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September 21, 1990 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
The exhibition of sculpture by the late Henry Mitchell that fills both the Paley and Levy Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design pays homage to an artist whose creations adorn a number of public spaces in the city. Mitchell's pieces, like the impala fountain at the zoo and the cat fountain at the Betsy Ross House, are highly visible; Mitchell is less well known. This exhibition of 59 pieces, the majority of them maquettes for public commissions, seeks to offer Mitchell some belated recognition for enlivening the city's public landscape.
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April 15, 1990 | Special to the Inquirer / JOAN FAIRMAN KANES
Sculptor Peter Rockwell, a 1958 graduate of Haverford College, is an artist-in-residence there this semester. With the help of nine student apprentices, he has been carving a "climbing sculpture" from a 5-ton block of Indiana limestone. Earlier this month, the unfinished sculpture was loaded onto a pickup and driven from the foundry to a spot near the campus library, where it was installed with the help of a crane. Rockwell, who is the son of Norman Rockwell, and his students will continue working on the statue, which was designed for children to clamber on, climb over and crawl through.
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April 2, 1989 | By Will Thompson, Inquirer Staff Writer
The idea to do a plaster-of-Paris sculpture of himself for a special art project, Craig Culley recalls, came to him in December during a sudden burst of inspiration. "The feeling was very strong and inspirational," he explained. "It was a feeling that God is really a part of me, as he is a part of everybody. It was a feeling full of love and compassion. " Culley, an 18-year-old resident of Brookhaven and a senior at Sun Valley Senior High School in Aston, created the six-foot-wide and eight-foot-high sculpture with plaster of Paris and called it "My Sunday Mourning.
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May 4, 1989 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
For the first time since 1975, there won't be an outdoor-sculpture exhibition in Philadelphia this summer. Marsha Moss, who has single-handedly organized the shows, held for the last three summers at the arboretum in Fairmount Park, has canceled this year's edition. Moss said she took the action because the city was unlikely to help defray the expenses of an outdoor show, which it has done in the past. She has turned back an $8,000 grant she received for the show from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, she said, and has notified about 150 artists who responded to a call for proposals that the show will not take place.
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August 8, 1986 | By SANDY SORLIEN, Special to the Daily News
Storm King Art Center is a 350-acre sculpture park nestled among wooded mountains in New York's Hudson Valley. All right, you've seen wooded mountains before. (But these plunge dramatically into the wide blue Hudson River! Yes, it really is sort of blue up here, an hour north of Manhattan.) Getting here is half the fun: the drive along the Palisades Parkway is beautiful and the view from scenic overlooks around West Point is breathtaking. Picture a meeting of a hundred brightly colored extraterrestrials from many planets gathered on a golf course.
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February 15, 1990 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
The fourth and final Challenge exhibition at the Fleisher Art Memorial is not only the best of the 1989-90 series but is also one of the most impressive shows of recent years there. The artists are Syd Carpenter, who makes ceramic sculpture; Judith Schaechter, who works in stained glass, and Nicholas Kripol, a Tyler School of Art ceramics professor whose sculptures for this show are made of stabilized adobe. For the last few years, Carpenter's sculpture has evolved from table-top pieces closely tied to craft antecedents to large, complex wall pieces.
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February 16, 1990 | By Jennifer Crohn, Special to The Inquirer
Phoebe Adams' sculptures, like myths bearing the germ of truth, seem to emerge fully formed from an intuitive, subconscious understanding of the way the world fits together. An overview at Beaver College of her work since the mid-1980s illuminates the gradual evolution of her ideas. Adams has been aptly compared with the 20th-century artists Jean Arp, Joan Miro and Louise Bourgeois, but some of her work also bears a resemblance to the 16th-century paintings of Hieronymous Bosch.
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April 23, 1999 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Steve Riedell didn't invent the shaped painting, but he has given it an unusual twist. He creates the painting and its support separately, then combines them. The method is demanding, but the result is an object that, paradoxically, accentuates its "painted" quality. Riedell's exhibition at Larry Becker Contemporary Art contains 12 such paintings made over the last several years. Some are essentially flat, while others project from the wall like sculptures. Each piece is a wood construction derived from an architectural source covered with painted canvas.
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June 4, 1986 | By Arlene Martin, Special to The Inquirer
From Israel to Mexico to New York From Israel to Mexico to New York to Berlin, N.J., the Ascalon family has traveled and lived as artists who specialize in religious works. The Ascalon tradition of sculpture and crafting began with Maurice Ascalon, whose hammered bronze sculpture dominated the Palestine pavilion at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Later, in Israel, Maurice Ascalon operated a metal works that popularized a green patina finish often associated with the Israeli crafts industry.
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November 10, 1995 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Fritz Dietel's sculpture has always displayed a consistent dedication to process. The viewer can't help but marvel at the way he coaxes wood into improbable configurations by bending, laminating and steaming. Yet while these processes and the labor they entail is always evident, it's the forms themselves that command the viewer's attention. In his show of new work at Schmidt/Dean Gallery, Dietel moves in unexpected directions. A large globular shape woven of white oak slats, open at the bottom and dyed yellow-green, resembles a huge ball of yarn - not exactly what we have come to expect from this artist.
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March 17, 2014 | By John Rosenberg, For The Inquirer
BOGOTA, Colombia - As a globe-trotting adult, I've tended to err on the side of caution and have learned to approach overly novel attractions with a great deal of hesitation. Such was the case on a recent visit to Bogota, Colombia, when against all restraint I kept thumbing back to a dog-eared page in the guidebook referencing a so-called Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, situated in an underground salt mine about 30 miles north of the capital. To prompt myself into finally hazarding Bogota's paralytic traffic so as to discover if the cathedral was worth its salt as a destination, I first had to channel a bit of Clark Griswold, goading his kids into the family car to make time to see the world's second-largest ball of twine as they made their way to Wally World.
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March 6, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke came to an agreement on the renovation of John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known to skateboarders, lunching office workers, tourists, and bridal parties as LOVE Park. There had been a fierce debate about its fate, but one thing had never been in dispute: The LOVE sculpture would stay. After all, the sculpture - based on a distinctive, stacked composition created by Robert Indiana 50 years ago - is practically the unofficial logo of Philadelphia.
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January 5, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
As shivering but curious passersby stopped to watch, holding up scarves to shield their faces from below-freezing winds, Kevin Gregory lifted a 10-pound Eagles helmet made of ice onto a clear, frozen podium. "Couldn't have asked for better weather - except for the sun," said Gregory, founder of Ice Concepts and the Eagles' unofficial go-to ice sculptor, on the 15-degree morning Friday. Gregory, 45, has been carving ice since 1994, most of that time with his business partner, Antonio Young.
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October 28, 2013 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
Katie Grinnan's interactive sculpture For Your Information , the putative star of her show at the Print Center, "Katie Grinnan: Three Headed Lady," is still developing - and you can be part of its evolution by browsing on its computer (recipes, You-Tube videos, selfies, whatever), printing your contribution (yes, there's a printer, too), then clipping your papers together and filing them (real, old-fashioned folders hang on hinged compartments next to the seats). Grinnan's growing knowledge center has the best of intentions: She wants it to reveal "the nuances that are missed through computer interactions" and to "slow people down and focus on the way thought patterns emerge.
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October 24, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A sculpture on the facade of Franklin Institute's sparkling new addition will offer pedestrians, motorists, and others a moving and glistening new view of the science museum. With 12,500 5-by-5-inch anodized aluminum squares, the exterior of the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion under construction will twinkle and undulate with the wind. The 3,000-square-foot kinetic "Shimmer Wall" being installed this week on the Race Street side of the institute at 20th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway uses sunlight and wind to make ever-shifting patterns.
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October 14, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A memorial will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, for John A. Whereat, 55, a longtime Philadelphia sculptor, who died Saturday, Aug. 31, of heart failure at his home in Roxborough. The memorial is planned for 10 a.m. at the Radnor Friends Meeting House, Conestoga and Sproul Roads, his family announced last week. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Narberth, Mr. Whereat earned a bachelor's degree and, later, a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania. The bulk of his work, done in a garage on Spring Lane, is in private collections along the East Coast.
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October 11, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harold Kimmelman, 90, of Wayne, a Philadelphia artist whose metal sculptures adorn the city's parks, died Monday, Oct. 7, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the Quadrangle in Haverford. "It's hard to walk more than a few blocks in Center City without stumbling on one of his sculptures," said his son Jonathan. Mr. Kimmelman was born in North Philadelphia and graduated from Central High School. He studied in the 1950s in Provincetown, Mass., under the painter Henry Hensche. He then returned to Philadelphia to pursue sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
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August 24, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The beach on Thursday was covered in visitors who would likely go home, flush the toilet, take a shower, dry off with a laundered towel, and maybe have a nice glass of . . . something. Probably none of them considered exactly where the water that would allow them to do all of those things - including making an iced tea - came from. Except, perhaps, for those beachgoers at the Seventh Street beach who stopped to look at a quirky sand sculpture by the artist John Gruber, commissioned by New Jersey American Water.
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June 16, 2013 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
Over the last decade, Susan Hagen has been coaxing contemporary art from one of the world's oldest art practices - carving small, wood sculptures of living people of all ages, from almost every walk of life. Expressively modeled, painted with oil or bleached or charred, Hagen's small linden wood figures have a poignancy that emanates from the size and familiar postures and ordinariness of her subjects. The individuality of each of Hagen's sitters has not always been obvious in her gallery exhibitions, however, mainly because they've been shown together as types.
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June 6, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Haddonfield art teacher Hillary Johnston was much loved by students, family, and friends. A talented creator in her own right, she was gentle and strong, with a gift for nurturing children. In 2011, after years of illness, she lost her life to cancer. She is missed. Wednesday evening, she will be remembered in a manner most fitting - at the school where she taught, with the unveiling of a piece of art created in her honor. At 6:30 p.m. outside Tatem Elementary School, there will be a dedication ceremony for a bronze statue made as a memorial to Johnston by the Haddonfield artist John Giannotti.
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