October 28, 2015 |
I don't put much stock in performing-arts retrospectives. A gallery can hold decades of paintings; an evening of dance lets us peer back at just a handful. Such is the case with Trisha Brown Dance Company's "Proscenium Works, 1979-2011," which features three of Brown's creations from the 1980s to 2003. To Bryn Mawr College's credit, the dance performance is one of many events for In the New Body , a yearlong celebration of Brown's artistry that includes lectures, master classes, and performances culminating in June, when the Pennsylvania Ballet presents O zlozony/O composite , the first American ballet company to stage one of Brown's works.
November 5, 2012 |
An exhibition like the current "Dancing Around the Bride" had to happen eventually at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which holds the largest and most important collection anywhere of art by Marcel Duchamp. Its premise is simple, and hardly a surprise encounter, given that its essential truth has been known for decades. Duchamp was one of the most influential artists of the last 100 years. Among those he influenced directly were two important visual artists, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg; a dancer and choreographer, Merce Cunningham; and a composer, John Cage.
May 23, 2010 |
Art dealers - many now call themselves gallerists - rarely become legendary. A new biography of Leo Castelli by Annie Cohen-Solal reconstructs in loving detail the life and times of one who did. Castelli not only created an international market for American contemporary art, he became as integral to the art history of the last half of the last century as the artists he championed, especially Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. The publication of Leo and His Circle intersects with a Philadelphia event honoring a beloved and respected local dealer who, in her own way, was largely responsible for instigating a fertile and exciting period in the local art community.
August 3, 2008 |
Art may be at its greatest when it is still simple and raw. Then we often glimpse greatness to come; then we often see the artist most clearly. Alexander Calder, the Philadelphia sculptor whose 110th birth anniversary is this year, is a case in point. Like many famous artists, he had all the technical and financial resources a sculptor could hope for, and he used them in the production of his large mobiles and stabiles. But he also sat at his bench, and over a lifetime produced a prodigious body of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry, and countless other small works.
May 14, 2008 |
Robert Rauschenberg, who with contemporary Jasper Johns provoked a profound shift in 20th-century art after World War II, died Monday night at his home on Captiva Island, Fla. He was 82. According to his New York dealer, Arne Glimcher of PaceWildenstein gallery, the cause was heart failure. Beginning in the early to mid-1950s, Mr. Rauschenberg extended the vocabulary of painting, which had been more or less fixed since the Middle Ages, by combining pigment with real objects such as stuffed birds, fabrics and household appliances, and photographs reproduced from newspapers.
April 8, 2005 |
Robert Rauschenberg will be 80 years old in October. I provide this information for those who might not realize that the man who drove a stake through the heart of abstract expressionism with his messy "combine" paintings is still alive. However, the Rauschenberg exhibition at the Locks Gallery isn't about now, it's about the late 1980s and early '90s, when the artist was making a series of large-scale, multiple-image works in hot wax screened onto sheets of stainless steel or metals such as copper and polished aluminum.
February 20, 2002 |
In 1983, when he was teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, noted art historian Leo Steinberg startled his fellow scholars by pointing out that Jesus Christ had a penis. Not only was the Savior genitally endowed like other men, Steinberg wrote, but in some paintings He and His mother proudly displayed this evidence of Jesus' human kinship. Don't be chagrined if you hadn't noticed. Steinberg's landmark book, The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion, further observed that over five centuries, many representations of Jesus' genitals had been covered or painted out. Not surprisingly, the book generated considerable controversy, but not in religious quarters, Steinberg recalled: "It was the art historians mostly who were appalled.
May 15, 2000 |
Born just before and just after World War I, respectively, John Cage and Merce Cunningham entered a culture intent on shaking off its ancestors. For modern artists and intellectuals, the 19th century lingered like a bad odor: It smelled of slavery, imperialism and unchecked industrialism. Technology prospered alongside industry, affecting the fine arts as well as the arts of war. For example, the invention of photography rendered realism in painting obsolete, while the harrowing array of sophisticated weaponry designed for World War I redefined battle even as it created new modes of death.
April 9, 1999 |
As a young artist, he awoke one morning with an urge to paint but no money for a canvas. Solution: He appropriated his own pillow and quilt, caking them with paint, toothpaste and fingernail polish, then mounting this concoction on a frame. Bed set off fireworks in the art world. More than four decades later, Robert Rauschenberg remains a celebrated troublemaker and, at age 73, busier than ever. Too many ideas beckon, but he still can't say no. Despite his legendary status, he is not a household name on a par with Tom Cruise or even his chum Andy Warhol.
October 19, 1997 |
A retrospective of Robert Rauschenberg's art is now on exhibit at the three Guggenheim museums in New York City. The first full career retrospective of his work to be organized in the United States since 1976, the show includes about 400 pieces. Rauschenberg, who was born in Texas in 1925, has explored concepts such as technology's application to the arts and combining disparate subjects.