Susan Stamberg http://kwit.org en With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time http://kwit.org/post/swirls-steel-these-sculptures-mark-passage-people-and-time Growing up in Philadelphia in the 1940s, Albert Paley played with blocks and Legos. And he loved wandering the streets, scavenging bottle caps, matchbook covers, cigar bands and "picking up pebbles that I thought were interesting," he recalls.<p>Now 70, the American sculptor has moved from pebbles to monumental gates. His iron and steel works adorn Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Rochester, N.Y. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 48807 at http://kwit.org With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time For Paul Cezanne, An Apple A Day Kept Obscurity Away http://kwit.org/post/paul-cezanne-apple-day-kept-obscurity-away Pablo Picasso once said that the great 19th-century French painter Paul Cezanne was "the father of us all." Cezanne's distinctive brush strokes, and the way he distorted perspective and his subjects, influenced the cubists, and most artists who came after him. In Philadelphia, the Barnes Foundation is showing a group of still-life paintings by Cezanne.<p>A few months ago, my neighbor Barbara Baldwin went to the Barnes, which has an incredible collection of pretty much every painting you've ever seen reproduced in art books that's not already at the Met or the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 07:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 48073 at http://kwit.org For Paul Cezanne, An Apple A Day Kept Obscurity Away The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent's Revolutionary Rise http://kwit.org/post/turbulent-love-story-behind-yves-saint-laurents-revolutionary-rise In 2009, <em>Forbes</em> <a href="http://www.forbes.com/2009/10/27/yves-saint-laurent-auction-art-furniture-business-entertainment-dead-celebs-09-ysl.html">rated</a> designer Yves Saint Laurent the "Top-Earning Dead Celebrity" of the year. (Surely a bittersweet distinction.) Now, Saint Laurent's success — and how it was shaped and fed by his lover and manager Pierre Berge — is the subject of the new film <em>Yves Saint Laurent</em>. In it, their relationship is both interactive and supportive. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 47088 at http://kwit.org The Turbulent Love Story Behind Yves Saint Laurent's Revolutionary Rise Meet The Models: Exhibit Explores The People Behind The Paintings http://kwit.org/post/meet-models-exhibit-explores-people-behind-paintings An artist friend, Virginia Isbell, once asked me to pose for a quick pastel sketch in her Paris studio. I was flattered — and amazed to be on that side of a work of art. Never have I been looked at so intently, except by a parent or a lover. I was being fixed, examined, absorbed. And, for all the intensity, there was absolutely nothing personal about it.<p>I was an object to be replicated. Her eyes went from my face to her sketchpad, my nose, my eyes, mouth, chin — sketched in pastel in 20 minutes. It was fun. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:08:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 46352 at http://kwit.org Meet The Models: Exhibit Explores The People Behind The Paintings As Portraits Became Passé, These Artists Redefined 'Face Value' http://kwit.org/post/portraits-became-pass-these-artists-redefined-face-value "Walk softly and carry a big fish" was one curator's take on a humorous self-portrait of a tall woman, holding an enormous yellow fish and a paintbrush, with a black cat lurking below.<p>Bay area artist Joan Brown's image is the first thing you see at a new National Portrait Gallery exhibition called <a href="http://npg.si.edu/exhibit/face/index.html" target="_blank">"Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction."</a> Brown's painting, like so many in this Smithsonian show, is powerful and funny.<p>In a nearby sculpture, Hugh Hefner — the Playboy pooh-bah — holds a painted pipe in one han Thu, 29 May 2014 06:56:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 45518 at http://kwit.org As Portraits Became Passé, These Artists Redefined 'Face Value' Impressionists With Benefits? The Painting Partnership Of Degas And Cassatt http://kwit.org/post/impressionists-benefits-painting-partnership-degas-and-cassatt In her novel <em>I Always Loved You</em>, author Robin Oliveira imagines a passionate scene between Edgar Degas — a French artist known for his paintings of dancers — and Mary Cassatt — an American painter known for her scenes of family life. Fri, 23 May 2014 06:57:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 45162 at http://kwit.org Impressionists With Benefits? The Painting Partnership Of Degas And Cassatt One Collector's Plan To Save Realistic Art Was Anything But Abstract http://kwit.org/post/one-collectors-plan-save-realistic-art-was-anything-abstract Plenty of collectors want to donate artworks to museums, but the museums don't always welcome them with open arms. "We say 'no thanks' 19 times out of 20," says Betsy Broun, director at the American Art Museum. Sometimes the works aren't museum-quality, other times they don't fit with the museums' philosophy.<p>But in 1986, representatives from the Sara Roby Foundation called the Smithsonian with an offer it couldn't refuse: paintings by Edward Hopper, Raphael Soyer, Reginald Marsh and many more. Mon, 12 May 2014 07:23:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 44439 at http://kwit.org One Collector's Plan To Save Realistic Art Was Anything But Abstract Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So http://kwit.org/post/girls-are-taught-think-pink-wasnt-always-so With sleet, snow and freezing temperatures extending through March, the National Cherry Blossom Festival — which recently kicked off in Washington, D.C. — is decidedly less pink this year. In a few weeks the Tidal Basin will be ringed by rosy, pink blossoms, but until then, we traveled north to Boston, where a show at the Museum of Fine Arts called "<a href="https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/think-pink" target="_blank">Think Pink</a>" explores the history and social impact of the color.<p>Pink has always been with us, though it was not always as gender-entrenched as it is today. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:08:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 41994 at http://kwit.org Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art http://kwit.org/post/japanese-tea-ritual-turned-15th-century-tupperware-art Eight hundred years ago, tea was rare in Japan. It arrived from China in simple, ceramic storage jars. Chinese ceramists churned these jars out with little care or attention; they stuffed tea leaves into them and shipped them off.<p>The jars were "the Chinese version of Tupperware," says <a href="https://www.princeton.edu/artandarchaeology/faculty/watsky/">Andrew Watsky</a>, a professor of Japanese art history at Princeton.<p>But once the workaday storage jugs reached Japan, they became objects of aesthetic contemplation and, often, reverence. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 41152 at http://kwit.org Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth http://kwit.org/post/re-released-recordings-reveal-literary-titans-their-youth You can listen to plenty of actors performing the works of William Shakespeare. But imagine if you could hear the voice of the young playwright himself — or the older one, for that matter — reading his own writing aloud.<p>Well, we can't take you back that far. But in the early 1960s, when recorded readings by authors were rare, a young couple in Boston decided to be literary audio pioneers.<p>The idea was hatched in 1962. Lynne Sharon Schwartz, who is a respected novelist today,<strong> </strong>was working on a magazine at the time. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 40438 at http://kwit.org Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth