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 » »
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.
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 » »
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 » »« Previous Page — Next Page »