News Lots of buzz this week surrounding new, tremendous site-specific sculptural work by Sarah Sze at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM): Sze’s first solo show as the FWM’s Artist-in-Residence (not to mention the US representative at the 2013 Venice Biennale) is kicking off tonight with an artist lecture at 5:30 pm, then a reception until 8pm. This show, on view through April 6, 2014, culminates with a publication. If you’re anything like us, videos that capture the spirit of our favorite neighborhoods are the equivalent of the Rocky theme music. Skout Media won us over this week with a beautiful presentation called “Old City ... More » »
News The Delaware Art Museum’s Centennial juried show is not until October, but the Museum has released the entire list of artists who have been selected, including many from Pennsylvania. Congratulations to all! The museum used to host biennial regional exhibitions that were much admired. We hope this juried exhibition revitalizes the regional biennial, which is missed. Juror John Ravenal says, of the selection: “The 1,300 artworks submitted online by nearly 450 applicants covered a wide range of media, styles, and abilities. There were accomplished senior artists, emerging talents, and probably some Sunday hobbyists. There was painting, sculpture, installation art, video, ... More » »
News A very Krampus Christmas We heard about Krampuslauf from Amber Dorko Stopper and also on WHYY. Who is Krampus? Why is he having a Christmas parade? Well, Krampus represents the opposite of Jolly Old St. Nick. He’s a Christmas devil that punishes naughty children during the holidays. It’s an alternative to the ‘everything is so sweet and lovely’ Christmas attitude; ‘a little salt to go with the sugar’ says Krampuslauf celebrator Janet Finegar. There will be Krampuslauf parade and festivities in Northern Liberties tomorrow, Sat. December 10, 4pm at Libery Lands Park, 913-961 north 3rd Street.
For those who believe hikes to be nothing more than forced marches, fear not, for Art in the Open was less of a wild art chase than a jaunt for your inner flaneur through several of the city’s best accidental galleries.
I often think how much life is enhanced by public art. It’s not only a more colorful world but a more conscious one as well. Public art raises awareness and exposes a larger audience to new perspectives and ideas. And – heck – life is just more fun with art! The First Annual Art in the Open on the Schuylkill River June 9-12th was a perfect example of the integration of public and art.
In this extraordinary year of multiple art festivals in Philadelphia, Art in the Open Philadelphia, scheduled for June 9 to 12 along the Schuylkill River, is cut from a different cloth. This grand plan of four days of activities started out as a simple celebration of conventional plein air landscape painting, with artists painting in plain view of the public along the banks of the river.