[Project Basho’s sponsored post introduces the photo competition juror, Andrew Moore. For more information on the competition and the Summit conference, see the Summit website. –the artblog editors] Andrew Moore is renowned for his large-scale, painterly photographs that synthesize the documentary style with the traditions of fine art into multi-layered historical narratives. In addition to his recent bestseller, Detroit Disassembled, Moore has published several books that document places in flux, including previous works Inside Havana, Governors Island, and Russia, Beyond Utopia. His photographs are in many collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of ... More » »
This year’s version of Project Basho‘s annual Onward show was juried by someone whose work I have long admired, the nationally known photographer Todd Hido. The show includes includes 57 photographs by 50 artists. Last year the juror was Larry Fink, and the year before, Peter Barberie. To get chosen for this show is a terrific chance to get seen. As in so many large, group shows, the olio of images is just that, a melange, which makes for a tough environment for an artist to show a single, lonely image. For the most part, photographers can hardly earn their ... More » »
Stephen Perloff is plugged in to Philadelphia’s photo world via his esteemed quarterly publication, The Photo Review. A self-taught photographer with a graduate degree in history, he made himself invaluable to photographers and photo lovers, covering all aspects of photography in his journal and turning that publication into a virtual Philadelphia photo center — a place to read about exhibitions; read interviews with artists; and find the latest opportunities. Perloff launched the Photo Review in 1976, and he characterized that era in Philadelphia as a golden age for photography. As for the current photo scene, “We’re getting back to the ... More » »
NEWS The Nicola Midnight St. Claire (temporarily The New, New Masses) The gloriously quirky art publication The Nicola Midnight St. Claire held an auction in order to change the site’s name for a month. So if you go to the website looking for the St. Claire you will instead find The New, New Masses with a funny–but slippery–video message about the spirit of giving, consumerism, and internet freedom, plus some holiday “gifs” for everyone to enjoy. Macaulay Culkin, anyone?
News Vollis Simpson Park receives ArtPlace grant We told you back in September that Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe received grants from ArtPlace, well here is another great use of the money from that organization.
News Comedy Night @ PhilaMOCA This Saturday, October 1, at 7:00 PM, PhilaMOCA will be the site of I LOVE MITCH HEDBERG: Art for the Late Great Comedian. A number of comedy acts (including comedy by Andrew Jeffrey Wright), refreshments, and artwork are on tap. Special guest Lynn Shawcroft will screen a video of unreleased Mitch Hedberg comedy footage.
With internationally recognized photographer Larry Fink as juror, Project Basho has once again made its annual photography show a must-see event–an event that this year brought in submissions from 600 photographers. Of the 63 photographers selected, only a couple were familiar to me, some of them from as far away as Japan, Moscow and Spain.
#47. Sarah Kaufman“Untitled, Blue Smoke” Digital C-Print, 40″ x 40″, Edition 1 of 10(Juror Award). From Project Basho’s ONWARD. Sometimes I’m an early adopter, and sometimes it takes me a while. For example, only last weekend did I make it to Project Basho — for the first time ever (it’s been open for about a year and a half). They’ve got a wonderful group photography exhibit on view and I met one of the artists in the show, Isaac Schell, at the space for a chat. Speaking of early adopters, here’s Libby’s post about Basho’s 2008 ONWARD show, which sounds ... More » »
Installation shot at Project Basho Something old, something new, something borrowed and cyanotype are mixing things up at Project Basho. My first visit there ever was Thursday, and I drove by the place twice, on a street where there were no other options. Finally I asked a rare passerby for help and he directed me to the only place with lights on. Duh. Basho is one of the city’s new co-op darkrooms that opened in the past year. It’s on Germantown Ave., a couple of blocks north of Girard. The exhibit there, ONWARD ’08, is a juried group show, capturing ... More » »
The table across from us at Art for the Cash Poor last weekend was Project Basho, a new photographer’s group near 3rd and Girard that offers darkrooms, classes and a gallery. Then today I got something from Yo! darkroom, which sounds like the same sort of deal at 23rd and Arch. Yo! has an open house Friday. Anyone know anything about why this sudden flowering of photographic groups is happening? Are they aware of each other or is it just a coincidence? Anywy, thought some of you would like to know this was happening.