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Marc Newson, Ford 021C Concept Car, 1999.  Check the snub nose and square lines - way ahead of its time!

February – Cold outside but hot inside, a belated First Friday photo post

First Friday started early for Libby and me with a trip to the Perelman Building at the PMA with Collab board president Vesna Todorovicz Sacks, who showed us the Collab 2013 Design Excellence Award show of Australian designer Marc Newson.  Not only is the work a delight — playful, colorful, sleek and clean, the design of the show itself is very cool.  Like an exploded 3D version of a model home, the show features a garage with a Ford Concept Car, a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and bath–a highly engaging little pad to dream yourself into. The Australian designer, ... More » »

"Gay, Jewish or Both" - A collaborative installation between designer Bernardo Margulis and NAPOLEON founding member Leslie Friedman.

Gay, Jewish or Both

[Leah delves into tropes associated with both the gay and Jewish communities, and examines how a new show challenges expectations. -- the artblog editors] When I initially heard about Gay, Jewish, or Both at NAPOLEON, I was very enthusiastic. The subject is a delicate one; however, it is also very contemporary and full of potential for rich discourse. The exhibition is perplexing. On the one hand, I was not sure how I felt, but on the other, I knew that I was being asked to digest some difficult ideas. As a Jew who was raised by a lesbian, I often ... More » »

Ralph Pugay's "Dogs Barking at Weapons," 2013, acrylic on canvas, at Vox Populi

First Friday of the New Year – Great stuff out there in the Vox building and at Space 1026

(Libby and I had a date with the B-roll team from WHYY’s Friday Arts on Jan. 3. Maybe you saw us at the Vox building or Space 1026. You say, What is B-roll? Well, it’s not sushi is my reply. ) Vox building Accompanied by Cate who was visiting from New York, and all mic’d up and ready for our video shoot,  we headed up the stairs at 319 N. 11th, with filmmaker/director Michael O’Reilly, audio engineer Charlie Kaier and cameraman Paul Parmalee in tow. First stop, the new TandM Space on the 4th floor. Blaise Tobia and Virginia Maksymowics, who ... More » »

Lewis Colburn, speaking with us for an artblog radio  podcast.

Lewis Colburn – Next on artblog radio!

Lewis Colburn is a maker of whimsical sculptural installations that are sometimes life size and sometimes half-scale. The artist loves history and his works often deal with historical periods and ideas at play in those bygone eras. We would have loved to meet and talk with him in his studio in the Viking Mill building in Kensington, but that building was recently closed due to some code violations. Colburn is a CFEVA fellow and a member of the alternative gallery Napoleon.  Now until Dec. 6, you can see his work in the Citywide exchange show As First as exactly, a ... More » »

The Noble Amateur, installation view.

Enlightenment man – Lewis Colburn’s The Noble Amateur at Napoleon

(Sam reviews Lewis Colburn’s recently-closed show at Napoleon gallery, with work that raises issues about the role of the artist in society.) The works of Lewis Colburn defy easy categorization, but they are generally concerned with storytelling and conceptions of history and truth; and Colburn seems to see art as a playful way to stimulate viewers’ imaginations. His latest installation, The Noble Amateur, presses deceptions on the viewer, such as man-made works that mimic natural growth, and hand-made pieces that resemble found objects, but noticing these tricks is part of the fun. The artist recently joined the member gallery, Napoleon, and this month the gallery ... More » »

Tim McFarlane's mural, Presence, at Bridgette Mayer

First Friday Flash – What I saw Sept. 6 in Chinatown North and Washington Square

It was an unusually fertile September First Friday with shows that interested me all over the place. Sadly, you can only do what you can do, and this is what I did and saw. All venues will be open on Saturday and some are open on Sundays. Check the websites for more info and get out there this weekend. Eve Sussman and Simon Lee at Locks Gallery Sussman and Lee sometimes collaborate, and the husband and wife team had a number of collaborative videos they had made in Central Asia. One I loved in particular, which was not in Central ... More » »


Monument to a Cemi-Macho Fighter – Grimaldi Baez at Napoleon

A small temple in honor of the late Hector “Macho” Camacho, a Puerto Rican boxer from San Juan who always stayed close to his community, has been erected at Napoleon gallery in Philadelphia. Their latest outing, A Cemi Waste of Macho Time: something for us to believe in is the first installation piece by Philadelphia artist Grimaldi Baez. Not being a fan of boxing, I didn’t know about Camacho until I saw this show. After watching a YouTube video of Camacho winning his first world title in 1983 and hearing the crowd chant Camacho’s name, it became clear to me that ... More » »

Our Art Safari group before take off

artblog’s Art Safari March 1 with John Gatti’s Art Now class – a picture post!

We sallied forth with around a dozen Safari-ites from John Gatti’s Art Now! class at the Barnes Foundation, and saw the art in the Vox Populi building and in Space 1026, with a stop for refreshments at Trestle Inn, where the go go dancers inspired everyone to sing along and wriggle/dance in their seats.  Below are some pictures – with more at Libby’s flickr and Roberta’s flickr.  Come on Safari with us!  Email libbyandroberta@gmail.com.  


News post – Napoleon fundraiser, congratulations to Andrea, Douglas Witmer in Europe, opportunities and more!

News Napoleon Gallery and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania are partnering for a fundraiser aimed at engaging artistically inclined young people. Forty artists have been invited to a charity art sale, with each artist contributing one piece of work; prices range from $40-$80, so it’s well within a thrifty budget. The proceeds are split fifty-fifty between the artists and Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA for a 2013 educational art event. The fundraiser began last night, with the sale continuing today and Sunday from 2-6 PM. Keep in mind that it ‘s cash-only! Fishtown’s status as a cultural haven ... More » »

Too hot for JFK Plaza: Frank Rizzo in a custom Ishknits bikini, before its removal by security.

News post – Frank Rizzo’s yarn bikini, Saffron defends PSFS legacy, Jenny Lee Maas at the Thought Lot, opportunities and more!

News On Tuesday morning, Frank Rizzo’s statue at 15th and JFK got a richly symbolic – if short-lived – dressing-down by Ishknits aka Jessie Hemmons, Philadelphia’s resident yarnbomber. For approximately three minutes, Rizzo was clad in a hot pink bikini, causing much hilarity and consternation for passerby before security came out and removed it. Derive whatever political commentary you will from this, it got people’s attention, as a thong bikini on one of Philadelphia’s most polarizing politicians is wont to do. Hemmons has put a statement about the incident on her blog. In other street art news, Conrad Benner of Streets Dept raised ... More » »

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