[Roman visits House Gallery 1816 in Fishtown, Philadelphia, to talk with artist Brian Cote about his abstract painting technique and view Cote’s new 5th Street series. — the artblog editors] It was bitter cold and the streets were empty, but the warmth of a modest crowd and delicious bean soup made for an intimate night of the arts. House Gallery 1816 is home to two accomplished artists: Michelle Marcuse and Henry Bermudez. Marcuse and Bermudez open their home to present the work of various artists and the many mediums of expression. It’s an atmosphere welcoming all who come. Brian John Cote, ... 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.
Stand by for a petite post of gossip. We ran into some Philadelphia people (or people with Philly connections) at the fairs, in the airport and on the street. Here’s a list.
As you know, the art fairs are overwhelming. We saw six fairs and two collections plus some stuff sprinkled around Miami. Here’s what wowed us. We’re starting with sculpture and 2D favorites. Next post we’ll do some videos. We went down to the fairs looking for trends but couldn’t find them since there are so many being worked on all at once–the economy, politics, love, death, hate, women, survival, ecology and just having fun. Things seemed to be selling well from what we could tell. People were happy but a little lost in all the aisles of art. One trend ... More » »
detail of Henry Bermudez’ Basketball Game Two of Projects Gallery’s artists, Henry Bermudez and Steve Cope, were amongst the 40 artists selected to be included in The Open Studios Press “New American Paintings”. Stephen Bennett Phillips, curator of the Phillips Collection mentioned both artists in the curator’s introduction. If you know of any other Philadelphia artists included in this edition, or if you have a web page with the info about who’s in this particular edition, please add it below in the comments.Super localSan Miguel Church, by Ed Bronstein, was painted ‘en plein air” in San Miguel (Mexico) in 2004. ... More » »
This week’s Weekly is the Holiday Guide issue including my holiday art round-up. Below is the copy with extra pictures. Holiday Diversity Art with a global sauce. As we celebrate Thanksgiving with ritual turkey and pumpkin pie feasting, there are a few exhibitions like the salsas, chutneys and rice dishes that also grace some American tables this time of year. Henry Bermudez. Catalog cover. This is Projects Gallery’s second show this year with a catalog. It’s a great idea for the show, for the gallery and for the artist. Henry Bermudez’s “Fragmented Dream” at Projects Gallery and Xiang Yang’s “Beyond ... More » »
detail of Basketball Game/ Juego De Baloncesto, the only pop-culture reference in the exhibit–and then again, it goes somewhere else entirely If I had three thumbs, I’d put them all up way high for Henry Bermudez’s solo exhibit at Projects Gallery. It’s a sort of antithesis to the pop-inspired work at Vernacular Spectacular Extravaganza (see post) –with only one small reference to a pop icon, the basketball–and a sort of antithesis to Tesoros, the rich, provocative exhibit of Latin American art up at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Dream in an October Night / Sueño en una Noche De Octubre ... More » »