[Kelly reviews subtle body portraits by artist Anne Minich, whose focus on the secret beauty of the human form has lasted more than three decades. — the artblog editors] Don’t go see Then and Now at Hooloon Art with your grandma, or on a first date. See it with someone who isn’t afraid of a little nudity, because you’ll see a lot of exposed and shameless body parts. Anne Minich’s drawings expertly draw our attention to curves or shapes, as showcased in “Template” and “Thing,” and give us permission to scrutinize an object instead of a vulnerable human. Drawing out shapes and ... More » »
News Philly lost one of its strongest voices for visual arts on Tuesday when Inquirer art critic Ed Sozanski passed away suddenly at his Gladwyne home. At age 77, he had been at his post for over thirty years. Stephan Salisbury’s obituary of Sozanski captures the sharp, sanguine way he saw art changing our city. In the next couple of months, Kelly Kozma is taking off in a big way. She’s now represented by Paradigm Gallery & Studio, whose co-founders, Sara McCorriston & Jason Chen, are moving to a new space on the NW corner of 4th & Fitzwater. ... More » »
Transformations, curated by Anne Minich, features inventive works on paper by six artists. The show, at the stunning Episcopal Cathedral — whose high-vaulted ceilings and warm, ambient light provide an excellent venue for the project — presents the viewer with a process-centered take on works on paper. Ditta Baron Hoeber’s handmade paper books show a progression of simple, small-scale line drawings. The series is unframed, and the individual pieces resemble studies. In her statement, the artist explains that working with the same model over time results in a process of “culling and sequencing.” This repetitive process is significant as Baron ... More » »
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 » »
There’s a lot happening today to commemorate loved ones lost to AIDS and to move forward in the fight against HIV/AIDA with education and awareness. Here’s a list of some great activities brought on by scores of organizations working together. Read about the activities by clicking the “read more” button below.
Matthew Suib Cocked for action in BrooklynVideographer Matthew Suib, just opened Saturday in Brooklyn at Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth St., 718.834.8761. His video Cocked is included in the exhibition Infinitu et Contini, curated by Denise Carvahlo. The show runs through Dec. 30. The exhibit is supported by a huge bunch of grants, included money from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation. I just saw Cocked again at Moore College of Art and Design in the exhibit Facts, Fantasies, and Fictions: Christian Curiel, Sarah McEneaney, Matthew Suib), and projected large and wide, in a ... More » »
Anne Minich, Cloud, wood, oil, found materials As far as art “of the people, by the people, for the people” in City Hall, the “for the people” element has taken a turn for the worse. To get into City Hall these days, you have to go through a checkpoint (being paid for by Homeland Security). The first time I went, the line was long and slow. So this week was my second attempt to see the current Art in City Hall exhibit. I imagine this new situation might be a barrier to anyone but friends and family of the artists ... More » »