In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In December, 2003, we were venturing forth from our Old City stomping grounds and trotting up to Northern Liberties and west to City Hall. Despite initial reservations, Roberta discovered some striking poetic narratives at 1 Penn Square. Portraits by a perceptive PAFA graduate were worth the visit to the now-closed Ashley Gallery, where paintings were rife with psychological complexity. ——————————- The Mystery of Case 13 By roberta December 30, 2003 I always have mixed feelings about the Art in City Hall shows. On the one ... More » »
I enjoyed a tsunami of memories at the newly opened Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibit The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World. The memories were of work by so many of the artists represented in the show, work that had made me fall in love with art in the first place. The exhibit includes 200-plus works selected from nearly 500 works of art by women donated to PAFA by Philadelphia collector Linda Lee Alter in 2010. Alter collected the works with the express ambition of donating them to an institution to make women’s art more visible. PAFA’s ... More » »
“What the hell?” sums up Zoe Strauss’s rationale for choosing one of three paintings from the archives of the Philadelphia Museum of Art to hang in her temporary office at the museum. This could easily also be the reaction of unsuspecting passers by to one of Strauss’s billboard photos. Countless people must by now have stumbled on the citywide series of billboard prints while dozing off on SEPTA, crossing Gray’s Ferry Ave., or looking up from their iPhones. As the familiar city landscape reveals a less familiar face or empty storefront pictured where an advertisement once was, viewers have been ... More » »
The premise of Paint Made Flesh is that despite the dominance of abstraction, a number of European and American artists since the early 50s have depicted the human body as a way to explore both the pleasures and pains of humanity.
Lorie Mertes, Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator, the Galleries at Moore; picture taken by Anthony Campuzano was in Art Forum and dates to a couple of years ago, when Mertes was director of the Fabric Workshop and Museum It’s tough to exhibit gowns without mannequins. But Lorie Mertes, the curator at The Galleries at Moore, didn’t have them, and the exhibit Mary McFadden: Goddesses, was approaching fast. Mertes said she called the Philadelphia Museum of Art; no luck–they were using theirs. She called the Allentown Museum; they could lend her only three. “I called everyone.” One of the ... More » »