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Thomas Chimes and Mari Shaw — a Philadelphia story

[Andrea attends a performative reading of a new book on Thomas Chimes, written by his longtime friend and artblog contributor Mari Shaw. — the artblog editors] Philadelphia artist Thomas Chimes (1921–2009) had a promising start: His work was shown in exhibitions across the country, in solo gallery exhibitions in NYC, purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, and displayed in a large-scale retrospective organized by the Ringling Museum of Art in 1968. When he heard that Marcel Duchamp, during a panel discussion in Philadelphia in 1961, had suggested that the great artist of the future would go underground, Chimes took ... More » »

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Kate Gilmore, "Sudden as a Massacre". Video still.

Three from New York – Pablo Helguera’s Libreria Donceles at Kent Fine Arts and Pataphysics and From Memory at Sean Kelly

(Andrea visits two galleries in New York, sees three excellent shows, and buys something. –the artblog editors) Entering Kent Fine Arts these days is disorienting, because beyond the building entryway, elevator, and usual gallery door is a perfectly-realized, functional, used book store: metal shelves full of books, an occasional easy chair, recommended titles arrayed on a table, and a separate section for children. The only thing missing is the dust that usually characterizes such places. It’s the only store in N.Y.C. devoted to second-hand, Spanish-language books, despite the fact that a quarter of the city speaks Spanish. E-publishing hasn’t fostered ... More » »

Fernand Léger ‘The City’ (1919) o/c, 7'7" x 9'9.5" PMA, Gallatin Collection

Romancing the Machine – Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea calls the just-opened Leger show at the PMA a fascinating and dynamic exhibition that captures perfectly the early 20th Century optimism about cities and industry.) Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) through January 5, 2014, is pervaded with an optimism about industrialization and urbanization at a time, centered on the 1920s, when they were seen as the answer, not the problem, for twentieth-century society. It opens with a wall-sized projection of a film taken by Thomas Edison as he ascends the Eiffel Tower, viewing Paris through its cage of industrial steel. The ... More » »

Marcel Duchamp ‘The Bride Stripped bare by her Batchelors, Even’ (1915-23), oil, varnish, lead wire, lead foil, dust, glass, PMA

Dancing Around the Bride at the PMA

Dancing Around the Bride at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)through Jan. 21, 2013 is an extraordinary, multi-dimensional exploration of a significant period in American art history. While the ideas it presents are hardly new, the sensitive installation, designed by the artist, Philippe Parreno, emphasizes the multi-disciplinary nature of the mutual personal and artistic influences among Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. This is an exhibition as Gesamkunstwerk, and it offers the best, possible understanding of the interconnected, artistic experimentation in New York City in the late 1950s-1960s. Parreno’s installation pivots around a low, platform ... More » »

Dancer Carolyn Brown in "Walkaround Time," 1968. Choreography by Merce Cunningham.  Stage set and costumes by Jasper Johns. Photograph © 1972 by James Klosty.

News post – Recovering from Sandy, Duchamp exhibit opens, Mulhern’s Sea Dice, opportunities and more!

News In the days since Hurricane Sandy’s devastation of the East Coast, thousands of people have been confronted with unimaginable losses. Many of our friends have suffered damage to their homes, their property, and their artwork, as pictures and articles can attest. But as we’ve also seen, people have stepped up to help one another in a variety of ways. Hyperallergic has posted an instructive list of resources for artists, art organizations, museums and collectors affected by the storm, while 20×200 has issued a print benefiting the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the storm. ... More » »

Project Arts Centre in Dublin's Temple Bar

Art in the Dark part 2 – Janice Kerbel’s Kill the Workers! at Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Project Arts Centre, Dublin, is better known as a performance venue than as a visual arts space (I’m doing my best to change this), but this summer, for the first time, the art moved beyond the gallery to occupy the entire building. The exhibition Conjuring for Beginners (through August 12, 2012) includes eight artists, three of whom inhabited Project’s black box performance space which on this occasion required no house lights. I was particularly taken with Janice Kerbel’s Kill the Workers!; for the many of us unfamiliar with theater jargon, her title is the expression used by lighting crews as ... More » »


Tim Eads’ exuberance confined at Templeton

Tim Eads’ exuberant Species of Spaces feels confined in Rebekah Templeton’s storefront gallery. I like this work. But I wonder how it would blossom in a larger space?  I remember an Environment Paul Thek created years ago at Documenta, a room of sand dunes and art and peace and quiet breathing.  Stuck in that stupid German city for a week I could instantly re-gain my composure in Thek’s room. Eads’ opening was also a performance which sadly I missed. In Eads’ space one acquires joy. It’s the contraptions.  A piano wire strummed by a Jean Tinguely-machine is called Violin and ... More » »

Mel Bochner ‘Unnameable’ (2003) oil on 2 canvases, 24 x 36 in., collection of the artist.  © Mel Bochner

At the National Gallery of Art: Mel Bochner and others

Mel Bochner; In the Tower at the National Gallery of Art  (NGA,  through April 29, 2012) includes thirty works on paper from the 1960s, most from the group known as Thesaurus portraits, and a room full of recent, large, colorful canvases for which the artist returned to the thesaurus as a starting-point.  The use of language and block letters may suggest a conceptual and systematic order and rationality behind these forty years’ work; but dressed up as they are in the protective pedantry of word lists and generic typeface, they instead reflect the personal, idiosyncratic, probing, always intelligent and often ... More » »

William Rush, Model, Phenoid Bone free-standing, ca. 1808, wood and paint, Courtesy of the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Studying the body, not just the figure – Anatomy/Academy at PAFA

With little-seen gems from Philadelphia’s historic scientific institutions, as well as side-by-side art history ground shakers including Thomas Eakins’ Gross Clinic, Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (no. 2), and Eadweard Muybridge’s early motion photographs, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art’s new exhibition, Anatomy/Academy, rephrases the dusty argument over the continued importance of human anatomy studies in art education while touching on a number of important sub-topics along the way. Rather than advocating a backwards or stodgy interest in the figure, this exhibition shows how the study of the human body progressed side by side with new technology, and how ... More » »

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