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News via Arch Enemy Arts - We could try to capture in words what the atmosphere of this week has been like for artists presenting/having their life forces drained at city fairs, but this photo, from Arch Enemy Arts, is a fait accompli. “Repost. Very late last night. Hanging our show at Fountain NYC. @noahgalleryml caught me praying for coffee.” We’re taking in the feedback on this year’s Whitney Biennial with a necessary amount of side-eye. It’s great! It’s boring! It’s great in places and boring in others! Earth-shattering. Anthony Elms’ curated floor, though, has been a magnet for people ... More » »
[Rachel moves through a series of video "visions" and accompanying art objects created by Tiona McClodden -- the artblog editors] A sleeping bag and bright blue shield mark the interior entrance of the Science Center at 35th and Market Streets. The pairing immediately transmits feelings of protection, fear, veneration, and shelter. An eerie familiarity is communicated as you begin to move through the space, gazing into portraits with fireworks transposed onto photographic surfaces. The exhibition is Tiona McClodden’s Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement I – The Visions, on view at the Esther Klein Gallery through March 15. Co-presented ... More » »
March’s Our Picks brings artblog’s latest list of recommended exhibitions and events, such as tomorrow night’s performance of post-experimental music from Franz Hautzinger, pictured here, at the Slought Foundation. We’ve also included ideas for Instagram and Tumblr, a link to our WHYY Friday Arts video, First Friday happenings, and more! To receive Our Picks automatically each month in your email, visit the Our Picks page on the blog for a link to subscribe.
[Katie explores two London shows that treat light in very different ways, from moonlit nature photographs to abstract, colorful glass sculptures -- the artblog editors] Light does much to connect us with the world. Its ricocheting rays tell volumes about what’s around us, from the expression on the face of a friend to the condition of a distant star. It’s little wonder, then, that light is an object of fascination and exploration for artists, who play with perceptions that most of us take for granted. Darren Almond‘s long-exposure moonlight photos, now showing at White Cube, play explicitly with the idea ... More » »
Andrew Jeffrey Wright has been skewering the Whitney Biennial in his recent Bananazz comics — take a look if you’ve missed them! Meanwhile, Libby and I are off to New York to see the real thing today. Lots of Philadelphia artists in the show (the late Terry Adkins, Ken Lum, Joshua Mosley, Dona Nelson), and a Philadelphia curator, Anthony Elms, of ICA. We’ll also check out the Art Fairs – Armory Show, ADAA, Volta, Scope…. Many pictures will be forthcoming! (Picture is from Mardi Gras in 2004, pre-Katrina, when Stella and I went down to New Orleans.)
[Leah reviews sculptural work by Yinka Shonibare that connects past societal norms to the present, focusing on big ideas like colonialism and perception of gender and disability -- the artblog editors] Yinka Shonibare’s Magic Ladders, currently on view at the Barnes Foundation, treads on new territory for the Barnes on the Parkway. For this contemporary art show, the foundation commissioned new works by Shonibare. It’s the first work the Barnes has commissioned since 1932, when it tasked Henri Matisse with making his famous site-specific mural, “The Dance II“. With this new commission, the Barnes seems to be picking up where ... More » »
Thank you Michael O’Reilly and the entire WHYY Friday Arts crew for the wonderful backgrounder on artblog! We are proud to be on Friday Arts and very happy we can share this video with you on the blog! If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a lovely ten-minute video, no commercials, and follows us around as we give a talk at Tyler, trek around on a cold First Friday and talk about the story of artblog. See the video at WHYY’s site.
[artblog editor Lianna Patch attended a panel of photography curators last month at the New Orleans Museum of Art, during which the curators spoke about what they each added to the museum's extensive photography collection. -- the artblog editors] Want to see one of the largest permanent photographic collections in the country? Head to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), where a long lineup of curators has been collecting photographs since the 1970s. Last month, NOMA hosted an unusual event to celebrate the close of massive retrospective Photography at NOMA. The museum brought together five of its photography curators from ... More » »