Edith Newhall has been reviewing gallery exhibitions for The Inquirer since April 2005. She is a former staff writer for New York Magazine, where she covered the New York art world in features, exhibition reviews and interviews with artists. Her articles on the arts and travel have also been published in ARTnews, the Washington Post, Travel & Leisure and Condé-Nast Traveler. She is the co-author of "In Artists' Homes" (Clarkson Potter, 1992).
Seeing the photographic images that Diane Burko, a well-known realist painter, has exhibited since she took up photography as a second medium a few years ago, I've wondered why she didn't pursue photography seriously earlier in her career, as did the realist painters Chuck Close and Eric Fischl, among others.
Take a hat, lather on the sunscreen, and lose the flip-flops - this year, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education has decided to make you hike to its annual summer outdoor sculpture exhibition. It's an unchallenging ramble along the center's Widener Trail, as it turns out, through lovely, sun-dappled woods, open meadows, and an unexpected pine grove, with birds and other wildlife your only company.
"Galleries" by Edith Newhall does not appear this week.
Galleries: Now even in summertime, serious art is in season
Summer in the city used to mean those predictably bland group shows of gallery artists that allowed everyone more time off and got no one talking. Those kinds of snoozy shows have become increasingly scarce, though, as the art world has become more and more like the real world. Many galleries are now treating the hottest months as an extended spring or fall season, even as an occasion to make a counterintuitive splash.