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Colin Quashie, Auntie Jemima (Oprah)57” x 69”Acrylic on Canvas2004; Uncle Ben (Colin)57” x 69”Acrylic on Canvas2004

Colin Quashie burns down the Plan-ta-shun at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

[I had the pleasure of talking with artist Colin Quashie about his incendiary show, Plan-ta-shun, at the AAMP. The artist, who is a very funny, congenial guy, told me he had been a comedy sketch writer for the show MadTV, and is now a registered nurse! He’s always had a day job, he said. Our phone interview on June 19 was two days after the mass shootings in the Emanuel African American Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, and the artist, who lives in Charleston, was in Philadelphia for the opening of his show at the African American Museum.  It was a sad ... More » »

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The chosen – 2015 Pew Fellowships and grant winners announced

[Again in 2015, we cheer as artists we’ve worked with and/or championed come into the Pew light, and we applaud the exhibits and events. Congratulations, all!] For ten years we have watched from the sidelines as Pew awarded money to Philadelphia area artists, curators and organizations in the arts — we cheered, we scratched our heads a little, we were happy for the winners and sad for the runners up.  Philadelphia is a small pond and the fact is, Pew’s money — this year, $9.6 million  — is an important economic engine in the Philadelphia arts sector.  As of 2014, Pew has poured $98,819,288 into Philadelphia including fellowship ... More » »

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Call to order at the Barnes – Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson

[Roberta goes to the press preview of the Barnes’s new contemporary art exhibit and says The Order of Things gives you lots to ponder about collecting and presenting art.  Also it’s a lot of fun. –the artblog editors] Three artists, Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff and Fred Wilson, were called to the Barnes.  The charge:  Interpret Dr. Barnes’s idiosyncratic way of hanging art, the “ensembles” he invented to weave together his collection by conscious placement of works that have unintentional allegiances; and respond to it. The result: The Order of Things, up until August 3.  Three wonderful and inventive installations commissioned by ... More » »

The Monument Lab container in City Hall Courthouse

Remembering Monument Lab on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, when we honor Americans who died while in service to their country let’s give a shout out to Monument Lab, http://monumentlab.com/, a public research project that began May 15 and lasts to June 7, that speculates on new Philadelphia monuments to a person, place or thing that should not forgotten. Launched by three curators, Ken Lum, Paul M. Farber and A. Will Brown, the 3-week project is headquartered in City Hall Courtyard.  It’s anchored by a container “lab,” where you can suggest your idea for a monument; and by a monumental sculpture imagined by the late Terry Adkins, which reflects the design of ... More » »

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Winners announced for the New Art Writing Challenge!

The St.Claire and the Artblog are ecstatic to announce the winners of the New Art Writing Challenge. The challenge generated over 70 unique pieces of writing all examining and engaging art in Philadelphia. Look for the writings of these finalists and prize winners to be published soon on the St. Claire and Artblog. While the challenge is over the real task is just beginning: to keep writing; to keep responding; to keep probing, giving, and sharing until the conversation is as complex, multi-tonal, and unblinking as the art it addresses. To that end, CONGRATULATIONS to all the writers, THANK YOU to our judges – ... More » »

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Jayson Musson creative project “Jamel” debuts Episode 2 today!

(This just in from Laris Kreslins, producer of the Jayson Musson creative project Jamel, a video series featuring the adventures of a Time Traveling B-Boy! Episode 2 premiers today at the TriBeCa Digital Shorts Program online.  In this new episode, Jamel has a dance-off with Abraham Lincoln on a fateful day in 1865. Check both Episodes 1 and 2 in the video embeds below. And be sure to read the cast and crew credits for lots of Philly names! Congratulations, all!)     From Laris’ email: This one [EPISODE 2] is guest starring Michael Douglas of the YouTube channel Key of Awesome as Lincoln, Steven Boyer ... More » »

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Submit your art writing to the Art Writing Challenge – Deadline April 18!

[Only 8 days left to submit your piece of writing to the New Art Writing Challenge, co-sponsored by The St. Claire and The Artblog!  Submit to this contest.  If you read Artblog, I’m talking to you.  If you read the St. Claire and Title, I’m talking to you.  Get published!  And there are cash prizes! Information below.] INFO The Artblog and The St.Claire are teaming up to find the best new approaches in art writing. The goal of this competition is to get more people writing about art and foster a culture of art writing that incorporates a wide spectrum of ... More » »

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Update from the ASR project – Meet the Guest Speakers!

[We are in the last 3 days of the Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) IndieGoGo campaign.  Make a contribution today to keep the Artist and Social Responsibility (ASR) project alive!  And read about some of our great Guest Speakers to this groundbreaking pilot project!] Meet some of our great Guest Speakers The 2015 ASR Class has a roster of outstanding Guest Speakers including renowned artists and curators from all over the country.  When they couldn’t be in Philadelphia in person, we SKYPED with the artists!  Either way we got into discussions with them about their projects and issues related to creating ... More » »

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New Art Challenge – The Contest! Here’s info on how to submit your art writing

[Below is information about the art writing contest co-sponsored by The St. Claire and The Artblog under April’s Guest Editorship of The Artblog.  Submit a piece of writing to this contest!  Maybe you’ve been thinking an essay thought for a while — write it up and submit it!  Poets, write a poem.  All this writing should focus on Philadelphia.  Read more below.] INFO The Artblog and The St.Claire are teaming up to find the best new approaches in art writing. The goal of this competition is to get more people writing about art and foster a culture of art writing ... More » »

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It’s coming – The Inaugural Guest Editorship of The Artblog by The St. Claire!

The month of April, 2015, will stand out in Artblog history as the month of our first-ever Guest Editorship! We are very pleased to announce the Guest Editorship collaboration between The Artblog and The St. Claire, an online arts publication we have long admired for its out-of-the-box thinking about art and art writing! As part of our month-long collaboration, The St. Claire will be taking over some of our regular features like the Reader Advisor and the Our Picks newsletter.  They will be producing new content for Artblog and we are very excited for all of the online activity! ALSO! ... More » »

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