stunning, deeply personal documentary portrait by the muralist's youngest son, Jeremiah Zagar. Like the dazzling, colorful mosaics that Isaiah has pasted to buildings around town - crazy-quilt images of people (often the artist himself), shards of shattered mirror, cracked crockery, bottles, bicycle wheels - his life has been kaleidoscopic, yet singularly focused.
August 17, 2007 |
Cut from something of the same cloth as Isaiah Zagar, whose mirror-and-ceramic terrazzo facades have become ubiquitous in various downtown neighborhoods, or the mysterious Philadelphia Wireman, whose wire constructions have been snapped up by collectors, or even the young photographer of urban grittiness, Zoe Strauss, who leapfrogged to the Whitney Biennial last year, the Tiberino family is one of those idiosyncrasies of the Philadelphia art scene...
October 25, 2006 |
A little more than two years ago, the fantastical constructions on an old South Street double lot teetered on the edge of obliteration. Created by the feisty mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, 67, the sculptured walls and installations that he dubbed the Magic Garden were viewed by the actual owner of the lot, a Boston-based limited partnership, as a "visual obstruction. " The work had to go, to prepare the land for sale. But Zagar, who cleared the area at 1024-26 South St. a decade ago, scattered the rats, bagged the trash, shooed away the rowdy urinators, and began to build an imaginative universe on real estate he did not own, dug in his heels.
December 17, 2005 |
South Street's Magic Garden, the soaring, shimmering, ever-morphing artscape that springs from Isaiah Zagar's imagination, will open to the public this weekend. Rarely does Zagar let people wander among the bike wheels, beer bottles, broken statues, and other strange stuff he has mortared together to form the garden's passageways, near 10th and South. But the mystically artistic Zagar, known for tile-and-mirror mosaics that embellish many buildings near where he works and lives, is practical.