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"Beyond the Paint" captures the vibrancy of the Mural Arts program.

Beyond the Paint – Philadelphia’s mural arts on view at PAFA

(Rachel is excited about the new exhibit at PAFA that celebrates the city’s painted walls, and she wishes the show could have covered even more territory about murals and placed Philadelphia’s mural movement in a national context.–the artblog editors) Here is a small secret I don’t let many in on: I moved to Philadelphia because of the murals. Since my undergraduate days memorizing the names and dates of Mexico’s iconic walls, the vast community of muralists and public art scholars has been whispering Philadelphia into my ears. Philadelphia’s reputation as a mural mecca is unequivocal – a reality that a ... More » »

Highwire Gallery, as most will remember it. Photo courtesy of Frankford Ave Arts.

News post – Highwire closing, Pentimenti at CONTEXT, PAFA President goes to Russia, car crash at the Kimmel, opportunities and more!

News Dr. David Brigham, PAFA President and CEO, has been invited as an honorable guest and presenter at the Second International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia! December 2-5, 2013. One of 14 invited administrators and rectors of art academies from Europe, America and Asia, Brigham is the sole representative of US fine art schools at the conference, a major honor. The event, hosted by the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts and focusing on the evolution and future of fine art academies, is expected to attract prominent international journalists, scholars, artists, and musicians, as well as representatives of the Presidential Administration and the ... More » »

Hand-painted street-style signs and utopian dreaminess give the show visual and emotional punch.

Philly murals at PAFA exhibit Beyond the Paint.

In a departure from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art’s usual M.O., the new exhibit Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts is a surprise. It’s a show of documentation–photographs of murals, videos, artifacts–the first-of-its-kind exhibit for PAFA, said Museum Director Harry Philbrick. Beyond the Paint is exuberant, populist, and interactive. It’s even a little gritty, with hand-painted signage and wheat pastes reminiscent of graffiti and the cityscape. Generally, my experience of documentary shows is they are torture–dusty and pompous. During installation, I got a chance to walk through the show, along with other members of the Outreach Committee for the show. ... More » »

Book cover, Lion and Leopard

Lion and Leopard – Nathaniel Popkin’s book on the roaring art beasts of 19th Century Philadelphia

Nathaniel Popkin’s new book, Lion and Leopard merges history and fiction in a novel that reads like a 19th Century road trip. With three lead characters and a bad guy, the book, as a comedy sketch, might be titled Three Amigos meet the Devil along the road to Philadelphia and Yikes! he’s an artist. Intrigue and a plot to change the 19th Century art world in Philadelphia A story of intrigue told in a flashback by one of the characters, the book has gossip (who knew all this stuff about the Charles Willson Peale family?!) and exudes an earthy atmosphere that ... More » »

Sarah Peoples, Tree, wood chips, glue, paint and nylon flocking

Absurd and abstract experimentation – Sarah Peoples and Adam Lovitz at PAFA

(Sam visits PAFA for an artist’s talk and finds the playful works speak loudly about what they’re about. –the artblog editors) At a recent talk at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) with two of the school’s alumni, Adam Lovitz and Sarah Peoples, moderator and artist Todd Keyser questioned the artists about why they find it necessary to explore many, varied paths in their visual art. Lovitz and Peoples’ work is featured in Who Say it Be, a show which they won as part of PAFA’s MFA Faculty Exhibition Award, granted at the end of their first year as ... More » »

Red Grooms' "Philadelphia Cornucopia."

News post – Nathaniel Popkin’s new novel, act to save a Red Grooms treasure, Duct Tape Murals by Joe Girandola, opportunities and more!

News Our very own Elizabeth Johnson is curator of EDGE VS LINE at Lafayette College, a celebration of what happens when Edge (a sculptural term) meets Line (a term associated with flat art forms). The show features seven Lehigh Valley and two Brooklyn artists, including Dave Henderson, shown above, and closes today, so get there quickly to see it before it’s gone. After about five years of arduous work, Hidden City chronicler Nathaniel Popkin is about to welcome his first novel, Lion and Leopard, into the world. Published this fall by The Head and The Hand Press, the book is ... More » »

Jennifer Bartlett 'Pool' (1983) 84x180 in.,private collection courtesy Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

Jennifer Bartlett at PAFA – Equal priority to the mind, the eye and the hand

—>Andrea visits the Jennifer Bartlett exhibit at PAFA and comments that it offers direct and abundant pleasure as well as a reflection on painting of the late 20th Century and our era. –the artblog editors————————–> Jennifer Bartlett has made her own way through the stylistic and ideologically-divided precincts of the New York art world for more than forty years.  An impressive survey of her work, organized by the Parrish Art Museum, where it will open in April, 2014, is on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) through Oct. 13, 2013. Jennifer Bartlett: History of the Universe-Works, 1970 ... More » »

A recent installment of Ann-Marie Duquesne's Fanfare.

News post – Puri & Burwell’s open studio, PAFA gets new gallery & Grad Chair, New York Fanfare now on view, opportunities and more!

News   The Fishtown studios of Charles Burwell and Antonio Puri are opening their doors this month. Take advantage of the freshly-arrived autumn weather and pay a visit to 2102 East Norris Street (2nd floor) on Saturday, September 28, between 12 PM-6 PM. For further information, call either Antonio at 484-844-5244, or Charles at 267-973-8823 2 from PAFA – 1. Artist and administrator Clint Jukkala has been selected as the new Chair of PAFA’s Graduate Programs, hailing from the Yale University School of Art, where he served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Coordinator. Welcome and congratulations, Clint! 2. PAFA’s brand new space for works on paper, the Richard C. von ... More » »

James Dupree, of Dupree Studios and Gallery, at work.

News post – POST push to save Dupree Studios, Geek Awards anoints Open Air, DeVille wins Harlem residency, opportunities and more!

News A coup for geeks and public artwork, all at the same time: Open Air won “Event of the Year” at the Philadelphia Geek Awards! This was a pivotal year for Philly’s celebration of the tech community; the 400 available tickets sold out online in 90 minutes. Hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and Geekadelphia, previous years’ winners include Philly Tech Week and the Philadelphia Science Festival. This fall is JJ Tiziou Photography’s 10th anniversary, and in celebration he’s launching the wider release of a special portrait project. Begun with friends and community members, his style for this project is fairly informal, photographing all ... More » »


From the vault – December, 2003 – Art off our beaten path

In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In December, 2003, we were venturing forth from our Old City stomping grounds and trotting up to Northern Liberties and west to City Hall. Despite initial reservations, Roberta discovered some striking poetic narratives at 1 Penn Square. Portraits by a perceptive PAFA graduate were worth the visit to the now-closed Ashley Gallery, where paintings were rife with psychological complexity.  ——————————- The Mystery of Case 13 By roberta December 30, 2003    I always have mixed feelings about the Art in City Hall shows. On the one ... More » »

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