First impressions help to define our interactions with people and things. Usually, first impressions guide a person as to how a relationship (whether personal or professional) will progress. For example, if I wear sweatpants and a sweatshirt to a job interview, chances are I won’t be getting that job. This being said, my first impression of Deb Sokolow’s show was a bit off the mark. Sokolow’s abstract collage works rely heavily on narrative for their impact. This is not a show one can comprehend at first glance. Entering the room, I was taken aback by the stark presentation. Her works ... More » »
News The West Prize list has been announced, picked from an array of 2,650 submissions. The Philadelphia artists who have won a place in the West Collection are: Tim Portlock Joe Girandola Kim Alsbrooks Astrid Bowlby Kay Healy Tim Eads Erin Murray Colette Fu Mark Stockton Brian Richmond Additional winners include Bohyn Yoon, a Korean artist who taught at Tyler, and Tyler Held, who graduated University of the Arts in 2011. In celebration of International Museum Day, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PAFA and the American Swedish Historical Museumare free to the public today. The PMA is open from 10:00 a.m. to ... More » »
News Do you enjoy the West Philly Rotunda‘s selection of great indie shows? Vote for it in Philly Magazine! It’s been nominated, along with four other locations, as one of Philly’s best indie music venues. Is Van Gogh pertinent to a contemporary artist? Hear three locals, Emily Brown, Hiro Sakaguchi and Zoe Strauss, talk about it April 27 at the PMA. The program, moderated by Van Gogh Up Close curator Joseph Rishel, is in conjunction with that blockbuster show at the museum. To purchase tickets ($10, $8 students and members – no admission ticket required), call 215-235-SHOW or visit the Museum’s website. ... More » »
Whoa!! Moore College of Art and Design chief curator and gallery director Lorie Mertes is leaving town. She has been a bright spot at the Galleries at Moore and in Philadelphia. This from an email from Happy Fernandez: With sadness, I have accepted the resignation of Lorie Mertes as Moore’s Director and Chief Curator of The Galleries. She is resigning to move to Raleigh, North Carolina, due to her husband’s exciting new job change during the latter part of February. I have immensely enjoyed working with Lorie over these past 3 years and highly respect her creativity, vision, and effective ... More » »
One of the fiercest of the early women performance artists, Karen Finley, has just made a piece of public art that, well, lets just say it’s channeling her inner kitty cat.
Philagrafika 2010, the largest international city-wide art festival in Philadelphia, celebrating the vitality of printmaking, opens this Friday, and with 90 different venues and events to consider; what’s an art lover to do? Well, we’re going to help you here with some tips and picks.