June 19, 2014 |
The Gross Clinic , Thomas Eakins' 1875 masterpiece, is back at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where it hangs when it is not at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The back-and-forth travels of this monumental painting, owned jointly by the two institutions since a dramatic public fund-raising campaign ended in its acquisition in 2006, have almost always been marked by something special: a complete cleaning and restoration of the picture, for instance; or its installation in an unusual setting, such as a 2011 exhibition focusing on the human body at PAFA, where Eakins taught and was famously fired for showing too much of the male anatomy to female art students.
May 18, 2014 |
Descendants of the family of Msgr. Patrick Garvey, once rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, are challenging the seminary's decision to sell Thomas Eakins' 1902 portrait of Garvey, arguing that the seminary does not own it. Robert E. Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who is aiding the descendants, said the portrait, painted during Eakins' visits to the City Avenue seminary at the turn of the 20th century, was put in the seminary's hands for...
March 23, 2014 |
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary has entered into an agreement with Christie's to sell five of its most valuable artworks, portraits of clerics by Thomas Eakins. Bishop Timothy C. Senior, the rector of the seminary, announced the agreement Friday. He said it was not yet clear how much the paintings might fetch. The goal is to defray the cost of renovating and consolidating the Wynnewood campus from about 75 acres to 35, to serve an enrollment that is down 75 percent from its peak of 534 in 1960.
March 20, 2014 |
A preliminary plan for the sale of artworks in the collection of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary should be announced by the end of March, seminary officials say. The seminary is home to about 200 paintings, including six portraits of clerics by Thomas Eakins and others by Alice Neel and Philip Pearlstein. The Inquirer reported Monday that the seminary was considering sales from its collection to help defray the costs of consolidation and renovation of its Wynnewood campus on City Avenue.
January 18, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art and three other U.S. institutions have joined to offer a sweeping survey of historical American art for exhibition in South Korea. Museum officials describe the show, which includes more than 100 works drawn from three centuries of American art making, as the first such major survey in Korea. "Many Koreans are aware of American artists such as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol, and familiar with post-1960s American art, but not with the work of artists of earlier periods, such as John Singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, and Thomas Eakins," Seung-ik Kim, the National Museum of Korea's lead curator for the exhibition and a specialist in Korean modern art and visual culture, said on Wednesday.
July 16, 2012 |
From the pastoral serenity of "Visions of Arcadia" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we turn this week to its antithesis, the paintings, drawings, and photographs by Eric Fischl at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. As with the Arcadians, nudes and semi-nudes predominate in Fischl's work, but there the resemblance ends. Instead of idyllic harmony, Fischl gives us tension, ambiguity, mild — and sometimes explicit — eroticism and the unsettling sense of not being able to figure out what's going on. Fischl has been making such visual provocations since the 1980s, when he became known for suggesting on canvas that suburbia was something less than a white-bread paradise.
February 12, 2012 |
Henry Ossawa Tanner deserves a kinder fate than to have a major retrospective of his work sandwiched between Zoe-mania and Vincent van Gogh. But how could it be otherwise? Local photographer Zoe Strauss is emphatically "now" and populist, and van Gogh is a modern master and a perpetual crowd-pleaser. Tanner, by contrast, is a less demonstrative artist whose work reflects the conservative values of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Consequently, his art attracts less attention and requires a more measured response.
December 13, 2011 |
It rises 16 feet in the air, stretching toward the skylighted ceiling of the studio in Old Tarble Hall on the Swarthmore College campus. It is black and creepy. Skeletal fingers reach out toward anyone passing by. Beheaded bodies rise from the top and disembodied arms float near the center. A foot-long scalpel thrusts out, arming a confident Dr. Samuel Gross, the same Samuel Gross memorialized in Thomas Eakins' great 1875 painting, The Gross Clinic . But in this Swarthmore rendering, Dr. Gross has heft and weight.
July 22, 2011 |
The Independence Seaport Museum's "Drawn to the Water," a gathering of work by dozens of painters from 1830 to the present, connects a multitude of dots. It presents Philadelphia as a city with a great maritime tradition, its waterfront boasting commercial, naval, and recreational boating activities. It shows that the region's waterways have served as a source of inspiration for artists for centuries. And every one of the artists in the show had or has ties to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the nation's oldest art school and art museum, as a student or faculty member.