(In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, we’re bringing you content from years past. Reflecting on Elizabeth’s recent talk with painter Sharon Butler, who spoke about taking care of her own work (or not), and Maegan’s review of Astrid Bowlby’s new paired works, one of which a buyer can choose to take home, we’re sensing a theme of artist ownership. We’ve brought back Libby’s 2005 feature on Rah Crawford, who destroyed his work when no one bought it. — the artblog editors) A crowd pressed into the small Qbix Gallery Friday night to witness artist Rah Crawford destroy three of four pieces he promised to ... More » »
Late yesterday I spotted an image by Philadelphia’s Rah Crawford on the back page of the NY Times Friday weekend section (no image in the online version, alas). Crawford, who amazed one and all in Philadelphia a few years ago when he did a performance in which he destroyed his own unsold paintings with a power saw, has a distinctive style and approach. The image is part of an exhibit of work about the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike, by 12 contemporary artists in Brooklyn at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. Rah, rah, rah.
Rah Crawford’s signature image for the Amsterdam AAF. My favorite bit of Philly-on-the-road news is from Rah Crawford. Rah, who is possibly the commercial genius of the Philadelphia art world, created the spotlight image for the Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair! Like most of his paintings, the image is a cross between my old black light Jimi Hendrix poster and Elizabeth Peyton! I suppose it’s unreasonable to claim him for Philadelphia since he’s pretty much an ex-pat, having decamped for the Netherlands; but Philadelphia, the city that hates change, refuses to drop its claim on those who flee. He’s doing the ... More » »