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New work by Douglas Witmer. Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post — Dual UDel shows, Abigail DeVille lands at Michel Rein, BAM Auction shows Artsy’s chops, opportunities and more!

News   A shot Roberta took of the Gee’s Bend Girls at the PMA got a second life recently when Craft in America were captivated enough to use it in an episode, which aired this week, focusing on the topic of industry. The picture in question, showing the Gees Bend quilters singing at the PMA in their quilt exhibit a number of years back, was spotted by a sharp-eyed artist who saw the Gee’s Bend ladies singing at an exhibition and thought it would fit the episode perfectly.   Good tidings from former Philadelphia Art Alliance curator Sarah Archer, who’s ... More » »

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News post – iMPeRFeCT Gallery’s Krampus pride, Jon Rafman in “Art After the Internet, major gift to the PMA, opportunities and more!

News   The Philadelphia Museum of Art unveiled a stunner of an acquisition this week, announcing that they’ve obtained 97 works from Keith L. and Katherine Sachs. We’ve already gotten word that Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Joseph Beuys, who won’t be strangers to anyone familiar with the museum’s existing works, are among the offerings, on view in the Modern and Contemporary Wing. For some, a fearsome Alpine antidote to Yuletide cheer is the main draw of winter. iMPeRFeCT Gallery is chief among the ranks of Krampus enthusiasts, having celebrated this demonic procession at Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties ... More » »

Joan Miro ‘The Hermitage’ (1924), oil ?, crayon and pencil on canvas, 45 x 57 9/16 in., PMA.

The Surrealists — works from the collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea reviews a new exhibition showcasing Surrealist paintings and art objects. — the artblog editors) The Surrealists: Works from the Collection, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) Perelman Building through March 2, 2014, is an excellent use of the museum’s permanent collection. It includes prints, photographs, books, magazines, and furniture, but the bulk of the work consists of paintings, which offer a particularly interesting survey of the varied and sometimes experimental paintwork of many Surrealists. The exhibition takes a strict interpretation of Surrealism as a movement by a group of artists in Paris and in exile during WWII, from the ... More » »

John McLaughlin, Untitled (1941) at Franklin Parrasch Gallery.

Art Basel Miami Beach, 2013

(Andrea strolls the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, and offers her picks from both new and familiar artists. — the artblog editors) Each year, friends ask about my response to Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), and I reply that someone might be able to attend a fair for three and a half hours and offer an opinion, but I’m not that someone. I attend fairs to see what I can learn, preferably to see interesting work by artists I didn’t know, or new aspects of artists whose work I’ve seen before. Another wonderful Picasso drawing, such as the ... More » »

New work at Thinkspace by NoseGo.

News post – Philebrity vs. Streets Dept, Arch Enemy Arts gets fantastic, the PMA’s endowment win, see Sze for free, opportunities and more!

News   This year, as you enjoy the holiday season, you can bedeck your halls with sweet and original artwork while supporting the Philly creative community. From now until December 30, the AIGA Philadelphia SPACE is putting on their Holiday Pop-Up-Shop, where you’ll be able to find everything from t-shirts, stickers, gift wrap, and, of course, prints by: Steve DeCusatis, Peter Camburn, Brigette Indelicato, Matt Cavanaugh, Kaitlyn Ryan, Kevin Kernan, Alana Seggman, Allan Espiritu, Robb Leef, Marybeth Kradel-Weitzel, Josh Carter, Thieves & Beggars, and AIGA. The SPACE Pop-Up Shop is open Thursdays 3–7 PM, Fridays & Saturdays 1–7 PM, and other times as announced, through December. Philebrity and Streets Dept put their art-critiquing dukes up this week in a ... More » »

From David Lynch's "Naming" exhibition. Photo courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

News post – Taxidermists duke it out, onward Reading Viaduct, Peter Rose in Brooklyn, hiatus for Pile of Bricks, opportunities and more!

News   If you not only love the taxidermic arts but want to hear stories behind some taxidermists’ macabre masterpieces, join the Philadelphia Alt Taxidermy group tonight for a competition like no other. Judged by Beth Beverly, Adam Wallacavage, and Autumn Keitponglert, and with collective thirsts slaked by complimentary cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin, competitors are bringing their most treasured and unusual pieces of taxidermy (created or collected), and presenting in front of a live audience (that means you). Doogie Horner is the emcee for the evening, and expect live entertainment as participants narrate their most colorful stories attached to each piece. ... More » »

Fernand Léger ‘The City’ (1919) o/c, 7'7" x 9'9.5" PMA, Gallatin Collection

Romancing the Machine – Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea calls the just-opened Leger show at the PMA a fascinating and dynamic exhibition that captures perfectly the early 20th Century optimism about cities and industry.) Léger, Modern Art and the Metropolis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) through January 5, 2014, is pervaded with an optimism about industrialization and urbanization at a time, centered on the 1920s, when they were seen as the answer, not the problem, for twentieth-century society. It opens with a wall-sized projection of a film taken by Thomas Edison as he ascends the Eiffel Tower, viewing Paris through its cage of industrial steel. The ... More » »

Barbara Chase-Riboud ‘Malcolm X #3’ (1969) polished bronze, rayon, and cotton, 118 x 47 1/4 x 9 7/8 in, PMA

Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Bronze Steles and Paper Monuments at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea reviews a show of drawings and monumental sculptures in bronze and other materials by Barbara Chase-Riboud and finds them filled with historical, art historical and cultural references from across cultures and through time.–theartblog editors) In the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (PMA ) stunning installation, each of Barbara Chase-Riboud’s five works from the series she dedicated to Malcolm X, stands in its own niche. She calls them steles, a term for upright, stone monuments inscribed with text, and a form that has survived from various ancient civilizations. Chase-Riboud’s steles are mysterious and imposing. Lit candles on the floor before them ... More » »

Image from Alexandra Gorczynski's "Truisms," opening March 16.

News post – Stealth NC Wyeth revealed at GSK, Portland levies art tax, Kelani Nichole’s net art space launches, opportunities and more!

News Cue the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack: Ascot Studios, our banner sponsor from the UK, recently saw one of their artists ascend to fame in a way that can only be described as pure Hollywood, or perhaps Dickensian. A painting of New York by British artist Angela Wakefield on the front cover of national art magazine Art of England was spotted by film director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), who was so taken that he asked Wakefield for permission for this image to be used in his upcoming film Trance. Since the news, Angela has achieved a record sale of $12,500 for one of her ... More » »

William Hawkins  'Boffo' house paint on masonite, 44-1/2 x 51-1/2 in., PMA, Bonovitz Collection

Outsider Art and the Mainstream – A Symposium at the PMA

Outsider Art and the Mainstream was held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) on March 1-2 in conjunction with the opening of Great and Mighty Things; Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection (on view through June 9, 2013). The large exhibition includes more than two hundred works by twenty-seven American artists, all of which have been promised to the museum, making the PMA a significant resource for art that, however uneasily, is generally termed outsider. Whenever artists have tired of the deadening effects of academic art standards, they have looked elsewhere for art that they thought ... More » »

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