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Chaos and harmony in Arden Bendler Browning’s cityscapes at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

It is easy to dismiss the city landscape. Usually my husband and I hurry from one place to another, not taking the time to admire the architecture, the sights and, of course, the people. Despite its sometimes overwhelming pace and tendency to isolate her dwellers, the city can be quite lovely. Arden Bendler Browning’s show, Clickpath at Bridgette Mayer Gallery effectively rejoices in the frenzied aesthetic qualities of the unique metropolis that is Philadelphia. Bendler Browning sees a romance in the varying states of maintenance and decay throughout the urban scene. Her paintings convey an impression of the blurred images ... More » »

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Art Fairs in Miami, 2012 – Traffic everywhere and a show stopper at the new Miami Project

This year the traffic in Miami defeated me. The amount of activity generated by more than twenty art fairs would benefit from public, and preferably underground, transportation. While I saw plenty of art over two days at three fairs, I saw nothing sufficiently new or challenging to make up for bumper-to-bumper traffic and streets, endlessly clogged, with drivers who didn’t know where they were going. After three fairs, I gave up. So this won’t pretend to be a best of the best, or even an overview. I spent the first afternoon at Art Basel Miami Beach  with my friend, neighbor ... More » »

Ben Peterson City on a Hill, 2008 Ink and graphite on paper 66 x 108 in. (167.64 x 274.32 cm.) The Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH

Intimacy and dynamism in PAFA’s Urbanism

By Mary Murphy This show at the Academy is notable for the way its title is embodied in the jostling relationships among the works displayed. Like city residents, they bump into each other in various contexts, defining the urban environment as a place of anonymous intimacy, dynamic energy, and jarring juxtaposition. Four local emerging artists use a variety of means – scale, color, gesture, and context – to state these themes, but each connects them differently toward social ends.

Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala, detail from wall drawing in Urbanism

Panel discussion on Urbanism at PAFA – today at 2pm

It’s going to be a rainy day–perfect for a panel discussion! Come out for the panel, The Role of Place in Contemporary Art at 2pm today, at PAFA’s historic Frank Furness building. The panel is in conjunction with the exhibit Urbanism, organized by PAFA Curator of Contemporary Art, Julien Robson.  Robson will moderate and panelists include two artists in the show, Ben Peterson and Arden Bendler Browning, bloggers Libby and Roberta (ahem), Boston Phoenix critic and blogger Greg Cook, and Mark Harris, Director of the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati. This is meant to be a casual conversation. So ... More » »

Arden Bendler Browning, gouache and flashe on tyvek

Last chance–Fleisher Challenge

The best reason to see the first Wind Fleisher Challenge of this season (ends today) is Arden Bendler Brownings enormous abstract cityscapes.

l. to r. Arden Bendler Browning, Amy Stevens, Sue Spaid, and Matthew Thomas Cianfrani

Wind Challenge Exhibition talk with Sue Spaid at Fleisher Art Memorial

The weather on Thursday evening, November 4, could have set the stage for the opening segment of a mystery movie. Instead, the chilly air and endless stream of rain provided a conspiratorial accompaniment to the appropriately titled Wind Challenge Exhibitions at Fleisher Art Memorial, on view through November 20. Although the title was grounded in a far more practical origin than the elements – the surname of its principal funders, Dina and Jerry Wind – it added a touch of irony to the bedraggled guests that trickled in for the gallery talk at Fleisher that night.

Robert Chambers, Ribbon Cutting, performance/ephemeral installation on Arch Street. The kids jumped right in.

First Friday layer cake–pix galore

What a delicious First Friday–a layer cake of delights. I’m putting up a bunch of pictures, hoping they might entice you to take a taste.