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Marion (Kippy) Stroud, Frances P. Aulston pass, Sarah Martinez-Helfman leads Fels, Opportunities – Reading Viaduct, Vox Pop, the Plastic Club, David Romberg’s award, Frank Hyder’s inflatables, Hunter Stabler’s news

NEWS We report sad news today of the passing of two important women in Philadelphia’s art world, Marion (Kippy) Boulton Stroud and Frances P. Aulston.  Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and community of these amazing women. Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, 76, the seemingly indefatigable founder and director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the Acadia Summer Arts Program – a.k.a. “Kamp Kippy” – in Maine, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 22, at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine. From the Inquirer obituary today: Though her many friends considered her a visionary who, among other accomplishments, helped ... More » »

poster for event Oct. 18 in Philadelphia

Make noise with Ann-Marie Lequesne at the Icebox, Build+Crushathon at RAIR, Frank Hoeber’s book, plus iMPeRFeCT Gallery, Andria Morales, Daniel Heyman, Anthony Campuzano, Matthew Courtney and more!

(It’s not news of the world but News of the (mostly) Philly art world! See Roberta’s roundup, and email News Tips to –the Artblog editors) NEWS The Icebox Project Space has some great acoustics, and the curators of that concrete block box know it. Tim Belknap and Ryan McCartney have lined up some doozie sonic booms for you since they took over programming the space.   One upcoming event I’m particularly disposed towards is Ann-Marie Lesquesne’s community participation work, Crescendo, on Sunday, August 30th – 2pm promptly.  The artist’s idea is to create a visual “crescendo” of people lined up by height (smallest to tallest) who ... More » »

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A petite Paris post with more to come

If you’ve seen my Instagram and other social media feeds, you will have seen that I was in Paris this summer.  Oh boy, I know how fortunate I am, yes. I am going to tell you more about the trip — about the street art; the show of Impressionist works of the dealer Paul Guillaume at the Musee de l’Orangerie that is bears comparison to the show of Impressionist works of the dealer Paul Durand-Ruel at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the only Lyonnaise restaurant in Paris, shopping for fabric, Bastille Day and car shares with electric cars!  Below are some images as ... More » »

"Golf" (detail) © Tim Portlock 2012, at Main Line Art Center

Jed Williams Gallery expands, Main Line’s Digital Festival, Pope Up, Locks and Fjord websites, Ron Klein, Hiro Sakaguchi, The Dalai Lama and Meyer Family Opportunity!

[Today’s News features people, places and things you need to know, rounded up by Roberta. — the Artblog editors] NEWS So first there’s the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in late September, provoking the Zone of Papal Anxiety.  But a month later, in a quieter, less urban-apocalyptic way, comes the Dalai Lama, speaking publicly, and apparently with no extreme fuss on the part of the City Fathers and Mothers! Thank you Philadelphia Folklore Society for this news.  Full information about His Holiness’s visit here: This in from Kimberly Neff of Jed Williams Gallery… Jed Williams Gallery is expanding it’s tiny 150 square foot gallery ... More » »

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Happy Birthday to Andy Warhol and The Print Center, Vincent Finazzo’s triumph over student debt, Nile Livingston’s paint party at Dahlak, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Amze Emmons, and More

[It’s always time for a paint party. And who doesn’t like a birthday celebration? Roberta rounds up some cheery news items. Plus Hitchbot. –the Artblog editors] News Hello, Pittsburgh, you know you want to be there.  It’s Andy Warhol‘s Birthday on August 6 and Friend of Artblog, Madelyn Roehrig, of the great project, Conversations with Andy, is hosting ANDY WARHOL’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, Thursday, AUG. 6, 2015, at 5:00pm at Andy Warhol’s Grave in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania 15102.  If you can’t make it over, watch the festivities via the EarthCam. Speaking of birthdays, did you know The Print Center is 100 years old ... More » »

man, woman and baby

Popemageddon II, Icebox Truck show 2015, Artist-run gallery in LA with Philly roots, plus Mural Arts, Marta Sanchez, House Gallery, TSA, opportunities and More!

NEWS Via Plan Philly Facebook: The Pope Fence and the Security perimeter may be in flux but here’s what floated around Facebook yesterday. It’s a dark map for what should be a happy event, no? Via Plan Philly and Bradley Wrenn, a funnier map later in the day, enhanced with appropriate Pleistocene and Medieval era iconography. Update:  Mayor Nutter says maps not right and smacks down the mappers: “I understand given the nature of the world today that at times little people who have little pieces of information will try to put out they have or what they think they have in an effort to ... More » »

senior citizen holding guitar

Gee Wesley’s Living Library, Septa’s Popemageddon,Taller Puertorriqueno breaks ground, Candy Coated, TSA all over, Gravers Lane, Manny Avalos and MORE

[Today in the News, Roberta congratulates the Association for Public Art and Taller Puertorriqueno for excellent achievements; reminds you of Septa’s Papal Pass complications; and links to a couple cool opportunities you might like to know about. — the Artblog editors] News From the better late than never department, I just discovered the Brooklyn Street Art blog —great aggregation of street art images, interviews and news from around the world. Let this be your external companion to Conrad Benner‘s great Philadelphia Streets Department blog of street art here in our fair city. Ahhhh, SEPTA. Taking pains to help complicate our transit ... More » »

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 » »

grid of black men's portraits

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 » »

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