[Kitty finds truth and poignancy in a show revealing the lives of Philly residents past and present. — the artblog editors] Jeffrey Stockbridge thinks he’s a photographer. He very well may be, judging from his accolades here and in Europe since his B.S. in photography from Drexel University in 2005. But his true calling is as a cultural anthropologist, who uses his camera to document the detritus of society today and his heart to collect mementos left behind. Raw details Consider “Willie and Rose,” a large-format color photograph. Stockbridge captures Willie with a cigarette in hand sitting on the stoop ... More » »
News Perhaps woodworking and American leadership have more in common than we knew? Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell is having a book signing at the Center for Art in Wood today from 5:30 to 8. A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great hits stands on June 4, 2012. More information at the Center for Art in Wood site. Ever want to meet the face behind philly artblog? Laura Adams, our intrepid sponsorship coordinator and able right hand, is having her first solo show of small oil paintings at Artists House, beginning with an opening ... More » »
News Joan Mitchell Foundation grants The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced its 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant Program recipients — 25 artists who will each receive $25,000. Among the winners are Philadelphians Virgil Marti, Jackie Tileston, and former Philly artist Anabeth Rosen. Congratulations! Here’s the full list: Diana Al-Hadid, Brooklyn, NY Nicole Awai, Brooklyn, NY Keith Benjamin, Cleves, OH William Cordova, Miami, FL Cicely Cottingham, West Orange, NJ Florine Demosthene, Brooklyn, NY Daniel Douke, Fallbrook, CA Julie Green, Corvallis, OR Tommy Hartung, Ridgewood, NY Janelle Iglesias, Provincetown, MA Gary Kachadourian, Baltimore, MD Simone Leigh, Brooklyn, NY Andrew Lenaghan, Brooklyn, NY Anne Lindberg, Kansas City, MO Virgil ... More » »
The exhibit Young Country at UArts‘ Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is as slippery as its title. Are we talking deep South? The Wild West? Our dreams as a baby nation only 225 years old? Either way, we are talking about something American in the bone, a kind of iconic ur-culture exaggerated by movies and stereotypes to they point that they have become our reality of the imagination.
Today’s your last chance to do a truly civic feel-good thing–bid in a silent auction on a photo or print to help support the Free Library’s Prints and Pictures Collection.
This week’s Weekly has my review of the Fleisher Challenge 2. Here’s the link to the art page and below is the copy with a couple of pictures. More pictures at my flickr set. God’z in Da Houze! Three artists tackle the urban cave. Three artists in this month’s “Challenge 2”—the second in the four-part Wind Challenge Exhibitions at Fleisher—turn their sights on Philadelphia’s abandoned buildings, squats and degraded housing stock. They end up with work that—in spite of its heavy sledding through issues of poverty, embattlement and despair—offers a tiny ray of hope. Light is the director in this ... More » »