January 14, 2013 |
New art often comes with a backstory, which can be useful in helping identify a point of entry into otherwise-enigmatic work. The genesis of Daniel Arsham's sculpture at the Fabric Workshop and Museum is particularly dramatic, to the point where the story implants itself so firmly in the viewer's consciousness that it biases one's evaluation of the artist's efforts. Arsham makes sure this happens by including in his installation, "Reach Ruin," a sculpture incorporating sound, light, and music that re-creates a cataclysmic event and his enduring memory of it. The event was Hurricane Andrew, one of the most powerful and destructive storms in U.S. history, which struck Florida in late August 1992.
November 19, 2012
William Turnbull, 90, a highly regarded British sculptor who drew inspiration from primitive forms, died Thursday, according to the public relations firm Bolton & Quinn, which is promoting a forthcoming show of his work. The cause of death was not announced. Mr. Turnbull's works were frequently extremely simple shapes, suggesting masks or totem poles. He was exhibited at the prestigious Hayward, Serpentine, and Tate Galleries in London and the Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. British sculptor Anthony Gormley described Mr. Turnbull as "a radical modernist who recognizes that sculpture is of its nature archaic.
November 6, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Mindy Kaling; micro-sculptor Willard Wigan; Barry Rothbart. The Colbert Report (11:30 p.m., COM) - Political commentator Andrew Sullivan. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Midnight, COM) - Election news and results analysis from the team.
November 2, 2012
JOE FRAZIER beat Muhammad Ali. March 8, 1971, Madison Square Garden. Knocked him down in the 15th round with a brutal left hook that left Ali's jaw as lumpy as a bag of peanuts. It was the fight of the century, pick a century. And now, fight fans will get a chance to watch it again, at City Hall, at $1,000 a pop, the proceeds going to erect a statue honoring Frazier, the winner and heavyweight champion of the world. "Jerry Perenchio, the promoter of that fight, owned the exclusive rights to the film," explained attorney Richard Handley, who is the liaison between the city, Xfinity Live!
September 12, 2012 |
IT SURE beats a pan of paella. Although there's nothing wrong with this rice dish, often served with seafood on a large pan, Maximillian was a better choice. Robert Phillips, a prominent local sculptor who worked in iron, convinced the owners of the Striped Bass restaurant at 15th and Walnut streets in 1994 that a fish named Maximillian would be a better choice as a decorative piece to hide the oven's hood. And what a fish! Bob Phillips' fish is an amazing work of art, 16 feet long, 7 feet wide, 4 feet thick and weighing about 400 pounds.
July 19, 2012 |
Angelo Di Maria knew about the plane flying over State College, Pa., on Tuesday, the one carrying a banner threatening, "Take the statue down or we will. " His statue. Di Maria sculpted the seven-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of Joe Paterno that stands, however tenuously, outside Beaver Stadium. "Almost surreal," Di Maria said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. "It's snowballing into an incredible thing. " The 65-year-old native of Sicily, who lives outside Reading in Mount Penn, is philosophical about what may happen to the monument to the late Pennsylvania State University coach, unveiled in 2001.
June 20, 2012
Barton Lidice Benes, 69, a New York sculptor who worked in materials that he called artifacts of everyday life, expanded his definition of everyday as he went. He used the everyday mementos of childhood in his early work, and later made sculptures from chopped-up, everyday U.S. cash (purchased pre-shredded from the Federal Reserve). When friends started dying of AIDS, and Mr. Benes himself tested HIV-positive, he began working in everyday materials of the epidemic - pills and capsules, intravenous tubes, HIV-infected blood, and cremated human remains.
April 5, 2012
Elizabeth Catlett, 96, a sculptor and printmaker renowned for her dignified portrayals of African American and Mexican women who was barred from her home country for political activism, died Monday in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she had lived since 1976. Born in Washington, D.C., Ms. Catlett moved to Mexico in 1946, became friends with great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and others in his circle, and married Mexican artist Francisco Mora. She became known for her commitment to winning greater rights for black people, women and workers in the United States and her adopted country.
March 9, 2012
JOE HAND IS going to build a statue of Joe Frazier. No ifs, ands or buttresses about it. Going to hire a sculptor, approve a design, carve it, bronze it, erect it on a lovely spot near Xfinity Live. Unveil it on Jan. 12, 2013. (Maybe Michael Buffer growling, "Let's get ready for humble. ") "We are going to celebrate Joe's birthday right there," Hand said emphatically, ignoring the can't-be-done whispers. He's going to raise $200,000, choose a sculptor, agree on a pose, get it built, bronzed and fastened to a handsome marble slab, all in 310 days?
March 6, 2012 |
Dr. Royal T. Popper, 88, formerly of Center City, an orthodontist, sculptor, and arts patron, died of complications from hip surgery Sunday, Feb. 26, at Ann's Choice, a retirement community in Warminster. For 35 years, Dr. Popper maintained an orthodontics office in Olney. He had a busy practice straightening the teeth of students at nearby Central and Girls High Schools, said a son, Howard. For several years, Dr. Popper also had an office in Delaware County and taught anatomy at the Temple University School of Dentistry.