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Sculpture

Kazumi Tanaka at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

[Jennifer explores the craft and care put into a profoundly personal show, and explains some of the traditions that influence the works. -- the artblog editors] In a video now on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, we can see how the artist Kazumi Tanaka crushes the green leaves from an indigo plant in her hand. Within seconds, the leaves oxidize and dye her palm, fingers, and fingernails dark blue. It’s like a magic trick. This video, a 39-minute loop titled “Mother and Child Reunion,” is just one piece in the larger exhibition Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion, ... More » »

Laurie Anderson interview

Laurie Anderson in conversation and performance at The New Yorker Festival

[Evan gets the chance to see Laurie Anderson perform, talk about her work, and explain her creative process. -- the artblog editors] Ever vibrant and always defying definition, artist and musician Laurie Anderson has graced our eyes and ears with challenging and still incredibly enjoyable creations since the 1960s. In person at this year’s New Yorker Festival and in conversation with the magazine’s music critic, Alex Ross, Anderson presented the audience not just with her anecdotes and views on the world that she inhabits and creates from, but a few musical works in performance as well. Setting her own precedent ... More » »

"Tape Noir" series by Mark Khaisman.

Low-Fi Portraiture — Face Value at Main Line Art Center

[Michael visits a show that takes on the age-old artistic challenge of portraiture in inexpensive and unusual media. -- the artblog editors] Main Line Art Center’s Face Value focuses on portraits composed with alternative materials, such as masking tape, mirrors, and latex. The show resembles a contemporary take on Arte Povera–a 1960s-era Italian art movement characterized by work fashioned with “poor” materials (nontraditional, everyday items) and made in unconventional ways. Featuring the work of three Philadelphia artists–Steven Earl Weber, Nick Cassway, and Mark Khaisman–the exhibition challenges conventional notions of art and beauty in portraiture. Cassway, Khaisman, and Weber maintain the expressive and compositional elements ... More » »

Martin Peeves at CRUXspace. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post – CRUXspace’s 2nd showdown, acorn-planting with Street Road, free Schneeman talk at Bryn Mawr, opportunities and more!

News Art F City bestowed some affections on us this week – twice! We first got a mention for Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s “Bubble Butts” Bananazz, then a retrospective on the century-long career of a female Jewish Ashcan School painter Theresa Bernstein. Thank you kindly, friends.   Just installed this week, drivers on their way to Philadelphia via Interstate 95 can now see a dancer running the steps like nobody’s watching. Vikki Sloviter, the winner of Visit Philadelphia’s summertime photo contest, now has her photo of a dancer doing the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a 60-by-16-foot billboard in ... More » »

Alex Chinneck, Melting House, in London.  Katie McCallum will explain all.

Posts in the Pipeline – Stories you won’t want to miss on artblog

[artblog guides you through the great Philly art scene.  Our Picks, available by newsletter (subscribe here) curates a trustworthy list of shows and events each month.  But there's so much more! Posts in the Pipeline tells you what we've selected to feature this month. -- the artblog editor] Reviews and features this week Evan Laudenslager tells us about two things —a New Yorker Festival show featuring Laurie Anderson, real and live. —the Paul Strand exhibition that just opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michael Carroll explores aspects of portraiture at the Main Line Art Center’s Face Value show. Coming Soon Elizabeth Johnson goes to ... More » »

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Audience

Ai Weiwei, almost live and in person at the New Yorker Festival

[Evan attended a pre-recorded "talk" at the New Yorker Festival between Evan Osnos and Ai Weiwei. The artist spoke on living in limbo between freedom and imprisonment, and his hopes for a freer China one day.  -- the artblog editors] Chinese multimedia artist Ai Weiwei has made headlines around the world for his provocative and unyielding works since he burst onto the American art world’s radar after coming to New York City in 1981. The international man of intrigue and controversy has been deified by some and demonized by others; he has become a centerpiece for debate on the ever ... More » »

Umbrella installation

The artblog Reader Advisor

[Today on the artblog Reader Advisor: Philly-dwellers can consult a list of Halloween things to do; protest art takes on increasing importance in Hong Kong; Banksy is a free man; receivers of unwanted (and wanted) dick pics can take solace in a site that hopes to guide more thoughtful composition. -- the artblog editors] Happy Halloween! Here’s a List of the Week’s Activities Throughout the City, via Visit Philly To Celebrate the End of New Portraits, Check Out Paddy Johnson’s Wonderfully Scathing Review, via ArtNet Banksy Behind Bars? Nope, That News Story Was a Hoax, via New York Daily News ... More » »

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Winded by the Wind Challenge

[Lauren reviews the first installment of this year's Wind Challenge, lauding three artists' approaches to their disparate subjects. -- the artblog editors] The three artists selected for this fall’s Fleisher Wind Challenge Exhibition Series include Peter Morgan, Justin Webb, and Jenny Drumgoole. I had the pleasure of viewing the first part of this challenge on a particularly brisk and gray Friday morning. Like the chilly Philadelphia weather outside, the ambiance inside the gallery from Morgan’s ceramics, Webb’s paintings, and Drumgoole’s video installation reflected a city charged with energy and filled with nature and inhabitants worthy of study. Flock and awe Peter Morgan ... More » »