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From Mark Tribe and Chelsea Knight's "Posse Comitatus." Photo courtesy of the artists.

News post – Rhizome founder’s film series wraps, Thomas Devaney on Winkfield, Dona Nelson acquired by MoFAB, opportunities and more!

News Mark Tribe, founder of Rhizome, has devoted large portions of the last three years to an astonishing series of work. Now, “Posse Comitatus,” which Tribe has been creating with Chelsea Knight,  has made its final entry, and is currently screening at DiverseWorks in Houston. “Posse Comitatus” examines the sociocultural dynamics of paramilitary groups; research has seen Knight and Tribe spending time with an upstate New York militia group and were – surprisingly, perhaps – allowed to record their activities, from the mundane interactions of everyday life to live fire field training exercises. This is a disturbingly wonderful production, so don’t ... More » »

wall display in cafe

Live Comments by Douglas Witmer at Green Line Cafe

[Roberta sees a new kind of display at a cafe in West Philadelphia and grabs a live comment from cafe owner and artist, Douglas Witmer. –the artblog editors] Green Line Cafe, like many local coffee houses, has a robust art program. On its walls you are likely to see paintings, prints, drawings, small sculpture by local artists, and now, for the first time, a graphic display of a study by University of Pennsylvania graduate students Jessica Hurley and Laura Finch, documenting their research into racial implications of the Cold War nuclear bomb crisis, 1945-89, and capitalist (bankers, developers) implications of urban ... More » »

New work by Douglas Witmer. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post — Dual UDel shows, Abigail DeVille lands at Michel Rein, BAM Auction shows Artsy’s chops, opportunities and more!

News   A shot Roberta took of the Gee’s Bend Girls at the PMA got a second life recently when Craft in America were captivated enough to use it in an episode, which aired this week, focusing on the topic of industry. The picture in question, showing the Gees Bend quilters singing at the PMA in their quilt exhibit a number of years back, was spotted by a sharp-eyed artist who saw the Gee’s Bend ladies singing at an exhibition and thought it would fit the episode perfectly.   Good tidings from former Philadelphia Art Alliance curator Sarah Archer, who’s ... More » »

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News post – FJORD curates at RISD, “Teddy Bomber Plane” on the auction block, Chad Muthard’s new book arrives, Blaise Tobia at OK Harris, opportunities and more!

News This week, the members of FJORD Gallery held a special opening reception and panel discussion for Mechanical Turk, the show they’re curating at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Memorial Hall Gallery. For this exciting venture, FJORD’s participating artists include Seth Adelsberger, Colin Benjamin, John Bohl, Pia Howell, Katie Kehoe, Sam Lipp, JJ Miyaoka-Pakola, Michael Sirianni, and Rachel Stern. The works were chosen from a list of artist websites sent via email by five artist-run spaces in five cities, many of them chosen sight unseen.   via Tomas Mazetti - The “teddy bombing” plane used by artists to make a powerful political statement about Belarussian human rights is up for ... More » »

Douglas Witmer at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, June 7, 2013

Decade-of-artblog videos, Episode 4 – We visit First Friday exhibits at the Vox building

In this episode, we visit First Friday exhibits on June 7, 2013, in the Vox building and talk with Matt Kalasky, Mary Smull, Douglas Witmer, David Dempewolf and Yuka Yokoyama.  Less than two-minutes long, see what people have to say! [And don’t forget about our Decade-of-artblog fundraising parties on Sept. 28, Nov. 7 and Nov. 9.  Tickets are available at TicketLeap!  And also, everyone is invited to come out for our first-ever event with Green Line Cafe! Unfiltered is a show-up-and-show exhibition at Green Line on Locust and 45th St., in which everyone is invited to show up, bring a ... More » »

Donald Martiny, Yukpa, polymer and pigment

Chase the dog days away – A summer-themed show at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

“Ice Water Flyswatter,” despite its poetic pun of a title, won’t actually have a chilling effect on your interest in art. The exhibition, a collection of nine summer-themed artworks up now at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, shows a cold and calculated mastery of certain artistic forms, while also offering a ‘hot’ selection of abstract art. The latter includes works reminiscent of Frank Stella, Claes Oldenburg and Henri Matisse. Curated by Philadelphian Douglas Witmer, this show is both an exploration of the thrilling design elements present in abstract visual work and a unique portal through which to examine the themes and concerns ... More » »

Tyler Held's tour-de-force body cast sculpture, with carbon fiber armature and painted resin exterior

First Friday – Animations at Grizzly and Marginal, a cat walk at Practice, abstract art at Tiger and Tyler Held’s carbon fiber and resin universe at Space 1026

Vox Populi Gallery was closed, but the 319 N. 11th building was hopping First Friday, with all five of the second floor galleries open, and the shows are well worth the visit — although note that Grizzly, which was open First Friday for a one-night animation festival, is closed the rest of the month.  The balmy weather outside was reflected on the inside of the building, as usual, but at Practice, the We the Weeds project was serving cool cocktails flavored with local herbs, from their portable speakeasy in the gallery’s rear. They would tell you about the herbs and it ... More » »

Mariposa, wood and wool, 24½ ’ x 13½’, 2010 - 2012.

News – Hennessy Youngman’s found art discourse, Isaac Lin & Leah Bailis in Austin, Doug Witmer curates at TSA, opportunities and more!

News In the vein of similar endeavors by Rauschenberg, Hammons and Orozco, greg.org posted an amusing item about Hennessy Youngman (aka Jayson Musson) selling found objects on the street via his twitter feed. The resulting tweets are predictably priceless, Athena Barat, long known to us as a powerhouse of art and social practice, was recently honored when the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation jointly awarded her and her mother Chandri Woman of the Year. Athena, a former Philly resident, created The South Philly Biennial in 2008, and has been supporting her family’s foundation at their home base in Newark. Douglas Witmer ... More » »

Manifesto. From left to right: Olympia Scarry, Antoine Guerrero, Lola Montes Schnabel, Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, Ena Swansea, Ellen Berkenblit. © Sasha Arutyunova.

News post – In memory of Clinton Swingle, flora + fauna at 161 West, Ena Swansea at the French Alliance, opportunities and more!

News Clinton Darlington Swingle, the developer of the historic Fabric Workshop and Museum at 1214 Arch Street, passed away on January 27. He was responsible for modernizing and completely renovating the Museum into the modern galleries and studio spaces there today; additionally, he was involved with many of the Museum’s Artist-in-Residence installations. As a tribute to Swingle, on February 2 the Brooklyn-based, modern percussion ensemble So- Percussion performed their last piece, Clapping Music by Steve Reich at FWM. In lieu of flowers and notes, individuals may make a donation to The Fabric Workshop and Museum in memory of Clint Swingle to fund the building operations. Phil ... More » »

The "Winter Down" bridge and structure inside The Icebox, inside Crane.

Little Barnes on the Prairie – Winter Down’s jewel box salon at the Crane’s Icebox

Curators Timothy Belknap and Ryan McCartney harness the meta-ness of our zeitgeist by constructing a physical gallery within the massive confines of the Icebox project space at the Crane Arts Building. The exhibition, “Winter Down,” includes work by five artists – Amy Lincoln, Beth Livensperger, Mike Stifel, Becky Suss, and Douglas Witmer – all displayed in the skewed, pentagonal gallery-within-a-gallery constructed specifically for this show. Upon stepping into the Icebox at Crane, the first thing to confront the viewer is a white-walled, open-topped structure smack dab in the center of the room. Leading up to the fifth (missing) side is a hanging, ... More » »

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