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The artblog Reader Advisor

[Today on the artblog Reader Advisor: Kara Walker weighs in on the sometimes-tasteless reactions to her latest installation; some guys on Tinder use art as a shorthand to let you know they’re cultured, but cool; Philly says goodbye to photographer Ray Metzker. Artnet Has Compiled Its List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Art, via artnet The Marvelous Sugar Baby: Kara Walker on “A Subtlety” and Selfie-Taking Spectators, via Jezebel The Eagles Beat the Giants AND Made It Into the PMA This Week! via Philly Mag Men Appreciating(?) Art: When Fine Art Meets Tinder, via Hyperallergic Rest in Peace: ... More » »

Page from artist book

Paul Chan’s selected works at the Schaulager — Mythos — Part 4

[In the fourth and final installment of her extended series on artist Paul Chan, Mari Shaw examines Chan's publications, and speculates on the direction the artist's future work might take. The series appeared here on Sundays in October. -- the artblog editors] Three publications accompany the exhibition; they are not only an integral part of it, but are also thought-provoking treasures in themselves, stimulating and enabling one to see more in the exhibition long after it ends. Chan does not include an index in any of them–a canny move that causes one to look through them over and over again, seeing and ... More » »


Shedding light on Philly’s archives — the 2nd annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

[Michael travels back in time through slides of Philadelphia and beyond, glimpsing the history that lies beneath our familiar cityscape and discovering a rich trove of knowledge available to anyone. -- the artblog editors] On Oct. 8, as part of Archives Month Philly, the Wagner Free Institute of Science held its 2nd Annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon, which showcased an assortment of antique glass slides from the collections of six amazing historical collections in town. This awe-inspiring event took place in Wagner’s Victorian lecture hall, where visitors were sent back into the 19th and 20th centuries to visit historic Philadelphia, lavish gardens in ... More » »

Stained Glass

Dark Matter — Judith Schaechter at Claire Oliver Gallery

[Mary reviews a Gothic-inspired collection of works addressing feminine experience, imprisonment, and divinity versus darkness. - the artblog editors] Anyone able to should get up to New York to see Judith Schaechter’s exhibition Dark Matter at Claire Oliver Gallery before it closes on Oct. 25. Schaechter fully commands her conceptual and technical skills in signature stained-glass lightbox pieces and her first sculptures in kiln-cast glass. These exquisitely carved, small-scale figures create a physical intimacy and psychological vulnerability that confound our expectations of glass as rigid and unyielding. The subtle, complex surfaces of “Rest Egg” and the tortured emotion in the ... More » »

Nora Salzman

Artists I’ve Shot

[Jaime Alvarez’s photo post is part of an occasional series of images taken in artists’ studios when Jaime is shooting professional images of artworks. (Jaime is also a fine art photographer and member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid gallery.) The candy-colored object is a calibration tool to help the photographer calibrate the color for the photo shoot. Jaime asks the artist to hold the calibration tool. Sometimes the artist puts him- or herself into the photo, and sometimes all you see is the artist's hand reaching into the frame and holding the calibrator. The result is a working image made in support ... More » »


The True Spirit of Comic Cons

[Dre reflects on the attraction of comic cons and the emergence of "niche cons," which invite devotees of particular genres and eras to come together. -- the artblog editors] Being in a safe and fuzzy bubble with friends and like-minded people for three days equals a comic con. There, people can geek out on their favorite fan culture and dress in homemade costumes when it isn’t even Halloween. They can leave their everyday problems behind as they dive head-first into a world of fantasy and imagination for the weekend. Outsider outlets Comic cons represent an alternative to sports culture and ... More » »


News post – Rebuilding Rhoades’ Creation Myth DIY, Writing Lessons from Grizzlyx2, Dolan/Maxwell in Miami, opportunities and more!

News   2 from the ICA - 1. Institute of Contemporary Art Chief Preparator Paul Swenbeck is mounting several shows of his own, at “Pervasive Clay” at Penn’s Charles Addams Gallery and— in collaboration with artist and wife Joy Feasley — “A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly” at the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Pervasive Clay runs through October 28; the Fabric Workshop show until January 2015. In November his next curatorial project Clarke’s Third Law opens at Space 1026. 2. If you are a by-the-numbers type, your next side project has arrived. Students at Penn, under the collaborative instruction of Professor Kenneth Goldsmith and Liz Park, Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow, have created  an owner’s manual to a build-it-yourself version ... More » »



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