News Cue the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack: Ascot Studios, our banner sponsor from the UK, recently saw one of their artists ascend to fame in a way that can only be described as pure Hollywood, or perhaps Dickensian. A painting of New York by British artist Angela Wakefield on the front cover of national art magazine Art of England was spotted by film director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), who was so taken that he asked Wakefield for permission for this image to be used in his upcoming film Trance. Since the news, Angela has achieved a record sale of $12,500 for one of her ... More » »
This is a particularly good exhibit to look at as Occupy Philadelphia and Occupy Wall Street continue. There’s little love for corporations in either Murphy’s or Paparone’s works, and yet, and yet, there’s a clear love of production; of doing it yourself; of personal empowerment that’s very 99 percent and quite a bit like what the founding fathers had in mind when they set up personal freedoms for individuals. Nick Paparone – Accents for the Self-Made Man
Collaboration is a road paved with landmines, and the way to avoid those is to stay focused on the goal. Luckily for the artists involved in the Institute of Contemporary Art’s “One is the Loneliest Number,” they have their eye on the prize. The exhibit features five collaborative teams, each comprised of two emerging artists who’ve been working together for four, six, even 10 years. Some of the work feels like the call and response of two individual voices, while other works sing with one voice. The show is haunting, as several pieces focus on isolation or miscommunication, shedding light ... More » »
Click To Play In episode 14, we visit PAFA’s Morris Gallery to see the installation by Senga Nengudi that was made in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum. We also visit Fleisher-Ollman Gallery for their summer show, Good Funky Miles. That show closes July 31. Artiste Extraordinaire, David Kessler performed the video magic.
This week’s Weekly has my editor’s choice review of Good Funky Miles at Fleisher-Ollman. Below is the copy with a couple pictures. More photos at flickr. “Good Funky Miles”Through July. Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, 1616 Walnut St., suite 100. 215.545.7562. Thomas Vance. cardboard construction with sculpey and paint. ”Good Funky Miles” is less funky than a real trip through Philly’s streets. There’s trash alright, but it’s behind glass in a piece called Big Snak by Dan Murphy (co-founder of Megawords magazine). Dan Murphy, Big Snak. Big Snak is so perfect I can’t believe I haven’t seen the idea before—shiny Herr’s potato chip ... More » »