May 9, 1993 |
Pennsylvania impressionism is better known in our metropolitan area than the actual paintings these early 20th-century artists produced, an oversight that Woodmere Art Museum is trying to correct in its current exhibit, "Pennsylvania Impressionism. " Of course, impressionism was a school of painting, really a revolution in painting, that started in France and spread to other lands in the late 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. Artists of this persuasion aimed to represent things on canvas according to their own personal impressions, without regard to generally recognized rules, and while painting outdoors in an effort to render changing effects of light and reflection with striking immediacy.
August 7, 1994 |
The human figure has always fascinated oil painter Mark Reitz, but not in the classical sense. Rather, he stretches the boundaries of representational art, making bodies a blur in his dreamy, illusive abstractions. That is apparent in pieces such as Group Study, an oil-on-paper work that recently won the Violet Oakley Prize in the Woodmere Art Museum's 54th annual Members' Exhibition, on view at the Chestnut Hill museum through Aug. 28. Reitz's painting is among the work of more than 300 museum members exhibiting in the non-juried, multimedia show, which includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints.
March 17, 2015 |
In Frances Galante's home, a portrait she painted of the Maine countryside hangs prominently. It's the kind of work that would stop visiting friends. Some would ask questions; most would admire. Ms. Galante always would be humble. "She would say, 'My paintings aren't that great,' or, 'This still needs work,' " said Linda Galante, her sister. "But I know so many people who would look at her art and start crying because it was so moving. " Ms. Galante, 57, a prominent painter in the region, died Tuesday, March 10, in her Philadelphia home after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
August 8, 2016 |
You could argue that it is too soon to look at and think about Free Interpretation of Plant Forms , the monumental sculptural fountain that recently appeared, overnight, on the front lawn of the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. After all, the four-ton work is still behind a construction fence. The landscaping around it is unfinished. The water element of the fountain is not operating, and its design hasn't even been set because Woodmere's administrators expect to experiment to determine what looks and works best.
September 1, 2013 |
Philadelphia native Patricia Leslie Noonan, 66, who spent years as a volunteer at the Woodmere Art Museum, died Aug. 19 after a fall in her home in Amelia Island, Fla., her family said. A tireless volunteer, Mrs. Noonan also worked for Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and William Penn Charter School, and the Chestnut Hill Musical Cocktails, one of the Philadelphia Orchestra's fund-raising committees. After graduating from Harriton High School, she went to Washington College and afterward earned her master's in education at Tufts University.
June 1, 2015 |
Georgia S. McWhinney, 85, of Wyncote, an associate professor in the field of literacy, died Wednesday, May 20, of cancer at her home. Dr. McWhinney devoted her energies to her family and the study and teaching of emergent literacy in both children and adults. Emergent literacy , a term coined by researcher Marie Clay, refers to the gradual process by which children and adults interact with language, books, and those around them on the road to literacy. A part of the process is speaking, listening, writing, and viewing words and pictures.
September 23, 2008 |
John Lear's art might have saved him from harm's way during World War II. A niece, Susan MacBride, recalled yesterday that when he was assigned to Fort Riley, Kan., "the generals and the officers found out he was an artist [and] diverted his talents to doing portraits of the officers and their families. " Later, she said, he was assigned to illustrate military manuals, booklets and charts for service-wide distribution. On Wednesday, John Brock Lear Jr., 98, artist and teacher, died of pneumonia at Chestnut Hill Hospital.
June 13, 2016 |
Here are a few outstanding museum and gallery shows you should not miss this summer. Creative Africa (Through Sept. 25, Philadelphia Museum of Art) This big show is simply a revelation - the visionary work of artists throughout Africa, from contemporary photography, fashion, and architecture to centuries-old sculpture. Also programs, artist talks, family festivals, and community conversations. (215-763-8100, philamuseum.org ) Daylight Harmony: Larry Francis (Through June 30, Gross McCleaf Gallery)
February 15, 1991 |
Although he's a relatively obscure figure in standard histories of American art, James D. Smillie (1833-1909) was a superb reproductive engraver and etcher. Abundant evidence of his skill emerges in a retrospective of his graphic work at the Woodmere Art Museum, organized by director Michael W. Schantz. As Schantz points out in a catalogue essay, Smillie's career paralleled the development of printmaking in the 19th century. He began as a line engraver and at the turn of the century became a leading figure in the etching revival.
November 23, 1990 |
The recent traveling exhibition of baseball images called "Diamonds Are Forever" demonstrated that while sports and recreation have long been popular subjects for American artists, they have produced relatively little memorable art. "Sport in Art" at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill reaches a similar conclusion. Its scope - from baseball and football to rowing, tennis and auto racing - is much broader, but it, too, leads a viewer to conclude that sports do not translate readily into high art. Television and the other mass media have made even the most obscure sports commonplace, and they document them in such detail that there isn't much left for art to chew on. But it's also likely that few artists have been able to dig below the surface of these mass entertainments, which is why most sporting art seems cliched.