December 25, 2014 |
Ann Claire "Acey" Wolgin, 90, of Whitemarsh, a philanthropist and patron of the arts in Philadelphia and Florida, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, of respiratory failure at the Hill at Whitemarsh. Mrs. Wolgin was a longtime friend and supporter of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As cochair of the Friends of the Museum and a member of the Associates Program, both donor groups, she provided strong leadership for efforts to bolster the museum. In 1974, she was elected to serve as one of the first women trustees.
April 24, 2014
The newest jewel in the Philadelphia Museum of Art treasure trove is a 97-work collection that may tend toward minimalist tastes. But there's nothing bare-bones about its likely impact on the museum, its patrons, and the region's cultural landscape. Indeed, the decision by collectors Keith and Katherine Sachs to donate a substantial portion of their collection - whose acquisition poignantly represents a scrapbook of their 45-year marriage - requires a grand gesture in response. That came from museum officials this week with the renaming of the galleries of modern and contemporary art for the couple.
January 11, 2014 |
Art collectors Keith and Katherine Sachs, who have amassed one of the finest collections of contemporary work in the country, will donate the vast majority of it to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, transporting that institution into the front ranks of large museums with holdings of late-20th and early 21st-century art. Museum director Timothy Rub called the gift of 97 works, to be announced Friday, transformational and placed it among the three greatest...
July 6, 2012 |
MANY GALLERIES stay open later on the first Friday of the month. Some schedule special events for second Fridays. Here's what's happening Friday night and throughout July at area art spaces. Bridgette Mayer Gallery. 709 Walnut St., 215-413-8893, bridgettemayergallery.com . "Line // Print," prints by modern and contemporary artists, including Jasper Johns. July 10-Aug. 24. Indigo Gallery. Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St., 215-765-1041, indigoarts.com . "East African Encounters: Contemporary Art from Kenya & Tanzania.
June 24, 2012 |
Things have changed since 1961, when Jasper Johns made his Painting Bitten by a Man, an encaustic painting out of which he actually took a chomp, thereby embedding it with a vague eroticism (that Johns, a quiet gay man, kept the painting in his personal collection for many years before giving it to MoMA only added to its mystique). Now, a few decades down the road, another "Painting Bitten by a Man" — this time an exhibition at Vox Populi titled after the Johns painting — brings together the efforts of two artists, Brian Kokoska and Jonathan VanDyke, who seem happy to let their queer sensibilities permeate every aspect of their art. I did not see VanDyke's presentation of his three-hour performance, Cordoned Area, on opening night, but have since walked around the large piece of canvas on Vox Populi's floor on which two male dancers cavorted with each other and paint, covering their clothing and the canvas (and part of the wall behind)
October 28, 2011 |
Four weeks ago, October began with the dedication of Claes Oldenburg's latest contribution to the city's outdoor art scene: the 51-foot-high paintbrush in Lenfest Plaza across from the new Broad Street entrance of the Convention Center that effectively helped reconfigure the center from an Arch Street structure to one fronting the Avenue of the Arts. November will bring an event focusing on another outdoor artwork by Oldenburg that reconfigured a public space: the Clothespin - specifically, the sale of a 4-foot-high model of it from the art collection of the late Jack Wolgin.
October 20, 2011 |
Things are a bit crazy backstage at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre. It's two hours before the curtain goes up for the first preview performance of director Anders Cato's staging of Red , John Logan's two-man biographical drama about abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. "We're working until the final moment," Cato says during a quick break. "But yes, I'm feeling good about the show. " The Philadelphia Theatre Company production runs through Nov. 13. Cato is confident his two stars, Stephen Rowe and Haley Joel Osment, will deliver.
November 22, 2009 |
There can be little doubt that the Bruce Nauman show at the 53d Venice Biennale, closing today, will reverberate in significant ways for the artist, the Biennale, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which curated this selective career retrospective. The museum lined the outside of the U.S. Pavilion with multicolor Nauman neon words, giving the small Neoclassical building a beckoning presence on the Biennale's leafy grounds. It also expanded the show beyond the famed art fair into two other Venice venues - a possibly unprecedented strategy that led to unusual chance encounters with the work.
May 31, 2009 |
If Philadelphia has lifted its famously charming veil of parochialism in any sustained way, it has been through two cultural exports: international touring by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and, for more than a century, stepping onto the art world's big stage at the Venice Biennale. No Philadelphians were represented at the first Biennale in 1895, but by the second international exposition in 1897, Philadelphia-born painter Julius L. Stewart started a long tradition of area artists and museums staking a claim for the city as a source of art ideas.
October 5, 2007 |
Like a writer's second novel, the artist's second one-person show often catches its creator in an experimental mode. Anthony Campuzano's second exhibition at Fleisher/Ollman is no exception. He is still the antic, peripatetic artist whose colored-pencil and ink drawings of headline and ransom note-like sentences could almost be mistaken for the work of a self-taught visionary, but he has devoted a substantial portion of this show to a series called "Note on Door," nine large, vertical paintings on wood panels, all bearing the same message.