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Old 12-05-2006, 10:00 AM   #1
Alexandra Tyng Alexandra Tyng is offline
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Nelson Shanks: Mastery & Meaning, the Union League, Philadelphia

This past weekend Tom Edgerton came up to Philadelphia to see this show, and Garth Herrick and I joined him. It was a real treat for all of us to see these paintings together in one venue. Sometimes I am drawn to a reproduction, only to be disappointed by the reality. Shanks's paintings have the opposite effect on me. There is a richness, clarity and subtlety of color you just cannot see in a reproduction. The powerful presence of these artistic statements is also something that no reporduction can convey.

The Union League building is also worth seeing for all who appreciate Victorian architecture. It is right in the center of downtown Philadelphia, surrounded by tall office buildings and skyscrapers. Usually only club members get to see the inside, but the exhibition spaces are open to the public from 10-2 on Saturdays and Sundays, admission free.

While you are there, you can also see Garth's portrait of the past president, prominently displayed in a grand reception room along with the portraits of all past pesidents of the League. His portraits holds up very well next to the other work. Very impressive indeed!

Sorry I didn't bring my camera, but I'm hoping Garth (or was it Tom?) can post some.
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Old 12-05-2006, 11:24 AM   #2
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Thanks again to you both for everything...I had a great time in Philadelphia! Hope Garth got some shots, as I was too busy looking to use my camera. It was a treat to see Garth's Union League portrait in a giant hall with all of the past League presidents...it really holds its own up there.

Everyone--see this show if at all possible; it's every bit as strong as Alex says and more. The venue is rich too, and the perfect setting for the works. There are about fifty or so by Mr. Shanks, I believe, and a room of work by students and guest faculty at Incamminati.

Alex is right--there is a quality to these works that just doesn't translate in reproduction.

Best to all--TE
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