Artblog favorite, Anthony (TC) Campuzano, curates a show in his home town of Lansdowne, PA, a Philly suburban town so small you might miss it when driving west out Baltimore Pike. Beyond Cold Polished Stones is a show with a lot of ties to Anthony — his childhood babysitter (and Tyler graduate) is in the show; the architect of his parents’ home is in the show. And on July 4, the artist/curator will be walking in the Lansdowne 4th of July parade — it’s a family tradition (his father is Mayor)Read More
4050 Apartments is a residential project for low-income artists and others.
Once completed, this three-story building will contain 20 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments that offer flexible layouts and large windows. Residents will have access to a community room on the ground floor that will also be a site for arts and educational programming open to the public
“I did it because I could,” says Rocky 184, the one woman grafitti writer who gets a deep look in the movie. The self-proclaimed tomboy from Washington Heights is not alone in her unfocused motivation. “I was bored,” says Snake 1. It was not political, say a number of the others. The best, nuanced comment is from Cool Earl, who says “It was a sign of the times, a sign of our youth, our lack of funds and perhaps our lack of paternal guidance.”Read More
The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage spreads $10 million in 53 grants to individuals and organizations. We’re especially happy for these strong women in the mix – Sharon Hayes and Tiona McClodden, who are new Pew fellows; Erin Bernard and The History Truck and Kelsey Halliday Johnson for her exhibition about women’s art and technology from 1970-85 – yay! Congratulations, all!Read More
The curated show of paintings, sculpture, video and works on paper from the 1950s to the present is notable for works with fierce pride in Latino identity and for works with unabashed political underpinnings. The show and its catalog shed light on contemporary artists who would stand out in any group.Read More
Allen’s Lane Art Center’s Second Annual “Night of the Arts” This Saturday, 6PM – Immerse yourself in this vibrant community art center in Mt. Airy – and spend time with their gallery exhibition by photographer Harvey Finkle, whose socially-activist works Artblog has long admired.Read More
Ed Bronstein’s brushy, expressionistic paintings capture scenes — au plein air — that include buildings, parks, dogs (lots of dogs), trucks (lots of trucks) people and more. Ed was instrumental in founding Art in the Open, and if you visited that festival recently you may have seen him out there with his paints and easel chronicling the beauty that inspires him.Read More
In movie news — TONIGHT – Film screening of the biopic, “BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez” at the AAMP as the finale to the Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Arts. Philadelphia Poet Laureate emeritus Sanchez will attend for a Q+A with filmmaker Barbara Attie after the screening.Read More
The film, about a talented, articulate and ambitious artist, raises an important question. Why is an artist overlooked? A movie can’t answer definitively, but in 84 fast-paced and colorful minutes Art Bastard delivers a hint of why a rebellious yet loveable personality and his rollicking, politically-charged and mostly humorous paintings are under the New York art world radar. In the words of the movie’s smartest commentator, the oracular Richard Armstrong, Director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, “It’s about chance and geography.”Read More
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens will debut a new program beginning June 5 titled Philly Free Week.The program gives Philadelphians free access to the outdoor labyrinth, the Isaiah and Julia Zagar exhibition “Dear Julia” and daily gallery talks. On the kick-off date, there will be music by Bridgeset Sound and a photo booth.Read More
NEA awards $807,000 to local arts organizations to foster learning and engagement. Congratulations, all!Read More
Artblog contributor and editor, Flora Ward, talks with me about her recent reviews of two exhibitions that intrigued her greatly. We also talk about her journey to Philadelphia from South Carolina, Toronto and elsewhere. Listen to the 18-minute conversation we had at the lovely Radio booth at the Galleries at Moore.Read More
Museum News 1 – Public Sculpture by the late Dina Wind debuts at Woodmere Art Museum – It’s big!
From Woodmere’s Gabrielle Turgoose, the piece by Dina Wind is a 30-foot steel sculpture, titled, Spring & Triangle. “…this is a fabrication based on a maquette of 1986 and the realization of the artist’s dream to see her work made on a public scale, interacting with trees, the sky, and the grandeur of nature,” said Turgoose, Director of Communications at the Museum.Read More
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