February 7, 2013 |
Kim Sajet, president and chief executive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania since 2007, has been tapped to be director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, the society announced Tuesday. The Australian-born Sajet, 47, who came to the historical society from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she was a vice president, will become the sixth director of the gallery, established by Congress in 1962 as a unit of the Smithsonian Institution. "I'm really excited," she said in an interview.
July 23, 2012
Herbert Vogel, 89, a retired New York postal worker who, with his wife, Dorothy, created one of the world's most unlikely - and most significant - collections of modern art, then bequeathed much of it to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, died Sunday at a nursing home in New York City. His death was confirmed by Anabeth Guthrie, a spokeswoman for the National Gallery. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. In 1962, when Mr. Vogel and Dorothy Hoffman were married, they went to Washington on their honeymoon and spent several days visiting the National Gallery and other museums.
February 5, 2012 |
The moment you enter "Van Gogh Up Close" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibition tells you that it's something special, one of those uncommon revelations of artistic soul that once seen, can never be forgotten. The trigger is a small painting of several sunflower heads, brilliant yellow against an azure background. Sunflowers are Vincent van Gogh's painterly signature, so why does this image, lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, make such a powerful impact? It even overshadows a much larger, and more typical, still life of sunflowers in a vase that hangs within arm's length.
January 31, 2012 |
That the Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting a major van Gogh exhibition - it opens Wednesday - would be no mystery to the devoted Japanese pilgrims who bear ancestral ashes halfway across the world to commingle them with the earth of Vincent van Gogh's grave north of Paris. Nor would it be difficult to understand for the Russians who pour vodka onto the dark red soil of the same spot. The thousands from all over the world who travel to Auvers-sur-Oise, where van Gogh is buried next to his brother Theo, would understand.
July 11, 2010 |
To embrace the art of ideas, a collector has to be able to think creatively, consider alternatives, and remain open to the experimental and the unexpected. This Dorothy and Herbert Vogel have achieved far beyond the norm for close to half a century. The Vogel collection of nearly 4,000 works of contemporary art covers significant developments beginning in the 1960s and is remarkable not only for its breadth and adventurousness but also because it was largely financed by Herbert's salary as a postal clerk.
December 10, 2006 |
When Adrian Martinez was 9, he went to the National Gallery near his home in Washington and got scared stiff. He went into a room and chanced on a small painting he had not seen in other visits, The Death of St. Anthony, by the Italian painter Stefano di Giovanni, better known simply as Sassetta (circa 1390-1450). "I got a case of the vapors," he said as he stood recently in his dining room in Downingtown, recalling that day in 1958. "My face turned red - very scary - and I ran out of the room, feeling light-headed.
December 4, 2006 |
Mayor Street wants to strengthen Philadelphia's historic preservation law to try to prevent the city's valuable pieces of art from finding new homes elsewhere. Significant works would be put on a registry and subjected to "appropriate review and consideration before they can be altered or removed from the city," Street said during his weekly radio address Saturday. "Certain things are irreplaceable in the hearts and souls of our citizens," Street said. "Someday somebody will look back and wonder, 'What were they thinking?
November 11, 2006 |
Thomas Eakins' masterpiece The Gross Clinic - an iconic painting that is irrevocably identified with Philadelphia, where it was painted more than 125 years ago - is poised for sale by Thomas Jefferson University for a record $68 million to a partnership of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and a new museum planned by Wal-Mart heirs in Arkansas. The university's board of trustees approved details of the sale late yesterday, virtually assuring a controversial departure for what many see as the city's greatest and most emblematic work of art - an enormous canvas depicting a Jefferson surgical amphitheater in bloody mid-operation.
April 10, 2005 |
The exhibit "Treasures From the La Salle University Art Museum" at the Travis Gallery in Bucks County is an opportunity to see and inspect many of the artworks La Salle has been collecting since the mid-1960s. This first sizable off-campus showcasing of 33 items from the La Salle Art Museum at 19th and Olney in Philadelphia, established in 1976, makes the story of that art-collecting odyssey by a university palpable. Something of that effort and era of the project's prime mover and guiding spirit, Brother Daniel Burke, then the La Salle president and now the museum's director, can be felt here.
February 25, 2005 |
Tom Bostelle, 83, of Pocopson, a painter and sculptor, died Feb. 17 at his home and studio. He had been ill with emphysema. Mr. Bostelle shared with the Wyeth family and other Brandywine Valley artists an intimacy with the local landscape, but he generally painted only its bones in dense lines and abstract forms. His expressionistic work included barn-door-size monoprints, black metal sculptures, and works he called shadow paintings, because they resembled flat, wavy shadows cast against a wall.