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Itinerant Belongings, a group show by Slought and UPenn

[Evan, who has been walking a lot lately, explores another group show set between spaces–one that’s meant to open our eyes to the many different meanings of “home” and place. — the artblog editors] Itinerant Belongings, the latest collaborative exhibition between Slought Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania, endeavors to explore the physical and immaterial natures of belonging and home through a mixture of photography, video, and drawn imagery. Highlighting the plight of homelessness and its evolution over the past few decades; the effect of a growing homeless population on our definition and delineation of public and private spaces; and ... More » »


City and monument — Lewis Colburn’s On This Site

[Noreen reflects on the nature and purpose of monuments, spurred by the below tongue-in-cheek take on history. — the artblog editors] Living in a city with a history as rich as Philadelphia’s, it is not uncommon to pass monuments and markers on a daily basis. Emerging from the Broad Street subway line, I find myself in the shadow of City Hall’s Second Empire architecture. When I stop at Blick for art supplies, I step foot in what was once the studio of Thomas Eakins. Though historical sites like these appear throughout the city, they are passive, almost invisible moments in ... More » »

Shanna Waddell - "Bob (Satan)," 2013, oil, spray paint and gift wrap on canvas. David Meyers - "Two Headed Cow Girl," 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas.

Eight young figurative artists in Philly at Fjord

[Irena sees promise in a show that approaches the tradition of figurative painting in new ways. — the artblog editors] Eight Young Figurative Artists Who Live in Philadelphia at Fjord, a Kensington gallery and artist collective, brings together some of the brightest young talents within the Philadelphia art community working in a figurative field. The primarily painting-based exhibit varies from portraiture to near-abstraction, with a highly modern flair. From Van Gogh’s unnatural color palettes to the realism of Thomas Eakins, figurative art generally offers an alternative to the abstract in different ways, while also spanning various art genres and time ... More » »


Venture down the rabbit hole into PeevesPlayHAUS at Crux Space

[Michael takes a trip to Crux Space, exploring an artist’s alter ego and the transformation of a gallery into a multicolored, multilayered, multimedia experience. — the artblog editors] Hidden in Kensington is a solitary building on the corner of 7th and Master, with a heavy metal door labeled in a small font, “Crux Space”. For the second exhibition at Philadelphia’s only New Media Art gallery, Martin PeevesTM installed PeevesPlayHAUS, a whimsical, digitally enhanced rabbit hole set to an 8-bit soundtrack. It is a disorienting installation that guides the viewer through a psychedelic journey. Meeting Martin PeevesTM Martin PeevesTM, one of several ... More » »

Bruce Haack

fidget’s Experimental Music Festival dusts off Bruce Haack’s never-heard cuts

[Donald gets a chance to hear some never-before-heard tracks by Bruce Haack, one of the forebears of modern electronic music. — the artblog editors] Electronic music has been infused into so many genres today (particularly pop music) that it feels all too familiar. However, a man by the name of Bruce Haack practically invented the art form, creating his singular brand of futuristic music as early as the 1950s. Haack was an innovative music-maker so ahead of his time that his music didn’t achieve its true reach until after his passing in 1988. The running line mentioned throughout a short biography ... More » »


C. Kennedy’s “Jug-Baby” at the Rotunda

[New artblog contributor and writer Kitty Caparella leads us into the strange, yet sentimental life of Jug-Baby–a creature whose troubles mirror our own. — the artblog editors] When you enter the fantastical world of “Jug-Baby: An Autobiography,” told by C. Kennedy, puppeteer, actor, set designer, writer, and director of Transition Theatre, prepare to suspend all semblance of disbelief. Found object puppets act out universal themes For 90 minutes, Kennedy spins a nonstop weird tale of a once perfectly formed baby, which grows 18 years in a jug until its poor parent-puppets smash the jug to free their freakish offspring in ... More » »


Eiko – A Body In Fukushima at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

(Katherine Statsenko’s post is part of a collaboration between artblog and Moore College of Art and Design’s Culture in the Classroom program.  Katherine is one of two students chosen by Libby and Roberta to have their posts published on artblog. We are delighted to run Katherine’s post. –the artblog editors) I was greatly struck by the photographs of the Eiko: A Body In Fukushima exhibition at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The photographs represent the many empty places in Japan that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. This body of work spoke to me on ... More » »

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Too flat for sculpture, too sculptural for photography, the mysterious works of Jacob Lunderby at Space 1026

[Caitlin Tschanz’s post is part of a collaboration between artblog and Moore College of Art and Design’s Culture in the Classroom program.  Caitlin is one of two students chosen by Libby and Roberta to have their art reviews published on artblog. We are delighted to run Caitlin’s post. — the artblog editors] If you head West on Arch Street from Independence Mall toward the heart of Chinatown, you’ll eventually come across a bus depot with an old building nestled between the parking lot and a string of restaurants and eateries; you’ll climb up a flight of stairs until you enter a large ... More » »


The monumental authority of Paul Strand at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

[Evan is pulled into the first major retrospective of Paul Strand’s work, which outlines the artist’s lifelong dedication to photography; his expertise; and his influence on all who followed him. — the artblog editors] Paul Strand is regarded as among the most influential and groundbreaking photographers and filmmakers of the 20th century, frequently grouped with contemporaries such as Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz for his initially Pictorialist aesthetics and attention to process and excellence in printing. But to observe Strand’s life and work in such a relative fashion does no justice to the uniqueness and variety of his output–to put ... More » »


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 » »

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