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News post –- Hilary Jay moving on from @PhilaArchCenter, @FleisherOllman in Tucson, #DavidLynch’s Silencio sets up in South France, opportunities and more!

[Today in art news, events, and opportunities: One of artblog’s own reviewers curates a show! We’ve also got the lowdown on upcoming History Truck events, plus a juried show and a teaching position just for artists. — the artblog editors] News A vibrant welcome to the Brandywine Workshop’s first resident fashion designers, the flamboyantly named Burning Guitars! The Art of Fashion: Corrupted Aesthetic, powered by Showroom77, brings the collective’s designs to BWA from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, June 6 at the BWA space. A 3D exhibit, this show takes place in Brandywine’s Glass Lobby Gallery and the outdoor ... More » »

The Monument Lab container in City Hall Courthouse

Remembering Monument Lab on Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, when we honor Americans who died while in service to their country let’s give a shout out to Monument Lab, http://monumentlab.com/, a public research project that began May 15 and lasts to June 7, that speculates on new Philadelphia monuments to a person, place or thing that should not forgotten. Launched by three curators, Ken Lum, Paul M. Farber and A. Will Brown, the 3-week project is headquartered in City Hall Courtyard.  It’s anchored by a container “lab,” where you can suggest your idea for a monument; and by a monumental sculpture imagined by the late Terry Adkins, which reflects the design of ... More » »

Video installation

Editing redux — Thomas Dexter at Napoleon Gallery

[Michael finds questions of source and attribution in a cryptic installation that, at times, evades interpretation. — the artblog editors] This month, Napoleon Gallery opens its doors and draws its curtains for Thomas Dexter’s Time(After)Time. Viewers walk through a curtained entrance to reveal a nearly empty gallery with two video projections and a small installation that emits a soft glow. Impenetrable post-production The projection “burningdownthehouse” presents a colorful, almost-abstract panorama of three radiating wheels. Each highly patterned, moving mandala includes a scene–played forward and backward–from Andrei Tarkovsky’s movie “The Sacrifice,” obscured by superimposed, flowing patterns in a persistent state of metamorphosis. ... More » »

Yoko Ono

The artblog Reader Advisor

[This weekend on the Reader Advisor: Cannes goes crazy about women’s footwear; an interview with Yoko Ono; and how to create your own replicas of famous art. — the artblog editors] Boston Blunder: FBI Races to Locate Missing Rembrandt and Durer, via Boston Herald Speaking of Art Crimes, Here’s How to Forge Famous Works!, via Bloomberg In the Wake of Chris Burden’s Death, Take a Look at His Seminal Piece Shoot, via New York Times Cutting Pieces: At 82, Yoko Ono Still Thrives, via the New Yorker American Museums Under Fire for Neglecting Nazi-Looted Art, via Time Flat Spat: Cannes ... More » »

sculpture of house on top of crate

Ma Chère Poo­Zee: Shelley Spector Crafts a Love that Dare Not Speak its Name – A Winning Essay in the Art Writing Contest!

[Dear Readers, today we begin publishing the essays of the 16 finalists in the New Art Writing Challenge Contest! Here is the fourth of four articles we publish today on Artblog and the St. Claire.  Thanks to all those who participated, submitting more than 70 articles. And thanks to our jurors — Hrag Vartanian, Abigail Satinsky and Nell McClister — who picked the winners. We are energized by all the wonderful writing that was submitted and know you will enjoy reading it! — the artblog editors] Grand Prize Winner Ma Chère Poo­Zee: Shelley Spector Crafts a Love that Dare Not Speak its Name By ... More » »

black and white photo of abstract sculpture

Victory after Cy Twombly – A Winning Essay in the Art Writing Contest!

[Dear Readers, today we begin publishing the essays of the 16 finalists in the New Art Writing Challenge Contest! Here is the third of four articles we publish today on Artblog and the St. Claire.  Thanks to all those who participated, submitting more than 70 articles. And thanks to our jurors — Hrag Vartanian, Abigail Satinsky and Nell McClister — who picked the winners. We are energized by all the wonderful writing that was submitted and know you will enjoy reading it! — the artblog editors] Winner of the Prize for 100 words or less Victory after Cy Twombly By Danielle Susi I ask ... More » »

block party with lots of people

Please, Don’t. Let Me Be. – A Winning Essay in the Art Writing Contest!

[Dear Readers, today we begin publishing the essays of the 16 finalists in the New Art Writing Challenge Contest! Here is the second of four articles we publish today on Artblog and the St. Claire.  Thanks to all those who participated, submitting more than 70 articles. And thanks to our jurors — Hrag Vartanian, Abigail Satinsky and Nell McClister — who picked the winners. We are energized by all the wonderful writing that was submitted and know you will enjoy reading it! — the artblog editors] Winner of the Prize for 500 words or less Please, Don’t. Let Me Be. By Justin O. Walker ... More » »

1. Walton at Practice

The World’s Longest Selfie Stick — Lee Walton at Practice Gallery

[Marvin experiences selfies in a different context–or perhaps out of context completely. — the artblog editors] Strike a pose at Practice Gallery with experimental artist Lee Walton’s self-proclaimed The World’s Longest Selfie Stick. The device, which measures approximately 30 feet long, is the only piece on display in the small gallery. Yet, as simple of a concept as it is, the work on its own evokes ideas of time and space in relation to instant photography and identity in the digital age. Say cheese Walton’s “selfie” stick combines a commercial portable Flexion Selfie Stick–a mounting piece for your camera-enabled smartphone ... More » »

colorful abstract photo

The Work of Art in the Age of Social Media – A Winning Essay in the Art Writing Contest!

[Dear Readers, today we begin publishing the essays of the 16 finalists in the New Art Writing Challenge Contest! Here is the first of four articles we publish today on Artblog and the St. Claire.  Thanks to all those who participated, submitting more than 70 articles. And thanks to our jurors — Hrag Vartanian, Abigail Satinsky and Nell McClister — who picked the winners. We are energized by all the wonderful writing that was submitted and know you will enjoy reading it! — the artblog editors] Winner of the Prize for 1000 words or less The Work of Art in the Age of Social ... More » »