February 4, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has acquired five major French paintings - a late Cézanne view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, a Manet still life of fruit, a landscape and a cityscape by Pissarro, and a portrait of a young girl by Berthe Morisot - all as a bequest from longtime museum supporter Helen Tyson Madeira, who died last year. In addition, the museum has received two early portraits by Marcel Duchamp, of the parents of his lifelong friend, Gustave Candel, donated by Candel's daughter, Yolande Candel.
May 19, 2014 |
As a teenager in southern New Jersey, Pat Steir would skip school to travel to Philadelphia, specifically to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "I did it so often - sitting on the floor, spreading my books out on the floor, looking at the artwork, eating apples - that after a while the guards didn't even chase me away," recalled Steir, now 74, in an oral history for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. One early influence was Marcel Duchamp,...
November 5, 2012 |
Though Dove Bradshaw's art is all about chance, change, and indeterminacy, it's no accident that her one-person show at Larry Becker Contemporary Art, "Copper, Silver, Fool's Gold" coincides with "Dancing Around the Bride," the current Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibition examining Marcel Duchamp's interactions and exchanges with John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns. The first artist to influence Bradshaw was Duchamp, whose Bicycle Wheel she first saw at the Museum of Modern Art when she was 14. In 1969, while a student at the Boston Museum School of Art, Bradshaw hung a bicycle wheel sideways from the ceiling of her studio as a perch for two live doves that a friend had given her; she then put a Zen archery target on the floor directly beneath the wheel, simultaneously referencing herself, Duchamp, and Johns.
November 5, 2012 |
An exhibition like the current "Dancing Around the Bride" had to happen eventually at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which holds the largest and most important collection anywhere of art by Marcel Duchamp. Its premise is simple, and hardly a surprise encounter, given that its essential truth has been known for decades. Duchamp was one of the most influential artists of the last 100 years. Among those he influenced directly were two important visual artists, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg; a dancer and choreographer, Merce Cunningham; and a composer, John Cage.
March 29, 2012 |
Composer John Cage - whose centenary is being celebrated this year - was a frequent presence at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Anne d'Harnoncourt years. The point of entry was 20th-century revolutionary Marcel Duchamp, whose art influenced Cage and is strongly represented at the museum. This fall, the Art Museum once again rolls the dice on Duchamp and Cage in "Dancing Around the Bride: John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Marcel Duchamp. " The show will feature more than 100 paintings, stage sets, musical notations, and sculptures that explore philosophical connections among the quintet of artists.
March 11, 2012 |
Andy Warhol died on George Washington's birthday 25 years ago from complications of gallbladder surgery. Having survived a near-fatal shooting 19 years before that, he had by then become a legendary figure in the international art world, as famous as Picasso, if not more so. It's not surprising, then, that his reputation not only hasn't diminished, as most posthumous reputations do, but actually has appreciated, along with the value of his art. ...
February 23, 2010 |
"I think," said Michael R. Taylor, flashing a bright smile, "I'm going to take a little break now. " It's not that he's haggard from pulling together the Philadelphia Museum of Art's next big exhibition, Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris, which opens tomorrow with more than 200 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. In fact, the Picasso extravaganza has been immensely satisfying, a kaleidoscopic coda to 2009, Taylor's annus mirabilis, during which art and its public presentation and discussion poured out of him in tidal flows.
August 16, 2009 |
When ?tant donn?s first went on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1969, so many people thronged to see Marcel Duchamp's enigmatic final work that lines unspooled out of the gallery, down the corridor, and, if legend is to believed, on outside the museum. Why? Because only one viewer at a time can see the work in its entirety via two small peepholes. "We actually tripled our attendance that year because of it," said Michael R. Taylor, curator of modern art and of the current Duchamp exhibition.
July 25, 2008 |
Isn't blue the signature color of summer? Of blueberries, delphiniums, swimming pools, moods, sultry music? It seems as good a reason as any why Larry Becker Contemporary Art decided to organize its summer group show of paintings around that particular hue, in all its infinite variations. But there's more to it, apparently. The exhibition's title, "To Be Looked at ... " was borrowed from the one Marcel Duchamp gave to his enigmatic glass construction, To Be Looked at (from the Other Side of the Glass)