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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This weekend on the artblog Reader Advisor, we advise you to make like a middle-schooler and dig into some books. If you decide to buy one of our selections, don’t forget to start at so part of your purchase supports artblog! Thanks. — the artblog editors] Summer Reading List!   Although I am skeptical that there are people who take the summer as an opportunity to read outside rather than to watch Netflix outside, I offer here a selection of recent and not-so-recent publications that would fit nicely into a tote bag headed for a nature-oriented environment. Between the World ... More » »


Word, image, and collective memory at Tomoko Yoneda’s Beyond Memory

[Our U.K. correspondent, Katie, visits a show demonstrating how knowledge of history can change our perception of an image or imbue it with meaning. — the artblog editors] Gazing at a photograph in Tomoko Yoneda’s Beyond Memory at the Grimaldi Gavin in Piccadilly, what I see is a beautifully composed, though desolate, image. A rough dirt path reaches up through sharply-defined undergrowth and bare black twigs to a singing sapphire sky, a sparse scene with a delicious stillness to it. But after a glance at the caption, the scene is irrevocably changed; the short note tells me that what I ... More » »

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The Photographic Self–Take One at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

[New artblog contributor Tina Plokarz reviews a show installed not by chronology, but contrast and chromaticity. Take One is the first part of a two-part series at the PMA this summer. — the artblog editors] “Take one”–this phrase seems like an evocative command at the start of a photo show. The words, framed in a blank photo negative at the show’s entrance, immediately provoke a flood of pictures in my head and initiate a nearly overwhelming circulation of images. Provocative portraits Take One: Contemporary Photographs is the first of a two-part exposition of works from the PMA’s collection. The group exhibit presents ... More » »

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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: Great news for Ai Weiwei! We play around a little with language and expression, with articles about fonts, translation, artificial intelligence, and Taye Diggs as Hedwig. — the artblog editors] On His Weiwei: Ai Gets His Passport Back, via CNN Self-Censoring Font Restricts Your Freedom for You, via Wired This is How Hard It Is to Be Murakami’s Translator, via The Rumpus Feeling Sad? Your Playlist Already Knows (or It Will Soon), via TechCrunch Artists Weigh in on New ICA Philly Curators, via ArtNews World’s First Cyborg Can Hear Color, via Huffington Post ... More » »

Valency Genis' Moby Dick in Summer Reading List at Arch Enemy Arts.

Summer Reading List at Arch Enemy Arts

[Lauren reminisces about summer assignments and classic literature–the playful topic of this group show. Artists chose the media they preferred to bring their favorite books to life. — the artblog editors] Arch Enemy Arts, famous for representing illustrative, street-influenced artwork, has assigned a sentimental project to its artists. Summer Reading List invites 20 artists to recreate their favorite book in the medium of their choice, each piece a faint reminder of summers past–lying in thick, hot air with sticky Popsicle fingers turning the pages of our school-assigned summer reading. Arch Enemy presents us with an exhibition rich in character and ... More » »

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Gee Wesley’s Living Library, Septa’s Popemageddon,Taller Puertorriqueno breaks ground, Candy Coated, TSA all over, Gravers Lane, Manny Avalos and MORE

[Today in the News, Roberta congratulates the Association for Public Art and Taller Puertorriqueno for excellent achievements; reminds you of Septa’s Papal Pass complications; and links to a couple cool opportunities you might like to know about. — the Artblog editors] News From the better late than never department, I just discovered the Brooklyn Street Art blog —great aggregation of street art images, interviews and news from around the world. Let this be your external companion to Conrad Benner‘s great Philadelphia Streets Department blog of street art here in our fair city. Ahhhh, SEPTA. Taking pains to help complicate our transit ... More » »