News This planet is doomed – but we’re going to celebrate. By honoring the one and only Sun Ra, that is. On Thursday, the Penn Museum, the Galleries at Moore and Ars Nova Workshop are putting on a cosmic show to celebrate Sun Ra’s 100th anniversary. Expect poetry, Afro-futuristic sounds, and archival films of Sun Ra and his Arkestra held, of course, in the Penn Museum’s Lower Egypt Gallery (where the film “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise” was shot in 1980). The evening (7-10 PM) is led by Pew Fellow CA Conrad, writer Ras Mashramani, and Sun Ra biographer John ... More » »
News Gregory Walker brings us word that as part of the Henry Box Brown Festival, the Brothers’ Network is hosting a conversation and tour of Yinka Shonibare’s work. The Henry Box Brown Festival celebrates the artistic and social contributions of African men, so this is a wonderful companion to Shonibare’s exhibition currently on display at The Barnes Foundation, and we anticipate that it’s going to create a lot of great conversations around race, culture, gender and class. Recent podcast subject Amze Emmons is one of the featured artists at Stonefox Editions, a professional print studio in Philadelphia, who have just rolled ... More » »
News Updates from the busy studio of Erin Murray: she’s got new work up! Her latest is a suitably austere composition for these dark days of winter. Somewhere between the Starbucks stranglehold and the glut of fashion brands thinly disguised as yoga studios, “world literature” has picked up its own reputation for being, of all things, commoditized, homogenized and overly feel-good. How did we come to this? The Slought Foundation is hosting “What’s Wrong With World Literature?”, a talk on January 30 with the editors of n+1 magazine, who put out “World Lite” last August and generated a staggering amount of criticism ... More » »
News January begins with a bit of sad news for Philly. One of our favorite artists and the exhibition coordinator at Artspace Liberti, Rob Matthews, is relocating to Nashville for family reasons sometime this spring. He does, however, have plans for a solo show at Gallery Joe in 2014. Farewell and good luck, Rob! Printeresting has gotten a phenomenal makeover, with a CC|Warhol Grant last year helping them devote time and energy toward a full site redesign for 2013. Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s comedy troupe The New Dreamz has a couple of outings coming up, one in Philly and one in LA. For ... More » »
Moore College of Art & Design has their front window space graced by the small but bold show All Together Now. Although the entire section displaying work is a three-walled area probably no more than 30 feet wide, there are an astonishing 17 artists with work to view. Some pieces are collaborations, but the sheer variety of content in and cohesiveness of the exhibition is certainly noteworthy. As a centerpiece for the show, there is a monitor playing the second episode of “Aloof Hills,” the dark and surreal comedy animation by Kara Crombie. This series follows a cast of characters ... More » »
News Changes for Warhol Museum The Andy Warhol Museum has announced Eric C. Shiner as its new director. A curator, professor, writer and translator, Shiner has had an academic emphasis on contemporary Asian art – specifically that of Japan. He aims to continue the museum’s plans of traveling its collections around the world and working with Pittsburgh’s business community on an international level.
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We’ve been making some of the rounds, talking to a variety of Philagrafika artists in The Graphic Unconscious and Out of Print exhibits. Here are some tidbits, mostly recollected, but I noted when the conversation is based on notes.
Nicholas Poyner, Self Portrait #666, 2008, Platinum, silicone and hair Given what one UArts sculpture student is showing in Philadelphia right now, the Art Institute president’s attempt at censorship of art is downright laughable (see post)–using a gun to swat a mosquito. On the other hand, Nicholas Poyner‘s horror show sculptures and faux snuff video in the 5 into 1 show are truly transgressive!! Not that I think it should be censored. Far from it. Poyner makes sculptures that are excuses for making videos or maybe it’s vice versa. The resulting works are take-no-prisoners in-your-face I-dare-you-not-to-flinch affairs. Poyner is comfortable ... More » »
Judy Gelles’ video interviews about age, that show only the subjects’ mouths Perhaps I was in the perfect frame of mind for taking a good look at what two Philadelphia artists are showing at Moore College, in tandem with a group show that includes a large number of internationally known artists. The two artists are in Encapsulated Time: Age, Image and Rock ‘n Roll in the Levy Gallery at Moore. The two couldn’t be more different from each other. One of the artists is Judy Gelles, who’s from my age group and is well established in photography and video. She ... More » »Next Page »