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Joe Boruchow's latest and greatest, "Watchtowers" on the 900 block of Dickinson Street. Photo: Joe Boruchow.

News post – Boruchow’s East Passyunk homage, Caroline Furr in Trenton, getting loose with Clifford Owens, opportunities and more!

News Joe Boruchow’s largest piece so far is now complete! Gracing the walls of a classic rowhome between 9thand 10th on Dickinson Street across from Southwark Post Office in South Philadelphia, Watchtowers is a 36×46 foot mural. Created through the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, with Brad Carney as lead muralist, Watchtowers’ dedication is being held on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm. The mural is a striking homage to both the historical and current architectural elements of Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue neighborhood; residents of the area well-versed in Philly history might even recognize features like those of the demolished Moyamensing Prison. Not that ... More » »

Giovanni Durante, photo courtesy of www.valeriospada.com

Valerio Spada’s documentary photos at PPAC of poor young girls in crime-ridden Naples

In March of 2011, Italian photographer Valerio Spada released a self-published book entitled Gomorrah Girl. The book, which was received with immense praise and went on to become the grand prize winner of the 2011 Blurb Photobook Now competition, eloquently recounts the accidental murder of Annalisa Durante, using photographs and brief text descriptions. Annalisa, a 14-year old girl in the crime and drug ridden community of Naples, was shot in the head by a stray bullet meant for a Camorra (Mafia) mobster. The book narrates the story of Annalisa’s life and death through images of her family, neighbors and police ... More » »

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News post – Ten years of Slought, Beck and Deville at Lehman Gallery, Julian Hoeber’s Demon Hill, opportunities and more!

News It’a time to wish a happy tenth anniversary to the Slought Foundation. Aside from making tremendous progress in bridging the gap between institutions and the public with their thought-provoking works, they’ve recently launched a new organizational identity, website, a series of workshops and research, and initiatives such as Mixplace Studio, a new urban education model that is being jointly developed by youth researchers from West Philadelphia, students and faculty from PennDesign, facilitators from People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and Slought, other community voices and leaders, and architect Teddy Cruz at the Center for Urban Ecologies. The Percent for Art Program has been moving ... More » »

Jay Muhlin, “Elif, waterfall”, 2012, Archival Inkjet Print, 30”x40”

Third Annual Photography Competition at PPAC – surrealism is alive and well

There are a lot of winners in The Philadelphia Photo Art Center’s 3rd Annual Photography Competition. With work from forty-four artists, the juried exhibition spans the PPAC gallery and the Crane building’s first floor hallway. The show is a mixed bag of photographic styles, with documentary photography and work that has been manipulated either digitally or is physically dominating. With its rainbow stripes, the Stoli Vodka rug in Alan Charlesworth’s “Rocks Bar” is a blatant marketing pitch at the gay community. The incorporation of the rainbow background can be seen as a sign of growing cultural recognition. However, Stoli’s declaration ... More » »

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News post – Fleisher news, Diplomat moves on, Chuck Close controversy, Kanevsky at Woodmere, opportunities and more!

News Muralist David McShane writes that his Phillies mural at 24th and Walnut – originally scheduled to be hung August 10 – has been postponed. The mural, which was finished indoors, painted on parachute cloth (143 5′ x5′ sheets), can’t be hung yet because of the need to deal with lead paint removal on the wall, approvals from the railroad company who owns the land below the wall, and structural engineering reports. Let’s hope this season improves for the mural, as well as the team.  Look for the mural to go up next fall or Spring of 2013, McShane says. ... More » »

The "Hunger Games" Mockingjay brooch, by Tim O'Brien.

News Post – Tech Week creativity, Croquis Cafe, Ingrid Schaffner at A.I.R., opportunities and more!

News Gallery news – Dalet Gallery is partnering with Headlong Dance Theater for a special body performance installation, “Situations for Unlikely Bodies,” a work-in-progress by Sheila Zagar, Jaamil Kosoko and Caroline Stinger of Headlong. The performance is Sunday April 15  — drop in between 7:30pm and 9pm.  Fjord Gallery, 2419 Frankford is a new-to-us Kensington contemporary gallery and studio space started by Lindsay Chandler and three other local artists. opens on the First Friday of May. We think this is a terrific tool for artists who lack access to live models! The Croquis Cafe, an online collection of artist’s models, provides one-, two- and ... More » »

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Interview – Sarah Stolfa on making your own opportunity and printing for Zoe Strauss

For the Daily News article on the Philadelphia photography community I talked with a number of artists and others in that community. Here’s the first of several interviews I’ll put up in the next week or so. Others coming up are Martin McNamara, Stephen Perloff, Grisha Enikolopov, Al Wachlin, Jr and Harris Fogel.  Note: this post is a re-publish of one that was somehow vaporized in our recent blog transition. The day I talked with Sarah Stolfa of PPAC, their website had briefly crashed from all the traffic they were getting from Living Social, a coupon site, where they had ... More » »

Laura Heyman's photos of Haiti are at PPAC this month

Group hug – Togetherness in Philadelphia’s photo community

Stephen Perloff is plugged in to Philadelphia’s photo world via his esteemed quarterly publication, The Photo Review. A self-taught photographer with a graduate degree in history, he made himself invaluable to photographers and photo lovers, covering all aspects of photography in his journal and turning that publication into a virtual Philadelphia photo center — a place to read about exhibitions; read interviews with artists; and find the latest opportunities. Perloff launched the Photo Review in 1976, and he characterized that era in Philadelphia as a golden age for photography. As for the current photo scene, “We’re getting back to the ... More » »