If you missed the item in this morning’s paper about artist Tom Forsythe’s “Food Chain Barbie” beating out a copyright infringement suit from toy manufacturer Mattel, follow the link.
I always have mixed feelings about the Art in City Hall shows. On the one hand, I’m completely sold on the idea of art in public spaces. On the other, City Hall’s tall, narrow glass vitrines, placed on two floors of the building, are a challenge for the art and a challenge for the viewer. Put on your hiking boots because to see the exhibit requires pacing hundreds of feet of hallways and ascending two flights of stairs. Apart from those logistics, what’s in the exhibits is almost always worth the trip. Right now you’ll find the cases full of ... More » »
I want to recommend a show off the Old City path. Anthony Palumbo, painter and recent Pennsylvania Academy graduate, has a solo show notable for its portraits at Ashley Gallery on Third St. near Brown. The work is nuanced and the paint handling is divine. This is a youngster to watch. (Image, top is “Concrete and Glass;” image, left is “Self Portrait.”) Although Palumbo’s work is less edgy and more academy, I want to compare it to paintings by Rebecca Westcott. Westcott, another youngster who’s into portraits, paints in the Alice Neel tradition of chronicling her circle with portraits of ... More » »
Two videos installations at the Gershman Y gnaw away at our intractable cultural problem of race. The show, “Reverse Negatives,” which runs until Feb. 10, includes a pair of videos by Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin and a pair of videos by Doron Solomon. Biggers and Zackin, who are black and Jewish, respectively, went to art school together, where they discovered that their families’ film archives were nearly identical, with piano lessons, birthday parties and trips to Disney World (or was it Disney Land?). So they created “a small world…” an installation incorporating those Super 8 movies screened in a ... More » »
I stopped by the Plastic Club yesterday to see mural artist David Guinn’s small paintings (shown right, Mike) that he’s showing alongside the work of Plastic Club member Alice Meyer-Wallace. Guinn, who’s in the process of painting an array of playing dogs on the side of the Morris Animal Refuge at 13 and Lombard, rented the Plastic Club with Meyer-Wallace, and sold nearly everything he put on the wall (shown left, “Connie,” and below right, “Your Old Friend,” which weren’t for sale). His father, Michael Guinn, a second-generation member of the Plastic Club himself and also a painter and graphic ... More » »
My inbox yesterday contained this bit of bad news. Bat Purveegiin, my Mongolian artist friend whose American story includes more than three years in INS jails for visa violations, is back in jail. Deb Miller, curator at Da Vinci Art Alliance (and former curator for the recently-closed Gallery 911 which represented Purveegin) says Bat’s “been held in York for about 3 months now, in the immigration detention center. His attorney, Joe Hohenstein, has been able to stay his deportation in the circuit court, but still hasn’t been able to arrange for his release. I’m sure Bat’s going completely stir crazy ... More » »
As if there weren’t enough controversy in his brushstrokes and subject matter, now he’s up and switched galleries, causing New York cocktail party chatter to rock with seismic waves of .. indignation? fear and loathing? jealousy? Read Roberta Smith on John Currin’s decamping to Gagosian Gallery from his previous dealer Andrea Rosen. Also on this page, I recommend the Deborah Solomon audio slide tour based on Currin’s Whitney retrospective. The tour takes three minutes and 20 seconds. Solomon is sympathetic but misses nothing. I especially like when she deals with some of the more misogynistic images like the big-bosomed babe ... More » »
There it was this morning sitting on the naked branch of the dogwood tree outside my kitchen window. Stella spotted it first. It sat there, quiet, staring at my window for what seemed like the longest time. Long enough to get the camera, long enough to stalk it slowly, flashing away, long enough to look it up in my Audubon book — “sharp-shinned hawk — a fast, small hawk with a slender body rounded wings and a long sqared-off tail. habitat: woods”…and my backyard. I turned my back and it was gone.
My favorite moments at the Philadelphia Art Museum are the suprises, the happening upon work I wasn’t seeking. So it was Thursday, when, in looking for the faceless photographs show, I happened upon Yoon Kwang-Cho’s pottery. I had read that this work was wonderful, but the pictures, just like the one here, seemed so flat and uninteresting. Which brings up once again the failure of photos, the failure of web images. The work by Yoon, a contemporary Korean potter whose work harks back to his country’s traditional buncheong pottery, is so tactile, the clay remains a hand-impressed presence under the ... More » »
John McInerney, head of publicity at the ICA wrote to tell me that the museum’s very fine Polly Apfelbaum retrospective was on the cover of January’s Art in America. Cool. So today when I got the magazine in the mail I saw that not only was there coverage of one Philadelphia show in the last art magazine in the universe without a real website but that there was coverage of two big Philadelphia museum shows. In addition to the Apfelbaum article by Stephen Westphall, there’s a feature by Miriam Seidel on the Warren Rohrer retrospective at the PMA. Score two ... More » »Next Page »