To create a hybrid means to capture and combine two seemingly different things to fashion one new cohesive thing. For example, look at a grapple. This hybrid fruit was genetically modified to combine the tastes of sour grapes and sweet apples- totally different flavors but somehow, they go well together. At Twelve Gates Arts, Australian artist Damon Kowarsky and Pakistani artist Atif Khan combine their two distinctive backgrounds and flavors to create the artistic version of a grapple. This harmonious display of collaborative work is aptly entitled, “Hybrid.” For 11 months, the two men exchanged a total of twenty sketches ... More » »
I’m sorry and embarrassed that I waited so long to see the fascinating exhibition, Shipwreck: Winslow Homer and “The Life Line” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), but fortunately it has been held over until Jan. 1, 2013. It offers much more than a look at a single theme by a single painter, albeit the greatest of his American contemporaries. Firstly, the exhibition reminds us of the pervasive influence of the sea in 19th-century, American life. It was considerably more than a means of inter-continental travel. The sea was the underpinning of much of the economy, as is reflected ... More » »
The pairing of prints by Katie Baldwin and Edna Andrade at the Print Center — two lovely shows I saw last week while in Center City — caused me to think about labor. Not that these two artists’ works conjure up sweat-filled studios with artists fainting from exhaustion. But both artists make highly refined and beautifully controlled works, works that seem effortless in their making, although the longer you look, the more you understand the hours that went in to making the lines perfect and the registration just so. Baldwin’s series of woodcut prints delivers realism-and surrealism-based landscapes and interiors based on her recent ... More » »
By Brittany Papale Amidst the “The Golden Triangle” of museums in Madrid — the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza — a new gallery has popped up with interesting aims. Centro Mexico Madrid opened on September 15, 2011, hoping not only to create an exhibition space for Mexican artists but also to become a headquarters for celebrating Mexican art, culture, and traditions.
We’ve been following Joe Boruchow‘s street art for years–from his shows at Bean Cafe to his wheat-pastings around town. We did a studio visit with the artist and you’ll find that on the blog–just search his name. Here’s today’s Inquirer’s story about Joe Here’s the nice 2-minute video accompanying the story.
Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus brings a group of extraordinary paintings, drawings and prints by Rembrandt and his pupils to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA; organized by the PMA, the Louvre and the Detroit Institute of Arts, the exhibition is in Philadelphia through Oct. 30, 2011). It was conceived as a thematic exhibition exploring a question about Christian imagery, but the works can be viewed in many ways and will interest visitors for a wide range of reasons. Rembrandt’s work is rarely seen in Philadelphia, so let me begin with a short list of works from the exhibition, ... More » »
Eteam’s “Prim Limit,” one of the pieces in the “Landscape Techne” exhibition at Little Berlin through November 27th, is a half-hour film that takes place in the “Second Life” virtual world, an online computer game that allows users to design their own avatar world.
This post continues the tale of our NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) shuttle bus tour on Mar. 31 of ceramics exhibits in the Fishtown/Northern Liberties parts of town. Little Berlin “Scene,” an international show organized by Jennifer Woodin at Little Berlin is spare and a little chilly. The grid of ceramic knots held up by wire by Henny Linn Kjellberg (of Sweden) reminded us of how many other grids we had seen that day — at Tyler, up on Amber St. and elsewhere. Grids are great, but we had trouble conversing with the ceramic knots in the ... More » »
Printmaking was once the realm of the inky fingered. But today a lot of printing takes place on digital printers, where the ink is in cartridges and the only dirty fingers belong to those who service the machines. Gallery Joe‘s two new Philagrafika-related shows, “Appropriate, Manipulate, Duplicate” and “Big Ditty” are full of ink jet prints and other manifestations of works run through a computer. Appropriate, Manipulate, Duplicate
Post by Kip Deeds Bucks County is known for its association with Pennsylvania Impressionism, a movement in which artists like Daniel Garber and Edward Redfield made paintings like the French. It has been difficult to see alternatives to this living tradition in part because history and lore have been intertwined. There are also few institutional venues in Bucks County that look to advance the art of the region in ways that reach beyond a connection to this recent past. The art gallery at Bucks County Community College is one of the few venues where this can happen. Diverse faculty members ... More » »Next Page »