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Matthew Green at our interview, Jan. 20, 2014, at  CultureWorks.

Matthew Green on the lure of painting and the Meadowlands – on artblog radio

Matthew Green’s realist oil paintings depict the natural world punctuated by pieces of the built environment that intrude and insist on the human presence in the landscape. Green’s works are pristine and forlorn and raise issues of ecology and the age-old struggle of humankind to subdue the natural world. We met Green in 2003, our first year of blogging.  On a hot summer First Friday in Old City he was selling his beautifully-rendered paintings of Philadelphia’s abandoned buildings on Second Street.  While he doesn’t sell his work on the street anymore his works now sell (successfully) online. Matt’s subject has switched ... More » »

Matthew Green, talking with Libby and Roberta last January.

Next on artblog radio – Matthew Green paints the man vs nature struggle

Libby and Roberta find an old friend they met in 2003 whose paintings intrigued them once, and do so now as well. Matthew Green is a New Jersey painter and graphic designer we met in 2003, our first year of blogging.  On a hot summer First Friday in Old City and he was selling his beautifully-rendered paintings of some of Philadelphia’s abandoned buildings.  The affect was pristine and forlorn, and we were astonished to see him out there hawking his wares on the street — why wasn’t he in a gallery?  Ten years later, we met Matt again and found ... More » »

Roberto Lugo and his wife, Ashley Lugo, during out interview last December at Crane Arts.

Roberto Lugo talks about family, humor and what fuels his ceramics – an artblog radio podcast

When we talked with Roberto Lugo last December he told us many provocative things, like how he grew up in a poor neighborhood surrounded by grafitti and how the grafitti ethos (decoration, production and making a mark on the world) influences his own decorative and prolific output. Lugo told us that art saved his family but it seemed to us that Lugo himself was saving his family with his art impulse and his great big heart.  The young artist, who is 32 and just received his MFA from Penn State University in ceramics, has an inspiring story and his work ... More » »

Roberto Lugo and his wife, Ashley Lugo, during out interview last December at Crane Arts.

Roberto Lugo on political pots and identity – Next up on artblog radio!

Roberto Lugo‘s North Philadelphia neighborhood was filled with graffiti and street art when he grew up.  And he says that played a big part in forming his aesthetic sensibility.  Lugo believes art is for everyone and his ceramic sculpture and functional pots and mugs (featured in the Juvenile In Justice exhibit at Crane Arts last year) make points about that.   We spoke with Lugo last December, surrounded by his beautiful pots decorated with colors and patterns from rival gangs. In this excerpt from our conversation, Lugo talks about the difference in people’s perception of a bandana when he wears one, and ... More » »

Amy Sadao, ICA Director, in her office, on April 7, 2014.

Amy Sadao talks about ICA’s programs and upcoming exhibitions – an artblog radio podcast

Amy Sadao, Director of the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)  has won many awards for her work as a curator, organizer and leader in the arts. There are not a lot of women directors of art museums, and Sadao says that’s a problem. She herself had strong woman mentors and credits them for her success. We asked Amy about ICA’s plethora of programs and the museum’s free admissions, and she told us about an upcoming Nicole Eisenman exhibit in the fall and a Barbara Kasten exhibit in 2015, both of which sound great! We spoke with Amy at the ICA on ... More » »

Amy Sadao, ICA Director, in her office, on April 7, 2014.

Next on artblog radio – Amy Sadao on ICA at 50, activism and museum programming

Amy Sadao became Director of the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in 2012 after working as Executive Director of Visual AIDS in New York city, where she took that organization from a budget deficit to a robust budget four times what it had been. Her work for Visual AIDS was activist, and she is still on their Board. Sadao has won many awards for her work, including the Woman in the Arts Leader award. There are not a lot of women directors of art museums, and in this clip from our interview, Sadao talks about that imbalance in the ... More » »

John Caperton, speaking with us Jan. 10, 2014 at the Print Center.  The green-tinted room comes from part of Canicular's red/green color piece in the downstairs gallery.

John Caperton on Canicular and how the show changed the Print Center during its run – An artblog radio podcast

In the exhibit Canicular by New York artist Demetrius Oliver, a live feed of Sirius, the “Dog Star,” streamed from a telescope at the Franklin Institute into a white silo-like structure in the Print Center’s second floor gallery.  On clear nights you could stand in the dark tubular space, created specially for the show, and see the live feed of Sirius shimmering above your head .  The only catch, you had to enter the silo by way of a modified dog door.  Crawl on all fours and you’re in. This was part of the humor of the piece, said John Caperton, Jensen ... More » »

Terry Adkins, Aviarium, 2014, polyurethene and enamel

Whitney Biennial 2014 – Tough sledding through a hodgepodge with some gems

Like walking through a yard sale or grandma’s attic, the hodgepodge that is the Whitney Biennial 2014 is a a little sad. All that stuff made by 103 participants, collected and sitting there, clogs the space and makes the journey through the show like walking through the Armory Show, only without the aisles and missing the weirdly high art-fair energy.  Advice:  Start at the top and work your way down.  Fourth Floor – Curator Michelle Grabner It’s shocking, we know, but like everyone, we come to the Whitney Biennial looking for our favorites and hoping to be introduced to great ... More » »

John Caperton, speaking with us Jan. 10, 2014 at the Print Center.  The green-tinted room comes from part of Canicular's red/green color piece in the downstairs gallery.

Next up on artblog radio – John Caperton talks about Demetrius Oliver’s Canicular

John Caperton, Jensen Bryan Curator at The Print Center, says in this clip from our interview that Canicular involves some humor.  In the exhibit by New York artist Demetrius Oliver, a live feed of Sirius, the “Dog Star”  from a telescope at the Franklin Institute streams into a white silo in the Print Center’s second floor gallery.  On clear nights you can see the live feed of the star shimmering above your head in the dark tubular space.  The only catch, you must enter the silo by way of a dog door.  Crawl on all fours and you’re in. This is part ... More » »

Zanele Muholi, gallerist told us that was Zanele in the picture, at Yancey Richardson, ADAA Art Show

New York art fairs – Armory Show is tame, ADAA’s is elegant with tons of women artists!

March Madness happens in the art world every two years when the Whitney Biennial coincides with the annual international art fairs.  It’s way too much art for anyone to digest, but it’s party time, with the tribes gathered, congratulations all round, and in the case of the fairs, SALES, which make the world go round. Louder than ever this year, the globalization of the art market showed. At almost every turn  we said “We’ve seen work like this in Philly!” The Armory Show We visited the Armory Show on Piers 92 and 94. The huge monster on the Piers seemed ... More » »

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