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Rebecca Rutstein, you come and go (diptych), 2014. Photo courtesy of Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

News post – Farewell to Vivant, Bridgette Mayer in Vegas, Cadmium Red under fire, Jeff Carr retires, opportunities and more!

News   A sad moment for Old City, but we’re pretty determined to end it on a happy note: after seven years of being the only African-American owned gallery in Old City, Florcy Morisset is closing Vivant Art Collection.  She and Honorary Co-Chair Lisa Nutter are understandably emotional to see it end, but they’re sending Vivant out with a full five days of festivities celebrating Vivant’s place in the community. Check out the listing of events below, and, in the words of Florcy for the last seven years - vivant! Wednesday, October 1st,  6pm – 9pm M‘ART’ini Cocktail Reception hosted ... More » »


5×5 — A second series of temporary, public art projects for Washington, D.C.

[Andrea critiques Washington, D.C.'s newest public artwork series by individual works and on a broader level; she makes the point that sited art should be aimed at neighborhood dwellers, not visitors or curators. -- the artblog editors] This year’s program of temporary, public artworks in D.C., 5×5, reflects both a broad and ambitious approach to work sited, and in some places constructed, in public venues across all four quadrants of the district. It is the second series of temporary public artworks supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). The purpose of public art In a day’s viewing, I managed to ... More » »



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Paul Chan’s selected works at the Schaulager — Mythos — Part 1

[In the first part of her extended four-part series on artist Paul Chan, artblog contributor Mari Shaw delves into Chan's work across media. The series will appear here on Sundays in October. -- the artblog editors]  As I walk through the exhibition, Paul Chan — Selected Works at the Schaulager, Basel, Switzerland (May-October 2014), mythos comes forth. Among Chan’s wide-ranging references are many to ancient Greece and Rome and their philosophers, writings, architectures, and places, but it is timeless mythos, which is both inseparable and distinct from the other aspects of these cultures, that dominates the exhibition space. (As a collector ... More » »


The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: A new app aims to replace subway ads with art; Ai Weiwei created an exhibit at Alcatraz remotely from Beijing; and Toronto pays attention and homage to Islamic art. -- the artblog editors] Ninth Berlin Biennial to be Curated by Internet-Famous DIS, via Art Forum Alcatraz, Meet Ai Weiwei: New Exhibit by Chinese Artist Opening This Saturday, via Fox News Photographing the Impermanent: The Touching Lives of Venezuelan Squatters, via Hyperallergic Finally, North America’s First Museum of Islamic Art. Thank You, Toronto, via ARTnews The Much-Needed Legacy of Philadelphia Mural Arts, via Huffington ... More » »

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Sketches from California have a lot of spit and polish at Fjord

[Roberta encounters the beach, some seals playing in a fountain, landscapes and kitsch in a group show at Fjord. — the artblog editors) The word sketches usually means quick, fresh, unfinished.  For Sketches from California, a group show of works by artists from the UC San Diego graduate art program, artist and curator Frankie Martin specifically asked for and got works that are quick and fresh.  But to this viewer, the pieces look as finished as a lot of what passes for finished these days.  There’s spit and polish in the videos, drawings, and installations and thoughts or thought-fragments that make ... More » »

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David Lynch’s early work at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

[Irena enters the  dark, sometimes grotesque world of David Lynch's visual artworks, which explore themes of danger, family, and sickness, and which are inextricably tied to North Philly. -- the artblog editors] The area of North Central Philadelphia around the corner of 13th and Wood streets is desolate and grim, with a characteristic vagueness that accompanies post-industrial abandonment. This particular no-man’s land is known fondly to locals as the “Eraserhood”–and with good reason. Early work flavored by Philadelphia The Eraserhood’s namesake is David Lynch’s iconic 1977 body-horror film, “Eraserhead”. A reluctant father is faced with a bitter girlfriend and a ... More » »


#SelfieShow @ Yell Gallery

[Selfies meet with a lot of criticism for their inherently narcissistic bent. Lauren reviews a show that embraces that narcissism, and unearths the creativity that can sometimes lie beneath a selfie's shallow appearance. -- the artblog editors] The “selfie” goes back a lot further than we think (what do you think the Lascaux cave paintings were about, anyway?). In recent years, there has been a boom in the selfie–aided by smartphone cameras and Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. It is easier than ever to record what we are doing, where we’re doing it, and who we’re doing it with. The selfie ... More » »

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I me and mine — Khalil Chishtee straddles worlds at Twelve Gates Arts

[Work from Khalil Chishtee offers a taste of what it's like to be split between two worlds. Alex reviews the show, placing Chishtee's works in a global context. -- the artblog editors] In today’s globalized world, it is almost impossible to be shielded from international influence and relations. But when you are an immigrant–a representative of both your birth nation and your current home–your dual identity makes you a bridge over barriers and a spokesperson against misconception. This is very true of Brooklyn-based artist Khalil Chishtee, who was born in Pakistan and whose current work, on display at Twelve Gates ... More » »