News We were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of artist and educator Todd Marrone just before the new year. Well-known in Philly and beyond for his kindness as well as his talent, Marrone had been a teacher at Welsh Valley Middle School for the past sixteen years. His artwork is an instantly recognizable, ebullient part of the scenery in Manayunk, where he lived with his wife Heather and two children Rocco and Matilda. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Rocco and Matilda Marrone Scholarship Fund in care of: Lower Merion Education Association 306 Parsons ... More » »
News Via Sam Belkowitz - A new magazine in town promises to be a strong hitter for our city’s cultural journalism. Good Game, an upcoming art quarterly based in Philadelphia, seeks to be a conduit between Philly and the international art world. The first issue is slated to include artwork and writings by (get ready) Zoe Strauss, Thom Lessner, Jesse Butcher, Chip Schwartz, Sam Belkowitz, Jamie Diamond, Barbara Jenkings, Issac Lin, Matthew Pruden, Matthew Suib, Nadia Hironaka, Christopher P. Mcmanus, Lee Arnold, Thomas Devaney, Micah Danges, Will Brown, J Makary, Maria Dumlao, Jessie Pires, Shana Illingworth, Josh Rickards, Helen Cahng, Drew Dunlap, Michelle Chong, ... More » »
News For its 23rd year, the Institute of Contemporary Art is combining the annual Day With(out) Art with World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012. This year, Philadelphia HIV/AIDS and LGBQT activist join Penn undergraduate students for a lineup of programs including ribbon-making and film screenings. The Ribbon Bee, held from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM at 118 South 36th Street, is accompanied by speakers such as artist-activists Joy Episalla and Carrie Yamaoka (who are also participants in the roundtable discussions accompanying the film screenings). The film screenings take place at the International House from 2-4:30 PM; they are Kiyoshi Kuromiya: A Queer Left and ... More » »
The gallery statement for the show Bleach by Alex Da Corte and Paul DeMuro at Jolie Laide begins by referencing the release and aesthetic characteristics of Nirvana’s album of the same name. I only read the description after seeing all of the work at the opening, and I didn’t make the connection until then. As if the show weren’t strong enough to begin with, Nirvana happens to represent my rock music roots and a certain amount of nostalgia for my late teens. After thinking I had a handle on this powerful show, I was forced to double back and revisit ... More » »
Collaboration is a road paved with landmines, and the way to avoid those is to stay focused on the goal. Luckily for the artists involved in the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “One is the Loneliest Number,” they have their eye on the prize. The exhibit features five collaborative teams, each comprised of two emerging artists who’ve been working together for four, six, even 10 years. Some of the work feels like the call and response of two individual voices, while other works sing with one voice. The show is haunting, as several pieces focus on isolation or miscommunication, shedding light ... More » »
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.
The search for a single unifying principle–a mathematical formula, or the atom, or God–is the sort of romantic obsession that underlies the Institute of Contemporary Art exhibit Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry.
Hundreds of shows open in Philadelphia this fall, far too many to include in this short roundup. Six shows caught my fancy, but they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Nowhere at Arcadia (Sept. 23-Nov. 7. arcadia.edu)
If you’re on the road this summer, or hanging out far and wide, we have some tips here of Philadelphia artists who are all over the place. Italy to Cyprus by way of L.A.
Anthony Campuzano, Bicycle Bomb, 2008, ink on board, 20 x 30 inches Two Philadelphia galleries are showing art with lots of words–both shows with tie-ins to current exhibitions at the ICA. The galleries are the blue-chip Locks and Fleisher/Ollman, and the shows they have mounted are tip-top. At Fleisher/Ollman, the group exhibit Rich Text is keying off Touch Sensitive: Anthony Campuzano, an ICA exhibit of the artist’s text-based art.Next Page »