March 18, 2012 |
Bruce Katsiff remembers being asked, sometime around 1990, by the board president of the James A. Michener Art Center if he would be interested in running the organization, which had recently opened on the site of the former Bucks County prison in Doylestown. To that point, Katsiff had been chair of the fine art department, and more recently the art and music division, at Bucks County Community College since 1975. He was ready for a change but, as he remembers, "I had no interest in running an arts center.
March 5, 2012 |
IF ANYONE should understand a big-picture concept, it's a guy who focuses on photography, right? Say hello to Basil Malik, a future lensman at Communications Tech and a 5-9, 150-pound guard for the basketball team. The spunky lefty has served as the sixth man through much of his junior season and, thankfully, he knows and respects the deal: Though not everyone can start, all who appear can surely contribute. Saturday at St. Joseph's Prep, in a game that was lively throughout, CT bested Bishop McDevitt, 55-53, for the Class AA City Title.
February 20, 2012 |
Members of the Stetson Shutterbugs stepped outside their middle school in Kensington and began sizing up the late afternoon sunlight slanting down on bustling Allegheny Avenue. "Take a look at the way the light is now," teacher Anthony Rocco told the students in his photography club. "You get some really strong shadows. " Clutching donated cameras, the young teens set off down B Street to take pictures of the neighborhood to share with their "photo buddies" in a tiny town in Colombia.
January 27, 2012 |
Michael Morrill, a prominent Pittsburgh abstract painter, is introduced at Seraphin Gallery in his first Philadelphia solo. A teacher of studio art at the University of Pittsburgh, the Yale-trained Morrill became an artist when the reductive aesthetic of the 1970s, not the more austere minimalism of the 1960s, was emerging and combining itself with painterly enrichment - something that characterizes his distinctive handling of this method. I'd say Morrill keeps half a foot in the reductive camp, while his paintings emphasize their expressive option with brilliance.
January 17, 2012
WE GIVE A hearty thumbs-up to whatever smart person decided that it was time for a Zoe Strauss photography exhibit (at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until April 22) and two thumbs-up for Strauss herself, who thought of displaying her images on 54 billboards around the city. There are many wonderful aspects of this very public, very temporary way of displaying art. First, we wish more billboards were devoted to art and fewer to strictly commercial messages. We need more presence of art in our lives, and billboards are a great canvas for high-impact works; it's a perfect way to have art confront us where we live, rather than confined to the walls of museums and galleries.
January 13, 2012 |
WHEN Stephen Perloff launched The Photo Review in 1976, it was a golden age for photography in Philadelphia. More than three decades later, he thinks a new golden age is dawning here. "We're getting back to the energy and vibrancy of the earlier time. It's quite heartening," said the self-taught photographer, whose publication has kept him at the center of all things photographic in the region. Philadelphia today has three community photo art centers: Project Basho, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and the Light Room.
January 10, 2012 |
Zoe Strauss, camera dangling from shoulder, stands in the Acme parking lot at the convergence of Passyunk Avenue, 10th and Reed Streets. Her blue Sixers cap and olive-green parka blend right in. The orange Adidas? Not so much. Surrounded by officials from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a chattering flock of reporters, Strauss is at the heart of an unlikely cluster for this part of town. But nothing seems to faze her. Everyone in the group is looking up, at a billboard on the roof of Lime Organic Cleaners on the other side of Passyunk.
January 6, 2012 |
'Learning to See," Nancy Hellebrand's photo exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum, sets forth changing assumptions about American landscape photography - not for her just another traditional view of the natural world. To accomplish her impressive aim - learning a new way of seeing and presenting landscape simply, in a series of large-scale color photos - is perhaps beyond anyone's ability. Yet taken as a kind of shorthand, the display by this Philadelphia-born photographer, who has been exhibiting internationally since 1973 and working in color digital photography since the 1990s, is both instructive and pleasurable.
December 2, 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY may be the most familiar artistic discipline - every day we see photographs in newspapers, on Facebook, on billboards along the highway. Although most photography aims to document, not all photos are so explicit. Some photography provides us with a view of everyday objects and scenes so abstracted that we may not even recognize them. This month, LGTripp Gallery explores photography's multiple perspectives with "Focus," its fourth annual Abstract Photography exhibition. "Abstract photography is fueled by the desire to take an object and remove it from its original form," said Luella Tripp, gallery owner and curator.