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Haas and Hahn, Philly Painting, 2012. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Book review — Mural Arts @ 30

[Rachel reads the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program's recent book, which includes essays on the organization's projects, history, impact, and goals. -- the artblog editors] Thirty years of making murals The first words encountered set the scene: change, value, place. Mural Arts @ 30, the latest publication from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, explores the contemporary identity of the organization as it examines itself. The book highlights the program’s 21 projects completed since 2009, using their concepts, partnerships, and imagery as ways to talk critically about mural painting, public art, and social change. As Mural Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary with ... More » »

Hand-painted street-style signs and utopian dreaminess give the show visual and emotional punch.

Philly murals at PAFA exhibit Beyond the Paint.

In a departure from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art’s usual M.O., the new exhibit Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts is a surprise. It’s a show of documentation–photographs of murals, videos, artifacts–the first-of-its-kind exhibit for PAFA, said Museum Director Harry Philbrick. Beyond the Paint is exuberant, populist, and interactive. It’s even a little gritty, with hand-painted signage and wheat pastes reminiscent of graffiti and the cityscape. Generally, my experience of documentary shows is they are torture–dusty and pompous. During installation, I got a chance to walk through the show, along with other members of the Outreach Committee for the show. ... More » »

Reading material for you on the head of the Mural Arts Program

Hello all you mural-obsessed people out there! Feed your mural obsession further by reading the very nice article on Jane Golden, head of the Mural Arts Program, by Melissa Dribben in Sunday’s Inquirer. And for yet more mural stuff, check out the MAP‘s staff exhibition, Creative Capital, at the Eakins House. Here’s one of the pieces from that show… Lindsay GrowTree60×40″

Paul Santoleri’s clubhouse for Mural Arts gets a party

Paul Santoleri strikes a pose atop his new installation at the Thomas Eakins House The installation of Paul Santoleri‘s fantasy surround-space mural, floor-al and ceiling-al at The Mural Arts Program HQ called for a celebration. And there was one, Wednesday evening. People filtered in and out of the first floor front of the Thomas Eakins House, examining what Santoleri hath wrought. Mural artist Delia King at the celebration. I talked briefly to Mural Arts leader Jane Golden while I was there. She was saying that she really wished Mural Arts had control over the way the city spends money on ... More » »

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Another art world looks–similar

The galleries in L.A. show blind eyes to the street, look forbidding and closed, look not much like galleries. This is part of a row of galleries in Culver City along La Cienega Blvd. I almost didn’t find it, having mistakenly turned onto La Cienega Ave. But artist Carol Es pointed me in the right direction–told me where to see some art in L.A., and when I was lost, set me straight. The stuff inside the galleries, like stuff at galleries everywhere, ranged from great to huh? I started out at Es’ gallery, George Billis, which also has a New ... More » »