[Kelly can’t get her recent visit with Althea Baird off her mind, and finds herself interpreting Baird’s latest project from a different level. — the artblog editors] It turns out I was wrong about Althea Baird’s “Roof Residency”. When I walked into her studio during Philadelphia Open Studio Tours a few weekends ago, I found her work interesting in a way she didn’t intend. What stuck in my mind was something she said about looking at the sky. She mentioned that in the city, people tend to direct their gaze to about head height and down, never looking to the ... More » »
Celestine Wilson Hughes makes large colored glass sculptures that are totemic and sing the praises of the natural world and community. They especially are a celebration of women’s undervalued inner strength, and women’s bodies. Hughes, who has a studio at home in her basement, just started a residency at the 40th St. A.I.R. (Artist in Residence) studios in West Philadelphia. The artist is self taught and her free-standing collages of cut glass, metals, and other objects like beads are wonderful–bright and engaging objects that catch your eye from across a room that you want to explore up close. Next week ... More » »
THIS MONTH, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours has opened the doors to 300 studios and art venues in neighborhoods across the city, allowing visitors to go behind the scenes and see where the work gets made and how the tools get used. In 1999, POST began with a network of 13 artists. It’s grown so large it now spans two October weekends (Oct. 6-7 and Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21). Last year’s event attracted 37,000 people. The tours introduce artists to the community and may result in sales, but that’s not the main goal of the event, said Ann ... More » »
News Gallery news – Dalet Gallery is partnering with Headlong Dance Theater for a special body performance installation, “Situations for Unlikely Bodies,” a work-in-progress by Sheila Zagar, Jaamil Kosoko and Caroline Stinger of Headlong. The performance is Sunday April 15 — drop in between 7:30pm and 9pm. Fjord Gallery, 2419 Frankford is a new-to-us Kensington contemporary gallery and studio space started by Lindsay Chandler and three other local artists. opens on the First Friday of May. We think this is a terrific tool for artists who lack access to live models! The Croquis Cafe, an online collection of artist’s models, provides one-, two- and ... More » »
Art in West Philadelphia is blooming with the early flowers of this super-heated spring, partially thanks to the mix of artists who are making a trip to the farmer’s market or the cafe turn into a bohemian rhapsody. The gallery at the University City Arts League is offering up more lively, more sophisticated fare lately thanks to some new leadership. Fortieth Street Artists in Residence continues to percolate with an occasional good show and on-campus Penn-related galleries, often unengaged in the local wealth of the city art scene, are heading for homeplate. At Fortieth Street AIR, which is always engaged ... More » »
News Latest issue of Nicola Midnight St. Claire On September 11, the newest issue of the Nicola Midnight St. Claire came out. In this installment, there are some articles on Katie Murken’s installation Continua as well as Bodega’s show Mobile Device. There is also a video “centerfold” and a curious take on a relic from 9/11 on display in the Penn Museum’s show Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11. And in breaking news ...this just in from Matt Kalasky, editor of the Nicola: “Tonight at 7 PM in Temple Gallery the editors of the Nicola Midnight St.Claire will be presenting ... More » »
June Cleaver is in the kitchen when the bomb goes off; the vacant house becomes lost in time.
Andria Morales used to be Andria Bibiloni. But since her art work is all about her identity–and Puerto Rican identity in the U.S., and everyone else’s identity as well, she decided to stage a funeral for the artist formerly known as Bibiloni.
Alex DaCorte continues his razzle-dazzle art career when MoMA screens a video of his next week, Thursday, April 14. (Read Annette Monnier’s thoughtful review of Alex’s recent 2-venue show at Bodega and Extra Extra.) He’s one of 10 artists who were invited to create video responses to songs on Leonard Cohen’s 10-song album New Skin for the Old Ceremony, one song per artist.