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Photo book reviews — Araki and The Last Cosmology

[Evan contrasts two photo books by Japanese photographers who are just seven years apart in age, but whose approaches are markedly different. Want to buy one or both of the books on Amazon? You can support the artblog by shopping from our Amazon Smile link. And thanks! — the artblog editors] New books from vaunted artists Post-war Japanese photography has enjoyed a reputation for being provocative and alien to the Western eye, a boiling concoction of a reeling political environment and shifting cultural landscapes. The photographers born of the sometimes repressive and often confrontational years following the Japanese defeat in ... More » »


The artblog Reader Advisor

[This weekend on the artblog Reader Advisor: All the links you never wanted to waste your time on. But hey–it’s Sunday, and we picked the best ones. — the artblog editors] The Un-Reader Advisor The hardest part about writing a Reader Advisor is sorting the essential reading from the not-so-essential reading. This process usually takes the better part of an afternoon and is often only made possible by heartrending exclusions and deep introspective debate: But WHICH link about worker rights? However, today I want to present you with a different sort of selection. Specifically: all the links you should NOT ... More » »


…the better to hold you with, my dear… Lisa Conn at Space 1026

[Lauren enthuses over a colorful multimedia show by Lisa Conn, who’s long parlayed her inventive ideas into children’s books and other illustrations. — the artblog editors] Space 1026 has a knack for narrative artwork, and the gallery most definitely taps into Philadelphia’s craze for narrative, street-inspired illustration with Lisa Conn’s new show, …the better to hold you with, my dear… Conn, who joins ArtStar Boutique, Paradigm Gallery, and J.O.G. (where she’s shown previously) in a celebration of stylized, friendly illustration, now presents wonderfully romantic notions of Einstein’s Spooky Theory–which is, in short, when particles are joined, then separated by a specific ... More » »


Between one reality and the next — Interface at Fjord Gallery

[Noreen shares a couple of evocative pieces at this current show, which explores the realm of user interface and how humans interact with digital processes and technology. — the artblog editors] In(between)ternet The Internet exists somewhere between the real and the theoretical: a new digital plane of existence. User interface (UI) allows a human being to become part of it. Now on view at Fjord Gallery, Interface presents a spectrum of art that reflects and considers the role of the technology user. The multimedia group show embraces the strange duality of the user interface, which allows both a sense of physicality ... More » »

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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This week on the artblog Reader Advisor: Banksy’s depressing theme park; a 3D printer for your latte foam; art you can smell and touch; and art that got a hole punched through it. — the artblog editors] Poor Porpora: Taiwanese Teenager Punctures Precious Painting, via The Guardian Insane All-in-One Keyboard Can Do Pretty Much Anything You Want, via Kickstarter Banksy’s Dismaland “Bemusement Park” Is Anything But Goofy, via CNN That’s a Latte Creativity, via Fastco Sad News: Fabric Workshop Marion “Kippy” Boulton Stroud Passes Away, via Scan Plan Fans Fan Flames: Microsoft Makes Your iPhone into a 3D Scanner, ... More » »


Marion (Kippy) Stroud, Frances P. Aulston pass, Sarah Martinez-Helfman leads Fels, Opportunities – Reading Viaduct, Vox Pop, the Plastic Club, David Romberg’s award, Frank Hyder’s inflatables, Hunter Stabler’s news

NEWS We report sad news today of the passing of two important women in Philadelphia’s art world, Marion (Kippy) Boulton Stroud and Frances P. Aulston.  Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and community of these amazing women. Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud, 76, the seemingly indefatigable founder and director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and the Acadia Summer Arts Program – a.k.a. “Kamp Kippy” – in Maine, died suddenly Saturday, Aug. 22, at her home in Northeast Harbor, Maine. From the Inquirer obituary today: Though her many friends considered her a visionary who, among other accomplishments, helped ... More » »

Fiber work

Open Field at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

[Marvin visits an exhibit addressing an age-old conflict, commenting on the show’s stronger pieces and expressing disappointment with the theme. — the artblog editors] The unity and divide between man and nature is and has long been a prevailing theme of many artists and curators. Open Field at Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA) draws on the functions, failures, and artifices created between nature and culture to explore aspects of the great man/nature divide. The nine artists in the show, curated by artist, educator, and TSA member Andrea Gaydos Landau, work in various media, from painting to fibers to sculpture. Most of ... More » »


American watercolors at Princeton University Art Museum, an essay

[Michael, Artblog’s poet on the scene, travels through a show of watercolor works on paper and writes about history, museums, and Princeton. — Artblog editors] The traveler seeks the unique and the rare. Watercolor is delicate. Keep it from the light or it will fade. And where the Hell’s Princeton anyway? At the time of the Revolution Princeton was on the main road from Philadelphia to New York. When we the British made trouble in Philadelphia, Princeton became briefly the American capital. The delicate but disdained medium Watercolor has been disdained as the art of women and children. But Deborah Smith ... More » »