2007/12/31

Small Paintings Jersey Shore


These are small paintings recently completed after a day at the Jersey shore. The autumn light is lower, and winds very brisk. Autumn at Cape May Point, and Hereford Inlet, after the crowds have left. There were a few seabirds, but many had flown south by then.

It has been quite some time since I painted such small pieces, the change of scale from murals to these was fun. I wasn't concerned with detail so much. Each painting measures 6 x 6 x 1.5 inches, and are painted with acrylics on canvas.



2007/12/20

Perelman Library



I am looking forward to visiting the new library at the Perelman; it was closed the last time I was there

From Lee Rosenbaum's article in the Wall Street Journal
"While the design gallery may be the popular favorite, the sunlit library in the Perelman is clearly the director's pick. In New York recently to tout the Perelman's opening and the main building's coming exhibitions, Ms. d'Harnoncourt exulted in the library's greatly enhanced ability to provide state-of-the-art public access to some 200,000 books and periodicals, which are housed in four times the space they'd had before. Not only a research haven, the library also includes display cases for rotating exhibitions of rare books and manuscripts. Its main reading room is adorned by four bronze figurative reliefs, representing the four elements, that had been designed by Paul Manship in 1914 for the AT&T building in New York but look as if they had always belonged between the large windows in their current abode. What's best about the library is that unlike some other museum research centers, Philadelphia's is not just for serious scholars and specialists but also welcomes casual knowledge-seekers, who can also browse through its offerings in an online catalogue."

link to Online Catalogue

I smiled at her blog article "Philadelphia Museum's New Perelman Building: An Irreverent Photo Essay (Part I)"


2007/12/12

Medieval Pages, Beaux Arts Drawing





Paper jewels at the Arthur Ross Gallery at the Fisher Fine Arts Library
Treasured Pages. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
from the Free Library of Philadelphia, till Jan 8, 08


Have always admired the oversized drawing (93 x123 inches) located in the lobby area of the Fine Arts library.
Its stunning to see the control of the water media. The *delineator* was Harry Sternfeld, and it was painted at the American Academy in Rome in 1921.

This article by Lois Olcott Price, called "Unearthing an 'Archeo': The On-Site Treatment of an Oversize Architectural Drawing and Some Notes on Its Fabrication" is an fascinating and detailed account of its restoration and preservation, undertaken several years ago while the library itself was undergoing major restoration.

"I first examined this immense 8 x 10 foot architectural drawing entitled "Portico of Civita Castellana" by Harry Sternfeld, late in the spring of 1989 (fig. 1). At that time it was framed, glazed and bolted to the wall in the large sunlit front stairwell of the Furness building on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania..."
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link "The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania preserves the works of more than 400 designers from the 18th century to the present. ...

Other major architects whose work is represented in the Architectural Archives include Alfred Bendiner, Cope and Stewardson, Paul Philippe Cret, Frank Miles Day, Wilson Eyre, Frank Furness, Edmund Gilchrist, Lawrence Halprin, Warren Powers Laird, Mitchell/Giurgola, John Nolan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Zantzinger Borie and Medary. In addition to these American 19th and 20th-century architects, the Architectural Archives collects the work of several significant European architects. The Freidrich Weinbrenner collection is the most important archive of this architect's work outside of Europe and provided the basis for a major exhibition and scholarly catalogue by Professor David B. Brownlee.

From Britain come the drawings of Robert Adam, Gilbert Blount, William Chambers, James Thomas Knowles, and William Butterfield. From France, the experiments of G. Robert Le Ricolais are represented by an extensive collection of forty structural models, calculations, and drawing. A sketch book of 300 drawings by Barthelemy Vignon and student projects by Villain further enrich the collections."

link NYT article on restoration of the Furness Building by Venturi and Scott Brown


2007/12/03

Frederick MD Art Walk




Met up with friends ( Pat, Lausanne, and Janet ) in Frederick MD this weekend. We of course honed in at first on the Community Bridge, which we had seen online in photos; which are tantalizing, but can't compare with seeing the bravura paintwork at a close range; very difficult to sustain the illusion, in this case seemingly done with ease. The murals on the bridge were painted by William Cochran and assistants.
We were highly impressed with the stylistic consistency through the entire work, and the strength of the *incised* symbols.

We were happy to get indoors out of the cold winds, at the nearby Delaplaine Arts Center
A highlight was the exhibit of photographs by Dana Appleton Reitman.
"Dana Reitman’s current work is the result of living and traveling for the past four years in Malawi, Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world. While there she took photographs and collected stories from women who live in rural villages. These photographs depict the dignity, the difficulty, the poverty, and the beauty of village life in a small African country." (from the Art Center show description)

We met Dana, who met us and went through the exhibit with us. Her website http://www.mzimu.com offers her Malawi prints for sale, and "proceeds from the photos will be used to establish projects that will directly benefit the people in Malawi."

At dinner, Dana and I discussed and argued for the merits of our pet cameras, hers is a Canon G6 G5, mine the Canon G7. We agreed that its the eye that makes the image, not the machine.
I felt like I was sitting across from Bonnie Raitt.