Monthly Archives: July 2010

Last Chance in Merion

For years I’ve been writing that this may be the very last chance to see the Barnes Foundation collection in its original home in Merion, Pa., but it looks like this is really really that last chance. The Foundation’s website … Continue reading

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Going to the Country

BIKING through undulating countryside, walking in the footsteps of iconic artists, picnicking in the shadow of gothic cathedrals, sampling wine from the barrel with the vintner, learning to prepare risotto from a famed chef – in previous summers I have … Continue reading

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To Paint or Not to Paint

The other day I went to visit my friend Janet Purcell in Hopewell. (Her painting, at left, is titled “Freeze Dried.”) Jan’s house could be in Vermont, surrounded as it is by woods. Her sunny spaces are just like her … Continue reading

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Modern and Contemporary

Princeton University Art Museum has made a major commitment to modern and contemporary art by appointing Kelly Baum the first Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Previously assistant curator of contemporary art at the Blanton Museum of Art at … Continue reading

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Ashokan Farewell

Everett came home to visit this past weekend with Gabby. Gabby is working toward a master’s degree in regional planning at Cornell, and is doing some interesting work in the Catskills this summer. Among the groups she’s working with is … Continue reading

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Back to Black

Yesterday, I went to see Starburst, the blockbuster exhibit on color photography from the 1970s at the Princeton University Art Museum. (Stay tuned for my story on this.)  I am reading the catalog foreword by Aaron Betsky, director of the … Continue reading

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Moravian Tile and Pottery

Today, while cruising through Doylestown, Pa., I was reminded of a visit I made a few years ago to the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) was a Renaissance man. Harvard educated, he was a historian, archaeologist, … Continue reading

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Quilting in Glass

A few weeks ago, when I ran into Chuck Katzenbach and his wife, Bru, at the Artists Gallery in Lambertville, they invited me to their Hopewell home to see their Boer goats. Mr. Katzenbach originally wanted the goats, bred in … Continue reading

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Calling All Artists

Artist Robert Hummel specializes in cartoon-y paintings of familiar scenes in our region — Princeton, Cranbury, Kingston and Hightstown. His “War of the Worlds” painting (left) hangs in Grover’s Mill Coffee Shop in West Windsor, and would be an ideal … Continue reading

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She’s Back!

I last wrote about Diane Savona nearly two years ago (see post), but she’s back, this time with work in From the Archives at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia. The Passaic-based artist embeds domestic objects between layers … Continue reading

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