June 16, 2013 |
Over the last decade, Susan Hagen has been coaxing contemporary art from one of the world's oldest art practices - carving small, wood sculptures of living people of all ages, from almost every walk of life. Expressively modeled, painted with oil or bleached or charred, Hagen's small linden wood figures have a poignancy that emanates from the size and familiar postures and ordinariness of her subjects. The individuality of each of Hagen's sitters has not always been obvious in her gallery exhibitions, however, mainly because they've been shown together as types.
June 16, 2013
Life amid the Irish Troubles. On Movies, H2.
June 10, 2013
Willi Sitte, 92, one of East Germany's most eminent artists and a key representative of Communism's preferred socialist realism painting style, has died in Berlin. The head of the Willi Sitte Foundation, Hans-Hubert Werner, told news agency DPA that Mr. Sitte died Saturday morning after a long illness. Mr. Sitte's paintings depicted factory workers or farmers as glamorized ideals of Communist heroes. Among his famous works are voluptuous, often nude women. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and Germany's unification, Mr. Sitte was seen in a more controversial light because of his closeness to the Communist regime.
June 7, 2013 |
Apartment dwellers, do you feel trapped by the beige? Beige-colored walls, beige-hued ceilings - because your lease says no hint of a tint can replace the ecru? Could it be even your carpet is beige? Life in a lease doesn't have to be boring. With planning, Internet surfing, maybe a couple of hours worth of help from an interior designer (yes, some will consult by the hour), a bit of labor, and a dash of cash, you can have digs that are anything but. Even if you're going to live in this space for only 12 months, aesthetics can have a big impact.
May 17, 2013 |
Joan Fineman Jaffe, 74, a longtime resident of Huntingdon Valley, died of cancer Sunday, May 12, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. For the last 15 years, she and her husband, Marvin, had lived in Skillman, N.J., and Naples, Fla. Mrs. Jaffe was known within her family for her oil portraits of her children and grandchildren, a skill that had been nurtured early in life. Her father's uncle was Samuel Noah Kramer, a Russian immigrant and Philadelphia public-school teacher who became the University of Pennsylvania's Clark research professor of Assyriology, the study of a civilization that flourished in present-day Iraq 4,000 years ago. "Joan would spend weekends there, visiting," in a home rich in culture, Marvin Jaffe said in an interview Wednesday.
May 7, 2013 |
If the doomsday budget being floated by the nearly broke Philadelphia School District comes to pass, this is what school will look like in September: "No books, no paper, no clubs, no counselors, no librarian," Masterman teacher Elizabeth Taylor grimly told City Council last week. There would be bigger classes, but no aides to help manage them. Schools would lack sports, support staff to monitor lunchrooms and playgrounds, and secretaries. Some would lose security officers. Thousands of musical instruments would sit unplayed because there would be no music teachers to give lessons.
May 5, 2013 |
METRO METEOR lived a hard, fast life as an athlete, earning around $300,000 in his time, but when he was forced to hang up his horseshoes due to an injury, this racehorse embarked on a second career as an abstract artist. Since his paintings went up for sale in December, Metro has earned $32,000 - more than van Gogh made in his entire lifetime - and he still has both of his ears. Metro is altruistic, too. He and his owners, Ron and Wendy Krajewski of Gettysburg, Pa., are donating half of the proceeds from his work to a racehorse adoption program.
April 26, 2013 |
Ain Gordon and Nadine Patterson have walked the ground in Philadelphia. They've been to the spot, on North Sixth Street, where Pennsylvania Hall stood until it was burned to ground, three days after opening in 1838, by a mob worked to a frenzy by the very idea of women speaking out in public. New York's Gordon - actor, writer, director - and Philadelphia-based Patterson - filmmaker and photographer - have visited the city's historic graveyards, searched through records at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the Library Company.
April 20, 2013 |
Question: Our house was fitted with white aluminum siding by the prior owners decades ago. We've been in it about 16 years now. The siding has held up OK except in the front above the porch, which gets the morning sun. It is losing its paint. Is there a preferred method of dealing with this? Answer: Yes there is. And for advice about anything paint, I turn to the experts at the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House. First, how should you prepare old aluminum siding before painting?
April 7, 2013 |
Joyce Robins' painted ceramic works are as much painting and sculpture as they are ceramics. One of a group that art critic John Perreault dubbed the New York School of Ceramics - artists who for any number of reasons happened to be working in clay but considered themselves accidental ceramists - Robins was a painter who initially used clay to make foliage for her paintings of abstracted landscapes. At a time when the hard-and-fast rules about what constituted painting and sculpture were being bent and broken by artists like Richard Tuttle, turning clay into sculptural support for paint seemed a natural to Robins.