Posts By maeve coudrelle

Ancient Evenings: Ba Libretto, 2009, Ink, graphite and gold leaf on paperback copy of Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer, on carved salt base, in nylon and acrylic vitrine
15.5  x 13.75 x 14.75 inches, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Dallas

A Plethora of Sources: The Drawings of Matthew Barney

—Maeve visited the Matthew Barney exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum this summer and writes about the exhaustive, behind-the-scenes show and its beautiful catalog.  The exhibit now travels to Paris where it opens Oct. 8 at the Biblioteque National. –the artblog editors—————————-> Matthew Barney’s recent show at the Morgan Library & Museum, Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney, was a triumph in preparatory drawings and conceptual ‘storyboards.’ Those mystified by Barney’s gleefully-heady films and performances were given the opportunity to access an assortment of clues elucidating the artist’s countless and convoluted references. While the show at the Morgan ended ... More » »


From the vault – Public art in New York and Philadelphia raise questions about ownership and maintenance

In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you posts from past years. In January, 2004, we were viewing different instances of public art in Philadelphia and New York. Libby took issue with Penn’s commissioned work by Jenny Holzer, a far cry from her controversial ‘Truisms,’ while Roberta visited an out-of-order Creative Time installation. Century 21 even had some ‘word art’! ——————————- Corporation makes “art” By libby January 8, 2004 The University of Pennsylvania bought itself a Jenny Holzer. No, that’s not right. The University of Pennsylvania paid Jenny Holzer and put her name on a walkway with benches where ... More » »


From the vault – December, 2003 – Art off our beaten path

In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In December, 2003, we were venturing forth from our Old City stomping grounds and trotting up to Northern Liberties and west to City Hall. Despite initial reservations, Roberta discovered some striking poetic narratives at 1 Penn Square. Portraits by a perceptive PAFA graduate were worth the visit to the now-closed Ashley Gallery, where paintings were rife with psychological complexity.  ——————————- The Mystery of Case 13 By roberta December 30, 2003    I always have mixed feelings about the Art in City Hall shows. On the one ... More » »

“Take It Up With Tut” (alternate view), 2008, found objects, painted wood, plastic crates

The splendor of the commonplace – Tony Feher at the deCordova

—Maeve tells us about a show at the deCordova, in which an artist’s relationship to common objects spurs his use of them in formalist compositions.—the artblog editors———————-> A common first reaction to Tony Feher’s lively retrospective at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA is, “Why is this art?” Upon entering the gallery, visitors are immediately submerged into a playful mecca of humble found materials. Coca Cola crates, empty jars, marbles, caps, plastic bottles, broomsticks, ice cube trays and fake flowers have all found a home here. Amidst this panoply, it can be difficult to take the time ... More » »

Kuerner Farm is accessible by a five minute shuttle bus ride from the main museum

A Novel Melody – Kuerner Sounds at the Brandywine River Museum

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania is home to something of an Andrew Wyeth (1940–2009) cult.  Touted as one of the most well-known American artists of the 20th century, Wyeth spawned a wealth of imitators. His signature style gave rise to a seemingly never-ending procession of ersatz pastoral landscape paintings, replete with modest barns and farm animals. The latter are reproduced and displayed enthusiastically throughout Delaware County, found in many a living room or coffee shop. Meanwhile, N.C. (Andrew’s father) and Jamie (his son) maintain their own followings. Wyeth’s ubiquity tends to group viewers into one of two camps: devotees and fervent detractors. ... More » »

“Untitled (Portrait of Hermine Käsebier),” ca. 1896, platinum, 7 x 5 in

Gertrude Kasebier and Fatimah Tuggar explore new ways of conceptualizing reality at the University of Delaware Museums

—Maeve’s trip to Newark, DE, unearths two interesting exhibits on the campus of the state’s big university.–the artblog editors—————->A treasure often enjoyed exclusively by University of Delaware staff and students, the UD Museums offer an enriching selection of diverse, well-curated exhibitions that is well worth the trek down to Newark. Of the three museums, the Mechanical Hall and Old College Galleries (including Old College West) focus primarily on the visual arts, while the Mineralogical Museum is dedicated to geological specimens.  This review covers exhibits at two of the three museums. Gertrude Käsebier’s Ground-Breaking Innovations in Photography The Old College Gallery houses some ... More » »

Feel the Stillness Move, Oil on Panel, 16 x 16”, 2012

Primal Hybrid Beings at the Dylan Gallery – A Survey of Paintings by Hunter Clarke

—Maeve’s review delves into the hybrid animal-human figures that suggest a metaphorical connection between the animal kingdoms and what that means.–the artblog editors————————-> In Undomesticated, the first retrospective for Delaware-based artist Hunter Clarke, the visitor is immediately assailed by a multitude of chimera-like creatures boasting the heads of animals mounted on female human bodies. The most striking element of these beings is not their hybridity, however, but the fact that each of them sports a resplendent pregnant belly. Clarke has painted these animal women for nearly seven years, beginning with the birth of her first child. At the Dylan Gallery, ... More » »

Caption: Inventing Abstraction network diagram, a collaboration between the MoMA curatorial/design teams and Columbia Business School’s Paul Ingram with Mitali Banerjee.

The Forbearers of Abstraction, or at least some of them, at MoMA

One of the most talked about exhibitions of the year, the Museum of Modern Art’s Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 has been equally acclaimed and disparaged. The show, curated by Leah Dickerman with Masha Chlenova, tackles a mammoth objective: to chart the advent of abstraction as an interdisciplinary phenomenon spurred forward by a vast network of creative individuals. A whirlwind exhibition of over 350 works by 84 artists, including composers, writers, filmmakers, painters and sculptors, it is an overwhelming spectacle that is difficult to take in all at once. What is clear from the torrential response by art critics is that Inventing ... More » »

Caption: Poacher, John Cuneo, 2010

The Nature of Contemporary Illustration at the Delaware Art Museum

When an illustration show opens in Delaware, chances are that it is somehow related to Howard Pyle, arguably one of Wilmington’s most famous artists. In 1882, Vincent van Gogh wrote that Pyle’s sketches in Harper’s Monthly struck him “dumb with admiration.” In the 21st century, Pyle’s reputation remains intact: he is still widely known as “the father of American illustration.” The Delaware Art Museum’s exhibition, State of the Art: Illustration 100 Years After Howard Pyle attempts to examine Pyle’s legacy through a cross-section of illustration from the past century. Intended to augment the museum’s usual audience of longtime Pyle enthusiasts, ... More » »