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Matthew Higgs, Kaytie Johnson, Salem Collo-Julin and Nicola Trezzi.

Citywide panel provokes discussion about the role of the artist

(Leah Koontz and Mellisa Robbins attended the Citywide Panel at Moore College of Art and Design on Nov. 13 together. Koontz and Robbins, senior fine art students at Moore, present a distillation of a lively discussion they had about the panel, which had them talking for hours.–the artblog editors) The Citywide festival, this November and December, involves a group of independent Philadelphia art collectives engaged in an exchange of exhibitions, ideas, and practices. This initiative intends to unify the various neighborhood art spaces involved. On Wednesday, November 13th, Moore College of Art and Design hosted a conversation about Citywide. The ... More » »

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Catching Thread – Margo Wolowiec at Grizzly Grizzly

Post by Mellisa Robbins (Mellisa Robbins’ post is part of a collaboration between artblog and Moore College of Art and Design’s Culture in the Classroom program.  Mellisa is one of two students in Terri Saulin’s Professional Practices class chosen by Libby and Roberta to have their posts published on artblog. We look forward to seeing more of Mellisa’s writing on artblog in the future.) Margo Wolowiec’s Catching Thread at Grizzly Grizzly is a testament to our throwaway culture of social media, and how we make sense of it all. Wolowiec’s woven pieces at first seem like densely layered abstracts, but upon closer inspection, ... More » »

Frost215 with his works.  Photo copyright El Toro, courtesy of the artist's website

El Toro ten-year retrospective at Ps & Qs on South Street and an interview with the artist

Post by Veronica Perez (Veronica Perez’s post is part of a collaboration between artblog and Moore College of Art and Design’s Culture in the Classroom program. Veronica is one of two students in Terri Saulin’s Professional Practices class chosen by Libby and Roberta to have their posts published on artblog. We look forward to seeing more of Veronica’s writing on artblog in the future.) On October 6, 2013, I attended a private talk and exhibit at Ps & Qs by graffiti and sticker artist, Frost215. Frost215 (or Jason Smith, his given name), along with a few other artists, are credited with ... More » »

Rebecca Tennenbaum, Untitled, latex paint, mylar, Bristol board, paper, crayon, and marker on panel.

“Little Queen of Nothing” — A visual conversation at Crane Arts

—>In this post by guest writer Rachel Pfeffer, we learn about three artists whose show is a kind of conversation that took place among them. –the artblog editors——————> Post by Rachel Pfeffer In their collaborative show, “Little Queen of Nothing: Ownership of the Everyday”, David Meekins, Arielle Passenti, and Rebecca Tennenbaum present a record of their visual conversation.  The three artists’ works, staged in the Project Room at Crane Arts, fall under a broad definition of collage and incorporate found materials from each of their daily environments. The artists created most of the work for the show separately while remaining involved in ... More » »

James Turrell, "Aten Reign," at the Guggenheim

James Turrell at the Guggenheim – A disappointed fan weighs in

—>Andrew Cameron Zahn has the James Turrell experience at the Guggenheim and comes away wanting more. –the artblog editors————–> Post by Andrew Cameron Zahn James Turrell is by far one of the top innovative and creative artists alive today. His light installations have reshaped the way we understand form and color. Turrell’s work is more about experience than about the objects or forms we are used to seeing in an art exhibition. His retrospective in 2002-2003 at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, which I saw, provided us with an amazing overview of his work. On the other hand, this exhibition at ... More » »

Title: To Move A Body (Piggyback)
Date: 2010
Medium: Single Channel HD Video
Duration: 4:06

Interview with Noah Krell, featured in White Boys at Haverford College

by Em Meine Photographer and video artist Noah Krell documents peculiar human interactions in his work. Krell uses what he describes as asymmetrical power dynamics to heighten awareness of relationships, either between the characters in his videos or between the viewer and the work itself. His videos make you feel as though a clue is hidden nearby, perhaps as close as the next frame, which will make sense of what you’re watching. Two of Krell’s videos, To Move A Body (Piggyback) (2010) and 30th Birthday Shave (2008), are currently on view in the exhibition “White Boys” at Haverford College’s Cantor ... More » »

Kavanaugh, dressed as a unicorn, announced events throughout the night.

The New World Order of Plato’s Porno Cave at Little Berlin

By Julius Ferraro Plato’s Porno Cave: The New World is March’s curatorial project at Kensington’s Little Berlin gallery. The programming, featuring ten events priced at less than $10 each, includes movie nights, musical performances, shamans, acrobats, puppets, fire breathers, interactive structural art pieces, two original plays, and a wild opening night reception party. The purpose of Plato’s Porno Cave (PPC), according to curators Marshall James Kavanaugh and Augustus Depenbrock, is to explore “economics, science, language, and physical reality,” and “create a mythology for a truly new world,” based on the ethics of Plato’s Republic, the myths of the Mayan Popol Vuh, and ... More » »

Wangechi Mutu, The Histology of the Different Classes of Uterine Tumors, 2005, mixed media collage on medical illustration paper, 18x12" (detail)

Wangechi Mutu’s Afro-feminist works inaugurate Leonard Pearlstein Gallery’s great new space at Drexel

Post by Jaclyn Seufert The works by Wangechi Mutu at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery inaugurate the gallery’s new space in the Urbn Center Annex with a bang. It’s a big show by an important international artist whose provocative works speak forcefully to issues of women’s empowerment and self-image. The show should propel discussions all over town. Gallery Director Dr. Joseph Gregory told me it has long been his wish to give the Kenya-born, Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist a show at Drexel, and this foundational show at the new gallery, with its high ceilings and almost 5,000 square feet of space, was ... More » »

Sculpture studio of the Palermo Academy of Fine Art, at the Cantieri Culturale

Bell’Italia Art New and Old – An observation on art in Italy in three parts, Part 3

by Virginia Maksymowicz and Blaise Tobia Part 3: Sicily The railroad from the Italian mainland to Sicily must cross the strait of Messina, bypassing the twin perils of Scylla (a rock formation) and Charybdis (a whirlpool) that challenged the mythical Odysseus. Since there is no bridge, the only means of transport is a ferry. At Villa San Giovanni, the back of the huge ferry opens like the jaws of an alligator, swallowing up the entire chain of carriages. At Messina, the front end opens and the train is spat out onto a set of tracks on the other side. So ... More » »

Wu Weishan exhibition in the Palazzo Venezia, Rome

Bell’Italia Art New and Old – An observation on art in Italy in three parts, Part 2

by Virginia Maksymowicz and Blaise Tobia Part 2: More Rome, on to Naples The best part of visiting any city is wandering its streets; in Rome, of course, one expects chance encounters with marvelous churches, sculptural monuments, historic ruins and scavi (archeological excavations). But contemporary street art abounds as well. Some of it is obvious, such as the graffiti in the metro that transported us (as native New Yorkers) back to the 1980s of Lady Pink and DAZE. Some of it is subtle, like the small, black and white stickers of a man sporting sunglasses and a priest’s collar, stenciled ... More » »

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