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Apollonian/Dionysian — a packed show at the Painted Bride

[Noreen takes a look at a group show asking artists to address the disconnect between creativity, or chaos, and practicality, or order. -- the artblog editors] If two is company, and three’s a crowd, then what do you call a show featuring works from over 20 artists? The Painted Bride Art Center calls it Apollonian/Dionysian: The Constraints of Freedom, a new show open this month until November. This two-level exhibition presents a variety of media–from painting to sculpture, photography to collage, and many in between. While its title references a classical dichotomy in artistic theory, the collection explores a contemporary ... More » »


Theresa Bernstein — a century-long retrospective at the Woodmere Museum

[Natalia gives us some background on the long-lived, accomplished Bernstein, and offers a concise review of the artist's retrospective. -- the artblog editors] Currently on view at the Woodmere Art Museum, Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art is the first retrospective devoted to the career of the Polish-American artist, who lived to an astounding 112 years of age and painted consistently for 10 decades. With a few exceptions, the retrospective focuses primarily on Bernstein’s early paintings, completed in the 1910s and ’20s, offering a unique glimpse into the artistic development of this otherwise marginalized figure. Bernstein’s early years and work Born in Krakow, ... More » »

Guillaume Cornet, "Fishing in the Clouds," 5 layer screen print, hand colored, 2014.

Perceptions and impressions — a group show at Hooloon Art

[Irena enjoys a whimsical three-person show playing with the artists' perceptions of their environments. All of the show's small works are painted or drawn. -- the artblog editors]  Old City gallery Hooloon Art recently unveiled its latest exhibit, featuring the works of three contemporary artists representing Brooklyn, London, and San Francisco. This exhibit of small works on paper, panel, and found postcards brings together the art of Chris Ballantyne, Guillaume Cornet, and Tracy Taylor Grubbs, who each attempt to define specific spaces through natural and unnatural imagery. Within the show, images of urban density, landscapes, and abstracted organic elements embody the ... More » »


News post – PPAC wins Fine Arts cert, Dumpster Divers go wild, Art + Science cavort at Wistar, opportunities and more!

News The Dumpster Divers, a sprawling collective of about forty people who have been creating with found objects for over twenty years,  are at it again!  Their next show, Lost and Found, opens at West Chester University on Thursday October 30 from 4-7 PM; they’ve got the use of the school’s New Gallery, which we hear is lovely. The show runs until December 12. The above photo, taken at the Divers’ annual Awards Banquet, is also on the event postcard, which you may see making the rounds. Major coup for our friends at PPAC: Hahnemühle Certified Studios, experts in digital ... More » »



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The artblog Reader Advisor

[Today on the artblog Reader Advisor: Kara Walker weighs in on the sometimes-tasteless reactions to her latest installation; some guys on Tinder use art as a shorthand to let you know they’re cultured, but cool; Philly says goodbye to photographer Ray Metzker. Artnet Has Compiled Its List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Art, via artnet The Marvelous Sugar Baby: Kara Walker on “A Subtlety” and Selfie-Taking Spectators, via Jezebel The Eagles Beat the Giants AND Made It Into the PMA This Week! via Philly Mag Men Appreciating(?) Art: When Fine Art Meets Tinder, via Hyperallergic Rest in Peace: ... More » »

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Paul Chan’s selected works at the Schaulager — Mythos — Part 4

[In the fourth and final installment of her extended series on artist Paul Chan, Mari Shaw examines Chan's publications, and speculates on the direction the artist's future work might take. The series appeared here on Sundays in October. -- the artblog editors] Three publications accompany the exhibition; they are not only an integral part of it, but are also thought-provoking treasures in themselves, stimulating and enabling one to see more in the exhibition long after it ends. Chan does not include an index in any of them–a canny move that causes one to look through them over and over again, seeing and ... More » »


Shedding light on Philly’s archives — the 2nd annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

[Michael travels back in time through slides of Philadelphia and beyond, glimpsing the history that lies beneath our familiar cityscape and discovering a rich trove of knowledge available to anyone. -- the artblog editors] On Oct. 8, as part of Archives Month Philly, the Wagner Free Institute of Science held its 2nd Annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon, which showcased an assortment of antique glass slides from the collections of six amazing historical collections in town. This awe-inspiring event took place in Wagner’s Victorian lecture hall, where visitors were sent back into the 19th and 20th centuries to visit historic Philadelphia, lavish gardens in ... More » »

Stained Glass

Dark Matter — Judith Schaechter at Claire Oliver Gallery

[Mary reviews a Gothic-inspired collection of works addressing feminine experience, imprisonment, and divinity versus darkness. - the artblog editors] Anyone able to should get up to New York to see Judith Schaechter’s exhibition Dark Matter at Claire Oliver Gallery before it closes on Oct. 25. Schaechter fully commands her conceptual and technical skills in signature stained-glass lightbox pieces and her first sculptures in kiln-cast glass. These exquisitely carved, small-scale figures create a physical intimacy and psychological vulnerability that confound our expectations of glass as rigid and unyielding. The subtle, complex surfaces of “Rest Egg” and the tortured emotion in the ... More » »