News If you not only love the taxidermic arts but want to hear stories behind some taxidermists’ macabre masterpieces, join the Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy group tonight for a competition like no other. Judged by Beth Beverly, Adam Wallacavage, and Autumn Keitponglert, and with collective thirsts slaked by complimentary cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin, competitors are bringing their most treasured and unusual pieces of taxidermy (created or collected), and presenting in front of a live audience (that means you). Doogie Horner is the emcee for the evening, and expect live entertainment as participants narrate their most colorful stories attached to each piece. ... More » »
Woodmere’s 72nd Annual Juried exhibition samples from the new Philadelphia art pie, the one that’s crunchy and conceptual with sweetness and bite. Jurors Dona Nelson and Rubens Ghenov picked a couple of noisy, extroverted pieces and many quiet contemplative works that make an excellent Ode to Joy for the current hot Philadelphia art scene. Frank Bramblett’s deadpan wallpapering of his daily task lists from the last 13 years, “Accomplishments,” is not only a the most unexpected work in the show, it’s a great conceptual project; a dynamite work on paper; and the best collision of the literal and the imaginative ... More » »
The impulse to paint runs strong and deep in the three artists on view at Fjord this month. Dona Nelson, Tyler faculty and influential teacher for both McRaven and Waddell, is showing three works from the 1980s, which, if you know her abstract, process-fueled contemporary works, are a revelation. These three Nelson paintings provide figures, recognizable imagery and narrative to propel your mind along. They are lushly and loosely painted and deal with something more metaphysical than just a real story or place or object. “Knotted Tree” (1981), a small work in black and white, is arguably more about the ... More » »
News We’re not at the finish line yet, but this is turning out to be a banner year for visual arts in the Knight Arts Challenge: of the 69 finalists, you’ll find included InLiquid, Philadelphia Sculptors, David Guinn, BAJ Design, Theresa Rose, Vox Populi and Grizzly Grizzly. The full list includes many more of our fav. Good on all of you! The full list of finalists, selected from over 1,200 applicants and their project ideas, is available online at the Knight Foundation. The Arts & Business Council wants to enlist you in determining the award recipients for the A&BC Awards Celebration ... More » »
Post by Chip Schwartz and Alyssa Greenberg News Jayson Musson in Interview Magazine Interview Magazine recently featured the ever intriguing Jayson Musson (who you may also know by his alter ego Hennessy Youngman). The interview comes right before his upcoming show at Postmasters Gallery in Chelsea. He delves into his Youngman character and explains how the art commentator came about. Hennessy Youngman, by the way, is curating a show at Maurizio Cattelan’s new gallery, Family Business, also in Chelsea, which should be pretty wild, to say the least. Check out the call for entries video here for the lowdown. Skookul ... More » »
News Cecelia Fitzgibbon named Moore President Moore College of Art & Design has selected Cecelia Fitzgibbon as the school’s new president. Fitzgibbon, Director of Drexel’s Graduate Arts Administration Program, will succeed Dr. Happy Fernandez who has been president at Moore since 1999. Fitzgibbon steps in at Moore in July. artblog news Check out our new features on artblog’s front page. First, in the bottom of the right column are feeds from Libby and Roberta’s Pinterest boards. Don’t expect wedding planning or cute design things, but interesting articles and other stuff from around the web. Second, our RSS feeds in the ... More » »
Did you make it to ICA’s first Salon the other night? I was expecting, well, something Gertrude Stein-salon-like, with a group of people, maybe a discussion leader, sitting around, maybe a table. But no, this salon, whose topic was imagery and whose guest speakers included three painters, Dona Nelson, Scott Olson and R.H. Quaytman, was more like a panel discussion with slides, in the auditorium, with an SRO audience of maybe 130 people who sat or stood facing the stage.
We ran into a lot of folks at the art fairs last week. Some we knew, others were artists and gallerists we were meeting for the first time. Either way, the art fairs are chat fests with conversations about art, sales and the exhilaration of being at the fair. Talk is the glue that holds the memory of the fair together this year. Other years it was the art. Here’s a brief report from Pulse, Volta and the Armory.
We were up at Tyler the other day and bumped into Tyler painting prof Dona Nelson. The artist told us she’d been mentioned in Roberta Smith’s recent rant in the New York Times about the lackluster curating in NY museums. Just to be clear, Smith shouted out Nelson as an example (along with Thomas Nozkowski, Larry Poons, and Stanley Whitney) of an artist who deserves inclusion in a New York museum show.
Rosanna Bruno (left) talking with Dona Nelson, organizer of Fluid Field. Behind them is Deborah Grant’s 70/30 split, oil, paper and relief on birch. I was late to see Dona Nelson‘s curatorial outing, The Fluid Field, up at Tyler Gallery on the campus in Elkins Park. I caught the short-lived show (Oct 3-21) at the closing reception and boy was I glad I did. The show of Tyler grads — all women whose graduations from the art school ranged from 1963 (Louise Fishman) to 2007 (Tanaya Neal, Natasha Bowdoin) — was terrific! Nelson, respected painter and Tyler faculty, poured her ... More » »