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October 21, 1988 | BOB LARAMIE/ DAILY NEWS
A pedestrian puts his head down as he runs a gauntlet of giant faces painted on the wall of a parking garage at 12th and Market streets yesterday.
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December 1, 1989 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
In three short scenes of Artist Descending a Staircase, Tom Stoppard demolishes the pretensions of modern art with fine dispatch. But the rest of his freaky little play is a letdown. It opened last night at the Helen Hayes Theater. Adapting his title from that of Marcel Duchamp's revolutionary nude, Stoppard focuses on the lives of three artists who have taken part in all the fads of the 20th century. They are seen in their old age, played by one set of actors, and in their romantic youth, portrayed by three others.
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April 20, 1993 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Degenerate Art, on Channel 12 at 9 tonight, opens with a view of the historic Altes Museum in Berlin that's as visually arresting as it is supremely ironic. Between the columns of the grand neoclassical facade, banners bearing the portraits of the most talented German artists of this century hang majestically. These are the artists Adolf Hitler tried to destroy by renouncing as "degenerate. " Last summer, the persecuted artists were back in Berlin in symbolic triumph, represented by some of the paintings and sculptures that Hitler banned more than 55 years ago. The exhibition of their work finally closed the book on Hitler's determined campaign to destroy modern art and to remake German culture in his own image.
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March 26, 1986 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you have a choice of seeing Museum, the current production of the Hedgerow Theater, or visiting the real thing, you'd probably be better off going to the museum. There is certainly more substance, artfulness and - if you are at all inclined toward the visual arts - entertainment to be found in the works hanging on museum walls than in Tina Howe's obvious, frequently strained comedy spoofing modern art and museumgoers. The play is set in the gallery of a museum on the last day of an exhibit titled "The Broken Silence.
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October 8, 1993 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Theater Critic
Today's brain-teaser is this: Did Jonathan Waxman, the reigning filthy-rich darling of American modern art, drop in on his old shiksa girlfriend expressly to shake loose the nude portrait he had painted of her early in his career, which he needs to complete the retrospective exhibition of his work that is about to open in London? It looks suspiciously as though that is the reason he has descended upon the lady and her archaeologist husband at their drafty farmhouse in the English sticks.
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February 13, 1994 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
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.
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February 1, 1987 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
In celebrating the completion of its new Lila Acheson Wallace wing for 20th-century art, which opens to the public Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has assiduously pointed out that, from the day of its founding in 1870, the museum has been firmly committed to contemporary art. If that really were true, the Metropolitan wouldn't feel obliged to belabor the point. The inaugural installation drawn from the 20th-century collection, a curious melange of peaks and valleys, confirms what we have suspected all along - that the Metropolitan really hasn't been in close touch with modern art all these years.
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August 16, 1993 | By Judith E. Stein, FOR THE INQUIRER
Precisely a century ago, when nationalistic pride prompted grand, international expositions, the king and queen of Italy marked their silver wedding anniversary by founding a biennial art exhibition in Venice. What would those monarchs make of the acres of art that constitute the 45th Venice Biennale, the world's best-known exhibition of contemporary art? As if in opposition to the founders' chauvinistic motives, Biennale curator Achille Bonito Oliva chose "cultural nomadism" as his theme, calling attention to "the 'nomadic' posture of the artist, and his disdain for territorial limitations.
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June 3, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
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.
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September 27, 1992 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
For most of this century, painting has been dominated and defined by the accomplishments of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, so much so that it's difficult to think of one without thinking of the other. Each has been enormously influential, even to this day, and each has been touted by devoted partisans as the greatest artist of modern times. As painters and as individuals, they were polar opposites. Picasso was a mercurial bohemian whose tempestuous art corresponds closely to his public persona.
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April 29, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The shimmering silver broken tree, a monumental sculpture by the artist Roxy Paine that has been on view near the Philadelphia Museum of Art for nearly a year, has been acquired by the Association for Public Art and will remain permanently installed, association officials announced Monday afternoon. The acquisition was made possible by a grant from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Trust. Penny Balkin Bach, the association's executive director, said that "sometimes dreams come true" - the dream, in this case, being acquisition of what the internationally known Paine calls Symbiosis.
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April 24, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Horace Pippin died in West Chester in July 1946 at age 58, the New York Times obituary praised the painter as a "noted Negro artist, who taught himself to paint. " The Times then reported that "the simplicity of the primitives he produced" had led Chester County critic Christian Brinton to compare Pippin to "Pittsburgh road digger John Kane, famed housepainter artist. " Even in death, Pippin was presented not on his own terms, but in relation to a white artist in a comparison made by a white critic.
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March 26, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you're trying to measure an artist's notability, one gauge is whether his or her work is owned by a major institution such as, say, the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yet, of the 50 or so notable artists featured in the museum's exhibition "Represent: 200 Years of African American Art," only five or six have comprehensive entries on Wikipedia, a site that has become, for many, the de facto first stop for information on almost any topic....
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March 17, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
In Frances Galante's home, a portrait she painted of the Maine countryside hangs prominently. It's the kind of work that would stop visiting friends. Some would ask questions; most would admire. Ms. Galante always would be humble. "She would say, 'My paintings aren't that great,' or, 'This still needs work,' " said Linda Galante, her sister. "But I know so many people who would look at her art and start crying because it was so moving. " Ms. Galante, 57, a prominent painter in the region, died Tuesday, March 10, in her Philadelphia home after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
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July 5, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lizbeth Stewart Gruskin, 64, of Yardley, a Philadelphia-area artist whose hand-built ceramic sculptures of animals are on display across the globe, died Monday, June 24, of lung cancer at her home. Lizbeth Stewart, as she was known in the art world, taught ceramics for 30 years at the University of the Arts before retiring as a professor emeritus in December. All the while, she created artworks for exhibition - larger-than-life sculptures of dogs, birds, cats, lizards, and monkeys, some with stylized swirls or stripes in place of fur or hide.
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May 20, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Chase-Riboud, the internationally acclaimed sculptor, poet, and author who lives and works in Paris and Rome, was back this weekend where it all began - Philadelphia. Chase-Riboud was here to help mark the 40th anniversary of the Brandywine Workshop, founded by predominantly African American artists and educators. And she was also here on business: In September, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will hold an exhibit of her work. Outside art circles, Chase-Riboud, 74, may be best known for her historical novels.
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April 15, 2013 | By Edward J. Sozanski, CONTRIBUTING ART CRITIC
Sidney Goodman, 77, one of the most acclaimed, influential, and respected artists Philadelphia has produced since the end of World War II, died Thursday, April 11. He suffered for the better part of a year from Parkinson's disease. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Goodman graduated from Philadelphia College of Art, now University of the Arts, in 1958. By the early 1960s, his boldly imaginative style of figurative painting had brought him national attention. When he was 27, Time magazine described him as "one of the most respected and sought-after of the new figure painters.
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February 24, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has named Matthew Affron, a scholar and curator at the University of Virginia, to the museum's prestigious post of curator of modern art, museum officials announced Friday. Affron succeeds Michael Taylor, who was named head of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College in 2011. Timothy Rub, director of the Art Museum, also announced that Dirk H. Breiding, an assistant curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named associate curator of arms and armor in Philadelphia.
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February 23, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has named Matthew Affron, a scholar and curator at the University of Virginia, to the museum's prestigious post of curator of modern art, museum officials announced Friday. Affron succeeds Michael Taylor, who was named head of the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College in 2011. Timothy Rub, director of the art museum, also announced that Dirk H. Breiding, an assistant curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been named associate curator of arms and armor in Philadelphia.
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January 18, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and three other U.S. institutions have joined to offer a sweeping survey of historical American art for exhibition in South Korea. Museum officials describe the show, which includes more than 100 works drawn from three centuries of American art making, as the first such major survey in Korea. "Many Koreans are aware of American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, and familiar with post-1960s American art, but not with the work of artists of earlier periods, such as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins," Seung-ik Kim, the National Museum of Korea's lead curator for the exhibition and a specialist in Korean modern art and visual culture, said on Wednesday.
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