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New work by Jim Houser from his Milan solo show. Photo courtesy of

News post – Moore’s Galleries get Mohawks, Jim Houser in Italy, Slought and n+1 take on “World Lite,” opportunities and 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 » »

Daniel Svarre's macho huddle at Specta Gallery, Copenhagen

Volta–Fashion and faces

Day two at the fairs we headed to Volta, the most international of the art fairs, and the most manageable for a viewer, thanks to the one-artist-per-booth approach there.

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New American Paintings features Philly-area aritsts galore! Jarrett Min Davis — a painting I saw at his Penn MFA show at the Icebox in 2007. New American Paintings, Book #75, juried by ICA’s Jenelle Porter has 40 artists selected from more than 1000 entries and a large number are from our area–we know them and have written about all of them. Natasha BowdoinEmily BrownJarrett Min DavisSarah GambleAlexis GranwellIsaac LinMichelle MarcuseBabette MartinoSerena PerroneBruce PollockJosh RickardsKate StewartRobert StraightJackie TilestonJaime B. Treadwell Congratulations, all, and thanks to Alexis Granwell for the heads up! Out of TownersRandall Sellers, image from his show at Richard ... More » »

The out of towners

Here’s just a sampling of current or soon-opening exhibits not in Philadelphia that feature Philadelphia artists or once-were Philadelphia artists. I’m guessing there are more out there but this is just what I know. John Tallman at the Drawing CenterJohn Tallman, from Non-Declarative Drawing at the Drawing Center Non-Declarative Art: Selections Fall 2007The Drawing Center35 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013tel: 212-219-2166September 14 – October 18, 2007Opening Reception: Thursday, September 13, 6-8 pm FeaturingSusan Goethel Campbell, Gianna Commito, Michael Diaz, Jeff Feld, Sabine Finkenauer, Prajakti Jayavant, Steven Lowery, Howard Rosenthal, Jay Sheldon, Jered Sprecher, John Tallman, Sally Tittmann, and Gregor ... More » »

Weekly Update – PAFA’s new acquisitions!

This week’s Weekly has my review of the PAFA new acquisitions show This Place is Ours! Below is the copy with some pictures. More photos at flickr. And here’s Libby’s post. PAFA’s Got a Brand-New BagThe Academy lifts itself into the 21st century. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ new acquisitions show “This Place Is Ours!” rightly deserves the exclamation point in its title. Jim Houser, This Place is Ours! (right) and Eamon Ore-GIron, Exit Strategy, from Pafa’s new acquisitions show. The big show of more than 100 works of American art purchased since 2001 demonstrates a new vision ... More » »

PAFA’s hits three homers outta heeeere

This Place is Ours!, by Jim Houser, acrylic on paper collaged on canvas, 40 x 40 inches This is the age of aquarius over at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts–harmony and understanding and three star-quality shows. At last the the place is living up to that name that came and then slunk off into the night; what was it, the Museum of American Art? The place not only has recovered from the folly of meaningless corporate branding at the same time that it has actually become that museum it dreamed it was. So if you go there this ... More » »

Inbox incoming, round one

Libby and I were just talking with Thom Lessner who told us about a book project he was doing with a publisher called Blue Q. A tiny book he said, and his book, he hoped, would be out this fall. A day later, I received a press kit from Jonathan Levine Gallery and, like it was meant to be, there was a little Blue Q book inside, not Thom’s book, but a book by California artist Souther Salazar who is having a solo show at Levine’s gallery opening June 23. The tiny book by Souther Salazar is called The Monster ... More » »

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Weekly Update – Jim Houser’s world at the Bride

This week’s Weekly has my review of Jim Houser‘s show at Painted Bride. Below is the copy with some pictures. More at flickr. Back to Black Jim Houser spills his NPR-addled subconscious. Black Lurker with arrow in heart greets you in Jim Houser’s Painted Bride installation. Black has never been the anchor color in Jim Houser’s mostly pastel installations, but it’s all over his new two-floor piece at the Painted Bride. From boulder-headed characters called lurkers to small candles, shells and rocks on the memorial-like shelves that dot the walls, the preponderance of black changes the tenor of Houser’s universe ... More » »

Friday quick hit on Monday

Vox Populi’s new neon sign in the window of their new home at 319 N. 11th St. The place was jammed with happy folk when we stopped in at 8:30. Libby and I and Andrea Kirsh did the walk-around in Old City and Chinatown Friday evening and had a grand time. This is a small photo post of things that stood out. Kelly Ann Gartland sculptural couple at the UArts Senior Thesis Exhibit. Havana Lofts, 301, 303, 307 N. 3rd St. Artist and Vox Populi board member, Sarah McEneaney, selling raffle tickets at Vox’s grand re-opening. Jim Houser goes bigger, ... More » »

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Finals Week: Oosterbaan, Kerlin, Goodman, Big Jar

Robert Goodman, Untitled 2, at Gallery Siano I ran into town last Saturday to see a couple shows closing this week. It’s so hard to see everything these days, especially when so much of it is worthy. First stop, Gallery Siano to see Robert Goodman‘s new paintings. Goodman, who had a Fleisher Challenge exhibit last year, makes large, forceful abstract paintings that have no fear of color and are absolutely able to deal with the white of the primed but unpainted canvas. The work’s many staccato strokes play off nicely against the skittery, rope-like knots elsewhere. And as with all ... More » »