On the 20th anniversaries of Gallery Joe and Pentimenti, two wonderful contemporary art venues in Philadelphia that we admire, we talk with the gallery’s owner/directors, Becky Kerlin (of Gallery Joe) and Christine Pfister (of Pentimenti). Both galleries are located in Old City, and both started in the recession of 1992/93. In our interview, they talk with us about starting their galleries, about deciding to participate in the art fairs, about working with artists and selecting artists, and about some of the online scams involving the sale of art that are circulating on the Internet. We spoke with the two gallery owners ... More » »
THIS MONTH, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours has opened the doors to 300 studios and art venues in neighborhoods across the city, allowing visitors to go behind the scenes and see where the work gets made and how the tools get used. In 1999, POST began with a network of 13 artists. It’s grown so large it now spans two October weekends (Oct. 6-7 and Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21). Last year’s event attracted 37,000 people. The tours introduce artists to the community and may result in sales, but that’s not the main goal of the event, said Ann ... More » »
At Race Street Café this month you can wrap your head around the kaleidoscopic creations of S. Leser and the organic meanderings of Gaby Heit. As a somewhat unconventional gallery space, the café is a great little nook to grab lunch and entertain your eyes with some optical art all at once.
Four Blocks Square, on view at Ven and Vaida Gallery through May 31, is the result of a yearlong collaboration between Judy Breslin and Anthony Latess. Like their exhibition, Some People’s Lives from 2009, this project also involves community engagement. However, in this new collaboration, each artist produces a distinct body of work. Together, they conceived the project’s framework, with each artist working within the same designated area of historic Old City. Running from Race to Walnut (North to South) and 5th to Front (West to East), the project encompasses a sixteen block area.
This new performance and exhibition space in Old City generated buzz well before it opened in July. Today, it’s the most exciting and experimental art venue in the city’s so-called arts district, a place where it’s now easier to get good coffee than it is to see art that’s pushing the envelope.
Old City brought the crowds on first Friday. The five o’clock crawl gave way to 6 o’clock jams, and by 7, the 20 and 30 somethings outnumbered the slightly older early-birds. So what’s the draw? The Clay Studio’s flagship exhibit for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts annual conference has a ponderous name: “Of this Century: Residents, Fellows, and Select Guest Artists of The Clay Studio, 2000-2010” (through May 2nd). Like the title, the show is large, organized by convention, and conveys less than its ought to for its length. As a survey show, it might seem ... More » »