News A new painting by Andrew Conti is a fresh burst of green to start this week off right. This one is the penultimate in his series Viriditas, made of entrancing, robotic-inspired abstractions. Kathryn Sclavi is working on a new social practice art piece to add to the Design Philadelphia roster. “Putting the Pieces Together – Creating a Community Tablecloth for Camden,” has found her creating a 100 foot long tablecloth with the help of 200 community members and a grant from Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. Tasked with coming up with some way to “connect the lots,” Sclavi envisioned her ... More » »
News The Fishtown studios of Charles Burwell and Antonio Puri are opening their doors this month. Take advantage of the freshly-arrived autumn weather and pay a visit to 2102 East Norris Street (2nd floor) on Saturday, September 28, between 12 PM-6 PM. For further information, call either Antonio at 484-844-5244, or Charles at 267-973-8823 2 from PAFA – 1. Artist and administrator Clint Jukkala has been selected as the new Chair of PAFA’s Graduate Programs, hailing from the Yale University School of Art, where he served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Coordinator. Welcome and congratulations, Clint! 2. PAFA’s brand new space for works on paper, the Richard C. von ... More » »
[Dear Readers, in our tenth anniversary year we will be re-visiting some of our early posts, bringing you interesting information from artblog's vast archive of published reviews, news and features. Below are two posts from May, 2003.] Africa-China-Jamaica-America links at the African American Museum Published May 18, 2003 by Libby Many of Albert Chong’s emotionally rich photographs are conversations with his ancestors, some literal, some not. But his personal history is an archetypical story of migration and immigration, intermarriage and cultural roots. A native of Jamaica, his photos of old black-and-white or sepia-toned portraits arranged with hot-colored flowers plus assorted ... More » »
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.
After 18 years of handing out the biggest regional prize in the arts, Pew Fellowships in the Arts has changed its m-o. Well, they’re still handing out prizes– the coveted 12 grants of $60,000. But the process is changing in 2010 in two significant ways. First, and probably most importantly, Pew has switched from an open call for applications to a MacArthur genius grant secret nominating process. Second, there’s no longer a 4-year rotation of categories with painting one year, sculpture another, etc. etc. Now, it’s open season for all categories every year. This came as a surprise to us ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of the Lewis Tanner Moore collection exhibit In Search of Missing Masters at Woodmere. Below is the copy with some photos. More pictures at flickr. Claude Clark, We Are Sisters, 1949 Lewis Tanner Moore’s collection of African-American art, on view at Woodmere Art Museum, is chock full of great work by artists whose names you’ve probably never heard and whose art you’ve probably never seen. Raymond Steth, Institution Series #1, 1980. lithograph African-American artists are often excluded from the mainstream art world. A local collector and the grandnephew of Postimpressionist painter Henrey Ossawa Tanner, ... More » »
A drawing by Matt Fisher in The Drawing Narrative, the exhibit now up at Jenny Jaskey Gallery; photo taken by Robert Fallon In the middle of artist Matt Fisher‘s talk last week, I thought, gee, this is interesting. So I pulled out a pad and started taking notes. Matt was speaking at Untitled, Jenny Jaskey Gallery‘s brand new forum on contemporary art that she hopes will help “people to appreciate (and buy!) contemporary art (and works made locally!),” Jaskey wrote us in an email. This first event, organized around her current exhibit The Drawing Narrative, featured talks by Fisher, Pennsylvania ... More » »
Charles Burwell, Red Bio, 36×37 inches; We love the way the drips create a wavy edge at the bottom that then creates a ridged shadow. Last week, Pew announced its 2008 Fellows, recipients of the coveted $60,000 awards for artists in the 5-county Philadelphia area. These are the largest grants in the country that individual artists can apply for, according to Pew. This year 323 applied and 12 received the awards including 4 in painting and the three who we know who’ve been working in Philadelphia a long time we’re really excited about. Matthew Cox is a new name to ... More » »
Charles Burwell, Red Bio, 36×37 inches; I loved the way the drips creates a wavy edge at the bottom that then created a ridged shadow. I don’t remember earlier work created with such abandon to the joys of juicy color and texture. The layers of Charles Burwell’s new work in his one-man show Continuum at Bridgette Mayer Gallery have taken on a new physical presence and a sense of freedom. The new paintings of oil on canvas suddenly are juicy with unrestrained overlapping lines and intense, drippy color — so drippy that the paint corrugates the bottom edge of the ... More » »Next Page »