Downloadable podcasts of Libby and Roberta talking with art world figures from Philadelphia and beyond. New episodes available every other Monday.
[If you had a hard time getting out and about on Friday, April 3, we’ve got you covered! St. Claire editors and contributors Allison Hardt, Stacey Holder, Matt Kalasky, Suzanne Seesman, and Zach Rawe discuss the sights and happenings of April’s First Friday. – Nicola, the guest editor] Exhibitions covered: Hello My Name is Automat at AUTOMAT Pattie Chalmers’ Mudmaid Museum at Practice Susie Brandt’s Paradise at Grizzly Grizzly Sharon Koelblinger’s A Scar is a Question Mark at Vox Populi Gabriel (Gus) Boyce’s Shirts and Stones at Vox Populi Screens at Little Berlin Tony Garbarini’s Historical Drift or: If You Say Something, See ... More » »
[Curious about who’s editing artblog this month? Meet Matt Kalasky, one of the minds behind The Nicola Midnight St. Claire. Matt is a Tyler graduate who’s influenced by sci-fi and fantasy. We interviewed him in 2012. Listen to his chat with Libby and Roberta below! — the artblog editors] Matt Kalasky spoke with us Oct. 17, 2012 about his role as one of the founding editors of the new online arts journal, the The Nicola Midnight St. Claire (now temporarily called “The New, New Masses”–you can hear about that on their website). We also wanted to hear about his art, ... More » »
[Congratulations, Ingrid Schaffner, ICA’s amazing Senior Curator, who was selected to curate the 2018-19 Carnegie International! Read more about that here. And in this 2011 From the Vault podcast (which includes an audio slide show–scroll down!) hear Ingrid on her many and excellent projects, and how she loves to work with artists.] NOTE: This podcast was originally published on Artblog on September 5, 2011 Ingrid Schaffner, ICA’s Senior Curator, has been with the Institute of Contemporary Art for ten years, and in that time she’s created many great exhibitions. Schaffner has a an easy smile, a ready laugh, and an interest in ... More » »
[This episode of Live Comments features Bridgette Mayer talking about the show currently at her gallery by Eileen Neff.] Eileen Neff’s 3-week residency in Costa Rica produced some lush images of animals, plants and birds dealt with in Neff’s anthropomorphic way. Listen to the brief (5 minutes) audio of gallerist Bridgette Mayer talking about the works, then go have a conversation with the standing and seated leaves, and the horse, whose gaze is captivating. Perfect show to transport you to another climate, when you really need it. The show is up to April 18. Here’s a link to the gallery website.
[In this Live Comments, we hear about Frank Bramblett and his retrospective at Woodmere Art Museum.] What engages Frank Bramblett is the inner life of a painting, often built upon secrets that only the artist knows. Frank, who has a deep inner dialog with his works, has shared his art secrets with few — until now. In our 2012 podcast with Frank, he revealed that when he spoke about art — like at student critiques, to which Libby and I were witness when we co-taught with him at Tyler — he was channeling his imaginary friend, Graham. All we know is that Graham/Frank is ... More » »
[We’re excited to have Ken Lum as a panelist on the Activism, Evangelism, Art discussion that we’re co-hosting with Slought! Join us on Monday, March 23 at 6:30 pm to hear Ken talk with Amy Sadao, Pepón Osorio, and Aaron Levy about how artists and communities interact in Philly. — the artblog editors] Ken Lum moved to Philadelphia in 2012 to head up the Fine Arts Undergraduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Right now, you can see work by Ken at his solo exhibition, The Mini-Mall Series, at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery. AND, coming in March, his work will be featured in the 2014 ... More » »
[During this radio blast from the past, meet artist Shelley Spector. She’s a longtime active member of the Philly arts community, and she has a new show up at the PMA, which runs until Sept. 27. — the artblog editors] Shelley Spector studied dance for many years–her mother was a dance teacher and taught dance classes out of the studio in the basement. So the idea of creating art that looks effortless–the way dancers make dancing look effortless–was built into Spector’s way of working. Spector founded the influential Spector Gallery on 6th and Bainbridge in 1999, and that space, which ... More » »
It was light traffic inside the Vox building when I got there before the show-opening time of 6PM. But by 7:30 there was the usual jam up of bodies on the second floor with the 5 little galleries with big aspirations (Grizzly Grizzly, Marginal Utility, Practice, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Napoleon) acting as hot spots for conversation and looking. I talked with several people — artists, curators, a student — on this short (2 and a half minute) episode of Live Comments: 1. Bree Pickering, Vox Populi‘s Executive Director. Bree speaks about the member-curated guest shows this month. My thumbnail on the ... More » »
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 » »