July 13, 2015 |
A glance down the hallway toward the gallery of the Woodmere Art Museum, where its 74th Annual Juried Exhibition begins, reveals the quirky aesthetic of jurors and artist brothers Steven and Billy Dufala. In the distance, an enormous, featureless, off-white creature shaped like a cross between a duck and a sheep lies on the floor. Behind it is a large painting of two women standing side by side against a starry night, one holding an ungainly cloudlike form, the other's face hidden by a mass of droopy hair - or something like hair.
June 26, 2015 |
A garden party need not be a staid, tame affair of tea sandwiches and wine spritzers. At Tyler Park Center for the Arts this weekend, it will have quite the sound track. Saturday and Sunday mark the first Summer Music and Sculpture Festival. Bands such as jammy Wineskin, drummers like Jim Hines, eclectic cover band TriTide, and other acts will provide the beat to an installation featuring dozens of sculptures from artists traveling from as far away as Germany and from as near as Trenton and Philadelphia.
June 6, 2015 |
Even before a ribbon-cutting to unveil newly installed sculptures at Paine's Park on Thursday afternoon, the geometric forms were heavily scarred with scratches and tire marks left by skateboarders and BMX bikers who had attacked it overnight. But unlike other public works popular with skaters (see the Claes Oldenburg paint "blob" on Broad Street that was reoriented a few years ago to deter them), this was exactly the intended result. The piece, Steps and Pyramid , is British artist Jonathan Monk's skatable reinterpretation of sculptures by the minimalist artist Sol LeWitt.
April 4, 2015 |
For artist Patrick Dougherty, mistakes are always happy accidents. The sculptor works with natural elements to create grand, site-specific sculptures. For three weeks, Dougherty set up camp at the Morris Arboretum to create A Waltz in the Woods from willow branches. "It's a smooth waltz where these little towers use this meadow to celebrate," he said. Morris will mark the debut of Dougherty's most recent work with a grand-opening event Saturday, including a guided sculpture tour and a craft event for kids.
February 5, 2015 |
Gary Bromberg, 83, of Springfield, Montgomery County, a commercial insurance broker and an artist, died Saturday, Jan. 31, of multiple myeloma at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Bromberg moved to the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia with his family when he was 5. He graduated from Overbrook High School and from Pennsylvania State University with the Class of 1953. While there, he pledged Beta Sigma Pi fraternity. Mr. Bromberg did further study at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
January 27, 2015 |
CAROLINE GOLA'S wonderfully expressive face told two stories yesterday afternoon when a sculpture of her husband was unveiled at La Salle University. She was incredibly proud of what Tom Gola accomplished, what he meant to his school and his city and how many people from his past were at Hayman Center/Tom Gola Arena to honor him. She also felt the weight of knowing that today is the 1-year anniversary of the legend's death. "It's just hard right now," she said after the ceremony, her feelings impossible to hide.
January 27, 2015 |
After presiding over the historic entrance to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for more than a year, the giant Day-Glo Gumby fashioned by artist KAWS came down Sunday. And, in a swoop of angling construction cranes, a giant, if less gaudy, Punch was hoisted above Broad Street in its stead. At night, the new work, which the academy commissioned from sculptor Robert Taplin of New Haven, Conn., will glow with light as it faces the Convention Center across Broad Street. Taplin's 16-foot fiberglass-and-steel piece - The Young Punch Juggling - is a contemporary rendering of the classic character of Italian commedia dell'arte Pulcinella, or Punchinello in English.
January 8, 2015 |
Nestled into the side of a cliff, the Long Island home studio of sculptor and performance artist Sue Beatrice offers serene views of the Hempstead Bay. Inside, it's organized chaos - a hodgepodge of butterfly wings, raccoon skulls, prosthetic teeth, thousands of tiny authentic watch parts, and miniature sculptures in various stages of completion. Beatrice, 53, a recent transplant from South Jersey, changes her medium with the season, and whether she's creating watch-part art, building a sand castle, or carving a sculpture out of a 1,000-pound pumpkin, her work is known for her creativity and attention to detail.
December 8, 2014 |
Vandals set fire to a giant wooden sculpture of the town's namesake bird early Saturday morning in Phoenixville, barely 16 hours before it was to have been burned in a ceremony at the borough's annual Firebird Festival, officials said. But taking their cue from the mythological lore of the phoenix, volunteers rallied to rebuild a smaller version of the winged figure in time for the annual event. The replacement wooden phoenix was ignited shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday while hundreds watched, despite the daylong rain.
November 26, 2014 |
This is a story about how art happens. It is also the story of a diminutive but determined woman, a sculptor who understood her vision and gave it wings, and a local university that saw fit to give it a home. Above all, it is a story about love. Growing up in Depression-era South Philadelphia, the children of a U.S. Mint worker and a dressmaker, Francesca Cottone Shaughnessy and her beloved brother Sebastian Charles Cottone were raised to view education as the key to success and a source of life's great joy. It served them well.