May 20, 2013 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in this region's communities. Bruce Prabel and his wife, Marianne, crossed Brandywine Creek from their northern Delaware home in 1979 to what was then Birmingham Township, Delaware County, and came upon The Lake. Eight acres of private lake, in fact, near Karl and Anna Kuerner's Ring Farm, now a National Historic Landmark as the subject of nearly one-third of Andrew Wyeth's lifetime of paintings and, since 1999, part of the Brandywine Conservancy.
March 31, 2013 |
Andrew Wyeth died four years ago at 91; in another four years, the centennial of his birth will bring forth a major retrospective exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum, designed not only to commemorate his remarkable career, but also to reevaluate it. The museum has set in motion a five-year sequence of events to set the stage for the centennial celebration in 2017. It wants these events to accomplish two things - introduce Wyeth and the other artists in his family to a new, younger audience, and encourage art historians to reconsider what the Wyeth artists accomplished.
March 7, 2013 |
At 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hoisted its first and only N.C. Wyeth painting onto the wall at the entrance to the American galleries. Hard to imagine, in a region crawling with Wyethian objects and relatives and art, that this could possibly be the first. But it is - a gift from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which recently moved from its home of three decades on Vine Street to new glass offices in the Navy Yard. "We don't have any walls," said Ray Millora, the Glaxo project manager for the move.
March 6, 2013 |
At 10:05 a.m. Tuesday, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hoisted its first and only N.C. Wyeth painting onto the wall at the entrance to the American galleries. Hard to imagine, in a region crawling with Wyethian objects and relatives and art, that this could possibly be the first. But it is - a gift from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, which has recently moved from its home of three decades on Vine Street to new glass offices in the Navy Yard. "We don't have any walls," said Ray Millora, the Glaxo project manager for the move.
December 31, 2012 |
A corporate headhunter called the other day, asking for a list of the "Biggest Philly Business Stories of 2012. " Here's my Top 10: Monetate's SEPTA ads It's a happy sign in these grim times, and it's not just Monetate . Bentley Systems and Fiberlink added Center City offices, and Alteva moved to a prominent Market Street address, so they can fill new positions with Philly engineers, programmers and sales people....
July 2, 2012 |
During the 68 years that Andrew Wyeth worked in his Chadds Ford studio building very few people aside from models got to see the room in which he painted. Signs at the entrance informed casual passers-by that they could not impose: "I am working, so please do not disturb. I do not sign autographs. " And, to show he meant business: "Beware of the dog. " But now anyone with $8 and an hour to spare can see where America's most popular artist (or was that Norman Rockwell?) created many of America's most beloved paintings.
June 12, 2012 |
ELMONT, N.Y. - Would I'll Have Another have won the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown had he not gotten injured? Would Union Rags have won the Kentucky Derby had he not been eliminated at the break? The fascinating 2012 Triple Crown season did not play out the way it had been envisioned when the prep races began, and it ended without any answer to the two most pressing questions. What we did get was great stretch runs in Kentucky, Maryland, and New York, one crushing disappointment within hours of a potential coronation, and one setback seconds into the race that may be the start of the Triple Crown but always will be the most important in American racing.
May 2, 2012 |
JAMIE WYETH left school in sixth grade, so, in his formative years, he interacted far more with animals than people. "I spent a lot of time alone; I left school to be tutored," the 65-year-old artist said last week. "So most of my companions were animals. It's as simple as that. I knew more animals than I did people. " He was talking about his life on the porch outside the throwback home he shares with his wife Phyllis at the glorious Point Lookout in Chadds Ford, the land spreading out below almost as far as the eye can see, the rolling Brandywine Creek and a railroad track sharing the foreground, a perfect frame for the deer lounging near the faraway tree line.
April 29, 2012 |
In the dining room of their 18th-century Chadds Ford farmhouse, a Jamie Wyeth painting depicts a pastoral scene but a slightly chaotic one - his wife, Phyllis, in the midst of their farm animals. "Just the menagerie Phyllis has created around this place - the peacock, the emus, the black cat. A fox carrying on with the chickens," Jamie Wyeth said the other day, standing in front of the painting, titled Pointlookout Farmlife. Amid the swans and low-flying geese in the bottom right corner, kicking at some of those chickens with his hind legs, is a yearling.
January 27, 2012 |
Freeman's sale on Thursday of books, manuscripts, and ephemera focuses on the pictorial, with items such as a copy of John James Audubon's The Birds of America and an Andrew Wyeth portfolio of color reproductions expected to bring top prices. But the 595 lots in the sale, which begins at 10 a.m. at the gallery at 1808 Chestnut St., also include works that shed light on the era that produced them. A prime example is an album of pencil drawings and watercolors done mainly by Joseph Charlemagne for Queen Olga of Württemberg in the days when many European royal families were interrelated.