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From Stella's comic book of the Rugrats.  1998?  "All you has ta do is stuff all the bad things in this bag and throw it away"

Happy Thanksgiving from TheArtblog team!

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


City and monument — Lewis Colburn’s On This Site

[Noreen reflects on the nature and purpose of monuments, spurred by the below tongue-in-cheek take on history. — the artblog editors] Living in a city with a history as rich as Philadelphia’s, it is not uncommon to pass monuments and markers on a daily basis. Emerging from the Broad Street subway line, I find myself in the shadow of City Hall’s Second Empire architecture. When I stop at Blick for art supplies, I step foot in what was once the studio of Thomas Eakins. Though historical sites like these appear throughout the city, they are passive, almost invisible moments in ... More » »

Shanna Waddell - "Bob (Satan)," 2013, oil, spray paint and gift wrap on canvas. David Meyers - "Two Headed Cow Girl," 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas.

Eight young figurative artists in Philly at Fjord

[Irena sees promise in a show that approaches the tradition of figurative painting in new ways. — the artblog editors] Eight Young Figurative Artists Who Live in Philadelphia at Fjord, a Kensington gallery and artist collective, brings together some of the brightest young talents within the Philadelphia art community working in a figurative field. The primarily painting-based exhibit varies from portraiture to near-abstraction, with a highly modern flair. From Van Gogh’s unnatural color palettes to the realism of Thomas Eakins, figurative art generally offers an alternative to the abstract in different ways, while also spanning various art genres and time ... 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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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: We’ve got new competition on the art blog front; the new Whitney opens May 1; and artblog co-founder Libby Rosof retires, but remains active on our board of directors. — the artblog editors] This Week in Street Art: Exploring Egypt and Oakland, via BBC and National Geographic respectively New York Magazine Beefs Up Vulture With a *Temporary* Art Blog, via Vulture New Developments in the Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene,’ via The Daily Beast Mark Your Calendars: May 1 Marks the Opening of the New Whitney Museum, via New York Times Heads Up, Philly: ... More » »

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TheArtblog needs you! Take a two-minute survey to help us with our site redesign

(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 » »


The New Yorker’s Passport 2014

[Evan offers a crisp review of a wide-ranging art crawl, highlighting favorites and weak spots, and commenting on the crawl’s effectively loose organization. — the artblog editors] One week after hardy and well-trained participants braved the pavement to complete the famous New York City Marathon, I completed a hefty trek of my own–The New Yorker’s Passport 2014 arts and culinary crawl through the Lower East Side and SoHo. A fully immersive day of gallery-hopping and tasty sampling, Passport left me with eyes and mind as worn as my legs and feet–the proximity of spaces was deceiving on paper, but I ... 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 » »


Venture down the rabbit hole into PeevesPlayHAUS at Crux Space

[Michael takes a trip to Crux Space, exploring an artist’s alter ego and the transformation of a gallery into a multicolored, multilayered, multimedia experience. — the artblog editors] Hidden in Kensington is a solitary building on the corner of 7th and Master, with a heavy metal door labeled in a small font, “Crux Space”. For the second exhibition at Philadelphia’s only New Media Art gallery, Martin PeevesTM installed PeevesPlayHAUS, a whimsical, digitally enhanced rabbit hole set to an 8-bit soundtrack. It is a disorienting installation that guides the viewer through a psychedelic journey. Meeting Martin PeevesTM Martin PeevesTM, one of several ... More » »