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Young and Fun: Abstraction at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

[Lauren reviews a playful group show bursting with color and abstraction. -- the artblog editors] Bridgette Mayer Gallery celebrated its 13th year this June with a colorful group show that included some of contemporary art’s biggest up-and-coming artists–Arden Bendler Browning, Clara Fialho, Federico Herrero, Nathan Pankratz, Rebecca Rutstein, Graeme Todd, and Laura Watt. These names are locally renowned in Philadelphia, and in some cases, internationally. But that is to be expected from Mayer’s gallery–the group of artists she displays have, in many cases, been with the gallery since its opening in 2001. The artists who are lucky enough to be ... More » »

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News post – Citywide BBQ, Wind Challenge winners, Tim Eads in the press, art and play at UArts, opportunities and more!

News CITYWIDE is hosting a fundraiser at Crane Arts next Saturday, July 20, in the midst of their quest to reach their $13,000 match to their Knights Art Challenge Grant, and we hope you’ll help them keep the exciting productions coming by showing up for some BBQ good times. As with any summer shindig, there’s prizes, beer & food on hand, all donated by local businesses in Philadelphia. Get tickets directly from CITYWIDE, or at FJORD Gallery for $15, cash or check. A huzzah to The Village of Arts and Humanities: at a recent meeting of the Board of Directors of the Stockton ... More » »

The 40th Street Summer Series in action. Photo: University City District.

News post – Goodbye to Gary Steuer, Bridgette Mayer benefit, University City District heats up, opportunities and more!,

News Welcome to 2013, artblog – we now have a tumblr! Great BIG pictures from artblog stories and from other artsy tumblrs around the web, all curated by Maeve Coudrelle. Better late than never, we suppose… 2 from the OACCE – 1. Big news from Gary Steuer this week. Our beloved cultural emissary is departing the OACCE to become the new President and CEO of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in Denver, Colorado, assuming the position in early October. Although we lament that the Philly art world is now one man down, we are very excited for Denver! Best of luck, Gary. 2. The Bicycle ... More » »

Radcliffe Bailey, "Double Consciousness."

Radcliffe Bailey – Ruination and stoicism in a debut show at Bridgette Mayer

—History of Africans brought to America is an undercurrent in the works at Bridgette Mayer gallery this month.  Chip explains the artist’s methods and themes in his review.–the artblog editors——————>Radcliffe Bailey‘s premier solo exhibition at Bridgette Mayer Gallery pulls the viewer into a world that is both chaotic and precise, contemporary and historical. Utilizing a diverse range of mediums from steel, bronze, porcelain, wood, glass, and collage, Bailey, a New Jersey-born, Atlanta-based artist, breaks down and rebuilds his surroundings into silent, dignified compositions that are simultaneously ruinous and stalwart. While a significant portion of the show is full of Bailey’s ... More » »

Shelley Spector, "The Mend."

Shelley Spector’s personal and communal world at Bridgette Mayer Gallery

In her first solo show at Bridgette Mayer Gallery (through Feb. 23), Shelley Spector includes a variety of objects that bridge the gaps between found art, domestic wares, and nostalgic trinkets. A series of prints and a room-sized installation round out the three-part, one-person exhibit that offers variety and depth. By far the largest one of Spector’s works is the project “Mariposa.” In the room farthest to the back of Bridgette Mayer, Spector lines the walls with a long, wraparound shelf located at waist level. On the shelf rest every shape, size, and composition of spools wrapped with bright red ... More » »

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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 » »

Leslie Wayne, One Big Love #74, 2012, Oil on Panel, 10 x 14". Courtesy of Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

Painting abstraction in three different ways at Bridgette Mayer

The current three-some of painters at Bridgette Mayer Gallery ask how many ways a painting can be abstract. Works in the large galleries pair Leslie Wayne’s small sculptural paintings and Neil Anderson’s large lyrical topographies. While Wayne is interested in using paint as a sculptural material, Anderson’s work reinforces paint’s flatness. Matthew Fischer, in the Vault, presents work that is between these two extremes. Wayne’s “One Big Love #50” from 2010 encapsulates many of the ideas that are central to the artist’s work. The poured field of paint is a nod to Helen Frankenthaler and the history of Abstract Expressionism, but ... More » »

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Friday Picture post – Federico Herrero, gone from Bridgette Mayer but not forgotten

The softly pulsing tropical delights of Costa Rican painter Federico Herrero are gone from Bridgette Mayer Gallery, replaced by the hard-edged ambiance of Nathan Pankratz this month.  There is room in this world for all.  But I want to say I  found sunshine inside Mayer’s gallery the day I saw Herrero’s gorgeous pastel-inflamed universe — and it was raining outside.  Herrero’s happy works, with their roots in street art painting –note the cartoon characters and the proud spray paint drips — are loveable.  The artist made his mark painting exterior walls in Costa Rica, then made his big mark on ... More » »

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Bridgette Mayer reopens with Karmic Abstraction

The show Karmic Abstraction marks the much anticipated reopening of Washington Square’s Bridgette Mayer Gallery. Closed for renovations throughout much of 2011, the gallery has a fresh and expanded interior set to handle all of the large-scale works in a show of this kind. Karmic Abstraction is an exhibition by sixteen nationally and internationally recognized artists. Conceptually, it seeks to tap into the multitude of ways in which standing before a work of art can affect the viewer, as well as the ideas and actions that define the individual artists and their personal histories.

Mel Bochner 'Blah, Blah, Blah' (2010) oil on velvet

Art Miami and Design Miami, 2011

On the way to Art Miami, held this year in the midst of a group of other fairs in Wynwood, across the bay from Miami Beach, I ran into Jayson Musson who was heading off to see a friend at Scope, one block south.  Jayson had come to Miami to do Hennessy Youngman Presents: His History of Art at the NADA fair on December 1, and commented that the entry price to Art Basel Miami Beach was prohibitive. It was. I mentioned that those of us in Philadelphia wish him well, but also wish his descriptor, living in New York ... More » »

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