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American watercolors at Princeton University Art Museum, an essay

[Michael, Artblog’s poet on the scene, travels through a show of watercolor works on paper and writes about history, museums, and Princeton. — Artblog editors] The traveler seeks the unique and the rare. Watercolor is delicate. Keep it from the light or it will fade. And where the Hell’s Princeton anyway? At the time of the Revolution Princeton was on the main road from Philadelphia to New York. When we the British made trouble in Philadelphia, Princeton became briefly the American capital. The delicate but disdained medium Watercolor has been disdained as the art of women and children. But Deborah Smith ... More » »

Art fair

Report from Seattle

[Blaise and Virginia report on Seattle’s growing arts scene, offering the good and the bad of the city’s first large contemporary fair. — the artblog editors] Art fairs are not our favorite “thing”. But, we were in Seattle and the city was having its first large-scale contemporary fair, so we decided to go. Called the “Seattle Art Fair” (straightforwardly enough), it was spearheaded by Seattle-based Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen. Allen is a major art collector and purportedly observed that Seattle’s wealthier residents, especially those in the tech sector, were not investing enough of their interest or money in fine art. ... More » »


Camp in the Internet age–Interface at Leslie Lohman (NSFW)

[Alex connects with a show of contemporary work by gay and queer artists, noting that social media has become more than just a means of self-promotion in this sphere. — the artblog editors] Interface: Queer Artists Forming Communities through Social Media provides a thorough overview of contemporary, gay artists whose work is informed by and supported by the use of Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook. Combining a diverse range of media and artists, the latest show at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art focuses on a particular New York scene–one I have become familiar with through my own personal involvement ... More » »

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Horace Pippin retrospective at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

[Irena tours a show of artist Horace Pippin’s work, which set the African-American artist apart during a time when racism threatened to overshadow his talent. — the artblog editors] West Chester, Pennsylvania, about an hour outside of the bustling grime of center-city Philadelphia, is a small slice of leftover nostalgic Americana. At 327 Gay St., a private residence, stands a historical marker. It is the only clue within the immediate area to suggest that in 1888, West Chester produced this country’s first nationally recognized African-American artist. About Horace Pippin Horace Pippin (1888-1946) is considered to be one of the most ... More » »

Installation view

Thomas Schütte at Peter Freeman Gallery

[Josh finds personal connections to a show of recent work by international artist Thomas Schütte. — the artblog editors] At the current Thomas Schütte exhibition at Peter Freeman gallery in New York, faces abound. One cannot help but think of the opening lines to the song “Mad World” by Gary Jules: “All around me are familiar faces / Worn-out places, worn-out faces / Bright and early for the daily races / Going nowhere, going nowhere”. These many tired and familiar faces confront the viewer in this multimedium exhibition comprised of prints, ceramic, and installation. Heads first The current exhibition focuses ... More » »

screen shot from movie

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 » »

Installation view

Destroy, she said — a group show at the Boiler in New York

[Andrea enjoys a few chuckles at a show that asks viewers to re-examine the value of objects and material experiences, and also asks artists to obliterate their work after showing it only once. — the artblog editors] Saul Anton and Ethan Spigland curated the provocative, lively, and thoughtful exhibition Destroy, she said, on view at the Boiler, in Brooklyn, March 5 – April 5, 2015, on behalf of Pierogi . It coincided with the establishment of an online archive, the “Foundation for Destroyed Art,” where according to the announcement, “works of art will exist only in their documented destruction and ... More » »

"Citadel," Richard Gabriele. All images copyright Richard Gabriele, courtesy of the Fred Torres Gallery, Inc.

Gathering the Scattered — Richard Gabriele at Fred Torres Gallery

[Joshua reviews painter Richard Gabriele’s first show at Fred Torres Gallery. Gabriele, who lives and works in Bucks County, often uses animal symbolism to meditate on themes of human experience and mythology. — the artblog editors] The works of Richard Gabriele currently fill the small Fred Torres Gallery with rich and colorful symbols and images, in a show titled Gathering the Scattered. The show, located in Chelsea, demonstrates the development of symbols in Gabriele’s work over the past several years–mapping his progression from simple symbolism to complex allegory. The exhibition includes a variety of drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings with images ... More » »


Vulgar Lives — Rosalyn Drexler at Garth Greenan Gallery

[Joshua examines an exhibition of Drexler’s work spanning the heyday of Pop Art to the late ’80s, when painting was no longer in vogue. — the artblog editors] At Garth Greenan Gallery, Rosalyn Drexler presents the absurd and ominous in a comic-like manner in her most recent exhibition, Vulgar Lives, bringing together work that spans several decades. Her works border on violent and vulgar, highlighting central themes such as violence against women, racism, and social alienation. Her use of bright colors and whimsy juxtaposes these serious topics in an amusing way–a practice common among Pop artists. Drexler brings together reality ... More » »


From Ancient to Modern at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

[Andrea leads us through the discovery of ancient Sumerian art and artifacts, and some of the modern works inspired by “Primitivism”. — the artblog editors] Unlike other exhibitions held in the two compact galleries of New York University’s elegantly-housed, uptown Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), this one focuses on the past century. From Ancient to Modern: Archaeology and Aesthetics, on view through June 7, 2015, investigates the reception of Sumerian objects excavated at Ur by Leonard Wooley in the 1920s, and by Henri Frankfort in the Diyala River Valley in the early 1930s. The fascinating exhibition makes ... More » »

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