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News post – Drew Leshko at DCCA, Dr. Judith Rodin at Moore, NoseGo returns to Old City, opportunities and more!

News It’s been long enough! NoseGo (Yis Goodwin) returns to Arch Enemy Arts for his first solo hometown show in two years. Invisible Village opens Friday, January 23 and runs through March 1. Moore College of Art and Design is honoring the very deserving Dr. Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and author of The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong, with the 2015 Edmund M. Bacon Prize on February 18. School of Visual Arts is presenting a phenomenal roster for its spring 2015 Art in the First Person lecture series, all of which are free and open to the public. If you’re ... More » »

Sarah Sze. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro.

News post – Leeway winners, Sarah Sze at Victoria Miro, Doug Witmer at PAFA, opportunities and more!

News Douglas Witmer, in addition to a raft of new studio happenings, has a show of Recent Paintings at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts‘s Alumni Gallery. Opening on Wednesday, January 28, the exhibition runs through Sunday, April 12. Given the architectural challenges of the building, Doug writes, his collection is being prepared with the space in mind “and I’m looking forward to see how the interaction plays out when my 21st Century paintings meet a Victorian backdrop.” Us, too!   The Leeway Foundation gave out its 2014 Transformation Award recently, granting $135,000 to nine women and trans* artists from the Philadelphia region. They are: ... More » »

Japan Society.

News post – Freer & Sackler digitizing Asian art collection, Schandra Singh goes solo, Tino Sehgal at Stedelijk, opportunities and more!

News via art net - Now that we’ve recovered somewhat from the one-two punch of the holidays, let’s take a stiff chaser in the form of a JJ Charlesworth essay decrying the rampant egotism in art we were subjected to last year. Autocomplete/Manual Delete, with an opening reception January 9, 7-10pm, is on view at FJORD from January 9 – February 1. This new show features work by Nick Van Zanten, Magali Hebert-Huot and Justin Hoekstra. The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is releasing their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, meaning viewers are getting total access to one of the world’s ... More » »

New work by Jaime Alvarez.

News post – Here’s to 2015!

News Jaime Alvarez has given us nearly a full year’s worth of the Artist’s I’ve Shot, but, like most things, it must come to an end. He’s coming off this by returning to the studio for some still lives, one of which is above, and continuing to post more work on his tumblr, jaimephoto.tumblr.com. Thanks for all the great work, Jaime – we loved every bit of the exposure you gave to some of your favorite artists! Coming up in the New Year for Vox Populi is Aux’s 4th Curatorial Fellow, Anthony Romero, who’s bringing a suite of programming to the ... More » »

The Print Center in days past.

News post – Happy Holidays and New Year!

News Since everyone is getting to wherever they’re going for this year’s festivities, this week’s news roundup will be short and sweet. To all our friends and readers: enjoy your holidays!    The Print Center is hitting the big one in 2015, turning 100 with pride. Their Centennial year is bringing in  a new website dedicated to their rich history, featuring a multi-media timeline, events, images and personal stories drawn from the archives and submissions. There’s going to be a full-blown celebration with exhibitions, projects with partners across the city and a gala, so keep tabs on upcoming Print Center ... More » »

Santa makes an appearance with a famed Rembrandt.

News post – Santa Classics returns, AJW directs a Dan Deacon mind-melter, Dupree Studio stays, opportunities and more!

News   Andrew Jeffrey Wright has been absent from Bananazz a few times, but for good reason: he conceived and directed the bizarre-o video for Dan Deacon’s “Feel the Lightning.” Deacon’s new album, Gliss Riffer, is out on February 24-25, 2015. Reports of Dupree Studio’s demise, it turns out, have been exaggerated: there’s been a reversal and James Dupree gets to keep his studio! The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has decided to not move to condemn his property, setting a precedent for future resistance to eminent domain cases like this. Motorcycle buffs who also love Ewan McGregor are getting their money’s worth ... More » »

Ben Miller, Christina Martinez, and Isaiah Zagar.

News post – A barbacoa-flavored welcome for Zagar, Sarah Gamble at Edward Thorp, keeping Philly artists in Philly, opportunities and more!

News Libby Rosof Retirement Party from chuck patch on Vimeo. In celebration of Libby’s retirement, we’d love to share this video made by friend of TheArtblog, Chuck Patch at Libby’s retirement party last weekend.  The event was a lovely outpouring of love and support for Libby and for TheArtblog, and Libby made a great speech.  The video stars, in this order, Roberta, TheArtblog Board member, Katie Adams, and Libby. This is essential for anyone with a concern for Philadelphia’s artist retention, and all the issues that go along with it. If You Go: A Panel Discussion on Artist Retention in Philadelphia is ... More » »

From Mark Tribe and Chelsea Knight's "Posse Comitatus." Photo courtesy of the artists.

News post – Rhizome founder’s film series wraps, Thomas Devaney on Winkfield, Dona Nelson acquired by MoFAB, opportunities and more!

News Mark Tribe, founder of Rhizome, has devoted large portions of the last three years to an astonishing series of work. Now, “Posse Comitatus,” which Tribe has been creating with Chelsea Knight,  has made its final entry, and is currently screening at DiverseWorks in Houston. “Posse Comitatus” examines the sociocultural dynamics of paramilitary groups; research has seen Knight and Tribe spending time with an upstate New York militia group and were – surprisingly, perhaps – allowed to record their activities, from the mundane interactions of everyday life to live fire field training exercises. This is a disturbingly wonderful production, so don’t ... More » »

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TheArtblog Board Honors Service of Co-Founder Libby Rosof upon her Retirement

(Today we make an announcement!  Our dear Libby has announced her retirement.  She is on to other things and while we are sad, we are so very thankful for all her energy, ideas, right on commentary and leadership of TheArtblog!  Help us celebrate Libby — we think she may get a Liberta Award this year.  Give this post a “Like” and put a comment on the PhillyArtblog Facebook page.  –theartblog editors) One of the two founders of the internationally recognized Philadelphia art review publication TheArtblog announced her retirement from daily operations Oct. 11, 2014. Artist and writer Libby Rosof will continue to ... More » »

"Traditional Doctor Koko," one of the works included in the upcoming Gravers Lane show. Photo courtesy of the gallery.

News post – Syrian collective wins Vera List Prize, Gravers Lane goes big, Michelle Post brings “Mucky Mucks” alive, opportunities and more!

News     Exciting news!  The work has begun on Gravers Lane Gallery’s expansion into the 8403 Germantown Ave. exhibition space. The Grand Opening is scheduled for February 2015, and features Botswana and the Art of the Kalahari, a special first exhibition celebrating Black History Month. Curated by Cindy Friedman, the show benefits the Botswana UPENN Partnership. 2 from the Philadelphia Museum of Art – 1. Habemus papam! Next year, that is – the Philadelphia Museum of Art has just been announced as a host of next year’s scheduled Papal Visit and World Meeting of Families 2015. Pope Francis is going to be at the ... More » »