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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.
NEWS
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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July 13, 2015 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
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.
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June 26, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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June 6, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 4, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 5, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 27, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 27, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
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.
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January 8, 2015 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By Tom Avril and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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November 26, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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