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Installation view

Forms of Elegance — Dynastic Chinese ceramics at the PMA

[Andrea tours the PMA’s Chinese ceramics collection, enjoying the wares’ restraint and the museum’s attention to providing context. — the artblog editors] The recently installed gallery of Chinese ceramics at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), painted a soothing celadon green, is as subtle and elegant as its contents. Curator Hiromi Kinoshita showed me around and was justly proud of her new, long-term installation. The period covered in Forms of Elegance: Chinese Ceramics from the 9th to the 14th Centuries–the Song and Yuan dynasties–was not only considered the pinnacle of ceramic production by subsequent generations in China, but was the ... More » »

Installation view

The Photographic Self–Take One at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

[New artblog contributor Tina Plokarz reviews a show installed not by chronology, but contrast and chromaticity. Take One is the first part of a two-part series at the PMA this summer. — the artblog editors] “Take one”–this phrase seems like an evocative command at the start of a photo show. The words, framed in a blank photo negative at the show’s entrance, immediately provoke a flood of pictures in my head and initiate a nearly overwhelming circulation of images. Provocative portraits Take One: Contemporary Photographs is the first of a two-part exposition of works from the PMA’s collection. The group exhibit presents ... More » »

Paul Durand-Ruel

Discovering the Impressionists — Paul Durand-Ruel and the “new painting”

[Natalia delves into Philadelphia’s hidden connection to European impressionists in an exhibition that celebrates the advent of the style when it was new, and includes groundbreaking works from collections worldwide. — the artblog editors] At the Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer, Discovering the Impressionists attempts to distinguish itself from past blockbuster exhibitions by presenting gallerygoers with a portrait of a unique individual–the visionary Parisian art dealer and champion of the “new painting,” Paul Durand-Ruel. Described by his contemporaries as an “unrepentant risk-taker,” Durand-Ruel’s dedication to the artists of the Impressionist school ensured the international success of this avant-garde group. During ... More » »


News — Robert Straight’s busy summer studio, #ChesterMade goes on an Arts Loop, @muralarts unveils Phillies Wall of Fame, opportunities and more!

[Today in art news: Chester laps Philly in setting up a map-plus-list of artists and arts orgs; social media-savvy job seekers can apply for a position with the Chemical Heritage Foundation; and two exhibitions to keep an eye out for. — the artblog editors] News Big news out of Chester–an initiative called Chester Made is striving to help arts and culture in the area, and its first presentation to Chester City Council is scheduled for June 24 at 7 pm, at which time organizers will present a Cultural Assets Map–a mapped inventory of artists and arts organizations in Chester. (And we ... More » »

block party with lots of people

Please, Don’t. Let Me Be. – A Winning Essay in the Art Writing Contest!

[Dear Readers, today we begin publishing the essays of the 16 finalists in the New Art Writing Challenge Contest! Here is the second of four articles we publish today on Artblog and the St. Claire.  Thanks to all those who participated, submitting more than 70 articles. And thanks to our jurors — Hrag Vartanian, Abigail Satinsky and Nell McClister — who picked the winners. We are energized by all the wonderful writing that was submitted and know you will enjoy reading it! — the artblog editors] Winner of the Prize for 500 words or less Please, Don’t. Let Me Be. By Justin O. Walker ... More » »


Interfaces — Outsider Art and the Mainstream at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

[Alex comments on a show comparing outsider artists’ work with that of “established” artists. He notes that the show’s formal, quasi-scientific arrangement mostly puts the pieces on par with each other. — the artblog editors] Do artists with formal education, fame and cultural prestige necessarily create “better” work than artists working with limited access to institutional support and resources? As somebody who studies and writes about art, I often face the aggravating experience of hearing people say, “My kid could make that!” when viewing modern or contemporary work. I now give the stock response, “But they didn’t, and that’s why ... More » »

decorated document with heart and birds

Reclaiming a folk tradition — Framing Fraktur at the Free Library

[Noreen explores the origins and evolution of Fraktur, a decorative style of documentation with deep roots in Germany, which is coupled with contemporary art in a current exhibition. This post was assigned and shepherded through the editing process by our guest editors this month, the Nicola Midnight St. Claire. Thanks, Nicola! — the artblog editors] In an age when computer graphics are almost entirely responsible for design, handmade birthday cards, wedding invitations, and journals are rare and special. This month, in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library of Philadelphia presents a collection of such rarities on ... More » »


Shelley Spector — Keep the Home Fires Burning at the PMA

[Lauren enjoys an inviting sculpture-and-textile show by Shelley Spector, whom we’ve interviewed previously on artblog radio. Inspired by a mother-daughter collaboration, Spector repurposed found objects into pieces that deserve their own new family histories. — the artblog editors] Fiber and textile work can easily be misconstrued as crafty or kitschy, reminiscent of framed embroideries stating “Grandma Loves You,” and veering dangerously close to the territory of acrylic-yarn crocheted tea cozies adorned with googly-eyed cats. But then there are the select few who take that tiny thread and draw something beautiful with it, constructing mind-boggling structures from a single, continuous piece ... More » »

Panel painting

Ink and Gold — The Art of the Kano at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

[Andrea shares how the Japanese shogunate influenced styles in one family of artists; introduces us to star artist Tan’yü; and recommends going to see this exhibit, as these invaluable works are very rarely shown in the U.S. — the artblog editors] Ink and Gold: The Art of the Kano at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) through May 10, 2015 offers multiple sources of visual delight. There’s the sweeping drama of scenes that unfold across more than 20-foot expanses, creating the illusion of distant landscapes nestled in an atmosphere of actual gold. Viewed up close, the painted screens, sliding doors, hanging scrolls, ... More » »

Thomas Eakins painting

Thomas Eakins’ “The Pair-Oared Shell” at the PMA

[Marvin takes a close eye to a classic Realist painting, applying his knowledge of rowing to dissect the deeper meaning of Thomas Eakins’ work. — the artblog editors] The picturesque scene of Boathouse Row on the banks of the Schuylkill River has become synonymous today with American rowing culture. But for Philadelphia Realist artist Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), who was an amateur rower himself, his now-famous rowing paintings were his attempt to raise to iconic status the spirit of the sport: a human athleticism and grace pitted against the might and beauty of the river. For those who have experienced that ... More » »

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