A CITY A WEEK AND WHY… PHILADELPHIA
This one's simple--the answer is art. Even condensed, the list of great Philadelphia artists and architects is long. It begins with Charles Wilson Peale and goes on to include Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Frank Furness, John Sloan, William Glackens, three generations of Calders, Louis Kahn, Alice Neel, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. The city's major cultural institutions are equally impressive and include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the newly relocated Barnes Foundation.
This rich and extensive legacy has ushered in a unique and very vital present. The thriving contemporary art scene in Philadelphia has a quirky intimacy and energy all its own. Where collectives such as Traction work in new idioms; local institutions like the Fabric Workshop host special exhibitions by artists of international stature. In fact, this week's photo was taken at Sarah Sze's expansive yet personal installation at the Fabric Workshop. Gorgeous work.
CLICK HERE for photos from a recent North Carolina Museum of Art trip to Philadelphia. Great fun!