Before we ventured out to look at art last First Friday, The St. Claire and The Artblog teams got together to talk about the upcoming guest editorship of The Artblog by The St. Claire!! A friendly take-over! Stay tuned for lots of exciting news about April’s first guest-editorship-ever of The Artblog. Meanwhile, enjoy this First Friday Live Comments — two minutes long and featuring: Patrick Coughlin (Napoleon) on tools, labor and the body; Chris Davison and Anthony Miler (Grizzly Grizzly); Wayne Hodge (Practice) on his minstrel series collages sourced from the Library of Congress digital archives, sci fi magazines and ... More » »
(Peter Blume’s works, which are riveting in reproduction, will stop you in your tracks when you see them in the large and beautifully installed survey at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. ) Accomplished technically (the artist would spend 3 years on one painting), colorful, complex and symbolic, Peter Blume’s works like “The Rock,” “The Eternal City” and “Tasso’s Oak” are edgy visual puzzles. Andrea told you about the works and the show, organized by PAFA Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, Robert Cozzolino. Below are two great audio clips of Cozzolino elucidating. In the first (approximately 7 minutes long) he talks about “The Eternal City,” ... More » »
Did you know that the Times Square ball that drops at Midnight is Waterford crystal? Yeah, neither did we. In honor of the ball, let’s raise a glass of Waterford crystal in honor of the New Year, 2015! Honest, it’s gonna be a great year.
All of us at TheArtblog wish you and your families love, happiness and an art-filled New Year! Here are some seasonal pictures for you. Enjoy.
Words of advice on this day of sharing. “All you has ta do is stuff all the bad things in this bag and throw it away.” — Love, From All of Us at TheArtblog
(Dear Readers, Today we ask you to help us make TheArtblog better! — TheArtblog team) The answers are beginning to come in to our reader survey. Don’t be left out! Tell us what you like about our publication and what you’d like to see more of. In 2015 we will be redesigning the website and your feedback is crucial to help us assess what should stay, what should go and what we haven’t thought of yet. We value your opinions and want to hear your feedback about TheArtblog. Thanks so much! Click this link to go to TheArtblog site survey. Ten questions. Two minutes tops ... More » »
Andrea Kirsh’s review of the Sari Dienes show at the Drawing Center (read it here) stated that Dienes was at the center of the art scene during the 1950s-1980s, yet now her name is largely unknown. Andrea’s post inspired artblog contributor Michael Andre to email a comment on Dienes, whom he knew. I have read Michael’s comment and you can hear it below the written word. I first saw Sari Dienes’ work in the ‘70s at Buecker & Harpsichords. I liked it and said so in an article in the Village Voice. We became friends. The highlight of that friendship had to be ... More » »
[Roberta sees a new kind of display at a cafe in West Philadelphia and grabs a live comment from cafe owner and artist, Douglas Witmer. –the artblog editors] Green Line Cafe, like many local coffee houses, has a robust art program. On its walls you are likely to see paintings, prints, drawings, small sculpture by local artists, and now, for the first time, a graphic display of a study by University of Pennsylvania graduate students Jessica Hurley and Laura Finch, documenting their research into racial implications of the Cold War nuclear bomb crisis, 1945-89, and capitalist (bankers, developers) implications of urban ... More » »
(Sadly, this reporter’s fumble fingers vaporized the 6-minute Live Comments voice recording I made Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. As with the dictates of Murphy’s Law, I had no backup version. So what we have below, folks, is a lemonade of Live Comments — a paraphrased version of what people said to me at the Vox building and Space 1026 last Friday night. P. S. Burned once, I will never again edit from an un-backed up audio file. Look for more (really) Live Comments in the future.) John Phillips: I just saw great John Moore paintings (at Locks Gallery to Nov. 8) ... More » »
[First Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, saw the grand opening of CruxSpace, a new media gallery, near Girard and 7th St. I stopped by before the official opening while the gallery was documenting the show and attending to last minute details and collected some Live Comments. The audio is brief (4 minutes). Give a listen! Want to comment on a show? Look for me at openings or, send an email with your written comment to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include it in the next Live Comments]Next Page »