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The ever so vibrant Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Music Director) conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra; Courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra

The Philadelphia Orchestra “Rachs” the house during the St. Petersburg Festival

[Donald appreciates the beauty of our own Philadelphia Orchestra, and shares a few interesting facts about Rachmaninoff. — the artblog editors] Few people might know this, but Sergei Rachmaninoff had a strong connection with Philadelphia–in fact, his very first U.S. appearance ever was at the Academy of Music in 1909, where he conducted his second symphony. With that knowledge, it makes even more sense that the Philadelphia Orchestra chose to include Rachmaninoff’s music in their three-concert St. Petersburg Festival. The concerts, which ran from Jan. 15-31, were dedicated to the intensely passionate music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff. Two dynamos reunite ... More » »

Park Towne Place call for artists

Sponsored Post – Park Towne Place: Art Acquisition Program – A call for all artists!

[Hey, artists–looking for a new place to show your work? Consider submitting to Park Towne Place. Details below. — the artblog editors] Park Towne Place is currently undergoing a full redevelopment program to create a revitalized property and once again be among the premier rental communities in Center City Philadelphia. This four tower rental property is located in the heart of the of Philadelphia’s Parkway Museums District. Built originally in 1957, the historic apartment complex is positioned across the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from some of the city’s most renowned art institutions. Park Towne Place is listed on the National Register ... More » »

Bonnie Jones, from her poem projected on a screen

From the vault: Agony and ecstasy at Vox’s AUX

[It’s been nearly three years since Libby gave an incisive review of a new-media performance and art show at Vox Populi. Having immersed ourselves in our devices all the more since then, we thought we could all use a reminder that texting and other less personal forms of communication can, sometimes, elevate us. — the artblog editors] My first outing to AUX, the newish performance space at Vox Populi Gallery, last week was an extraordinary mix of pain and transcendence. The event, Rhythms of Time Sharing (RoTS), showcased several communications-technology-based performances, including work from artists based here, in the nation ... More » »


Grayson Perry asks, “Who are you?” at the National Portrait Gallery in London

[Our U.K. correspondent, Katie, considers how a show by Grayson Perry uses news and entertainment media–and how it uses him. — the artblog editors] Since declaring that “it’s about time a transvestite potter won the Turner Prize” back in 2003, Grayson Perry has become a sort of television ambassador for contemporary fine art, tackling juicy topics like the deeply taboo subject of the British class system. Often appearing as his alter ego, the colourfully-dressed Claire, he became famous for using pottery to explore the depths of his own psyche, enjoying the surprising marriage of a traditional craft with explicit and ... More » »

Does this Robert Ryman pain remind you of anything? Image via ArtNet.

The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Midweek Reader Advisor: A few lists to entertain you during #Snowmageddon2015; Bjork bids a bitter bye to boyfriend Barney;and an art museum decides to hide a certain work’s existence. — the artblog editors] Dia de Los Muertos: Archaeologists Might Just Have Found Cervantes’ Body, via CBC News Political Cartoonists “Draw the Line” in New Book Spurred by Charlie Hebdo Tragedy, via Independent Tired of Hearing About Snow? Read and Watch Things About It, via ArtNet Victoria & Albert Museum Pretends It Doesn’t Know What Muhammad Looks Like, via the Guardian Don’t Call It a Bjork-Up, ... More » »

Larissa Bates, "Agricola and the Maternal Male." Photo courtesy of the artist and the West Collection.

News post – Josette Urso in Italy, celebrating 15 years of Schuylkill Center, huge PAFA gift, opportunities and more!

News 2015 marks an even 15 years since the Schuylkill Center began its one-of-a-kind environmental art program. Their upcoming show, with artist Mary Mattingly presenting the Richard L. James Lecture on environmental art, takes a look at Mattingly’s WetLand installation (a boat-based ecosystem!), which was a huge success at the 2014 Fringe Festival. Following the lecture and panel (which includes Mary Salvante, Maya van Rossum, and Bethany Wiggin), a reception allows visitors to check out the newest show at the Center, as well as celebrate their 15th anniversary. The event is January 28, from 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm. via Artnews - After years ... More » »

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The elephant in the gallery — Carl Andre at Dia:Beacon

[Natalia addresses a retrospective of work by Carl Andre. Lately, some viewers are able to overlook the awful death of Andre’s wife, Ana Mendieta; many others see his work as forever tainted. — the artblog editors] Heralded by Dia:Beacon as “the first museum survey of Andre’s entire oeuvre,” Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958­–2010 is a retrospective dedicated to the oft-proclaimed “founding father” of American Minimalism.Bathed in natural light, Carl Andre’s work appears clean, honest and orderly in Dia’s pristine exhibition spaces, true to the paradigmatic Minimalist aesthetic he was instrumental in establishing. What’s left unsaid Yet like most founding fathers, his past ... More » »

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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This weekend on the artblog Reader Advisor: You can now see “Truther” art at the 9/11 museum; HuffPo helps you match your Matisses to your mantelpieces; and several musically and comedically gifted ladies ask why their art has to be labeled “women’s work”. — the artblog editors] More Met vs. MoMA News: Vanity Fair Heats Up the Discussion, via Vanity Fair Open Relations With Cuba Means Exchange of Art With Major Museums, via NY Times Art and Imprisonment: The Unique Works of Guantanamo Detainees, via Hyperallergic In Discovering Plethora of Looted Works, Italy Lucks Out, via The Guardian 9/11 Museum ... More » »