News via Becky Huff Hunter – The Institute of Contemporary Art’s new, David Zwirner-supported exhibition Jason Rhoades: Four Roads is in stride, continuing until December 29, 2013. This is the first major museum survey of Rhoades’s work, built around four installations to be navigated by four interpretive paths or roads. More information about the exhibition is available here. 2 new artworld appointments – 1. Garth Johnson is the new Curator of Artistic Programs for the Clay Studio, where he’ll be helming the exhibitions, Artist Residency Programs and a new strategic plan starting in January 2014. His accomplishments are manifold –in addition to his ... More » »
News In the vein of similar endeavors by Rauschenberg, Hammons and Orozco, greg.org posted an amusing item about Hennessy Youngman (aka Jayson Musson) selling found objects on the street via his twitter feed. The resulting tweets are predictably priceless, Athena Barat, long known to us as a powerhouse of art and social practice, was recently honored when the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation jointly awarded her and her mother Chandri Woman of the Year. Athena, a former Philly resident, created The South Philly Biennial in 2008, and has been supporting her family’s foundation at their home base in Newark. Douglas Witmer ... More » »
[Ed. note: In celebration of artblog's 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. July, 2003, was a month when we had a lot of contributions by local artist/writers like Judith Schaechter, Eric McDade, Franklin Einspruch, Samantha Simpson, Gerard Brown, Sid Sachs and others. Below is a sample a short back and forth about nostalgia and its meaning for contemporary art.] And now a word about something old Post by Gerard Brown Originally published on July 19, 2003 This has nothing to do with anything y’all have been talking about, as interesting as it all has ... More » »
I enjoyed a tsunami of memories at the newly opened Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts exhibit The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World. The memories were of work by so many of the artists represented in the show, work that had made me fall in love with art in the first place. The exhibit includes 200-plus works selected from nearly 500 works of art by women donated to PAFA by Philadelphia collector Linda Lee Alter in 2010. Alter collected the works with the express ambition of donating them to an institution to make women’s art more visible. PAFA’s ... More » »
Judith Schaechter’s amazing stained glass windows — a temporary site-specific installation — are due to come down Dec. 2. Judith wrote us with this news and added: “My work is usually seen in light boxes. At Eastern State, it is installed directly in the architecture and as such the images are dynamically powered by nature—the weather, the time of day and the season. With constantly changing light, the works truly come alive!! Seriously, if you like my work, you don’t want to miss this!” Here’s what I wrote about the piece last year when it first opened…From the artblog vault, ... More » »
Artist Judith Schaechter‘s stained-glass windows are lauded throughout the world for their beauty, decorative charm, and edgy take on the darker aspects of the human condition. This month’s debut of 17 new pieces at Eastern State Penitentiary is the Philadelphia-based artist’s return to the local spotlight with her first solo exhibition here in 10 years. Working with the nonprofit preservation group behind Eastern State Penitentiary, the artist pushed herself to create an ambitious piece in a large archway above a door in Cellblock 11. “The Battle of Carnival and Lent” contains 90 human figures in a complex composition that depicts ... More » »
News Jason Lazarus will take your unwanted photos Do you have photos that are too painful to keep around? If so, Chicago-based artist Jason Lazarus will take them. He’s collecting unwanted photos for an art installation. There’s no need to provide the background for the photos, and if you feel they are too private to be shown, the artist will display them face down. Lazarus can pick them up on Sunday February 5 from 10 AM – 7 PM. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-953-2885. Knapp Gallery closing Old City’s Knapp Gallery is closing up shop at the end of ... More » »
News Comedy Night @ PhilaMOCA This Saturday, October 1, at 7:00 PM, PhilaMOCA will be the site of I LOVE MITCH HEDBERG: Art for the Late Great Comedian. A number of comedy acts (including comedy by Andrew Jeffrey Wright), refreshments, and artwork are on tap. Special guest Lynn Shawcroft will screen a video of unreleased Mitch Hedberg comedy footage.
Wind Challenge artists for 2012 The Wind Challenge announced the nine artists for its series of 2012 juried shows. Through a blind jury selection process, the artists were chosen out of a pool of nearly 200 applicants. This year will mark the exhibition series’ 34th year.
I was in D.C. once again for Arts Advocacy Day and, unfortunately for those of us in the arts business, it was the least pressing issue on the hill. I saw some very good exhibitions during my time there, however. In the tower of the National Gallery of Art‘s East Building, is a small exhibition of Nam June Paik’s work – and it should be smaller still, because One Candle, Candle Projection (1988–2000) is worth the ascent all by itself, even if the climb has to be done entirely by foot (although there is an elevator; a very slow one).Next Page »