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Archive: April, 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 2:21 PM

Twelfth and Callowhill is Post-Industrial Central. Warehouses, idle factories and storage facilities mingle with renovated lofts and a few art spaces. Sometimes it's hard to tell the art from the industrial cast-offs, and a recent walk around the neighborhood found passersby doing a double-take upon approaching a large translucent cube with flotsam and jetsam suspended inside.

A quick Google revealed the person responsible for its creation, Japanese-born Philadelphia artist Keiko Miyamori. The sculpture, City Root, has had a strange journey, and it's not over yet.

As an idea on paper, City Root won a 2004 art competition held by the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and so Miyamori set out to realize it. She spent $100,000 on the basic material, a UV-resistant crystal-clear resin. A mold was fabricated in Allentown. The "pour" was made in Easton. The piece was then shipped back to Allentown to be taken out of the mold and polished.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 11:08 AM

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is extending by two weeks its Cézanne and Beyond exhibition. The show will now be up through May 31. Some visitors think the premise of the presentation - following the artist's influence well beyond his contemporaries to today - is contrived. Inquirer art critic Ed Sozanski has his own ideas, which are well worth considering. And for those who gauge success by eyeballs, the Art Museum says that, as of yesterday, 131,686 tickets had been issued for the show to visitors from at least 39 states.

(Pictured: Jeff Wall's Card Players)

About this blog

Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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