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Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

September 5, 2015 — Leave a comment

One  of our country’s greatest portrait painters passed away recently. Nelson Shanks was also Philadelphia’s own. Students came from all over the world to attend his school which was just a block around the corner from me.  A monumental mind with a monumental talent who touched everyone from dignitaries to students throughout his life. This self portrait was one of his last apparently.




There is no obituary that can possibly capture this man.  Here are a few that make a good attempt:

New York Times

Washington Post



Nelson Shanks painting Margaret Thatcher in 1994 (Via




Nelson Shanks 1937-2015

Not to late to catch this exhibition at Temple Contemporary


Stop Telling Women to Smile
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Stop Telling Women to Smile comes from Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s interviews with women about their street harassment experiences. Fazlalizadeh draws portraits of these women, adds text from their statements and experiences, and pastes them around the city in areas where harassment occurs. They serve as a way to talk back to street harassers in the spaces where the problem exists. This is part of our series on street harassment, which grew out of our Advisory Council‘s question “What makes us feel safe?” Stop Telling Women to Smile is on view at Temple Contemporary through January 31st.

via Temple Contemporary


The Protests of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Modeled on the teacher/apprentice model the beautiful Cranbrook Academy of Art is an art makers utopian dream where all students and teachers live and work on the same street in a stunning European village and park setting. Yearly, a mere 8-10 students are accepted in each department. Don’t be fooled by its good looks. Founded by Eliel Saarinen and George Booth it remains one of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country. A word to the wise; Students applying here should have a mature body of work under their belts.  Worth a day trip to see the Saarinen House and Cranbrook Museum. A shout-out to the Motor City!


via the web site