News PAFA presents the fourth and final installment of The Review Panel Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 3, at 6pm. February’s edition attracted over 100 attendees, and this month’s promises discussions that are sure to entice people into the Hamilton Auditorium. The April panel of critics includes Jennie Hirsh, Katherine Rochester, and Robert Storr. The four local exhibitions, chosen by David Cohen and his panelists are JG: A Film Project by Tacita Dean at Arcadia University Art Gallery; Christine Hiebert at Gallery Joe; Joyce Robins: Ceramic Painting/Painted Ceramic at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery; and White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The panel discussions, for the uninitiated, run approximately 90 minutes and ... More » »
News It’s no secret that Philly is a coworking and shared space boomtown. The Cedar Works is West Philly’s latest entrant into this scene. Featuring 15,000 sq. feet of reclaimed warehouse space, the Cedar Park neighborhood is now home to 23 studios that range from 250 to 600 square feet and combines artist workspaces and professional offices. One of the property owners and project managers, Andy Peifer, is a long-time Cedar Park resident who lives just around the corner from the building. Now that they’re up and running, it’s a good time to make the trek out and see the space. Perhaps even join? Jacques-Jean Tiziou’s first ... More » »
THE PEELING paint and uneven floors of an old industrial building are not for everyone. But Globe Dye Works, an old textile-dye factory in Frankford, is the perfect backdrop for 17 sculptors in the new show “Catagenesis.” Leslie Kaufman, president of Philadelphia Sculptors, pegged Globe for her group’s 2012 show. Currently being converted to a mixed-use building for artist studios and small businesses, Globe is full of history and just funky enough to hold a great art show. Philadelphia Sculptors, a nonprofit with 250 members, was founded in 1996. The group does not have an exhibit space, which Kaufman says ... More » »
News West Collection launches $300,000 art acquisition project–$100,000 set aside for Philly artists It was all about money outside City Hall the other day as Occupy Phladelphia protested economic issues; and it was all about money inside, too, when Paige West, with Mayor Nutter by her side, announced plans for a $300,000 arts acquisition project on the part of the West Collection, with $100,000 earmarked for Philadelphia artists. “West Collects” has no fee to apply, and the winners will be selected in April 2012. Any artists over the age of eighteen working in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation or video mediums ... More » »
Philly invades New York this weekend – Mayor Michael Nutter at the New Museum and ICA’s Claudia Gould at a NY Gallery Week panel Mayor Nutter participates in the Sustainable City Mayoral Panel, Friday, May 6, 7-8:30pm ($10), part of the Festival of Ideas for the New City, a symposium May 4-8 at the New Museum, sponsored by the NuMu, NYU, Columbia and other New York organizations. Follow their blog.
The artist with the biggest heart in town is Pepon Osorio. I am not even referring to his big paper-covered heart sculpture, My Beating Heart, one of three older pieces showcased right now at Taller Puertorriqueno. I am talking about Osorio himself.
Ben Pinder, detail, Return to Symzonia The Ice Box at the Crane Art Center has warmed up since its days as a giant food freezer. Now it’s the venue for something warmer yet–a show about the planet’s impending meltdown. I suppose to Sarah Palin that’s still a gray area, but appropriately enough, the show also spills into the Gray Area next to the Ice Box! Enough with the word games! That the show, Global Warming, even happened is surely a sign that maybe we can work our way out of the disaster. Ben Pinder, detail, Return to Symzonia, real estate ... More » »
For Philadelphia Sculptors to have asked the FLUXspace posse to curate their annual 5 into 1 exhibit, now in its 9th year, says a lot both about the FLUXers and about Philadelphia Sculptors. FLUX has in just a brief time made an incredible mark on what is showing in Philadelphia from off in its Kensington outpost. For all their youth, the people who run the space–Joseph di Guiseppe, Chris Golas, Josh Kerner and Nike Dessis–know how to make exciting things happen, know how to navigate through an art world that is part business and part romance, know how to show ... More » »
detail of I and I by Katie Elia, University of the Arts Only two juried shows of works by graduating seniors from the five big local art schools went up this year–5 into 1 and Nexus Selects. The year after, The Day After, the senior exhibit at Slought Foundation, is no more. And no sequel to Voxumenta or the Voxennial is on the horizon (KO’d perhaps by Vox’s moving blues). Both shows draw from graduates of local art schools, with the Philadelphia Sculptors-organized “Five Into One” focused on sculpture. Nexus Selects takes a more multi-disciplinary approach, with photography, video and ... More » »