News Sad news from over the weekend: Terry Adkins passed away at the age of sixty. Finding a starting point for his achievements is difficult, but he was one of our most treasured artists, not to mention an extremely gifted professor at Penn who taught and influenced lots of us. There are numerous articles on artblog about him, in addition to notes of remembrance from Gallerist NY and PennDesign. Look for his latest work, three-dimensional representations of bird songs made from cymbals and percussion instruments at this year’s Whitney Biennial 2014 (March 7 – May 25, 2014). Becca Jennings, press contact at ... More » »
News If you were worried about what the Barnes Foundation’s contemporary art gallery would think of next, worry no more! They’ve chosen an outstanding next exhibition, as well as a new commission, with Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders running from January 25, 2014 through April 21, 2014. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare’s works in the exhibition include approximately 15 sculptures, paintings, photographs, and a room installation. This is his first major exhibition in Philadelphia, since his residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2004 and it includes a commission entitled Magic Ladders. A big news reveal from another local gallery, and it ... More » »
News It’s no secret that Philly is a coworking and shared space boomtown. The Cedar Works is West Philly’s latest entrant into this scene. Featuring 15,000 sq. feet of reclaimed warehouse space, the Cedar Park neighborhood is now home to 23 studios that range from 250 to 600 square feet and combines artist workspaces and professional offices. One of the property owners and project managers, Andy Peifer, is a long-time Cedar Park resident who lives just around the corner from the building. Now that they’re up and running, it’s a good time to make the trek out and see the space. Perhaps even join? Jacques-Jean Tiziou’s first ... More » »
News The winners of the Leeway Art and Change Grant 2012 have been announced! $44,380 in grants were awarded to 18 women and transgender artists living in the Philadelphia area (including Camden County); four were previous winners but the rest are newcomers. Visual artist and educator Betsy Casañas (LTA ’08), visual and media artist Caroline Savage, and writer, performer and educator Julia Lopez (WOO ’01) sat on the August 2012 grant panel. Congratulations to all the winners! Alie Vidich, Multi-Disciplinary, Fishtown, $2500 Alison Crouse, Media Arts, Eastwick, $2500 August Tarrier, Literary Arts, Mount Airy, $2500 Charlotte Ford, Performance Art, Point Breeze/Newbold, $2500 Elliott batTzedek, Literary Arts, ... More » »
News Prepare for more outdoor concerts and events than you even know what to do with! The lineup for the 2012 Free Outdoor 40th Street Summer Series has been announced, with a lineup featuring Philly mainstays such as Slavic Soul Party and Sun Ra Arkestra. All concerts are to be held on the green space just behind the Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut Streets beginning at 6pm. And City Hall Presents, a new series of events incorporating all of Philly’s performing arts, began in the City Hall Courtyard on Wednesday, June 6th, with three different local percussion ensembles. You can RSVP for ... More » »
News In the MediaSharon Butler recently wrote a piece for M/E/A/N/I/N/G: A Journal of Contemporary Art Issues. Her essay Free Love considers why artists are drawn to social media. There are lots of other topics in the journal–worth checking out! Creative Capital has a new blog called The Lab. Former Philly writer and publisher of the The Philadelphia Independent Mattathias Schwartz has made an appearance in The New Yorker with an article about the origins and future of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Jackie Tileston, Opera Brain Incantation, mixed on linen Gardens become figments of the imagination on the shortest days of the year. So naturally, a show about gardens that begins as the days shorten and ends before they lengthen turns my thoughts to the divide between art and the real thing–any real thing, any art. Jackie Tileston, detail, Opera Brain Incantation, mixed on linen The exhibit is Garden in Winter, a small group show featuring work by six artists–Jackie Tileston, Margery Amdur, Bill Scott, Robert Straight, Carole Sivin and Diane Pieri–at Hopkins House in New Jersey. Each artist takes a different ... More » »
Let’s start with Thursday: THURSDAY, SEPT. 6 Eileen Neff, at ICA and Locks Gallery Circle in the Rain, 2007 C-print mounted on aluminum 15 x 28 ½ inches Courtesy of the artist and Locks Gallery, Philadelphia ICA118 S. 36th St. Philadelphia215.898.7108Opening reception — free and open to the public — Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-8 pm. We’re going to listen to Guest-Curator Christian Marclay‘s melody makers–a world class ensemble of noise makers at ICA. From local music sculptor Terry Adkins to Doug Aitken to Yoko Ono, the sonic show will make a boom! Upstairs, local photographer Eileen Neff who captures trees ... More » »