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NEWS Via Plan Philly Facebook: The Pope Fence and the Security perimeter may be in flux but here’s what floated around Facebook yesterday. It’s a dark map for what should be a happy event, no? Via Plan Philly and Bradley Wrenn, a funnier map later in the day, enhanced with appropriate Pleistocene and Medieval era iconography. Update:  Mayor Nutter says maps not right and smacks down the mappers: “I understand given the nature of the world today that at times little people who have little pieces of information will try to put out they have or what they think they have in an effort to ... More » »

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The artblog Reader Advisor


[This weekend on the artblog Reader Advisor, we advise you to make like a middle-schooler and dig into some books. If you decide to buy one of our selections, don’t forget to start at so part of your purchase supports artblog! Thanks. — the artblog editors] Summer Reading List!   Although I ... More » »


Word, image, and collective memory at Tomoko Yoneda’s Beyond Memory


[Our U.K. correspondent, Katie, visits a show demonstrating how knowledge of history can change our perception of an image or imbue it with meaning. — the artblog editors] Gazing at a photograph in Tomoko Yoneda’s Beyond Memory at the Grimaldi Gavin in Piccadilly, what I see is a beautifully composed, though desolate, ... More » »

Installation view

The Photographic Self–Take One at the Philadelphia Museum of Art


[New artblog contributor Tina Plokarz reviews a show installed not by chronology, but contrast and chromaticity. Take One is the first part of a two-part series at the PMA this summer. — the artblog editors] “Take one”–this phrase seems like an evocative command at the start of a photo show. The words, framed in ... More » »

Ai Weiwei via

The artblog Reader Advisor


[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: Great news for Ai Weiwei! We play around a little with language and expression, with articles about fonts, translation, artificial intelligence, and Taye Diggs as Hedwig. — the artblog editors] On His Weiwei: Ai Gets His Passport Back, via CNN Self-Censoring Font Restricts Your Freedom ... More » »



From the vault: Jess Perlitz’s interactive work

[Canadian sculpture artist Jess Perlitz recently opened Chorus, a moving work comprised of recordings of incarcerated men and women throughout the U.S. She ... More » »

Michelle Post, speaking with us Jan. 31 at DaVinci Art Alliance.

From the vault: Michelle Post on artblog radio

[Sculpture artist Michelle Post’s “tronies” become a permanent exhibition this month at Grounds for Sculpture. The Oligarchs features Post’s metal busts of America’s 19th-century wealthy ... More » »