March 6, 2014 |
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.
January 5, 2014 |
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.
October 28, 2013 |
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.
October 24, 2013 |
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.
October 14, 2013 |
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.
October 11, 2013 |
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.
August 24, 2013 |
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.
June 16, 2013 |
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.
June 6, 2013 |
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.
May 6, 2013 |
The past has come back to haunt us at the Barnes Foundation, big time. It returned this weekend in the form of a monumental mural by painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly called Sculpture for a Large Wall . Kelly created the mural in 1956-57 as a commission for the former Philadelphia Transportation Building at 17th and Market Streets. It's a landmark work of art, the first abstract sculpture in Philadelphia and a piece that looks as fresh and lively today as it did when it was installed in the building's lobby 56 years ago. The sculpture left Philadelphia in 1998 under circumstances that shocked the city's cultural community.