November 14, 1993 |
If Sherrie Levine were a writer, her creative method might be regarded as chutzpah-enriched plagiarism. But Levine is a visual artist, and the visual arts have always been much more permissive about borrowing. For the most part, Levine's art is not only derived from that of other artists, it is their work. She has never pretended otherwise. She has always acknowledged her sources, which include U.S. photographer Walker Evans, Russian painter Kasimir Malevich and French Dada master Marcel Duchamp.
February 13, 1994 |
Great museum collections often have their roots in great personal collections assembled by individuals of exceptional taste and discernment. For example, two major bequests in the early 1950s gave the Philadelphia Museum of Art a strong position in early modern art. One is the Louise and Walter Arensberg collection. The Arensbergs were not only pioneering collectors of artists such as Constantin Brancusi and Marcel Duchamp, they presided over a cultural salon in their Manhattan apartment that included writers and musicians as well as artists.
July 11, 2016 |
Bryan Ferry has always cut a dashing figure, and when the 71-year-old Roxy Music founder answers the phone on a summer evening from his London home, the mind's eye pictures the elegant crooner with tie loosened, perhaps just back from a hard day of Pimm's Cups and strawberries and cream at Wimbledon . The last 1970s British art-rock gentleman standing after the death of David Bowie is on the line because on July 21, he and his band will...
March 30, 1987 |
WITH THEIR HANDS, a group of blind Japanese students examines Marcel Duchamp's "Bicycle Wheel" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The students, who won a Japanese contest for plastic works, are touring museums in the United States because Japanese museums do not offer any "touch" privileges. During the weekend, they also visited the Rodin Museum.
July 9, 2016 |
The 60-year career of Jasper Johns, one of the great artmakers of his generation, will be the subject of an unprecedented simultaneous exhibition in the fall of 2020, when the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City jointly present a full retrospective covering every aspect of the 86-year-old artist's career. Perhaps best known publicly for his paintings of American flags, targets, maps, and numbers, Johns has delved deeply into drawing, sculpture, and printmaking, as well.
October 2, 1998 |
You spill your wastebasket onto the floor. And what have you got? A work of art, that's what. If you find that hard to believe, check out the exhibit titled "Joseph Cornell/Marcel Duchamp: In Resonance" opening Thursday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One work in that exhibit consists of 117 discarded items, including postcards, dry-cleaning receipts and assorted scraps that were piled into a box. As it happens, these scraps belonged...
July 16, 2016 |
D.L. Hughley on racism D.L. Hughley and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had a good ol' row Wednesday night over the tense relationship between police and the African American community in the aftermath of recent police shootings. "I don't know a black man that hasn't had a run-in with police," said the comic. He cited an FBI report that found police departments were "rife" with white supremacists. Kelly suggested Hughley was painting "an entire group with the same brush based on the bad actions of a few. " Hughley was upset.
June 3, 2011 |
Michael R. Taylor, the highly regarded curator of modern art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been named director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. He will assume his new position in August, succeeding Brian Kennedy, who moved to the Toledo Museum of Art in September. Taylor, who was named the Art Museum's first modern art curator in 2004, said in a statement that he was "absolutely delighted" with his new position. The Hood's collection, he said, offered "exciting possibilities," particularly in the area of "student-driven exhibitions, which I believe hold the key to the museum's future success.
September 6, 2003 |
Ann Temkin, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been appointed curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, effective Oct. 1. Temkin, hired by the Art Museum in 1987 as an assistant curator, became head of the department then called 20th-century art in 1990. Sept. 25 will be her last day in that job. She said yesterday that it would be exciting to help MoMA figure out, "both from a conceptual and practical point of view," how to present the museum's matchless collection of modern art in its new building, now under construction.
April 17, 1999 |
Guitarist John Fahey - drifter, recluse, some say sorcerer - does for the blues, folk and other American primitive idioms what Marcel Duchamp did for nudes descending staircases. His celebrated playing illustrates the concentric circles of motion and being. Though Fahey has been hailed as one of the great finger-style guitarists of the 20th century, over his itinerant 40 years of music-making he has been riddled with the bite marks of as many mythical hellhounds on his trail as any Delta bluesman.