Matt Kalasky called for a discussion about artists residencies on his publication, The St. Claire. The event, July 19 at Fjord, turned out to be a sort of grad school bull session about the nature of and usefulness of artists residencies. Their usefulness turned out to be the more useful topic of discussion, and by time the 20 to 25 people in attendance were finished, they realized ARs might not be so much about punching a ticket and decorating a resume but rather something they could find useful–or not. I tried reporting the discussion via our Twitter, @theartblog, but didn’t ... More » »
News This just in from Libby and Roberta — We learned today that Curator of Contemporary Art Julien Robson will no longer be at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as of the end of the month. What’s next for the risk-taking curator who brought contemporary art from Philadelphia and the hinterlands into PAFA’s exhibition spaces? Other projects, he said, including bringing artist Mel Chin to “curated by-Vienna,” an international art exhibit in its fourth year. Julien was one of 25 curators invited to participate in the 22-gallery art festival, which opens Sept. 20, 2012. The show this year ... More » »
News Some good deals Two new art deals online–we like the entrepreneurship of both! DealYo – James Dupree is currently offering a limited edition print of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for half price on DealYo on Philly.com. The Deal — Nicola Midnight St. Claire’s new feature “The Deal” reports on and sells work by artists that they are enthralled with. The inaugural St. Claire deal is work by artist Celeste Dupuy-Spencer. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions — and to buy the art! Print Center finalists The Print Center announced the finalists and semi-finalist for their 86th annual photography competition. The exhibit will ... 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 email@example.com or call 312-953-2885. Knapp Gallery closing Old City’s Knapp Gallery is closing up shop at the end of ... More » »
Matt Kalasky spoke with us Oct 17 about his role as one of the founding editors of the new online arts journal, the The Nicola Midnight St. Claire (now temporarily called “The New, New Masses” – you can hear about that on their website). We also wanted to hear about his art, which takes the form of performance and video, often involving a large dose of science fiction or fantasy. Matt graduated from Tyler with an MFA in sculpture in 2011 and even while a student he was in group exhibits in many venues in Philadelphia including Vox VI, the ... More » »
NEWS The Nicola Midnight St. Claire (temporarily The New, New Masses) The gloriously quirky art publication The Nicola Midnight St. Claire held an auction in order to change the site’s name for a month. So if you go to the website looking for the St. Claire you will instead find The New, New Masses with a funny–but slippery–video message about the spirit of giving, consumerism, and internet freedom, plus some holiday “gifs” for everyone to enjoy. Macaulay Culkin, anyone?
News Latest issue of Nicola Midnight St. Claire On September 11, the newest issue of the Nicola Midnight St. Claire came out. In this installment, there are some articles on Katie Murken’s installation Continua as well as Bodega’s show Mobile Device. There is also a video “centerfold” and a curious take on a relic from 9/11 on display in the Penn Museum’s show Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11. And in breaking news ...this just in from Matt Kalasky, editor of the Nicola: “Tonight at 7 PM in Temple Gallery the editors of the Nicola Midnight St.Claire will be presenting ... More » »
Sad News Walter Edmonds We are sad to bring you the news that Philadelphia Artist Walter Edmonds, 73, died of a heart attack on June 12th.