The art world needs a grapevine. We provide one each week in our news roundups.
We curate the news each week to reveal the best of what’s going on in Philadelphia. We find the latest job/exhibition/funding opportunities and important tidbits about Philadelphia art and artists and keep you up to date with what’s cooking.
In case you’re not familiar with the “no sitting on the walls” signs in Rittenhouse and the blowback they have received from citizens insulted by the attack on the public space, read Inga Saffron’s comprehensive and broad-thinking piece about private groups and public spaces. And if you want to bring your body to the scene, today at Noon – 1PM is the Sittenhouse Sit-in.Read More
Collective Action – From the Streets Department’s Conrad Benner and friends, a silent auction of donated art to try to raise $20,000 for ten local and national social justice groups. Read more about itRead More
Greg Labold and the Rabble Rousers Mummer’s brigade were featured in a positive and laudatory Philly.com story on Philly.com that ran before the parade on Jan. 1. Then, after the parade, the Rabble Rousers got roundly scolded on Philly.com for their poop emoji skit. I’d call that a true success story. Congratulations, Rabble Rousers!Read More
Sharp-Tongued Figuration brings together a group of artists who employ recognizable imagery as a means of commenting on contemporary culture, rather than a means of recording what they see. We are very proud of the show curated by our senior writer and resident feminist, Andrea Kirsh – Sharp-Tongued Figuration (January 17 – April 21, 2017) at the Stedman Gallery, Rutgers, Camden…Artists are Sue Coe, Nell Painter, Mickalene Thomas, Kukuli Velarde and Sandy Winters.Read More
Over the last 13 years, Artblog has poured its heart out covering the arts in Philadelphia and elsewhere. Our mission has always been to cover those whose voices for the most part have been omitted from the discussion – women and all minorities. Our mission is more important now than ever before, when marginalized people are threatened or dismissed as irrelevant. Our pledge to you, our readers, is to bring you important voices in the community and elevate discussion about why art matters to all of us.Read More
After the Oakland fire, we are all worried about artists in DIY warehouse spaces with their iffy electricals and storage of who knows what kind of art materials. Philadelphia has some spaces I worry about. Here’s an open-source, editable tip guide for making collaborative DIY spaces more fire safe: HARM REDUCTION FOR DIY VENUES: DO IT YOURSELF // DO IT NOWRead More
We are all looking for conversations that move the discussion forward. There are some good ones coming up that you might want to partake of. And, strengthening our local art scene is more important than ever. Reduced funding for the arts is coming. The new climate of intolerance may quash advances in diversity and experimentation in the arts. Small institutions are more at risk since they live at the margin of the larger art world. At this “giving” time of year, make a donation to your favorite small arts institution or group.Read More
Dear folks, this week we will have light postings on Artblog since we are all feeling the need to refresh and regroup and take a break with friends and family. Meanwhile, enjoy all the posts you missed, including the 12 wonderful articles by the New Art Writing Challenge finalists and prize winners. Have a restful and love-filled Thanksgiving, and we will be back to our energetic posting pace next Monday. PS If you are in the giving mood, please make a donation to Artblog, your favorite little blog for arts coverage. We can’t do this without you, and thank you for your support!Read More
Wharton student, Charles Li, got in touch to let us know he and nine other Wharton students in a undergrad management class had organized an art exhibit and silent auction for CareLink Community Support Services, to raise awareness of behavioral health issues and to support the clients CareLink serves. CareLink provides services and support to independently-living adults with disabilities in the Greater Philadelphia Area.Read More
In big news today, we can all go out and VOTE and bring to an end the national nightmare of the 2016 election. I collect campaign buttons and other types of buttons. I forget where I got these two (below images) but whoever made them thank you! They messages echo my thinking right now. Vote, and let’s get started on the healing.Read More
JOG turns Ten – Congratulations! James Oliver Gallery (JOG) is celebrating their 10th Anniversary! Their celebratory exhibit, JOG10 (up to Nov. 19) features gallery favorites Thomas Paul Raggio, John Wind, Cheryl Harper, Nadine Rovner, Steven Mogck, Dennis Daly, Steven Earl Weber and Mathew Davis, as well as new folks they will be working with: Emily White, and Ira Upin.
Others they will be working with in future are papercuts artist Rosa Leff, featured in Evan Laudenslager’s write-up, Michael Grimaldi, and Kevin Bourgois.
Friend of Artblog and teacher of our Artist and Social Responsibility Project class, Theresa Rose has a wonderful community project she’s curated. 9th Street Stock Exchange, with a title punning on the financial markets, is a collaboration (not competition) between merchants in the Italian Market. Get a ticket for a guided walking tour of the project, only ($5) here.Read More
One of the best-kept secrets of Philadelphia-area art is the annual Art Ability Exhibit, a juried show with more than $7000 in prizes! A project of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, this year is the 21st iteration of the exhibition. (An aside, I was a juror in 2015, along with Anthony Vega and Deirdre Murphy. It was such a great experience to see all the work by the artists!).Read More
Via Amy Lipton, Independent Curator (formerly at Abington Art Center)…Amy and her sister, Jane Lipton, are bringing Performance Art Warrior Karen Finley, to Venice Island Performing Arts Center, Manyunk, for a one-night-only performance, “Unicorn Gratitude Mystery, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7:30 PM. The piece is one woman’s inflamed look at the 2016 Presidential election and candidates.Read More