reviews, features & interviews

"Tape Noir" series by Mark Khaisman.

[Michael visits a show that takes on the age-old artistic challenge of portraiture in inexpensive and unusual media. -- the artblog editors] Main Line Art Center’s Face Value focuses on portraits composed with alternative materials, such as masking tape, mirrors, and latex. The show resembles a contemporary take on Arte Povera–a 1960s-era Italian art movement characterized by work fashioned with “poor” materials (nontraditional, everyday items) and made in unconventional ways. Featuring the work of three Philadelphia artists–Steven Earl Weber, Nick Cassway, and Mark Khaisman–the exhibition challenges conventional notions of art and beauty in portraiture. Cassway, Khaisman, and Weber maintain the expressive and compositional elements ... More » »

Martin Peeves at CRUXspace. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post – CRUXspace’s 2nd showdown, acorn-planting with Street Road, free Schneeman talk at Bryn Mawr, opportunities and more!


News Art F City bestowed some affections on us this week – twice! We first got a mention for Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s “Bubble Butts” Bananazz, then a retrospective on the century-long career of a female Jewish Ashcan School painter Theresa Bernstein. Thank you kindly, friends.   Just installed this week, drivers on their way ... More » »

Alex Chinneck, Melting House, in London.  Katie McCallum will explain all.

Posts in the Pipeline – Stories you won’t want to miss on artblog


[artblog guides you through the great Philly art scene.  Our Picks, available by newsletter (subscribe here) curates a trustworthy list of shows and events each month.  But there's so much more! Posts in the Pipeline tells you what we've selected to feature this month. -- the artblog editor] Reviews and features this week Evan Laudenslager tells us ... More » »




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Ai Weiwei, almost live and in person at the New Yorker Festival


[Evan attended a pre-recorded "talk" at the New Yorker Festival between Evan Osnos and Ai Weiwei. The artist spoke on living in limbo between freedom and imprisonment, and his hopes for a freer China one day.  -- the artblog editors] Chinese multimedia artist Ai Weiwei has made headlines around the world for ... More » »

Umbrella installation

The artblog Reader Advisor


[Today on the artblog Reader Advisor: Philly-dwellers can consult a list of Halloween things to do; protest art takes on increasing importance in Hong Kong; Banksy is a free man; receivers of unwanted (and wanted) dick pics can take solace in a site that hopes to guide more thoughtful composition. -- the ... More » »


people in gallery

Live Comments – October Grand opening of CruxSpace

[First Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, saw the grand opening of CruxSpace, a new media gallery, near Girard and 7th St. I stopped by ... More » »

wall display in cafe

Live comments! Kay Healy’s Lost and Found at the Free Library

[I was out at the Free Library last night for Kay Healy's talk about her work and to see her new installation ... More » »