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write-ups of studio visits and other interviews

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Spot Color and Books Not for Kindle at Nobrow Press, London – A Studio Visit

I learned of Nobrow Press when I saw one of their ‘books’ in the shop at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.  I use quotes because the publication in question, Rise and Fall, by the American Artist, Micah Lindberg, was a text-less accordion fold (or leporello), printed on both sides. I wrote about it when discussing Holiday Books on November 6, 2012. I was struck by the quality of the printing, as well as the format, both of which were closer to a fine art print than to a traditional book. From an e-mail correspondence I learned that the press used ... More » »

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Lisa Kereszi on family and other influences – an interview

I interviewed Lisa Kereszi by email to write a book review on “Joe’s Junk Yard,” which appeared in theartblog in early November. artblog asked if I could do a Q and A with the material that was leftover, so I dove back into the file, what southerner’s call “the gettin’ place,” and patched together an edited version of our email correspondence. Lisa and I had only met briefly before this interview, so it’s a record of searching for common ground through family and influences as much as it’s an interview. Lisa generously answered all my questions, the review wouldn’t have ... More » »

Brooklyn's Superchief Gallery is looking forward to hitting Miami Beach this December for the art fair.

How To Launch An Art Fair

Back in September, I was solicited over the Internet to exhibit at the Select Art Fair at Miami’s Catalina Hotel.  I was, according to the e-vite, the kind of artist that should take advantage of a unique art fair opportunity during Art Basel’s annual Miami art orgy (December 5 – 9, 2012).  The pitch: For only $4,800 I would be able to show my work in a hotel room – one of only about 60 – right around the corner from Art Basel Miami.  The founders proposed the curious idea that I could sleep in my gallery space! I wrote ... More » »

Gloria Zein's "I can't stop the dancing chicken," 2012, in Berlin, getting ready for a road trip to London.

Letter From London – An interview with Gloria Zein, on dancing chickens and German art

In 1998 I met the German artist Gloria Zein in Paris.  We were on the street near my house in the 14th arrondissement.  She handed me a postcard. It was a cross between a BYOA (Bring Your Own Artwork) and dinner at her house in Paris: one had to cut a circle out of her card and insert a “sign of our existence” into it – an assignment with tape, staples or whatever was handy.  Since then I have been following Gloria’s career with wonder.  In 2002 she asked her male friends to send her photographs from the Internet of their ... More » »

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Anne Minich’s old boats, a studio visit

I visited Anne Minich at her home/studio Aug. 3. Anne, who is 78, has been in and out of chemotherapy for the last year, but she is an energizer bunny nonetheless, creating work, organizing an exhibit, “Transformations” at the Cathedral in West Philadelphia (that opens Sept 1) and generously hosting visits from friends and family. “I’m using cancer as a positive thing to move forward,” she told me, in her usual upbeat, no-nonsense way of speaking. My previous studio visit with Anne, in 2004 (wow, so long ago!) introduced me to an artist who is deeply spiritual and whose work is ... More » »

Douglas Witmer in his studio

Interview with Douglas Witmer on art and modesty

Artist Douglas Witmer thinks a lot about community and how he can create an ideal one around him–and beyond. You may know him as a co-owner, with his brother-in-law, of the Green Line Cafes, which I think of as the community hub of University City. Or maybe you know him as a musician, or by his art work. The thread that weaves through everything he does is that commitment to community, and how he’s just a part of a larger whole. The modesty carries over into his philosophy of art, including issues related to whether we should care if art ... More » »

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Knight Arts Challenge year 2 winners announced!

Two years ago, the Knight Foundation roared into town with news of their $9 Million Knight Arts Challenge for Philadelphia. This year, the second in the 3-year Challenge, sees 35 winners whose projects will be funded by the Knight awards, which are matching grants that require local funds equal to the Knight amounts. The winners were chosen from 1,260 applicants to the contest, with winners from visual, performing, music and theater arts as well as some in more unusual pursuits. With this round of awards, $5.4 million have been awarded for 71 ideas. The third year of the Challenge opens ... More » »

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Mark Kostabi – Move to New York, you’re not getting any younger!

Mark Kostabi is well known for his accomplishments and controversies. The biggest controversy surrounding Kostabi is his ability to market paintings that he may or may not have touched. This seems overblown considering successful artists have always used studio assistants to help in the mass manufacturing of art. Kostabi’s irreverence towards the artist’s hand is by design, I suspect he is involved in the creation of his paintings to a large extent, contrary to his media persona. Cult of personality is being carefully cultivated in Kostabi’s world. Mark makes no apologies for his pursuit of fame, fortune and what it ... More » »

Philadelphia Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer in his City Hall office.

Gary Steuer next Monday on artblog radio

Ever wonder just what it is that Gary Steuer is doing in City Hall? Mayor Michael Nutter appointed Steuer to a cabinet position, thereby making good on a campaign promise to restore an art czar to the city government. Steuer, who has to work with a slim budget, in hard times, has to find ways to live up to his ten-gallon title as Chief Cultural Officer and director of the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. Notice for our loyal RSS feed readers: Our regular full-length artblog podcasts will no longer be part of your feeds as of ... More » »

You, like me; me, like you: Markus Hansen's Other People's Feelings (2004-2012).

Letter From Paris: Markus Hansen’s Palindrome

“My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.” – Woody Allen Markus Hansen, the Paris-based German artist, is trying in more than a decade’s worth of projects to see what it might be like to be someone else, and then to confront that very notion of being someone else. Using a Felix the Cat bag o’ tricks to flesh out the narrative or even the feeling he’s someone else (you), one senses the tugging or nudging – imagine Peter Pan’s moment he lost his shadow – out of one’s singular identity.  It’s a bit more than ... More » »

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