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Painting

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 » »

Photograph

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 » »

Mixed media painting

David Lynch’s early work at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

[Irena enters the  dark, sometimes grotesque world of David Lynch's visual artworks, which explore themes of danger, family, and sickness, and which are inextricably tied to North Philly. -- the artblog editors] The area of North Central Philadelphia around the corner of 13th and Wood streets is desolate and grim, with a characteristic vagueness that accompanies post-industrial abandonment. This particular no-man’s land is known fondly to locals as the “Eraserhood”–and with good reason. Early work flavored by Philadelphia The Eraserhood’s namesake is David Lynch’s iconic 1977 body-horror film, “Eraserhead”. A reluctant father is faced with a bitter girlfriend and a ... More » »

Painting

#SelfieShow @ Yell Gallery

[Selfies meet with a lot of criticism for their inherently narcissistic bent. Lauren reviews a show that embraces that narcissism, and unearths the creativity that can sometimes lie beneath a selfie's shallow appearance. -- the artblog editors] The “selfie” goes back a lot further than we think (what do you think the Lascaux cave paintings were about, anyway?). In recent years, there has been a boom in the selfie–aided by smartphone cameras and Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. It is easier than ever to record what we are doing, where we’re doing it, and who we’re doing it with. The selfie ... More » »

Lasercut plywood

I me and mine — Khalil Chishtee straddles worlds at Twelve Gates Arts

[Work from Khalil Chishtee offers a taste of what it's like to be split between two worlds. Alex reviews the show, placing Chishtee's works in a global context. -- the artblog editors] In today’s globalized world, it is almost impossible to be shielded from international influence and relations. But when you are an immigrant–a representative of both your birth nation and your current home–your dual identity makes you a bridge over barriers and a spokesperson against misconception. This is very true of Brooklyn-based artist Khalil Chishtee, who was born in Pakistan and whose current work, on display at Twelve Gates ... More » »

figure sculpture

Room for the Whole Wide World at Vox Populi

[Evan views a group exhibition rooted in photography through the lens of photographic technique and process, finding connections between seemingly unrelated works. -- the artblog editors] Room for the Whole Wide World is an exercise in material and visual abstraction that uses photographic imagery and practice as its base, meandering between the flatness of an image and the dynamism of the world it represents. As I wandered the room at Vox Populi, I found it helpful to consider some of the basic and traditional elements of the photographic image and process–frame, line, texture, light, latency, exposure, and development, or less ... More » »

Painting

Unidentified Flying Objects, physical evidence and skepticism — Ben Furgal at Space 1026

[Michael is beamed up into a collection of work inspired by the Air Force's questionnaire on UFOs, where time seems to pass more slowly. -- the artblog editors] This month, Space 1026 transforms into a green-tinted, black-light paradise that is an X-Files-lover’s dream. Ben Furgal’s Describe the Phenomenon presents evidential collages and paintings whose titles come from the Air Force Form 117 questionnaire about Unidentified Flying Objects. “Remain calm and objective.” Furgal replaced the overhead lights with neon-green florescent lightbulbs that add an eerie glow–similar to something out of an alien-themed haunted house. These lights radiate off the futuristic black-light cell-towers, ... More » »

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