Nathaniel Popkin’s new book, Lion and Leopard merges history and fiction in a novel that reads like a 19th Century road trip. With three lead characters and a bad guy, the book, as a comedy sketch, might be titled Three Amigos meet the Devil along the road to Philadelphia and Yikes! he’s an artist. Intrigue and a plot to change the 19th Century art world in Philadelphia A story of intrigue told in a flashback by one of the characters, the book has gossip (who knew all this stuff about the Charles Willson Peale family?!) and exudes an earthy atmosphere that ... More » »
News An intriguing side dish for the ongoing Hidden City Festival: the Data Garden presents Heritage Electronics at the Historical Society of Frankford tonight. Featuring artists making music with heritage and primitive electronic instruments such as theremins and something called the Buchla Music Easel (sounds like our bag, no?), the lineup consists of King Britt, DJ and producer; Charles Cohen, veteran electronic improvisor performing on the Buchla Music Easel; Laura Baird, Dino Lionetti, & Gretchen Lohse on theremin, viola and electronics; NO CARRIER aka Don Miller on video synths and NES; and Daniel Rehn (wwwtxt), who resurrects the voices of digital pioneers through 140-character excerpts and curated video. ... More » »
News A special reception with Claes Oldenburg has been added to the schedule of events at the Arts and Business Council’s May 8 Awards Celebration. Join a small group of guests at Route 6 (next-door to Vie) for a meet-and-greet with Mr. Oldenburg from 4:30-5:30, before the celebration proper. The cost to attend includes admission to the VIP event as well as the Awards Celebration. Additionally, Oldenburg is having a show of his early street and store sculptures at MoMA — must see viewing. Judy Pfaff, who among many other marvelous works has a major public art piece at ... More » »
News Via Sam Belkowitz - A new magazine in town promises to be a strong hitter for our city’s cultural journalism. Good Game, an upcoming art quarterly based in Philadelphia, seeks to be a conduit between Philly and the international art world. The first issue is slated to include artwork and writings by (get ready) Zoe Strauss, Thom Lessner, Jesse Butcher, Chip Schwartz, Sam Belkowitz, Jamie Diamond, Barbara Jenkings, Issac Lin, Matthew Pruden, Matthew Suib, Nadia Hironaka, Christopher P. Mcmanus, Lee Arnold, Thomas Devaney, Micah Danges, Will Brown, J Makary, Maria Dumlao, Jessie Pires, Shana Illingworth, Josh Rickards, Helen Cahng, Drew Dunlap, Michelle Chong, ... More » »
News Above: the magic that happens when Photoshop wizardry and Philadelphia’s most iconic statue find one another. For their New Year’s greeting, the PMA’s Department of Indian and Himalayan Art created this gem, featuring Rocky in his typical composure, but joined by a surprising companion: the Hindu deity Krishna, who in this iteration is “Krishna Dances and Holds Aloft Two Stolen Balls of Butter,” The copper alloy sculpture was made in Orissa, India in the 17th century, 1994-148-262. This comes to us from the Stella Kramrisch Collection at the Department of Indian and Himalayan Art. 2 in preservation news – 1. Created by Philadelphia’s own Conservation ... More » »
News On Tuesday morning, Frank Rizzo’s statue at 15th and JFK got a richly symbolic – if short-lived – dressing-down by Ishknits aka Jessie Hemmons, Philadelphia’s resident yarnbomber. For approximately three minutes, Rizzo was clad in a hot pink bikini, causing much hilarity and consternation for passerby before security came out and removed it. Derive whatever political commentary you will from this, it got people’s attention, as a thong bikini on one of Philadelphia’s most polarizing politicians is wont to do. Hemmons has put a statement about the incident on her blog. In other street art news, Conrad Benner of Streets Dept raised ... More » »
News Gallery news – Dalet Gallery is partnering with Headlong Dance Theater for a special body performance installation, “Situations for Unlikely Bodies,” a work-in-progress by Sheila Zagar, Jaamil Kosoko and Caroline Stinger of Headlong. The performance is Sunday April 15 — drop in between 7:30pm and 9pm. Fjord Gallery, 2419 Frankford is a new-to-us Kensington contemporary gallery and studio space started by Lindsay Chandler and three other local artists. opens on the First Friday of May. We think this is a terrific tool for artists who lack access to live models! The Croquis Cafe, an online collection of artist’s models, provides one-, two- and ... More » »
News A very Krampus Christmas We heard about Krampuslauf from Amber Dorko Stopper and also on WHYY. Who is Krampus? Why is he having a Christmas parade? Well, Krampus represents the opposite of Jolly Old St. Nick. He’s a Christmas devil that punishes naughty children during the holidays. It’s an alternative to the ‘everything is so sweet and lovely’ Christmas attitude; ‘a little salt to go with the sugar’ says Krampuslauf celebrator Janet Finegar. There will be Krampuslauf parade and festivities in Northern Liberties tomorrow, Sat. December 10, 4pm at Libery Lands Park, 913-961 north 3rd Street.
News (Inaccurate information has been removed from this post). ICA appoints new curator The Institute of Contemporary Art has appointed Anthony Elms as a new Associate Curator. Elms has worked as an independent curator and writer, and he was Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for six years. He replaces Jenelle Porter who has taken a position at ICA Boston.
News Warren Angle died Friday We are sad to bring you the news that Warren Angle passed away on Friday, September 9 after a long battle with cancer. Angle, an artist, was the exhibitions director of the Fleisher Art Memorial for many years. He will certainly be missed by many. There’s a Facebook page set up as a memorial for Warren.Next Page »