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[Diana examines a wall sculpture that is playful for its combination of found objects, and simultaneously subversive. — the artblog editors] The poet Stephen Spender once defined wit as “the ability to discover amusing analogies between apparently unrelated things and express them clearly.” As I was contemplating the late Dina Wind’s more than 20 sculptures from the 1980s and 1990s in the exhibition Dina Wind: Transformations, on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery through Feb. 28, I was struck by the wittiness of her work, which is not “amusing” in a conventional sense, but in its ability to jolt the observer into ... More » »

The artist, surrounded by one of her sculptures, photo: L. Falquet, Paris: Anderson.

Books on Claire Falkenstein and Marie Zimmermann, successful women who should be better known

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[Andrea reviews beautifully designed books on two female artists whose work, while successful during their lives, has largely been overlooked since. — the artblog editors] Claire Falkenstein Claire Falkenstein (The Falkenstein Foundation, Los Angeles: 2012), ISBN 978-1-4675-0834-6 This volume is a welcome survey of a successful, mid-20th-century artist, primarily known as a ... More » »

Farrah Karapetian, "Go to the Mystic." Image courtesy of the artist and Von Lintel Gallery.

Farrah Karapetian and the concert that never was at Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles

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[Chip draws parallels between David Lynch and a ghostly show of photograms, which he saw while visiting Los Angeles. — the artblog editors] “No hay banda! There is no band.” Amid the rippled, red “curtains” slung across the rear of Von Lintel Gallery, we find ourselves as the audience for a performance ... More » »

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Zabardust at Twelve Gates Arts

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[Jennifer works through a Feminist, all-female show celebrating unconventional women and acknowledging the daily struggle of women in some cultures to be equally acknowledged. — the artblog editors] Zabardust is an Urdu term that can be translated into English to mean awesome, terrific, or even fabulous. It is also the conceptual framework ... More » »

"Hollywood's Best Party". Image via Huffington Post.

The artblog Reader Advisor

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[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: Despite efforts to recruit more women in tech, they’re leaving the industry in droves; the Barnes Foundation uncovered two previously unseen Cezanne sketches; and Edward Snowden has a hard time answering questions on Reddit. – the artblog editors] Beam Us Up: We Love This Multipurpose ... More » »

Asian Art Initiative's vision for Chinatown North/Callowhill. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

News post – #asianartsinitiative pushing Pearl Street forward, Art-Reach welcomes John Orr, @mshandelman in Seattle, opportunities and more!

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News   For Asian Arts Initiative, “activating the alley” is the goal of the year. Along with DesignPhiladelphia, AAI is working to create the Pearl Street Passage, a temporary, cutting-edge, outdoor exhibition on the 1100 block of Pearl Street. Designed to regenerate the spot while fostering relationships among a diverse range of people in ... More » »

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Buried Panamanian treasures and mummy conservation –- live! –- at the Penn Museum

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[Andrea digs into an engrossing exhibit that will fascinate art lovers and archaeology enthusiasts alike; she points out that the Penn Museum’s ancillary programming allows for some seriously in-depth connection with this show. — the artblog editors] Like the artifacts on view, many of them hidden in museum storerooms since the 1940s, ... More » »

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Live Comments – First Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Vox building

Before we ventured out to look at art last First Friday, The St. Claire and The Artblog teams got together to talk ... More » »

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Live Comments – Curator Robert Cozzolino on Peter Blume at PAFA

(Peter Blume’s works, which are riveting in reproduction, will stop you in your tracks when you see them in the large and ... More » »