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Call to order at the Barnes – Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson

[Roberta goes to the press preview of the Barnes’s new contemporary art exhibit and says The Order of Things gives you lots to ponder about collecting and presenting art.  Also it’s a lot of fun. –the artblog editors] Three artists, Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff and Fred Wilson, were called to the Barnes.  The charge:  Interpret Dr. Barnes’s idiosyncratic way of hanging art, the “ensembles” he invented to weave together his collection by conscious placement of works that have unintentional allegiances; and respond to it. The result: The Order of Things, up until August 3.  Three wonderful and inventive installations commissioned by ... More » »

William D. Johnston and Eiko Otake, Eiko in Fukushima, 17 January 2014, Komagamine No. 146, 2014. Digital color print, 13.3 x 20 inches. Photo: William D. Johnston. © William D. Johnston and Eiko Otake, 2014.

News post – Victory for Tyler 2015, A Body in Fukushima at Wesleyan, new Barnes and Curtis collab, opportunities and more!

News via Evan Laudenslager – Evan, our writer and a Tyler alum, recently reminded us to be psyched for the upcoming Victory for Tyler exhibition at the Crane Icebox from April 2-26.  They have had tons of  entries this year and the show is being juried by Anthony Elms (who previously curated White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart in 2013), so keep it on your radar! A new Barnes partnership is happening! The other day, the Barnes Foundation and Curtis Institute launched a new collaborative program of commissions, performances, and educational exchanges. Beginning with a three-concert series of performances by the Aizuri Quartet—named ... More » »

Henri Matisse ‘Red Madras Headdress’ (1907) oil on canvas, Barnes Foundation.

Studying Matisse at the Barnes Foundation

[Andrea accesses a behind-the-scenes look at the Barnes Foundation’s current Matisse research and conservation projects; she suspects the finished result will offer considerable insight into the artist’s technique. — the artblog editors] I was fortunate to be able to join a group of the Barnes Foundation’s upper-level supporters last week for a preview of the Foundation’s research on its substantial collection of works by Matisse, which includes two paintings essential to understanding the artist’s development: “The Joy of Life” (1905-06), crucial to the artist’s early development, and “The Dance” (1930-33), a mural commissioned by Dr. Barnes for rooms housing his ... More » »


The World Is an Apple — The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne at the Barnes Foundation

[Jennifer digs into Cézanne’s labor-intensive approach to art-making, and dedication to certain still life subjects–both of which set the artist apart in his rapidly industrializing era. — the artblog editors] In his essay titled “Cézanne’s Doubt,” Maurice Merleau-Ponty tells us that it took Paul Cézanne “one hundred working sessions” to complete a still life. Last Tuesday, under a high-powered microscope in the Barnes Foundation’s light-filled conservation lab, it seemed that all the layers of paint applied in those 100 sessions were revealed. The microscope’s lens was focused on a small painting titled “Three Apples,” 1878-1879, temporarily removed from its usual location ... More » »

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Lecture on contemporary African textiles at the Barnes

[Andrea learns about African textiles in context with the work of modern artists, including Yinka Shonibare and Grace Ndiritu. — the artblog editors] A substantial crowd gave up a sunny Sunday afternoon on March 23 to hear Alisa La Gamma, curator in charge of the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, speak about current and historical African textiles. The lecture was held in connection with Yinka Shonibare’s exhibition MBE: Ladders, which will be on view at the Barnes Foundation through April 21. The exhibition itself, reviewed for artblog by Leah Koontz, ... More » »

Magic Ladders, 2013

Yinka Shonibare’s Magic Ladders at the Barnes Foundation

[Leah reviews sculptural work by Yinka Shonibare that connects past societal norms to the present, focusing on big ideas like colonialism and perception of gender and disability — the artblog editors] Yinka Shonibare’s Magic Ladders, currently on view at the Barnes Foundation, treads on new territory for the Barnes on the Parkway. For this contemporary art show, the foundation commissioned new works by Shonibare. It’s the first work the Barnes has commissioned since 1932, when it tasked Henri Matisse with making his famous site-specific mural, “The Dance II“. With this new commission, the Barnes seems to be picking up where ... More » »

Image: Yinka Shonibare. Planets in My Head, Philosophy, 2011.

News post – Shonibare at the Barnes, Al-Bustan grows their musical heritage, Cannes in a Van does Venice, Plummer-Suib-Marti collab, opportunities and more!

News If you were worried about what the Barnes Foundation’s contemporary art gallery would think of next, worry no more! They’ve chosen an  outstanding next exhibition, as well as a new commission, with Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders running from January 25, 2014 through April 21, 2014. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare’s works in the exhibition include approximately 15 sculptures, paintings, photographs, and a room installation. This is his first major exhibition in Philadelphia, since his residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2004 and it includes a commission entitled Magic Ladders. A big news reveal from another local gallery, and it ... More » »

John Gatti at the Barnes Foundation

John Gatti on teaching visual literacy at the Barnes Foundation, an artblog radio podcast

Teaching at the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway is slightly different than teaching at the Barnes in Merion, says John Gatti in this interview.  For one thing, classes on Friday nights, which are part of the new programming effort by the institution, involve a mix of wine and spirits along with gallery visits to see the art.  Also new on the Parkway is the Roberts Gallery for contemporary art. Gatti is very excited about that, and refers to the large, 5,000 sq. foot space as “our Gagosian.”  Right now, there’s an Ellsworth Kelly exhibit on view in the Roberts Gallery. ... More » »

"Great Skin," Bodega's swan song.

News post – Bodega packs up, Richard Metz’ genius locii in Seattle, free Barnes talk, opportunities and more!

News This weekend, we’re sorry to say, it’s curtains for Bodega: after three years with us, the gallerists are closing shop. Join them on Saturday, July 20 from 7-9pm to celebrate the closing of Great Skin, the last exhibition at 253 N. 3rd St. We’ve been very lucky to have had such wonderful support from the city and its art community. Bodega will continue to publish artist books and editions in addition to other curatorial projects. It’s far from the end, though – keep an eye out for future projects on Bodega’s new website at bodega-us.com. Blake Bradford is curating an enticing free event at ... More » »

The work of Yinka Shonibare, whose exhibition by the Barnes Foundation is made possible by this year's Pew awards.

News post – Major Pew grants, bon voyage Tom Kaiden, Philly artists in the Bronx, opportunities and more!

News This week, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced awards of over $6.5 million for 52 upcoming projects by local cultural organizations, from small galleries to major institutions, as well as fellowships of $60,000 each to 13 regional artists, including one collaborative team. Three of the 2013 grantees are particularly noteworthy: 1. In spring 2014, the Barnes Foundation is organizing the first major Philadelphia exhibition for Nigerian-born, London-based artist Yinka Shonibare. An exciting move for the Barnes – this is their first collaboration with a contemporary artist, and its first commission of a new work of art since Henri Matisse’s La ... More » »

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