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Stones in the Clouds

In Artist Profile on October 29, 2012 at 3:12 am

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Isamu Noguchi
Photo: Anzai

“Sculpture to be Seen From Mars”
Model (left)1947 (destroyed)
Photo: Soichi Sunami

Isamu Noguchi’s prodigious and expansive artworks spanned the world of sculpture in stone, metal, paper, wood, and ceramics. His striking vision conquered territory in architecture, landscape design, playground and park design, furniture and lighting design, and theater set design in collaborations with Martha Graham…


An Uncommon Common Man

In Artist Profile on August 10, 2012 at 1:08 am

Charles A. Bangert, Jr. was the kind of fellow you don’t come across every day, possessing qualities you don’t always find in one person. He wasdown to earth, accomplished, meticulous, organized, humble, good-natured, good-humored, and kind. Charlie was an engineer, corporate manager, craftsman and artist, and most important, a mensch (person of integrity and honor)…

Favela Painters Paint Philadelphia

In Artist Profile on July 12, 2012 at 5:15 am

The artists Haas&Hahn— Jeroen Koolhass (yes, there is a Rem connection) and Dre Urhahn—are heirs to the De Stijl movement, applying early 20th century Dutch principles to 21st century cities on a colossal scale. Playing with form and mass, unburdened by the restrictive tenets of De Stijl, they burst into Brazilian shanty towns, called favelas, with a riotous display of color and geometry.

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“Haas&Hahn in Brazil”
Photo: Haas&Hahn for

Warp Speed

In Artist Profile on April 5, 2012 at 1:05 am

A native of Kyoto, Japan, Hitoshi Ujiie grew up in a kimono design and manufacturing family, learning all aspects of the trade. He studied at a textile college in Japan and under Glen Kaufman, textile fiber artist, at the University of Georgia in the United States. He also produced exquisite fine art textiles purchased by important museums so…

What happened? Ujiie discovered that technology can now achieve durable images on any surface, porous or non–porous, floors, walls and ceilings. He coined a profession, “Surface Imaging Designer,” and decided “That is the future.”

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Word On The Street

In Artist Profile on March 8, 2012 at 2:58 am

Walking down South St. in Philadelphia on a warm, winter night (yes, a warm, winter night), I saw an attractive young lady seated at a small table with a small, manual typewriter. A blank sheet of white paper was flopping in the old-fashioned carriage and ready to go. Her hand-lettered sign said, “Name a price. Pick a subject. Get a poem!!!”

“Type Writer”

Joseph G. Brin (c) 2012

Queen of Hearts: Heather Ujiie

In Artist Profile, Designer Profile on March 8, 2012 at 2:45 am

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“Resurrection” ©2011 Heather Ujiie

Heather Ujiie is an impassioned, collaborative designer with silvery hair in two tight buns, one securely fastened on each side of her head. Her mode of dress is arresting, often strong combinations of red, black and white, a bit of the “Queen of Hearts.” Not an ounce of royal imperiousness about her, though. Instead, you find a committed artist and caring teacher who readily admits to wearing her heart on her sleeve…

Henry Ossawa Tanner, Painter, 1859-1937

In Artist Profile on February 6, 2012 at 3:58 am

“We never speak of Tanner in terms of racial difference…The United States is very different from the French way of considering Tanner,” says Sylvie Patry, “conservateur en chef” of painting at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France. She’s in Philadelphia for the opening of “Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA-Jan. 28-April 15, 2012)…


In Artist Profile on January 29, 2012 at 11:55 pm

“Total Embellishment” 

Smashed mirrors, broken porcelain dishes, shattered glass bottles…what’s going on here!

Long before painter, filmmaker and showman Julian Schnabel was piling up broken tea cups on canvas, Isaiah Zagar was busy at work creating dazzling mosaics that exploded like glittering stardust across Philadelphia and throughout the world.