newspaper of London.
Besides contemporary art, his particular interests are photography, American art of the 19th Century and crafted art of all periods and cultures. Before becoming a critic, he taught college-level writing and worked as a graphic designer.
Edward J. Sozanski, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Columbia University, has been an art critic for 30 years, first at the Providence Journal-Bulletin and since 1982 at the Inquirer. He has also has written on cultural topics for
Mother drilled into our fuzzy little heads the importance of first impressions, but she neglected to say anything about seconds.
Amid the plethora of pixelated images flooding the planet, it's a treat to come across masterpieces of classic chemical photography that express the ineffable quality of photographs as handcrafted objects.
Art: Nelson Shanks' exceedingly realist art
A painter once told me that, for a realist, hands were the most difficult aspect of the human figure to get right. Having seen how many artists have been frustrated by hands, especially in portraiture, I have come to agree.
Art: Two artists' response to a Maine island
Born 64 years apart in different centuries, Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent are distinctly different artists. Yet they share a deep familiarity with and affection for a small island called Monhegan, 12 miles off the coast of mid-Maine.
Art: 'Toulouse-Lautrec and His World' at Allentown Art Museum
Can you imagine a major exhibition for the celebrated French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec that doesn't contain a single painting? One just opened at the Allentown Art Museum, of about 150 lithographs and drawings from the most productive decade of his tragically truncated career.
Art: Repetition as a means of understanding
Like Mother Nature - where would we all be without DNA? - Gertrude Stein was fond of repetition. As she wrote in her novel The Making of Americans, "Repeating is the whole of living and by repeating comes understanding."
Art: Sculpture for a Large Wall
The Ellsworth Kelly sculpture and four others remain on view at the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, through Sept. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday, to 10 p.m. Friday. Admission is $22 general before 3 p.m., $18 af
Art: Iconic mural pulls into the Barnes
The past has come back to haunt us at the Barnes Foundation, big time.
It returned this weekend in the form of a monumental mural by painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly called Sculpture for a Large Wall. Kelly created the mural in 1956-57 as a commission for the former Philadelphia Transportation Building at 17th and Market Streets.
Art: Woodmere show illumines PAFA fixture Ethel V. Ashton
Woodmere Art Museum has brought another forgotten Philadelphia artist out of history's back closet, to her benefit and ours.
If you haven't heard of Ethel V. Ashton (1896-1975), the exhibition's title, "Private Artist/Public Life," explains why.