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 » »
Gallery Joe and Pentimenti galleries are celebrating their 20th anniversaries, which is really impressive, given how galleries come and go. Both show cutting edge contemporary art that we admire and both are located in Old City, where First Fridays defined hip, joining art and social excitement here in Philadelphia. Rebecca Kerlin, director of Gallery Joe and Christine Pfister, director of Pentimenti are women business owners in a male-dominated global art world. And, as longtime observers of the Philadelphia art scene, they have interesting things to say about Philadelphia and its place in the national and international art world and how that ... More » »
News It’s time to light 20 candles for Pentimenti! Happy anniversary to one of Philly’s best galleries – it’s great to see them running strong! To celebrate, they’re presenting 20 in 2012 vision, an exhibition featuring the work of sixteen of their artists, all of whom have created new work specifically for the show. The only guideline they had to follow was the use of emerald and/or white (apparently traditional 20th anniversary colors) as their basic palette. The particpating artists are: Steven Baris, Kim Beck, Laura Bell, Cecilia Biagini, Matthew Cox, Anthony DeMelas, Kevin Finklea, Kiki Gaffney, Judy Gelles, Matt Haffner, Joseph Hu, Mark Khaisman, Jacob Lunderby, Margaret Murphy, Hadieh Shafie and Jackie Tileston. The exhibition opens on September ... More » »
Jacque Liu’s show Milk Drunk, currently up at Pentimenti gallery, is titled after a comment about the artist’s newborn son made by a nurse. True to this theme, the works on display evoke an amorphous, rich, pre-lingual state of consciousness. Liu’s works in this show include folded drawings somewhat reminiscent of the work of Agnes Martin, mylar constructions, and object installations. The use of translucent mylar in drawings and constructions adds to the ephemeral nature of Liu’s work, giving pieces a soft aura and altering and cloaking of more traditional colors. Likewise, folds and buttons on the mylar works imply specific ... More » »
News Renowned graphic designer and UArts alum Craig Holden Feinberg is partnering with the Pearlstein Gallery for an exhibition on the social impact of design and imagery. The programming begins with Holden Feinberg’s two-day residency at Drexel University as a Rankin Scholar of the Graphic Design program. On May 14, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery begins an exhibition of Holden Feinberg’s work, displayed until Friday, June 8. The opening reception on Friday, May 18 at 5 p.m. features a panel discussion on raising awareness of local and global social issues, as well as displays of Holden Feinberg’s shocking, funny and forceful design work. ... More » »
Steven Baris and Kim Beck’s work at Pentimenti is intriguing for me because the artists’ subjects speak to the facts of life all too familiar to me as a New Jersey denizen: rampant construction, and the ubiquitous presence of the exurbs. Both artists have been covered on artblog previously. Kim Beck’s “Built Futures” — large drawings in graphite, charcoal and cut paper — surveys peripheral and suburban spaces, especially the built environment, which brings “the banal and everyday into focus.” Philadelphia-based Steven Baris’ “Stations of the Cube” is an exploration of ”placeless” spaces. The a self-made exurban theorist’s video installation “Exurban Archipelago” ... More » »
Only visible at sundown, Shock Waves from artist Daniel Oliva is a memorial to the victims of the tsunami that devastated Japan last spring. While the inside of Pentimenti Gallery is currently empty, the installation in the gallery’s front windows is visible from its sidewalk through August 24.
Much of the work in Think Global 2 at Pentimenti reflects a shared mindset of lowered expectations, with artists channeling environmental concerns or worries about the world economy. In the exhibition open until July 9, the art is a reflection of a larger, collective mood of doubt.
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 » »
We ran into a lot of folks at the art fairs last week. Some we knew, others were artists and gallerists we were meeting for the first time. Either way, the art fairs are chat fests with conversations about art, sales and the exhilaration of being at the fair. Talk is the glue that holds the memory of the fair together this year. Other years it was the art. Here’s a brief report from Pulse, Volta and the Armory.« Previous Page — Next Page »