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.
June 29, 2016 |
To say art has dominated the lives of Keith and Kathy Sachs is to say the sun shines during the day. Throughout 47 years of marriage, the Sachses have been dedicated collectors of modern art. Since the 1980s, they have focused their attention on the art of their time. In 2014, the Sachses announced that they would give the bulk of their art to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What that transformational gift will mean to the museum will be on view beginning Tuesday, when "Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection" opens for a run through Sept.
June 27, 2016 |
O ne of the works you are most likely to remember from the Art Museum's new show, "Embracing the Contemporary: the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection," is a really big sculpture of a little boy. Boy with Frog (2008) by Charles Ray is a pristine white nude eight feet high, holding a frog aloft by its back legs. The face is intent, curious, casually cruel in the way children are. You can see him as a kind of collector, trying to understand the life around him by capturing it and holding it up for scrutiny.
February 24, 2016 |
In 1960, pop art was nowhere. But POW! By 1970, it was everywhere. It was coast to coast in the States. It consumed Britain. It hit Brazil and Latin America, Japan, and even the Eastern Bloc dominated by the dread Soviet Union. On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "International Pop," a giant exhibition that explores how pop art zipped all over the world like a tsetse fly, spreading images and groans and money and pronouncements - glib and maybe even profound - wherever it showed up. Largely focused on the period from 1956 to 1972, "International Pop" represents a "a moment of informational connectivity unlike anything before," said Erica Battle, associate curator of contemporary art at the museum.
January 9, 2016 |
For fans of public art in Philadelphia, it still stings to think about that day in 1998 when word got out that an iconic wall sculpture by artist Ellsworth Kelly had been removed from the old Greyhound office building, quietly sold, and given to New York's Museum of Modern Art. It wasn't the first or last great work of public art to be lost to Philadelphia through some combination of intercity poaching, heedless development, and neglect. In fact, even as the Gallery mall closed for renovations Jan. 1, the fate of its public art remained unclear.
December 30, 2015 |
The city's first piece of abstract public art - an iconic 1957 wall-mounted sculpture that once adorned Penn Center's Philadelphia Transportation Building at 17th and Market Streets - now nests in storage at New York's Museum of Modern Art. After several years of neglect, it was retrieved from Philadelphia in 1996 by the artist and his agent. But that is not Ellsworth Kelly's legacy in Philadelphia, where more than a dozen of his works are on prominent, permanent display, and one of his sculptures gleams on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
October 28, 2015 |
The verb taking - as in, taking pictures - has, perhaps, never been more apt than when applied to street photographer Mark Cohen. He walks by a subject, snaps a photo without a glance through the viewfinder, and is gone. He does not ask permission. "When you ask permission to take a picture," he said, "it destroys the subtlety and the chance and the drama of the small theft that happens. " Cohen has stolen thousands of such moments - more than 50 years' worth of daily life in the small cities of northeastern Pennsylvania.
October 19, 2015 |
Restaurant pros are suddenly more passionately divided than ever on whether tipping should be a thing of the past. But most locals still plan to wait and see how influential restaurateur Danny Meyer fares with his game-changing new plans to raise prices and do away with gratuities at his 13 New York restaurants. Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin of the High Street Hospitality Group support the movement in theory. "The idea of eliminating tipping has been a very big conversation in our company lately as well," says Kulp.
September 14, 2015 |
PARIS - From 1886 to 1889, Vincent van Gogh painted more than 30 head-and-shoulders images of himself, making him one of the art world's most prolific self-portraitists. Lacking money to pay live models, or the reputation to win commissions from patrons, the introspective Dutchman gazed into a mirror and splashed his canvasses with selfies of his soul. The "Van Gogh selfie" has a whole new meaning now at the Musee d'Orsay, the 115-year-old former railway station on the Seine that opened in 1986 as a museum for impressionist and post-impressionist art and that received 3.4 million visitors in 2014.
July 27, 2015 |
The photographer George Tice has a long-running romance with his home state of New Jersey. It shines through in his large platinum prints of ordinary small-town fixtures: a movie theater, a White Tower hamburger joint, the well-stocked shelves of an old-fashioned grocery. His much-admired nocturnal images of a gas station ( Petit's Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, NJ , 1974) and a lonely telephone booth ( Telephone Booth, 3 A.M. Rahway, NJ , 1974) are of fluorescently lighted places we've all passed and barely noticed while driving at night, but Tice's still versions of them, shot with long exposures, transform them into glowing, mysterious beauties.