Tag Archive "contemporary-art"

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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This weekend on the artblog Reader Advisor: You have to have cancer to get a same-sex marriage license in Texas; there’s a new cryptocurrency on the block for interested art investors; and one man tries to capitalize on media attention to police brutality, and just looks like a lunatic in the process. — the artblog editors] ICYMI: This Month’s ArtForum Cover Story Is a Must-Read, via ArtForum Infamous Russian Band Pussy Riot Releases Their First Song and Video in English, via Artnet Dawn of a New Era?: Change and the Plight of the Contemporary Art World, via the Observer Why Does ... More » »

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Trestletown, North from Goldtex (2013);  36" x  48", egg tempera on wood. Courtesy of Locks Gallery.

LOOK! Contemporary art and social justice in Philadelphia at Saint Joseph’s University gallery

[Jennifer speaks with the curator of an exhibit focusing on social justice-related artwork here in Philadelphia, and gives an overview of the impactful works included in the show. — the artblog editors] Social justice is a term that can be variously defined, especially in art. Art historian and curator Emily Hage offers intriguing ways to understand what this term means in the exhibition LOOK! Contemporary Art and Social Justice in Philadelphia, on view at St. Joseph’s University Gallery through March 28. This exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, and photographs by four artists who are committed to social change, and whose work “comes from ... More » »

Kim Hyo Sook, "Empty No. 4"

The Start of a Long Journey – Young artists from China on display at Drexel

(Rachel visits Drexel’s Pearlstein Gallery for a show of recent graduate of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.–the artblog editors) The Start of a Long Journey, on view at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, is great. The show’s name is brilliant – the concept underscores the burgeoning lives and potential trajectories of 24 young alumni from Beijing’s China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). With sixty pieces created in the past two years in a range of mediums, styles and artistic intentions, it’s a big diverse show. The show has wit and subtlety The project began five years ago in Beijing as ... More » »

Open Air_Rahzel performs with Mayor Michael Nutter (l) watching the lights_9-20-12_credit James Ewing

The bully pulpit

You may have seen Ed Sozanski’s pointedly nasty review of “Open Air”, in which he called the piece boring and banal. When there are so many other words he could have used to describe a piece that actually has some visual pizazz and a community-spirited heart, I have to ask ‘Why?’ Mr. Sozanski writes about a great range of art in his job as the town’t major art critic. When he is writing about a museum exhibit; that is, when he puts on his critic hat and writes beautifully about an (often dead) artist whose work is (mostly) representational, Mr. Sozanski ... More » »