First Friday started early for Libby and me with a trip to the Perelman Building at the PMA with Collab board president Vesna Todorovicz Sacks, who showed us the Collab 2013 Design Excellence Award show of Australian designer Marc Newson. Not only is the work a delight — playful, colorful, sleek and clean, the design of the show itself is very cool. Like an exploded 3D version of a model home, the show features a garage with a Ford Concept Car, a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and bath–a highly engaging little pad to dream yourself into. The Australian designer, ... More » »
Susan Hagen‘s carved and painted wood sculpture portraits are big personalities in tiny packages. A little over a foot tall, the teenager Olivia, for example, seems a fully-realized young lady. Her smile and stance suggest she is comfortable in her body and friendly, in spite of being a teenager! Hagen, says in this video interview that she is inspired by 15th Century German wood carver Tilman Riemenschneider, whose quiet portrayals of saints and church patrons imply individuals with complex inner lives. Hagen captures a lot of the same naturalness and quietude in her works. Because she works in series or ... More » »
News Ever wonder how Renoir can be so loved and so hated? Limited tickets are still available for a members-only lecture coming up at the Barnes on October 18. “Why We Love to Hate Renoir” is a talk and book signing by Dr. Martha Lucy, author of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation, who asks how he can be both revered for his work (Barnes voraciously collected his paintings) and disparaged for lack of originality. The lecture is from 10:30-11:30 AM, and tickets are $12. Reserve online. Further proving that we’re all part of a global online art village, we have our first international sponsorship ... More » »
News Frank Bramblett, painter and beloved retired Tyler professor, has written a “5 best” piece for the Nicola Midnight St. Clair, including some helpful words about museums. Timothy Hawkesworth, proprietor of Pagus Gallery in Norristown, has a group of his drawings at Littlejohn Contemporary in NYC from October 11 to November 12, with a reception Saturday October 14 from 2-4 PM. Annual Meeting Philly, the straightforwardly-titled event hosted by NPN/VAN Partners Asian Arts Initiative and Painted Bride Art Center, returns to the city on Thursday December 13 and continues through Monday December 17. This year’s theme is “community engagement.” Friday opens with a ... More » »
News In the media – 1. After sixteen years in the art world, pioneering internet art publication Artnet Magazine is ceasing its publishing operations due to financial problems; all three of the sites, and its editorial staffers (Walter Robinson, Rachel Corbett and Emily Nathan) are leaving. Roberta wrote the Philadelphia Story column for artnet from 2000-2005 and then occasionally after that. Find the full report here. 2. Locally, Annette Monnier of One Review a Month is writing for City Paper–a terrific reason to read it! Annette was our sponsorship coordinator for a while and contributed some wonderful criticism to the site. Find ... More » »
News Perhaps woodworking and American leadership have more in common than we knew? Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell is having a book signing at the Center for Art in Wood today from 5:30 to 8. A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great hits stands on June 4, 2012. More information at the Center for Art in Wood site. Ever want to meet the face behind philly artblog? Laura Adams, our intrepid sponsorship coordinator and able right hand, is having her first solo show of small oil paintings at Artists House, beginning with an opening ... More » »
News Gallery news – Dalet Gallery is partnering with Headlong Dance Theater for a special body performance installation, “Situations for Unlikely Bodies,” a work-in-progress by Sheila Zagar, Jaamil Kosoko and Caroline Stinger of Headlong. The performance is Sunday April 15 — drop in between 7:30pm and 9pm. Fjord Gallery, 2419 Frankford is a new-to-us Kensington contemporary gallery and studio space started by Lindsay Chandler and three other local artists. opens on the First Friday of May. We think this is a terrific tool for artists who lack access to live models! The Croquis Cafe, an online collection of artist’s models, provides one-, two- and ... More » »
News (Inaccurate information has been removed from this post). ICA appoints new curator The Institute of Contemporary Art has appointed Anthony Elms as a new Associate Curator. Elms has worked as an independent curator and writer, and he was Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for six years. He replaces Jenelle Porter who has taken a position at ICA Boston.