At around 8 pm last night I got an email from Rob Matthews alerting me to a new project of his–a street giveaway of two drawings from 2003. The artist had stapled the works (inside plastic envelopes for safe keeping) to telephone poles in his Northern Liberties neighborhood. Wow– a treasure hunt for a free Rob Matthews drawing!
We dithered and waffled on what to see in our day trip to New York last week finally settling on shows in Chelsea and Soho that talked to our concerns about beauty in contemporary art. Beauty is back of course. That’s nothing any observer of the scene has missed by now, with gorgeous public art by Anish Kapoor and the embrace of beauty in even the most tetchy conceptual realms (Kara Walker). But is it “beauty” or beauty? Is it something wry and ironic or a new push to aesthetic pleasure. In a world of electronic and cyber-bombardment whose ... More » »
Lots of Philadelphians heading to New York to install their works in galleries all over town. Here’s what we’re excited about. There’s probably more and let us know if we missed you. ROB MATTHEWS Rob MatthewsThe artist’s cousin (Dan), graphite on paper Rob Matthews has his solo debut in New York at Daniel Cooney. Show, titled Kindred, opens Sept. 11 and runs to Nov. 15. Matthews is a formidable Philadelphia blogger as well as being a fabulous artist who shows locally at Gallery Joe. ZOE STRAUSS Zoe Strauss’s new book, America. We love the American flag reference in the carpeted ... More » »
A drawing by Matt Fisher in The Drawing Narrative, the exhibit now up at Jenny Jaskey Gallery; photo taken by Robert Fallon In the middle of artist Matt Fisher‘s talk last week, I thought, gee, this is interesting. So I pulled out a pad and started taking notes. Matt was speaking at Untitled, Jenny Jaskey Gallery‘s brand new forum on contemporary art that she hopes will help “people to appreciate (and buy!) contemporary art (and works made locally!),” Jaskey wrote us in an email. This first event, organized around her current exhibit The Drawing Narrative, featured talks by Fisher, Pennsylvania ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my summer art roundup. Below is the copy with some pictures. More photos at flickr. Philadelphia’s art scene doesn’t take summer vacation anymore. Miguel Luciano, interactive piece based on Puerto Rican saying that (loosely translated) means that children can be heard when hens pee (which they never do). Miguel Luciano’s identity-fueled works at Taller Puertorriqueño use exaggerated stereotypes to poke fun at bromides about Puerto Rican identity. Luciano, a New York-based artist, turns Taller’s galleries into an interactive playroom with sculptures (including a slot machine) that let people “play” with their own identities. Luciano’s work is ... More » »
Charles Burns’ Black Hole is going to be made into a movie, and the director is… Check out this item in the Hollywood Reporter, passed along to us by none other than Rob Matthews, the king of Philly art gossip. Tracy Matthews, quoted by Rob after she read the item: “Charlie Burns?” A total Hollywood moment.
Great gossipy Philly sale Drawing by Randall Sellers, Richard Heller Gallery’s booth at Pulse Art Fair Miami. artblog got an email blast from artist Randall Sellers with his latest news: “Takashi Murakami bought two of my drawings at the Pulse Art Fair in Miami last weekend!!! “(Richard Heller, my longtime dealer in Santa Monica, had a few drawings downthere. Miller Block, my Boston gallery, also represented me at AQUA.)” Great gossipy Philly purchase Untitled 2007 (let them eat mussels), Rirkrit TiravanijaMirrors, gas tank, mussel shells, EDITION/SET OF: 4h: 90 x w: 90 x d: 90 cm / h: 35.4 x ... More » »
This week’s Weekly has my review of Rob Matthews’s Knoxville Girl and Marilyn Holsing’s Young Marie at Gallery Joe. Below is the copy with some pictures. More photos at flickr. And here’s Libby’s post on the show and our Look! episode.Gray’s AnatomyTwo shows explore moral ambiguity. Rob Matthews, Knoxville Girl, the Deposition, at Gallery Joe. Rob Matthews’ 14-drawing murder saga is a morality tale reminiscent of the pious lessons told via stained glass windows in the great cathedrals. His “The Knoxville Girl” suite of works is based loosely on real murders in Knoxville, Tenn., and on the Appalachian ballad “Knoxville ... More » »
Click To Play This episode from our ongoing series of gallery visits takes us to the Gallery Joe for the narrative works of Rob Matthews and Marilyn Holsing. Our video guru David Kessler captured it all and makes the magic happen. Here’s a link to David’s popular Shadow World videos. And here’s a link to the archive of all the Look! episodes.
Rob Matthews, Knoxville Girl-Retrievalimage courtesy the artist First Friday began with a bang for us. We started the evening at Gallery Joe, and really could have stayed there for the night. Two solo exhibits of drawings of Rob Matthews and of Marilyn Holsing each asked questions about responsibility and morality and human nature. They also successfully argue that drawing has become a major medium, capable of handling the kinds of important messages that used to belong only to painting, and rarely to etchings. Rob Matthews at the opening of Knoxville Girl Matthews’ Knoxville Girl is a series of 19 graphite ... More » »« Previous Page — Next Page »