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.
April 29, 2015 |
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.
April 24, 2015 |
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.
March 26, 2015 |
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....
March 17, 2015 |
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.