Philadelphia covers a very wide area. It depends where you are how the snow looks today, two days later…………
Cold Mountain 5 (open), and detail, oil on linen, 1985-1991. Brice Marden, born 1938, American. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Further for Now, 2012, and detail, glass and steel. Megan Biddle, American. On exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 2016.
Center City and the area around the houses and offices of the Powers That Be are swept for snow early and thoroughly. As, of course, are major highways
White – Soft and Hard, 1932, and detail, oil and gouache on canvas. Vassily Kandinsky, 1866-1944, French born Russia. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Building Facades, 1946, and detail, oil on canvas. Jean Dubuffet, 1901-1985, French. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Nobody has come to sweep the little street on which I live and so it has become gritty and flecked with a little colour and of great interest to dogs and small children.
There are many such little streets set inside the grid in which Philadelphia was originally set. Little streets gerrymandered into the grid by wave after wave of immigrants and distributed among wider streets and statelier houses. So liveably interesting.
Number 1, 1950, Lavender Mist, and detail, 1950, oil, enamel and aluminum on canvas. Jackson Pollock, 1912-1956, American. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Winter Prunings, and detail, 1955, oil on canvas. Morris Berd, 1914-2007, American. On exhibit in 2016 at the Woodmere Museum, Philadelphia
Black ice in places, of course
Static Puddle Series 0, and detail, fused glass. Jessica Jane Julius. On display at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in 2016
You could never run out of churches in Philadelphia, of course, the state having been established by William Penn as an holy experiment.
St. Peter’s Episcopalian Church, built in 1761 in the oldest part of the city, white inside and surrounded by white outside now.
Old Pine (Third Presbyterian) Street Church, built 1768, visible from the cemetery of St. Peter’s Church.
The city’s founding inheritance of tolerance has been friendly also to the many pagans living contentedly in the city.
Pagan Void, and detail, 1946, oil on canvas. Barnett Newman, 1905-1970, American. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Crystal Snowscape (Winter), and detail, one of four murals dedicated to the seasons designed and painted in the Philadelphia Mural Art program. David Gunn, 2005. 10th and Bainbridge, Philadelphia.
People are being pushed about by the wind.
A Promenade in Fancy Hat, 1891-93, oil on canvas, pen and brush with ink over graphite. Pierre Bonnard, 1867-1947, French. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Fairmount Park in the heart of the city and extending far up into the north-west of the city, vast and on both sides of one of the city’s two rivers, will still be an undisturbed white beneath the dark of its myriad trees.
One in the series Computation of Chains, date, specific title etc. TBD. Terry Winters, born 1949, American. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Threesome-State I, 2011, three-plate etching and pastel. Lisa Chittenden-Lim, born 1958, American. Woodmere Museum of the Art of Philadelphia and its Region.
The port of Philadelphia shrouded in a post-snow haze
Grey and Silver: Chelsea Wharf, oil on canvas, c. 1864-68. James McNeill Whistler, 1834- 1903, American. Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
Dress designed by Iris Van Herpen, spring/summer 2015.
Machine sewn black polyester microfiber and cotton twill, hand finished, hand embroidered with clear thermoformed, laser cut acrylic, hand-joined with clear silicone connectors. Included in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2016.
One day, in one of my regular summer wanderings, I drove miles and miles starting from the center of the city, more or less.
I thought I must have left the city and have found myself in the suburbs. Neat, quiet, single family homes among trees. I opened the car window: Where am I? I asked a middle aged man. He smiled. You are in Philadelphia, he said. You are still in Philly, he said.
Here is his Philly under snow.
Three Houses, 1922, watercolour on paper bordered with watercolour mounted on cardboard. Paul Klee, 1879-1940, Swiss. The Berggruen Klee Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Almost everything is in shades of grey, white, black.
I like all colours: these among them.
Bottles and Bowl, 1911, graphite. Juan Gris, 1887-1927, Spanish. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC