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The 2013 Liberta Awards!

(Dear Folks, In case you haven’t heard, 2013 was the year artblog turned 10 years old! (See UC review article, Philly.com article, and Decade of artblog videos). Besides celebrating our own wonderfulness, we observed, as usual, the wonders of the artworld in Philadelphia. Paris, London, Berlin, Rome and many, many other places. Local highlight this year: The Reading Viaduct project, spearheaded in large part by artist and activist Sarah McEneaney got underway–Yay! The Hidden City Festival delivered amazing art in amazing wrecks of buildings, and CityWide gathered the alternative tribes together for shows, panels, performances and networking. Meanwhile, artblog got a ... More » »

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The Search for Dispravosláviye – Rob Matthews and Shanna Waddell tackle the idea of the cult at Tiger

In The Search for Dispravosláviye at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Shanna Waddell and Rob Matthews are thinking about belief systems. Waddell’s works are focused on sixties’ counter culture and cult groups that exploited the cultural revolution. For Rob Matthews, it’s a questioning of dogmatic beliefs and skepticism toward certain religious practices. The show curated by TSA member Rubens Ghenov is on view until January 27. Shanna Waddell draws inspiration from sixties’ psychedelia. In her Medicine Cabinet Altarpiece series, she uses a jarring, fluorescent palette to represent the radical counter culture and its utopian promise. In the two works from the series ... More » »

Artist Rob Matthews, soon to be departing Philly for new ventures.

News post – Bon Voyage Rob Matthews, augmented reality in LA, opportunities and more!

News January begins with a bit of sad news for Philly. One of our favorite artists and the exhibition coordinator at Artspace Liberti, Rob Matthews, is relocating to Nashville for family reasons sometime this spring. He does, however, have plans for a solo show at Gallery Joe in 2014. Farewell and good luck, Rob! Printeresting has gotten a phenomenal makeover, with a CC|Warhol Grant last year helping them devote time and energy toward a full site redesign for 2013.   Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s comedy troupe The New Dreamz has a couple of outings coming up, one in Philly and one in LA. For ... More » »

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From the artblog vault – Rob Matthews’ podcast, his show with Shanna Waddell opens tonight at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

[Ed note: This podcast originally ran on artblog July 23, 2012. Rob Matthews is in a two person show with Shanna Waddell opening tonight, Jan 4, 2013, at Tiger Strikes Asteroid.] The art world’s interest in drawings came just at the right moment for Rob Matthews, an artist whose drawings merge humor and faith in puzzling scenarios often staged in his own home. Rob who grew up in the South, talked to us about self-combustion and animal sculptures on building facades–some of the things that have set his imagination afire. Human folly, Hitchcock movies and childhood adventures inflect his work, ... More » »

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Artblog radio – Rob Matthews has stories to tell, on today’s podcast

The art world’s interest in drawings came just at the right moment for Rob Matthews, an artist whose drawings merge humor and faith in puzzling scenarios often staged in his own home. Rob who grew up in the South, talked to us about self-combustion and animal sculptures on building facades–some of the things that have set his imagination afire. Human folly, Hitchcock movies and childhood adventures inflect his work, which has earned widespread attention–he’ll be in a show at the National Portrait Gallery in November; he is represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and by Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New ... More » »

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Next Monday’s podcast–Rob Matthews; hear a sample

When we talked to artist Rob Matthews, who migrated north to Philadelphia more than a decade ago, he spoke to us about human folly, his grad school rebellion and his ruthless approach to unsold art. One of his upcoming shows is at the National Portrait Gallery in November. It’s a six-artist exhibit Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge. In a little over a decade since he moved to Philadelphia from the South, Matthews’ drawings have become a mainstay of Philadelphia art, collected by Philadelphia’s art museums and represented by Gallery Joe in Philadelphia and by Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New ... More » »

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Two Quiet Guys in New York – Rob Matthews and the late Bill Walton

Two Philladelphia artists, Rob Matthews and the late Bill Walton currently have one person shows in New York. Although nothing (but Philadelphia) really connects these two shows, it seemed like a good pairing as both artists fill their respective gallery spaces with a range of small and large exquisite works. And while both shows are basically monochromatic, they feel rich and textured with thoughtful visual constructions. First, to the late Bill Walton, who is the inaugural exhibition at JTT, a new gallery in Manhattan’s Lower East Side (LES). Seen in conjunction with additional pieces installed a few blocks away at ... More » »

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News – Cecelia Fitzgibbon to Moore, Tim Miller performance canceled by Villanova, and more!

News Cecelia Fitzgibbon named Moore President Moore College of Art & Design has selected Cecelia Fitzgibbon as the school’s new president. Fitzgibbon, Director of Drexel’s Graduate Arts Administration Program, will succeed Dr. Happy Fernandez who has been president at Moore since 1999.  Fitzgibbon steps in at Moore in July. artblog news Check out our new features on artblog’s front page. First, in the bottom of the right column are feeds from Libby and Roberta’s Pinterest boards.  Don’t expect wedding planning or cute design things, but interesting articles and other stuff from around the web. Second, our RSS feeds in the ... More » »

Stacy Fisher (free standing sculpture) - "Vampires From Mars," 2011 - Hydrocal, spray paint, wood - 58" x 7 1/4" x 8 1/4"

Constellation Closet – Southern Cross at Grizzly Grizzly

by Dennis D’Alesandro Itʼs always nice to walk into a minimal, simply curated show. I hate walking into a show that looks jumbled with too many pieces, or pieces that are too big for the space, etc…Grizzly Grizzlyʼs current show, Southern Cross, is a great example of how to curate a well balanced, comfortable show without overwhelming the space, allowing you to engage with the work in an uncluttered and personal way.

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Wrestling with chaos – Rob Matthews’ new work at Gallery Joe

Rob Matthews has always explored dualities in his subject matter — good and evil, faith and doubt, death and life, transgression and forgiveness.  Right now there’s a duality in his studio practice as well. Two bodies of work at Gallery Joe (one in ink and chalk and the other in graphite) are both in the service of the subject — chaos and its aftermath. Somewhere in the future, the artist says he hopes to weave the two methods together, perhaps using animation — or in large mural-sized works that he wants to do, stitching the whole together out of some ... More » »

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