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Nick Kripal was a generous, kind soul and an artist whose spirituality mixed with his medium, clay, in remarkable ways. A friend to many and inspirational mentor to his students, Nick will be missed by all of us.Read More
Art criticism should feel free to miss the point completely and wander off somewhere it doesn’t belong and sleep there on the couch for a couple of days promising it’s leaving this weekend but then why did it leave its toothbrush and bag here? How else is the conversation expanded?Read More
The Art Commission is back! After Philadelphia’s yearly summer recess, the new-look Art Commission of the Kenney administration reconvened for their September meeting. This month’s proceedings brought the first real test of this Art Commission by way of a controversial proposal.Read More
Recently, I had a meeting with a director of an artist-run space in Philadelphia. At many points in our discussion we touched on the issue of selling artwork. This led to reflections on the state of the art market in Philadelphia and the strong anti-commercial ethos of sections of the Philadelphia DIY art community. It strikes me that this opposition is a good place to start, not least because it forms the elementary premise on which a number of conversations that I have had with people from the arts community here in Philadelphia about the state of art in the city and the rest of the United States are based.Read More
We’re bringing back a regular round-up of our upcoming posts for you to look forward to! If you’ve got an upcoming exhibition, performance, or event you think would be a good fit for Artblog coverage, feel free to pitch us a story at email@example.com.Read More
Are artists special? This seems like one of those big bloated questions that avoids consideration mostly because talking about it would take too long. (Sometimes I feel every artist talk or discussion should begin by asking, What is art?) In one sense, it is a fairly straightforward question–yay, artist are special or neah, artist are not special. Of course, like most seemingly straightforward questions, there is a long and complicated path to the answer–e.g., Are you hungry? It depends. To address this question I want to examine a few of the underlying terms and, perhaps more importantly, explore how this discussion is shaped by tired tropes that are perpetuated by artists and non-artists alike.Read More