March 15, 2013
Do the names Celilia Beaux or Violet Oakley ring a bell? How about Faith Ringgold, an artist renown for her painted quilt series and who used her art to portray the civil rights movement from a female perspective? If you want to know more, the Haverford Township Free Library will hosted a program A Room of Her Own: Women in American Art. Dressler Smith, of the Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts will lead a discussion on pioneering 19th century women artists. Smith will show how the political and cultural change in American history "both inspired and challenged women artisits.
February 12, 2013 |
Last year, curators at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts began planning an all-female art exhibition. Organizers hoped it would facilitate a debate about whether feminism is still needed in modern art, but they weren't sure audiences would find the topic worthy of debate. Then came Ken Johnson, a New York Times art critic who in only six sentences sparked an impassioned controversy that has played out for months on his Facebook page, arts blogs, an online petition and, on Sunday evening, a sold-out panel discussion at PAFA on the very topic the curators wanted to discuss all along.
June 16, 2012 |
I fell in love with the man in the painting as soon as I saw him. He was leaning against a rail in his green Army uniform — his stare daring, his demeanor flirty. I didn't know who he was or what artist Robert Cromartie had in mind when he put him to canvas. The man's uniform placed him around World War II, but his defiant look put him decades ahead. Black soldiers weren't supposed to be so confident in the face of a military that didn't want them. Cromartie is one of what I call Philadelphia's forgotten or lost artists, men and women who worked as schoolteachers or janitors or at the post office to pay the bills.
March 2, 2012
Antiques/Art/Crafts Annual Quilt Competition Diverse designs & intricate detail in quilts on display in the Gazebo. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. 3/2. Empty House Party Meet the 2012 design team, explore the empty house & grounds, sample Italian specialties & wines, & more. Bucks County Designer House & Gardens, 3864 Spring Valley Rd., Doylestown; 215-345-2191. $25-$30. 3/4. 2-5 pm. Fresh + Wholesome Paintings, photography, screen printing, drawing, jewelry, weaving & mixed media.
April 29, 2011 |
Context counts in the two-part Violet Oakley exhibition at Chestnut Hill's Woodmere Museum - a virtually forgotten series of her murals, and a group show of female artists active in Paris while Oakley was an art student there. Oakley's William Penn series at the State Capitol Building are her most celebrated murals. But the monumental murals from 1910-11 in Woodmere's permanent collection may come as a surprise to many. Oakley, then 36, created The Building of the House of Wisdom for the entrance hall of a townhouse architect Frank Miles Day was completing at 17th and Locust Streets for Charlton Yarnall of the Ellis Yarnall & Son importing firm.
April 24, 2009 |
One of the special benefits for collectors in major cities like Philadelphia is that wonderful things come to them. On the menu this weekend is a banquet of pottery from turn-of-the-century Arts-and-Crafts-movement pieces to contemporary studio works by living artists. Members of the American Art Pottery Association have been touring collections and listening to seminars this week as part of the organization's 2009 convention based in Northeast Philadelphia. Starting at 3:30 p.m. today, collectors will be able to preview about 400 lots, many featuring works by women, which will be offered for sale by auctioneer Greg Belhorn beginning at 5 p.m. During the preview reception, authors will sign their books on ceramics.
November 13, 2008 |
As the days grow shorter and the winds blow colder, 6-foot-tall multicolored boots in prominent Philadelphia gathering spaces could be a fashionable reminder that chilly weather is ahead. But despite the boots' seasonal arrival, they are not an indicator of winter's beginning, but rather Moore College of Art and Design's way of feting 160 years of educating women artists. "We wanted a symbolic way to encapsulate the journey of where our alumnae are now, where they intend to go and how Moore created that foundation," said Christa Santivasi Lutz, 37, a Moore graduate from the class of 1994, who devised the sculptural celebration.
May 8, 2007 |
Wrapping up the Black Lily Film & Music Festival Sunday night, more than a dozen women artists played to a sold-out crowd at World Cafe Live. Evolved from the female-centric live music series that went on every Tuesday night in Philly from 2000 to 2005, the inaugural festival was steeped in nostalgia. When statuesque Imani Uzuri took the stage and launched into "Her Holy Water," she immediately channeled Grace Jones. Backed by a full band that included the Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson on drums and James Poyser on keys, Uzuri mesmerized with an ethereal, soulful rock.
November 10, 2006 |
Beth Heinly says she admires paint-pushing abstract expressionists like Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning. The 25-year-old artist also connects with neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and, more recently, with his pop mentor Andy Warhol, who she says has appeared in her dreams. This quirky pedigree can be detected in Heinly's super-casual, unframed marker-on-paper drawings at the Black Floor Gallery, but her channeling is entirely original. Heinly's deliberately awkward, Frankenstein-walk line and scrawling of blunt, graffitilike sentiments are reminiscent of Basquiat.
October 27, 2006 |
"Why have there been no great women artists?" Linda Nochlin asked this explosive question in 1971 and changed the study of art history. Then and now, her seminal essay, published in Art News, posed a question that still provokes debate. Do the names Peeters, Neel, Frankenthaler and Lin - all accomplished women artists - trip off your tongue like Van Gogh, Picasso, Eakins and Calder? If challenged to name the top 10 best-known or contemporary artists, how often would you include a woman on the list?