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The Treachery of Sanctuary, Chris Milk.

Shaping the Digital Revolution at the Barbican, London

[Our London correspondent, Katie, takes us through a group exhibition focusing on the progression of digital art since its inception; she also offers thoughts about where the medium will take us next. – the artblog editors] Any exciting new trend or tendency in the art world will find itself, sooner or later, the subject of a large, high-profile show hoping to act as the herald for the next big thing. Such shows often become the focal point around which lively debates and controversies play themselves out. The Digital Revolution show at the Barbican Centre, London, is just such an exhibition. ... More » »

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Solar Equation." Photo courtesy of the artist.

News post – Florcy Morriset wins Haitian honor, Serena Perrone visits San Francisco, words with Ryan Trecartin, opportunities and more!

News Florcy Morriset received a pivotal award last week when she was honored by Haitian Roundtable. Haitian American to Watch in the United States., indeed –  it’s phenomenal to see Florcy’s work with Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia and Vivant Art Collection get some extremely visible love. Nathaniel Popkin’s resistance to the rather unimaginative design for the Museum of the American Revolution has a couple of fronts going: he recently wrote about it in the Inquirer, and in the spirit of fun this week, he wrote “A Declaration of Architectural Independence” to drum up support from Philadelphians, and to show the Art Commission that there could and ... More » »

Sol LeWitt, Lines in Four Directions in Flowers, 1981.
Photo: Constance Mensh, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

News post – new Wexler leadership, Lozano Hemmer & LeWitt honored, opportunities and more!

News After eight years leading Wexler Gallery, Director Sienna Freeman is departing to attend graduate school in California. Sienna, s last day at the gallery is June 29. Joining the Wexler staff as Associate Director is Joy Deibert, who comes from New York City and hails from an exciting background at Phillips de Pury and Sterling Brands. Good luck Sienna, and welcome Joy! New beginnings all around. Big news for Philly’s storied public art collection: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s OPEN AIR and Sol LeWitt’s Lines in Four Directions in Flowers, both commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA), have been named among the 50 ... More » »

Caroline Furr,

News post – Doppelganger at the PMA, happy anniversary to MUSE Gallery, Furr + Rose at Young Masters, opportunities and more!

News Open Air, happily, was a resounding success. During this project’s September 20-October 14 span, brought to Philadelphia by the Association for Public Art and artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer nearly 6,000 iPhone recordings in over 20 different languages were made, and more than 17,000 visitors came to the Ben Franklin Parkway. The Open Air website is up permanently, allowing people to listen to the recordings and vote for their favorites. It’ll be tough to narrow down: aside from some heart-tugging marriage proposals, there is the 127-message “Voices of Philly” archive of famous local voices. To learn more about the project, visit The Creators Project, the press release here, and some wonderful high-res photos. ... More » »

Open Air_Rahzel performs with Mayor Michael Nutter (l) watching the lights_9-20-12_credit James Ewing

The bully pulpit

You may have seen Ed Sozanski’s pointedly nasty review of “Open Air”, in which he called the piece boring and banal. When there are so many other words he could have used to describe a piece that actually has some visual pizazz and a community-spirited heart, I have to ask ‘Why?’ Mr. Sozanski writes about a great range of art in his job as the town’t major art critic. When he is writing about a museum exhibit; that is, when he puts on his critic hat and writes beautifully about an (often dead) artist whose work is (mostly) representational, Mr. Sozanski ... More » »


Open Air’s Rafael Lozano-Hemmer talks about art we all can share – an artblog radio podcast

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer‘s public art piece Open Air has been making a big light-filled splash on the Ben Franklin Parkway since its launch Sept. 20. We spoke to Hemmer Aug. 23, before the 24-spotlights-triggered-by-iPhone-messages piece went live.  Among other things we learned that Hemmer is an engineer with some theater in his background.  You can participate in the project until Oct. 14, between 8pm-11pm nightly, by adding your message online or going down to the Parkway and voicing your message using the free downloadable iPhone app on your phone (download here) or on a phone loaned to you for that purpose, from a ... More » »

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer speaking Aug 23 at the press conference in Philadelphia about Open Air

Open Air on the Parkway – Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, next up on an artblog radio podcast

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer was in town in August to prepare for his mega-public art installation Open Air, which debuts 8pm Sept. 20 on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Open Air involves big spotlights that send beams of light into the night sky, triggered by people’s voices speaking into their cellphones. He tells us how that works.  We ask the Mexican-born Canadian artist about the possibility of migrating birds flying into his lights, and about how he wound up as  a public artist (his degree is in engineering). “Open Air” was commissioned by the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art ... More » »