Tag Archive "performance"


Thomas Chimes and Mari Shaw — a Philadelphia story

[Andrea attends a performative reading of a new book on Thomas Chimes, written by his longtime friend and artblog contributor Mari Shaw. — the artblog editors] Philadelphia artist Thomas Chimes (1921–2009) had a promising start: His work was shown in exhibitions across the country, in solo gallery exhibitions in NYC, purchased by the Museum of Modern Art, and displayed in a large-scale retrospective organized by the Ringling Museum of Art in 1968. When he heard that Marcel Duchamp, during a panel discussion in Philadelphia in 1961, had suggested that the great artist of the future would go underground, Chimes took ... More » »


Sari Dienes — at the center of things, yet overlooked

[Andrea argues for the recognition and appreciation of Sari Dienes, a prolific and flexible artist whose work has largely been overlooked by history until this, her first solo museum show. — the artblog editors] The Drawing Center is showing a very small but powerful exhibition of the work of Sari Dienes (1898-1992), on view at the Lab gallery through Nov. 16; it is her first solo museum exhibition, and it is certainly belated. It is a must-see for anyone who is interested in the New York scene of the 1950s-80s, but doesn’t recognize Dienes’ name. Friends in all the right places Dienes ... More » »


5×5 — A second series of temporary, public art projects for Washington, D.C.

[Andrea critiques Washington, D.C.’s newest public artwork series by individual works and on a broader level; she makes the point that sited art should be aimed at neighborhood dwellers, not visitors or curators. — the artblog editors] This year’s program of temporary, public artworks in D.C., 5×5, reflects both a broad and ambitious approach to work sited, and in some places constructed, in public venues across all four quadrants of the district. It is the second series of temporary public artworks supported by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). The purpose of public art In a day’s viewing, I managed to ... More » »

actor on stage and audience

White Rabbit Red Rabbit — Nassim Soleimanpour’s dark allegory at the Fringe Festival

[Alaina experiences a one-man show that crosses the fourth wall–and half the Earth–to reach Philadelphia audiences. — the artblog editors] Philly theatergoers and writers never get bossed around more than during the weeks of the freewheeling Fringe Festival, when they’ll often purchase a ticket before the artists will disclose the venue, and receive strict instructions on when and how to arrive and what to bring. Reviewers’ directions This year’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit, coming to us from Iran while playwright Nassim Soleimanpour cannot, offers its own “Urgent Note for Press” demanding that I not forget Soleimanpour lives in Iran, and ... More » »

garden gnome inside

Special happening at Roth opening at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery last night

[Roberta sees a surprise performance at a gallery opening last night. — the artblog editors] The exhibit Roth opened last night at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery.  In addition to the group show — which celebrates the first Dieter Roth exhibit at the University of the Arts in 1966 and which is great — the new floors, newly-flattened interior wall (remember that circular wall?) and spiffed up ceiling in the gallery bring the gallery’s infrastructure nicely into the 21st century! Speaking of walls, this happened last night. The piece is by Erwin Wurm and it’s called Theory of Painting, 2007/2014, instruction drawing. I am ... More » »

Meredith Haines played the role of the Beast

“The Off White Beast” at New Boon(e)

[Leah reviews a performance art piece with applications to social issues here in Philadelphia, and beyond. –the artblog editors] After attending the newest event at New Boon(e) gallery, “The Off White Beast: A Story Telling Performance,” I was left pleasantly perplexed and moved. New Boon(e) is an artist collective that explores the need for an artistic community. The space transforms from a working studio space for a group of member-artists into a gallery/exhibition room, and is unified by the need for critical conversation, collaboration, and exposure that extends to the broader art community in Philadelphia. Setting the scene, and the ... More » »

Lewis Colburn, showing us his hand-made half-scale cinder blocks.

Lewis Colburn on history and how it morphs through the re-telling – An artblog radio podcast

Lewis Colburn loves history and his sculptures and installations often deal with historical periods and ideas at play in those bygone eras. We would have loved to meet and talk with him in his studio in the Viking Mill building in Kensington, but that building, which houses many artists studios and small businesses, was recently closed due to some code violations (part of it — the space Little Berlin occupies — is now open). Colburn is a CFEVA fellow and a member of the alternative gallery Napoleon.  His work is on view until Dec. 6 in the Citywide exchange show As First ... More » »

Kate Gilmore, "Sudden as a Massacre". Video still.

Three from New York – Pablo Helguera’s Libreria Donceles at Kent Fine Arts and Pataphysics and From Memory at Sean Kelly

(Andrea visits two galleries in New York, sees three excellent shows, and buys something. –the artblog editors) Entering Kent Fine Arts these days is disorienting, because beyond the building entryway, elevator, and usual gallery door is a perfectly-realized, functional, used book store: metal shelves full of books, an occasional easy chair, recommended titles arrayed on a table, and a separate section for children. The only thing missing is the dust that usually characterizes such places. It’s the only store in N.Y.C. devoted to second-hand, Spanish-language books, despite the fact that a quarter of the city speaks Spanish. E-publishing hasn’t fostered ... More » »


Catching Thread – Margo Wolowiec at Grizzly Grizzly

Post by Mellisa Robbins (Mellisa Robbins’ post is part of a collaboration between artblog and Moore College of Art and Design’s Culture in the Classroom program.  Mellisa is one of two students in Terri Saulin’s Professional Practices class chosen by Libby and Roberta to have their posts published on artblog. We look forward to seeing more of Mellisa’s writing on artblog in the future.) Margo Wolowiec’s Catching Thread at Grizzly Grizzly is a testament to our throwaway culture of social media, and how we make sense of it all. Wolowiec’s woven pieces at first seem like densely layered abstracts, but upon closer inspection, ... More » »


Next up on artblog radio – A podcast with Jess Perlitz

Jess Perlitz is a sculptor who makes playful structures for people to interact with — sometimes she wears the sculpture and you interact with her. She has created wooden lookout platforms to climb up on and reinforced concrete huts to sit in. Recently, she created a disco ball bodysuit that she calls “Disco Lump” that performs, spinning very slowly. The ideas are plentiful in her work, much of which is about the voice of the solitary individual in a community. The works, which we’ve seen in Philadelphia’s alternative spaces, are quirky and intriguing.  Jess is Canadian, and she is soon ... More » »

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