Philly artist Stephen Layne is applying the finishing touches to a 9-foot-tall, 1,800-pound sculpture of Joe Frazier that will stand in South Philly at Xfinity Live. The statue captures the boxer mid-punch. Layne modeled it after a photograph of the moment Frazier floored Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in 1971. He thought that pose did a better job representing Philly than the statue of that other (ahem, fake) boxer over at the Art Museum.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is readying for a much-hyped new David Lynch exhibit, called “The Unified Field.” The exhibition will feature, among other things, 90 of Lynch’s drawings and paintings from 1965 to present, and some early short films, including 1967′s Six Men Getting Sick. To promote it, Lynch made this bizarre trailer which finds him lying awkwardly in a black space flicking light balls and talking gibberish. It’s very David Lynch:
“David Lynch” The Unified Earth” is Lynch’s first major museum exhibition in the United States. It opens September 13th and will run through December 28th. For more information, go here.
If you thought you had experienced every possible summer pop-up this city has to offer, think again.
From now through September 19th, art aficionados can head to the museum from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays for special evening hours, where you can peruse the collections at your leisure while indulging in cocktails and witty conversation inside the expansive indoor spaces, or outdoors along the terrace.
Last week I told you about a big gay art heist in the Gayborhood. A painting artist Natalie Hope McDonald donated to the William Way Community Center’s annual Homecoming auction was hijacked. We’re happy to report today, however, that the painting has been found.
William Way Executive Director Christopher Bartlett confirms that the painting was indeed stolen, and recovered in good condition from the John C. Anderson Apartments. Apparently someone tipped him off to its whereabouts via social media. “Once we told them there would be no repercussions, they told us where it was located,” he tells me. The Center will not be pressing charges.
“We’re just thrilled that we were able to find the painting. Now we’ll be able to follow up with the buyer, and the sale will benefit the Center.”
He tells me the bidder offered $600 for the painting—no small chunk of change for our LGBT community center.
I reached out to Hope McDonald for a comment: “I’m glad the man who rightfully won the piece can have it. And that the Center can benefit.”
Cue: sigh of relief. All is well again in our little gay art world.
I wanted to make sure to post this way before lunch. Beware: It’s totally gross, but it’s also kind of fascinating at the same time. The Academy of Natural Sciences dipped a bunch of hissing Madagascar cockroaches and maggots in paint and let them take off across the canvas to create their own vibrant, abstract masterpieces. The whole thing is caught on tape (above) and serves to highlight the Academy’s upcoming Bug Fest, taking place this Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th. The weekend event is a chance for the museum to show off its immense bug collection. There will be cockroach races, a bug parade, and insect-centric craft booths. Get the full lineup here.
Among them is a major retrospective of prolific American photographer/filmmaker Paul Strand. Two-hundred-fifty of Strand’s best prints will be pulled from the Museum’s archives, including his famous works Blind Woman, and Young Boy. If abstract work is more your speed, “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart” kicks off on September 13th with an array of colorful works by the celebrated draftsman. More information from PMA below:
Pennsylvania billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife passed away on July 4th, leaving nearly half of his extensive art collection to the nearby Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art (BCMA.) His will also stated that BCMA receive a 900-acre estate he owned in western Pennsylvania, and $15 million for management.
According to AP, “most of the [donated art] works are by American artists. Scaife had written that he loved 19th- and 20th-century American landscapes but did not care for most French or modern art, though he had acquired some of each.”
BCMA will split Scaife’s collection with Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The will stipulates that each museum can decide how to divide up the collection, with directions that WMAA receive “at least eight paintings by John Kane, an artist who lived most of his life in western Pennsylvania and whose works depicted Pittsburgh during the industrial boom.”
Scaife, 82, died after complications from an untreatable form of cancer. He was heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune, and he owned Trib Total Media, which publishes the Pittsburgh Tribute-Review, among others. His donation follows in the footsteps of his great-uncle Andrew Mellon, who donated a $40 million art collection and millions of dollars to create Washington’s National Gallery of Art. Scaife’s collection, according to his estate rep Attorney H. Yale Gutnick, has yet to be appraised.