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.
June 12, 1988 |
The vinyl-coated, U-shaped lock that has become a fixture on so many urban bicycles is more than just a good, jam-proof bike lock. It's also a piece of art and a cultural artifact. The quality of its design has landed the Kryptonite lock in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent design collection. While it's not a Rosenquist or a Braque, the lock is museum-quality design - functional and, at $21.95, affordable to boot. Most people don't think of the products they use every day as worthy of inclusion in a museum collection, yet good design is an art form that is not exclusive.
February 1, 1989 |
The life of the French postimpressionist painter Paul Gauguin should adapt easily to television, since Gauguin, like his friend Vincent van Gogh, is one of the more colorful characters in the history of modern art. Yet the glimpse one gets of the artist's life and work in Paul Gauguin: The Savage Dream, a documentary scheduled to be broadcast by Channel 12 late tomorrow night, is neither particularly compelling nor edifying. A brief sequel, The Legacy of Paul Gauguin, does supply the insight into his work that one would expect from a documentary, for those who are willing to stay up until nearly 1 a.m. to watch it. It's worth the wait, however, even though Channel 12 has scheduled the whole package to start at midnight, an hour when one presumes only dedicated art mavens would still be awake.
December 10, 1988 |
A sculpture erected in a cornfield by members of a class at Temple University's Tyler School of Art was put there as a "picture statement about a satanic worship or matings," according to Whitemarsh Township police. Acting on several complaints from residents and a passer-by, police convinced the owner of the cornfield to dismantle the sculpture - to the disenchantment of the students. The incident began when a Whitemarsh police officer was sent to investigate the complaints, said Detective Paul Antal.
July 1, 2007 |
If you're interested in collecting artwork from master painters such as Picasso or Chagall and think there's no way to own an original piece of their work - think again. An exhibit at Ocean Galleries in Stone Harbor will allow you to do just that. "The Masters of Modern Art" features 90 works by Chagall, Dal?, Matisse, Mir? and Picasso, including two pieces from Dal?'s personal notebook. "We have some extremely significant and important pieces of the five most influential painters of the modern art movement," said Josh Miller, who co-owns the gallery with his wife, Kim Miller.
April 30, 1994 |
The month of May brings auctions involving the collections of two prominent individuals and a collection of worldwide importance. The collection of modern and contemporary art owned by the late H. Gates Lloyd and his wife, Lallie, is world famous. It will be offered by Sotheby's in New York at two two-day sales: The first will be contemporary art on Wednesday and Thursday, the second will be modern art on May 11 and 12. Lloyd died in November at age 92 at his home in Haverford.
July 15, 2004 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has divided the leadership of its department of modern and contemporary art between two senior curators, an action that director Anne d'Harnoncourt said enhances the museum's ability to manage a growing collection of art made from 1900 to the present. Michael R. Taylor, acting head of the department since November, has been named Muriel and Philip Berman curator of modern art. He will oversee collections and exhibitions of works from the first half of the 20th century.
July 9, 1986 |
Museum, Tina Howe's satirical play set in an art musuem, will be presented this week in a Philadelphia art museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. It will be staged tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the academy's auditorium by the Hedgerow Theater in connection with the museum's current exhibition, "The Vital Gesture: Franz Kline in Retrospect. " Kline, who died in 1962, was in every sense a modern artist, and it is modern art that Howe spoofs in Museum.
November 11, 2001 |
The Museum of Modern Art is moving to Queens - but only temporarily. Will its public follow, five subway stops deep into Long Island? MoMA has embarked on a $650 million, four-year construction project that will enlarge and extensively renovate its building on West 53d Street in midtown Manhattan. To achieve this, the museum will close May 21. In late June or early July 2002, the provisional MoMA will open in a former Swingline stapler factory building in Long Island City.
August 11, 2009 |
Three artists have been chosen as finalists in a new competition established by Temple University's Tyler School of Art. They are Sanford Biggers of New York; Michael Rakowitz of Chicago and New York; and Ryan Trecartin of Philadelphia. The first Jack Wolgin International Competition in the Fine Arts will award the winner $150,000, a prize the organizers call "the world's largest given to a visual artist in a juried competition. " The three artists' work will be on view at Temple Gallery at Tyler Oct. 1-31, with the winner to be announced Oct. 22. Organizers also have revealed the names of the three jurors.