Category Archives: Sculpture

From Bakelite to Marble

Remember the rotary phone? Round about the time of the Studebaker, these solid black machines with a dial were the common denominator in telecommunications until the 1962 World’s Fair, when the Touch Tone phone was introduced. The rotary’s dial, about … Continue reading

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Most Wonderful Time of the Year: II

CRUISING around Philadelphia’s City Hall at street level, you might not see him at first. Take a look up at the top, and there stands William Penn. The 37-foot, 27-ton bronze rendering of the Quaker who founded the Keystone State … Continue reading

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Message in the Silence

Sachiko Akiyama’s figurative sculptures, carved from basswood and painted, are psychological portraits that shift from personal to allegorical and back. Her process is so labor intensive that it can take a year for her to complete a single piece. With … Continue reading

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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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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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Kiss of the Spiderwoman

We’re mourning the death of sculptor Louise Bourgeois, who this week died at the age of 98. Here’s what I wrote about her a few years ago, on the occasion of an exhibit at the Fabric Museum and Workshop in … Continue reading

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Raw, Cooked and Globalized

Twelve sculptors, members of the Sculptors Association of New Jersey, are exhibiting at the Silva Gallery at the Pennington School, 112 West Delaware Ave., Pennington, through April 30. “…these sculptures represent our interpretation of the world around us, and perhaps … Continue reading

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It’s Yellow!

“The Lovers’ Knot (Inspired by the Trefoil Knot)” by artist E. Calder Powel is the latest addition to Sculpture Along the Way, the program of placing public art along the roadways leading up to Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton. At … Continue reading

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Eight Million Gods

Now that it’s officially spring, it’s a great time to enjoy art in the outdoors. The James A. Michener Art Museum is exhibiting stone sculpture by artist Ayami Aoyama in its Outdoor Sculpture Garden  through June 20. Ms. Aoyama’s marble … Continue reading

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Inside a Head

Jonathan Shahn is a crank. (It’s safe to write this, because he’s promised he will not read this article, although his wife might.) That’s not the impression this writer formed, but one the sculptor seems bent on projecting. “Uncooperative” is … Continue reading

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