Two large group shows of abstract paintings are showing in Philadelphia this month. One is at the Crane but the other, opening Nov. 15 at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, marks the inauguration of the gallery’s newly redesigned space. Included in that show is painter Tim McFarlane, who has been with her gallery since 2001. Among the things we wanted to know–whether the imagery in his painting represents anything in particular, and how he uses the internet; we met McFarlane online when we started artblog in 2003. Here’s a brief sample of our conversation. Listen to the full episode next Monday. Tim ... More » »
News West Collection launches $300,000 art acquisition project–$100,000 set aside for Philly artists It was all about money outside City Hall the other day as Occupy Phladelphia protested economic issues; and it was all about money inside, too, when Paige West, with Mayor Nutter by her side, announced plans for a $300,000 arts acquisition project on the part of the West Collection, with $100,000 earmarked for Philadelphia artists. “West Collects” has no fee to apply, and the winners will be selected in April 2012. Any artists over the age of eighteen working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation or video mediums ... More » »
Sad News Walter Edmonds We are sad to bring you the news that Philadelphia Artist Walter Edmonds, 73, died of a heart attack on June 12th.
Rebecca Jacoby, one of two artists featured at LG Tripp this month, has a bright pastel palette after my own heart. Many of her works are done in acrylic, oil, pastel and collage. For such a wide array of media, she utilizes her materials in a way that they are blended beyond individual identification, making her pieces very cohesive and whole.
De-Nature, the seven-person group show at Jolie Laide, demonstrates how artists love to mess around, ie transform or de-nature things, on the way to creating something new. Guest curator Wendy White is a New York artist, and most of the artists are New Yorkers with track records exhibiting in and around the Big Apple. So it’s a New York show — go see it anyway.
Shepherding a commercial gallery into adulthood requires the faith of Job and a will of steel. Bridgette Mayer Gallery on Washington Square North, 9 years old this year, is about to catapult itself to adult status with a move early in 2011 to a much larger space and expanded exhibition programming that includes museum-quality shows, panel discussions for artists and collectors and one-off solo exhibitions of international artists along the lines of Kara Walker and Yayoi Kusama.
Here’s the link to my Weekly piece. Below is my copy. Sage Projects “Tenuous Magic Parts” opened at the new South Street gallery in May to a crowd of 300 and is being held over for another opening Friday. The show asks the artists to find truth in a perplexing world. Fantasy abounds in comical portraits, nonsense posters, paintings that question reality, still lifes that aren’t still, and junk assemblage sculpture. Dustin Metz’s paintings and Karen Stone’s “hair trees”—fantasy 2-D portraits with art nouveau arabesques of long hair—are standout pieces. Curator Jon Manteau loves music at openings and “Fat Man ... More » »
It’s been such a long while since artists unabashedly embraced the beautiful and the pretty that to see it placed before you as an earnest expression of soul makes me think the artist is a rebel, someone marching to her own drumbeat. Clara Fialho‘s highly internalized paintings at Bridgette Mayer Gallery are both beautiful and very pretty. And the dreamy abstract paintings deserve a close look because they embrace a kind of pre-postmodern sense of, I don’t want to say optimism, but at least acceptance of the world as a bunch of lemons with which you can make something delicious.
Sometimes I just blow it in the timely department. I saw two shows that I hesitated to write about partly because I had mixed reactions. But they both were rather interesting, and so I’m coming back at them, even though both are gone. 1) Ryan Widger at Kelly and Weber (closed last month) Ryan Widger, Grey Room Ryan Widger‘s huge, grayed-out photographs at Kelly and Weber (201 Gallery) last month, created from distressed negatives that have suffered the effects of bleach and other cruel treatments, are of architectural spaces with mysterious what-is-it or who-is-it elements. They look like a still ... More » »
Dennis Beach, Spin #1, acrylic on panel Dennis Beach continues to live up to his name–riding perfect waves of wood and color to create Op Art oms that vibrate with the universe, at Schmidt Dean. The exhibit of 12 pieces includes columns, tubes, and sunspots. At least that’s what they look like to me. Dennis Beach, Bump #1, Acrylic & Epoxy on Wood (the recesses are a deep blue-y purple that vibrates in much the way that the pure pigment spots in Anish Kapoor pieces do) There’s a funny tension here between Beach’s sense of control and my idea of ... More » »« Previous Page — Next Page »