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Live Comments – Curator Robert Cozzolino on Peter Blume at PAFA

(Peter Blume’s works, which are riveting in reproduction, will stop you in your tracks when you see them in the large and beautifully installed survey at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. )  Accomplished technically (the artist would spend 3 years on one painting), colorful, complex and symbolic, Peter Blume’s works like “The Rock,” “The Eternal City” and “Tasso’s Oak” are edgy visual puzzles. Andrea told you about the works and the show, organized by PAFA Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art, Robert Cozzolino. Below are two great audio clips of Cozzolino elucidating. In the first (approximately 7 minutes long) he talks about “The Eternal City,” ... More » »

William D. Johnston and Eiko Otake, Eiko in Fukushima, 17 January 2014, Komagamine No. 146, 2014. Digital color print, 13.3 x 20 inches. Photo: William D. Johnston. © William D. Johnston and Eiko Otake, 2014.

News post – Victory for Tyler 2015, A Body in Fukushima at Wesleyan, new Barnes and Curtis collab, opportunities and more!

News via Evan Laudenslager - Evan, our writer and a Tyler alum, recently reminded us to be psyched for the upcoming Victory for Tyler exhibition at the Crane Icebox from April 2-26.  They have had tons of  entries this year and the show is being juried by Anthony Elms (who previously curated White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart in 2013), so keep it on your radar! A new Barnes partnership is happening! The other day, the Barnes Foundation and Curtis Institute launched a new collaborative program of commissions, performances, and educational exchanges. Beginning with a three-concert series of performances by the Aizuri Quartet—named ... More » »

Sarah Sze. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro.

News post – Leeway winners, Sarah Sze at Victoria Miro, Doug Witmer at PAFA, opportunities and more!

News Douglas Witmer, in addition to a raft of new studio happenings, has a show of Recent Paintings at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts‘s Alumni Gallery. Opening on Wednesday, January 28, the exhibition runs through Sunday, April 12. Given the architectural challenges of the building, Doug writes, his collection is being prepared with the space in mind “and I’m looking forward to see how the interaction plays out when my 21st Century paintings meet a Victorian backdrop.” Us, too!   The Leeway Foundation gave out its 2014 Transformation Award recently, granting $135,000 to nine women and trans* artists from the Philadelphia region. They are: ... More » »

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News post – Njideka Akunyili Crosby wins ’14 James Dicke, Captain Beefheart album artist show at ImPeRfECT, opportunities and more!

News Another well-deserved honor for the gloriously talented Njideka Akunyili Crosby – on Tuesday, the PAFA alumna was named the 2014 winner of the James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Akunyili Crosby (Post-Bacc. ’06, Cert. ’06-’09) is the 11th winner of the award, given to under-50s with an exceptional body of work.  For context, the other 2014 James Dicke award nominees were Cory Arcangel, Trisha Baga, Paul Chan, Barnaby Furnas, Theaster Gates, KAWS (Brian Donnelly), Josiah McElheny, Dave McKenzie, Julie Mehretu, Frances Stark, Swoon (Caledonia Curry) and Mickalene Thomas.  Cal Schenkel, groundbreaking album cover artist for ... More » »

Rebecca Rutstein, you come and go (diptych), 2014. Photo courtesy of Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

News post – Farewell to Vivant, Bridgette Mayer in Vegas, Cadmium Red under fire, Jeff Carr retires, opportunities and more!

News   A sad moment for Old City, but we’re pretty determined to end it on a happy note: after seven years of being the only African-American owned gallery in Old City, Florcy Morisset is closing Vivant Art Collection.  She and Honorary Co-Chair Lisa Nutter are understandably emotional to see it end, but they’re sending Vivant out with a full five days of festivities celebrating Vivant’s place in the community. Check out the listing of events below, and, in the words of Florcy for the last seven years - vivant! Wednesday, October 1st,  6pm – 9pm M‘ART’ini Cocktail Reception hosted ... More » »

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Posts in the Pipeline – Stories you won’t want to miss

[artblog guides you through the great Philly art scene.  Our Picks, available by newsletter (subscribe here) curates a trustworthy list of shows and events each month.  But there’s so much more! Posts in the Pipeline tells you what we’ve selected to feature this month. — the artblog editor] Reviews and features this week Evan Laudenslager reviews the Vox Populi show, Room for the Whole Wide World Lauren Findlay says don’t miss the #SelfieShow at Yell Gallery Irena Frumkin tells us about the David Lynch show at PAFA Roberta talks about a couple of Public Art and Community projects, Write Sky and Yo Soy Oro Coming ... More » »

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Fringe Arts, Pig Iron, and PAFA unite for 99 Breakups

[Donald takes a romantic romp through a performance piece showing that breakups aren’t the end of the world. — the artblog editors] Have you ever needed a fresh outlook on the dreaded “breakup”? The Pig Iron Theatre Company’s 99 Breakups (a world premiere) at PAFA’s Landmark Building allows its viewers to laugh along with painful stories while shaping a collective unit that doesn’t ignore their own dark moments. 99 Breakups is an experimental and physically demanding piece of theater that keeps the audience tightly knit as they move throughout the Landmark Theater with a new view on the collapse of ... More » »

Alex Losett, "Cobble Creek," 2013. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post – Opera under the Liberty Bell, a new PAFA Curator, Alex Losett at St. Joe’s, new Bodega-in-NYC show, opportunities and more!

News For the fourth year running, Opera Philadelphia is treating the city to a free HD broadcast, this time of the comedic classic The Barber of Seville. Last year was a smash hit, drawing almost 4,000 to a presentation of Verdi’s Nabucco. With free tickets available to the public starting tomorrow, September 3 beginning at 10 a.m at operaonthemall.org, everyone who registers is automatically entered to win an Opera Philadelphia subscription for two to the entire 2014-2015 Season. The broadcast is on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:00 p.m at Independence National Historical Park.   After a lengthy search, Jodi Throckmorton ... More » »

David Lynch's self-explanatory  Burn Pinecone and Throw in Your House. Photo: Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich, Germany.

News post – Lynch’s PAFA conquest nears, Charles Clary at Pierogi, Reflecting Design artists announced, opportunities and more!

News It’s not open until September 13, but David Lynch: The Unified Field at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is on the lips of many major institutions in the art world. From a Twin Peaks screening featuring actress Catherine E. Coulson to a short-film competition judged by Lynch and his studio, the exhibition has just about covered every way to engage with Lynch’s enigmatic and influential body of work. You can find a full program of both public and members-only events associated with the show at PAFA online. When you’re the ICA, the revelry never ends. Fresh off their 50th anniversary celebration, the Institute ... More » »

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“Without the Wall” explores identity and incarceration at Philadelphia’s City Hall

[Rachel delves into a show that asks whether prisoners’ art will ever be free of associated stigma–and how much of the artwork’s interest comes from the artist’s incarceration. — the artblog editors] “Can we experience art without the story of the artist?” That is the question Treacy Ziegler asked herself when beginning Without the Wall, an exhibition on view at Philadelphia’s City Hall through August 22. Asking 55 artists to create a work of art in a six-inch circle, but presenting each work anonymously, Ziegler directly explores artistic identity. The catch: Half of the 55 artists are incarcerated, and half ... More » »

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