At its core, the photography exhibition currently occupying the elegant space of the Arthur Ross Gallery is a showcase for one of Penn’s proudest achievements of the last year: digitizing its photography archive. “9 Perspectives on a Photography Collection,” is drawn from Penn’s photography archive and organized around an interesting idea — that when nine photographers select the images to be exhibited the result will show the collection’s strength in its parts and in its whole. Organized by Lynn Marsden-Atlass, University Curator and Director of the Arthur Ross Gallery and Gabriel Martinez, artist and Senior Lecturer of Photography in the ... More » »
For the Daily News article on the Philadelphia photography community I talked with a number of artists and others in that community. Here’s the first of several interviews I’ll put up in the next week or so. Others coming up are Martin McNamara, Stephen Perloff, Grisha Enikolopov, Al Wachlin, Jr and Harris Fogel. Note: this post is a re-publish of one that was somehow vaporized in our recent blog transition. The day I talked with Sarah Stolfa of PPAC, their website had briefly crashed from all the traffic they were getting from Living Social, a coupon site, where they had ... More » »
Wind Challenge artists for 2012 The Wind Challenge announced the nine artists for its series of 2012 juried shows. Through a blind jury selection process, the artists were chosen out of a pool of nearly 200 applicants. This year will mark the exhibition series’ 34th year.
Portraits are everywhere, right now, major portraits. I had a nice conversation with myself after seeing two terrific shows of Philadelphia portraits in the same week–the show Personal Views: Contemporary Photographic Portraiture in Philadelphia, at Gallery 339; and the paintings in Barkley L. Hendricks’ Birth of the Blues at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
This week’s Weekly has my feature on Sarah Stolfa’s new DIY digital photo center, PPAC. Here’s the link. Below is the story. Sarah Stolfa’s large portrait photos of the regulars at McGlinchey’s bar created a stir in 2004 when the artist, then an undergrad at Drexel University, won the student photography contest run by the New York Times. Since then, Stolfa’s had solo shows in Philadelphia and New York and picked up her MFA from Yale. And “The Regulars” — as the series of McGlicheys photos is called – was just published as a 96-page paperback by Artisan Books.
This week’s Weekly has my review of the Yale MFA photo show at Gallery 339. Below is the copy with some photos. Also in this week’s print version of the paper is last week’s story about the Robot 250 project in Pittsburgh. Suyeon YunCrabmeat, Boulder CO, 2007Archival Pigment Print Yale’s M.F.A. program in photography is known for turning out artists who specialize in stagey, inscrutable film-noir hyper-realism focused on scenes of societal or domestic dysfunction. Gregory Crewdson, himself a perpetrator of X-Files-like drama photos, is the Yale prof who makes such a heavy imprint. But for every rule there’s an exception. ... More » »
James Johnson, When I was a Kid I thought Mr. Rogers Could See Me Too2006, detail,inkjet prints; on the monitor to the right is a video by Kara Crombie. Photography is all over town–and there’s more on the way. From L’Autre, a group show at University of the Arts, to Tina Barney at Gallery 339, to James Johnson’s installation in the faculty show at Moore College, (not to mention Joel Katz’s 1964 photographs of Mississippians in the midst of the Civil Rights Era, also at Moore), to Eileen Neff’s eerie work at the ICA, I couldn’t help but think of ... More » »
Clarissa Sligh’s photograph of Jake, back when she was Deb, from the series Jake in Transition Although Roberta and I went to the Woodmere Museum’s second Triennial of Contemporary Photography a week ago, I am still pondering some of what I saw, namely the photographs and text by Clarissa Sligh. Sligh, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, documented the transformation of someone born a woman who was so sure she was really a man that she underwent sex-change surgery and hormone treatments. The photos of Jake are sometimes breathtakingly beautiful, sometimes hard to look at even from the corner ... More » »
In the Weekly‘s Spring Guide issue is my round-up of shows I’m excited about this Spring. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive list, just a smidgen of what’s good out there. Here’s the link to the story and below is the copy with some pictures. Planet Rock Ice sheets, volcanoes, crickets, waterfalls and garden motifs make their way into spring’s art offerings. Artists are always itching to connect with nature, so it’s no surprise that this spring you’ll see lots of earth, wind, water, animals and plants in the area’s art galleries and museums. No antihistamines or sunscreen required, ... More » »