Tag Archive "philadelphia"


Kazumi Tanaka at the Fabric Workshop and Museum

[Jennifer explores the craft and care put into a profoundly personal show, and explains some of the traditions that influence the works. -- the artblog editors] In a video now on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, we can see how the artist Kazumi Tanaka crushes the green leaves from an indigo plant in her hand. Within seconds, the leaves oxidize and dye her palm, fingers, and fingernails dark blue. It’s like a magic trick. This video, a 39-minute loop titled “Mother and Child Reunion,” is just one piece in the larger exhibition Kazumi Tanaka: Mother and Child Reunion, ... More » »

"Tape Noir" series by Mark Khaisman.

Low-Fi Portraiture — Face Value at Main Line Art Center

[Michael visits a show that takes on the age-old artistic challenge of portraiture in inexpensive and unusual media. -- the artblog editors] Main Line Art Center’s Face Value focuses on portraits composed with alternative materials, such as masking tape, mirrors, and latex. The show resembles a contemporary take on Arte Povera–a 1960s-era Italian art movement characterized by work fashioned with “poor” materials (nontraditional, everyday items) and made in unconventional ways. Featuring the work of three Philadelphia artists–Steven Earl Weber, Nick Cassway, and Mark Khaisman–the exhibition challenges conventional notions of art and beauty in portraiture. Cassway, Khaisman, and Weber maintain the expressive and compositional elements ... More » »

Alex Chinneck, Melting House, in London.  Katie McCallum will explain all.

Posts in the Pipeline – Stories you won’t want to miss on artblog

[artblog guides you through the great Philly art scene.  Our Picks, available by newsletter (subscribe here) curates a trustworthy list of shows and events each month.  But there's so much more! Posts in the Pipeline tells you what we've selected to feature this month. -- the artblog editor] Reviews and features this week Evan Laudenslager tells us about two things —a New Yorker Festival show featuring Laurie Anderson, real and live. —the Paul Strand exhibition that just opened at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Michael Carroll explores aspects of portraiture at the Main Line Art Center’s Face Value show. Coming Soon Elizabeth Johnson goes to ... More » »


Winded by the Wind Challenge

[Lauren reviews the first installment of this year's Wind Challenge, lauding three artists' approaches to their disparate subjects. -- the artblog editors] The three artists selected for this fall’s Fleisher Wind Challenge Exhibition Series include Peter Morgan, Justin Webb, and Jenny Drumgoole. I had the pleasure of viewing the first part of this challenge on a particularly brisk and gray Friday morning. Like the chilly Philadelphia weather outside, the ambiance inside the gallery from Morgan’s ceramics, Webb’s paintings, and Drumgoole’s video installation reflected a city charged with energy and filled with nature and inhabitants worthy of study. Flock and awe Peter Morgan ... More » »


Apollonian/Dionysian — a packed show at the Painted Bride

[Noreen takes a look at a group show asking artists to address the disconnect between creativity, or chaos, and practicality, or order. -- the artblog editors] If two is company, and three’s a crowd, then what do you call a show featuring works from over 20 artists? The Painted Bride Art Center calls it Apollonian/Dionysian: The Constraints of Freedom, a new show open this month until November. This two-level exhibition presents a variety of media–from painting to sculpture, photography to collage, and many in between. While its title references a classical dichotomy in artistic theory, the collection explores a contemporary ... More » »


Theresa Bernstein — a century-long retrospective at the Woodmere Museum

[Natalia gives us some background on the long-lived, accomplished Bernstein, and offers a concise review of the artist's retrospective. -- the artblog editors] Currently on view at the Woodmere Art Museum, Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art is the first retrospective devoted to the career of the Polish-American artist, who lived to an astounding 112 years of age and painted consistently for 10 decades. With a few exceptions, the retrospective focuses primarily on Bernstein’s early paintings, completed in the 1910s and ’20s, offering a unique glimpse into the artistic development of this otherwise marginalized figure. Bernstein’s early years and work Born in Krakow, ... More » »

Guillaume Cornet, "Fishing in the Clouds," 5 layer screen print, hand colored, 2014.

Perceptions and impressions — a group show at Hooloon Art

[Irena enjoys a whimsical three-person show playing with the artists' perceptions of their environments. All of the show's small works are painted or drawn. -- the artblog editors]  Old City gallery Hooloon Art recently unveiled its latest exhibit, featuring the works of three contemporary artists representing Brooklyn, London, and San Francisco. This exhibit of small works on paper, panel, and found postcards brings together the art of Chris Ballantyne, Guillaume Cornet, and Tracy Taylor Grubbs, who each attempt to define specific spaces through natural and unnatural imagery. Within the show, images of urban density, landscapes, and abstracted organic elements embody the ... More » »


Shedding light on Philly’s archives — the 2nd annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon

[Michael travels back in time through slides of Philadelphia and beyond, glimpsing the history that lies beneath our familiar cityscape and discovering a rich trove of knowledge available to anyone. -- the artblog editors] On Oct. 8, as part of Archives Month Philly, the Wagner Free Institute of Science held its 2nd Annual Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon, which showcased an assortment of antique glass slides from the collections of six amazing historical collections in town. This awe-inspiring event took place in Wagner’s Victorian lecture hall, where visitors were sent back into the 19th and 20th centuries to visit historic Philadelphia, lavish gardens in ... More » »

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling takes us inside his “Passion World”

[Our resident music reviewer Donald sacrificed a night with his favorite TV show to see jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, and found it well worth the trade. -- the artblog editors] Typically, Sunday nights for me are known exclusively as The Good Wife night. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. This, however, was not the case on Oct. 5. Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was in town at the Kimmel Center, and to me, that meant a definite must-see. Elling has won every DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll for the last 14 years, and has been named “Male Singer of the ... More » »

Figural sculptures

Cash Crop — Stephen Hayes at the African American Museum

[Noreen gets uncomfortable in a good way at a new show centering around human rights violations, and the importance of keeping history education true to history. -- the artblog editors] Rarely do historical exhibitions move viewers to tears. However, Cash Crop, a traveling collection of artifacts and artwork by Stephen Hayes, does exactly that–augmenting African-American history with artistic beauty and poignant visual narrative. Now on view at the African American Museum, Cash Crop strikes the viewer with the undeniable horrors of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, all while comparing contemporary human rights violations with those committed in the past. Cast and ... More » »

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