(Andrea reviews a new exhibition showcasing Surrealist paintings and art objects. — the artblog editors) The Surrealists: Works from the Collection, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) Perelman Building through March 2, 2014, is an excellent use of the museum’s permanent collection. It includes prints, photographs, books, magazines, and furniture, but the bulk of the work consists of paintings, which offer a particularly interesting survey of the varied and sometimes experimental paintwork of many Surrealists. The exhibition takes a strict interpretation of Surrealism as a movement by a group of artists in Paris and in exile during WWII, from the ... More » »
Seeing the survey of Leon Kelly’s work at Francis Naumann Fine Art (April 16- June 5, 2009) I was confronted with the challenge of resurrecting the reputation of a largely-forgotten artist.
If Leon Kelly (1901-1982) is unknown to most museum-goers and scholars who follow American art, he has only himself to blame. The PAFA-trained artist and Philadelphian, born and bred, spent the last forty years of his life in isolation.