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Artblog organizes programs in the community to educate and create dialog around important issues. Our programs include the Artist and Social Responsibility project; Art Safari tours of Philadelphia’s contemporary art scene; Guest Editorships; Art Writing workshops; Live Review Panel Discussions; and Mentorships of young writers and artists.
Be respectful when a space has “success” in your city. Be proud of them, if that’s what they wanted. Call them out if they still use the word “alternative” to describe themselves, especially if they don’t talk about their stake in our community and society in general. Understand that “artist-run” does not mean anti-institution or DIY. We are being tricked by capitalism, which makes us believe that we are providing alternatives, that we are allies to social movements, while we are actually mirroring society’s systems of oppression. Work by yourself in your basement because, according to everybody, it is impossible to avoid capitalism. If we do participate at all, though, we need to own up to the fact that we are perpetuating deep-rooted systems.Read More
Clean, neat, and unused are the words I think when I think of the new Mormon temple downtown. Pristine. It’s by the main library. I’m inside on a tour, and the walls are covered in photo-realistic, figurative depictions of piety, biblical scenes, scenes of a Sunday-school nature. It harkens back to simpler time when there was no doubt, in America at least, of who Jesus was ethnically speaking. Mormons, if nothing else, are unabashedly white, which gives me the odd feeling of relief.Read More
One question that emerges is the following: is competition the most progressive way of cultivating an artistic-intellectual community, one that focuses on the reception of artistic initiatives and activities that occur in a particular place?Read More
We’re not handing out gold stars or laurel wreaths in this Challenge, but we do believe in the value of prizes to reward excellence. Prizes for excellence encourage and support writers in the community and by extension, the arts in Philadelphia. Publication of the writers’ works brings new voices to the public realm, spreads the arts to a wider audience and can be a springboard to writing opportunities for winners.Read More
On September 28, a group of approximately 30 people gathered in Vox Populi’s black box performance space to talk about art criticism, as part of the 2016 New Art Writing Challenge sponsored by Artblog and the St. Claire.Read More
Artist, Pew Fellow, and 2016 Guggenheim Grantee Eileen Neff makes photographs and prints them large, small, framed or unframed, and, recently, shaped–like her photo of a leaf is shaped like a leaf, which appeared in her 2015 solo show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, which represents her.Read More
Before arriving at PAFA, Jodi Throckmorton was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Wichita State University. Prior to that, she lived in the new media mecca of Silicon Valley, where she was Associate Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art for eight years. Now at PAFA, Throckmorton is bringing her considerable energy and wide-ranging interest in contemporary art to integrating edgy contemporary art with PAFA’s traditional strong suits of figuration and realism.Read More
Join us for our next Art Safari on October 15, 2016, 2PM – 5PM! We will begin at Fleisher Art Memorial and DaVinci Art Alliance, both on Catharine Street, and then promenade to Paradigm Gallery and Studio, in the heart of Fabric Row, taking in the art and history of the area along the way.Read More
Perhaps you stopped by Reading Terminal last Friday and saw the pop up bookstore on Filbert Street? Ulises is the name of the store, and Gee Wesley and collaborators are the founders. The alternative/experimental bookstore project will open a more permanent home in October in a converted garage space at 31 E. Columbia Ave. Phila 19125.Read More
With summer coming to a close, it’s time to get ready for the fall’s new art offerings around the city. And what better way to do that than by catching up with friends, new and old, to talk shop and find out what’s going on? That’s exactly what some of Artblog’s freelancers, editors, and friends did last week at the Writer’s Meet and Greet.Read More
Offering insights into the general state of art criticism in Philadelphia: its strengths, its weaknesses, its causes and effects, its defining characteristics, its responsibilities, its audiences, the New Art Writing Challenge 2016 Roundtable Discussion offers thoughtful discourse about something we talk about, worry over, and have opinions on, but only few of us do: art writing and reviewing.Read More