Preview: Inquirer Art Critic - Edward J. Sozanski
Inquirer Art Critic - Edward J. Sozanski
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Published: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:01:00 GMT
Art: A look back at the art criticism of Edward J. Sozanski
Edward J. Sozanski, The Inquirer's art critic, who died Monday at 77, spent more than 30 years documenting Philadelphia's cultural transformation. His 6-foot-5 frame was easy to spot as he loped through the region's galleries and museums.
Art: Korea's artistic legacy revealed
Despite being dominated by its more powerful neighbors and bifurcated by a Cold War schism since 1948, Korea has preserved a distinctive cultural patrimony that goes back at least two millennia.
Art: A scavenger hunt at ICA
'Ruffneck Constructivists" at the Institute of Contemporary Art is a textbook example of an exhibition that requires an instruction manual, so much so that even if you read all its expository material you might still feel lost in space.
Art: Exemplars of long-ago calendar art
The term "calendar art" has been pejorative as long as I can remember, despite the fact that, as we'll see in a moment, some of it has been created by top-rank artists. Calendar art is commercial, mass-produced, and directed at a mass audience; so, critical thinking goes, how good can it be?
Art: With Shonibare, Barnes leaps ahead
With its Ellsworth Kelly exhibition last year, the Barnes Foundation extended its timeline from its founder's death in 1951 deep into the modern period. Now its show for the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare makes an even more audacious quantum leap, right to the heart of postmodern thinking, challenging received wisdom about subjects such as colonialism and cultural identity.
Spring Arts - Art: First-ever survey of Korean art
The special treat for Philadelphians during the first half of 2014 will be an unprecedented exhibition of Korean art, much of it on loan from South Korean museums. But generally, the admirers of American art and design will be noticeably well-served during the coming months.
Art: Documenting a 30-year affair with murals
'Something there is that doesn't love a wall," wrote Robert Frost. Not in Philadelphia, my good man.
This city loves blank walls, for if you have a wall with an open space in front of it, you can cover it with a painted mural that will delight some people and annoy others.