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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 » »

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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 » »

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Books on new approaches to art and its institutions, part I

[Andrea recommends two books taking a different look at the way art is categorized, displayed, and interacted with, and looks at a similar process currently in action at the Netherlands’ Van Abbemuseum. — the artblog editors] Reclassifying artists This collection of essays is a welcome, clear-eyed, and clearly expressed examination of contemporary art’s production and reception. Ben Davis is committed to and involved in politics that support social change, and skeptical of much of the current rhetoric around art and politics–such as the assumption that collectivism assumes a radical, political stance. A seriously informed, progressive Marxist, Davis defines class according ... More » »

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“Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect” at the Guggenheim

[Andrea experiences a two-day multidisciplinary event involving music, visual and performance art, presentations, and discussions centering around notable African-American artwork, thought, and creativity]. — the artblog editors] Until this weekend, I’d never experienced crowd fervor aroused for a loftier goal than football. “Carrie Mae Weems LIVE” dramatically changed that. I was challenged, engrossed, stretched, and deeply moved by a showcase of current African-American artists, critics, and scholars. It was a heady experience to be with a majority African-American audience in a major, New York museum for two-and-a-half days that celebrated, discussed and analyzed African diasporic creativity. High time for this ... More » »

John Chamberlain, Tongue Pictures (1979)

Marfa, Texas and Environs

[Andrea hits the road to visit Donald Judd’s Marfa, Texas art installations, and lauds the way the unconventional site highlights the featured artworks. — the artblog editors] To those of us in the art world, “Marfa” means Donald Judd’s installations at the Chinati Foundation‎. The site opened to the public in 1986 and I’ve wanted to go since then, but Marfa is three and a half hours’ drive from the airport in El Paso, and even further from San Antonio, and I don’t like highway driving on my own. My good friend Hilary Jay, director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, ... More » »

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Lecture on contemporary African textiles at the Barnes

[Andrea learns about African textiles in context with the work of modern artists, including Yinka Shonibare and Grace Ndiritu. — the artblog editors] A substantial crowd gave up a sunny Sunday afternoon on March 23 to hear Alisa La Gamma, curator in charge of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, speak about current and historical African textiles. The lecture was held in connection with Yinka Shonibare’s exhibition MBE: Ladders, which will be on view at the Barnes Foundation through April 21. The exhibition itself, reviewed for artblog by Leah Koontz, ... More » »

Matthew Higgs, Kaytie Johnson, Salem Collo-Julin and Nicola Trezzi.

Citywide panel provokes discussion about the role of the artist

(Leah Koontz and Mellisa Robbins attended the Citywide Panel at Moore College of Art and Design on Nov. 13 together. Koontz and Robbins, senior fine art students at Moore, present a distillation of a lively discussion they had about the panel, which had them talking for hours.–the artblog editors) The Citywide festival, this November and December, involves a group of independent Philadelphia art collectives engaged in an exchange of exhibitions, ideas, and practices. This initiative intends to unify the various neighborhood art spaces involved. On Wednesday, November 13th, Moore College of Art and Design hosted a conversation about Citywide. The ... More » »

Performance of David Page’s Camp X

David Page’s Camp X and From Here to There at Rutgers’ Stedman Gallery, Camden

–Andrea’s encounter with a performance succeeds in making her and the other viewers uncomfortable.  The performance was part of a now-closed exhibit across the river from Philadelphia in Camden.–the artblog editors———————->Rutgers University’s Camden campus is hidden in plain sight from most Philadelphians, even though it is one stop on the PATCO train from 8th and Market Streets. The faculty exhibition at the university’s Stedman Gallery had a novel format this year. Cyril Reade, Director of the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts (which includes the Stedman Gallery and the Gordon Theater) asked five faculty members from disparate fields to curate an ... More » »

William Hawkins  'Boffo' house paint on masonite, 44-1/2 x 51-1/2 in., PMA, Bonovitz Collection

Outsider Art and the Mainstream – A Symposium at the PMA

Outsider Art and the Mainstream was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) on March 1-2 in conjunction with the opening of Great and Mighty Things; Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection (on view through June 9, 2013). The large exhibition includes more than two hundred works by twenty-seven American artists, all of which have been promised to the museum, making the PMA a significant resource for art that, however uneasily, is generally termed outsider. Whenever artists have tired of the deadening effects of academic art standards, they have looked elsewhere for art that they thought ... More » »

Diane Edison (b. 1950)
Self-Portrait
1996
Oil on panel
14 x 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm.)
Art by Women Collection, Gift of Linda Lee Alter
© Diane Edison. Courtesy of George Adams Gallery, New York.

Diane Edison talks about women, portraiture and relationships at PAFA

Diane Edison’s two arresting pastel self portraits, in the exhibition “The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World,” sample from the artist’s impressively detailed and stirring portraiture. Edison, a professor of art at University of Georgia, is also an incredibly charismatic individual, as I learned from her artist’s talk February 2 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In the introduction to her talk, Edison‘s works were called “two of the most talked about portraits in the exhibition.” The artist’s talk was a light-hearted journey through the history and progression of her work, starting with her early painting and rich colorful ... More » »