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.
October 14, 2011 |
Freeman's is adding another specialty department - photography - to its roster, with a sale beginning at 10 a.m. next Friday of more than 300 lots of photographs and 42 lots of photo books at its gallery, 1808 Chestnut St. The photographs range from early daguerreotypes to experimental works, some done without a camera, by contemporary artists. In the past, Freeman's photographs often were offered at its regular sales of books, maps, and autographs, which attracted a worldwide clientele.
July 24, 2011 |
Seeing the photographic images that Diane Burko, a well-known realist painter, has exhibited since she took up photography as a second medium a few years ago, I've wondered why she didn't pursue photography seriously earlier in her career, as did the realist painters Chuck Close and Eric Fischl, among others. I'll speculate that Burko was so used to thinking of her photographs of landscapes as studies for her paintings that she didn't consider them a separate entity, or that she didn't want to draw attention away from her painting, or that the prospect of doing two things at once and doing both well was daunting.
July 10, 2011 |
Mind your camera when you're traveling this summer. Taking an innocent snapshot in a public area may get you in trouble, even if photography is allowed. It almost landed Ryan Miklus behind bars when he flew from Phoenix to Reno, Nev., with his parents recently. When Miklus tried to videotape an altercation between his mother and a Transportation Security Administration agent, another officer tried to stop him. "You are not allowed to film," the officer says on the video. "You need to go. You cannot film us. " "Where does it say that?"
June 17, 2011
Antiques/Art/Crafts Cape May Designer Show House Showcases the talents of the region's best-known designers & vendors. Osprey Landing, 109 Rosemans Ln., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $15; $10 children. 6/17. Chester County Craft Guild - Fine Crafts Show Features 30 artisans working in wood, metal, fiber, jewelry, photography, glass. Downingtown Friends Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown; 610-269-4223. 6/18. Dressed to the Nines: A Century of Women's Fashions More than 50 accessorized outfits dating from the 1830s through the 1930s.