(In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, we’re bringing you content from our inaugural year. In December 2003, Libby reviewed a dual video installation tackling race, otherness and social class. A decade later, the social issues raised by the artists still apply — the artblog editors) Two video installations at the Gershman Y gnaw away at our intractable cultural problem of race. The show, “Reverse Negatives,” which runs until Feb. 10, includes a pair of videos by Sanford Biggers and Jennifer Zackin and a pair of videos by Doron Solomon. Biggers and Zackin, who are black and Jewish, respectively, went to art school together, ... More » »
–In her review of the new show at the Michener, Jennifer talks about the iconography and shifting, multi-faceted identity of America and Americans.–the artblog editors————————>Images of a Chicana woman and a wheelchair-bound grandmother hang on the gallery walls adjacent to a young, white Rockabilly family. Nearby, Doris Bittar’s oil on linen, Camo-Flag 1 marries stars and stripes patterns with Islamic abstraction. Facing all of these works, from across the gallery, is the the visage of the great African-American artist, Elizabeth Catlett-Mora. Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, currently on view at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, is an exhibition ... More » »
Stargazers; Elizabeth Catlett in Conversation with 21 Contemporary Artists, on view at the Bronx Museum of Art through May 29, 2011, exhibits forty of Catlett’s sculptures and graphic works juxtaposed with work by two younger generations of artists who share her concerns with the roles and images of African-Americans, particularly African-American women, and with broader questions of social (in)justice. Catlett is a major figure whose work is referenced more often than seen, and unless you caught the retrospective that toured in 1998 you’ve not likely seen this much of her work. She is also a living connection with seventy years’ ... More » »
I was trying to wrap my arms and mind around Hidden City, the arts events through June organized by Perigrine Arts, in off-the-radar, fabulous buildings around the city. The events are by a mix of international and Philadelphia artists, and the festival (I think it’s fair to call it one), like any such event, has so much going on, it’s a little hard to digest it all.
Post by Cheryl Harper Prospect 1 New Orleans is the newest world biennial and the largest in the United States. The organizer, Dan Cameron, envisioned a showcase for cutting edge international artists throughout the recovering city while providing significant opportunities for New Orleans artists. The idea is to bring serious art tourists to the city during this and four future biennials, and thus gain a foothold for an American version of the Venice Biennale. Prospect 1 sets itself apart from the commercial Art Basel even though their calendars somewhat overlapped. The longer Prospect 1 closes January 18, 2009. The combination ... More » »
Radcliffe Bailey Storm at Sea (2006), piano keys, African sculpture, model boat, paper, acrylic, glitter, and gold leaf 212 x 213 inches Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Radcliffe BaileyI went out to P.S.1 Friday to see Neohoodoo: art for a forgotten faith, co-organized with the Menil Collection, Houston. According to the press release the exhibition challenges conceptions of insider and outsider art, as a number of the artists from North, Central and South America incorporated vernacular religious forms and practices in works that address contemporary ritual and spirituality. Vernacular expressions of faith were much ... More » »