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Steve Tobin at the James A. Michener Museum

[Elizabeth grapples with a comprehensive exhibit of Steve Tobin's works that collects pieces from several of the artist's large-scale sculptural series. -- the artblog editors] In the midst of July’s humidity, thunderstorms, and nerve-shattering fireworks, I visit the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA for Out of This World: Works by Steve Tobin. This selection of Tobin’s work to date includes samples from his Steelroots, Exploded Clay, Paintings, Sumi Ink Drawing, Doors, Lantern House, Syntax, and Earth Bronzes series. Large-scale construction; controlled destruction   Tobin is best known for Trinity Root, a memorial to the 9/11 attacks–a bronze cast of the ... More » »

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Syd Carpenter’s More Places of Our Own at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

[Jennifer visits an exhibition of evocative sculptural work by artist and Swarthmore professor Syd Carpenter, whose inspiration came from traveling to African American-owned farms and gardens in the South. -- the artblog editors] Syd Carpenter’s ceramic and steel sculptures describe literal and ideological aspects of historic, black-owned farms and gardens in the American south. Carpenter’s works, both freestanding and high-relief, are now on view in an exhibition entitled More Places of Our Own at the African American Museum in Philadelphia through August 17.  The installation also includes a video of the people and places Carpenter visited during a driving tour of ... More » »

John Chamberlain, Tongue Pictures (1979)

Marfa, Texas and Environs

[Andrea hits the road to visit Donald Judd's Marfa, Texas art installations, and lauds the way the unconventional site highlights the featured artworks. -- the artblog editors] To those of us in the art world, “Marfa” means Donald Judd’s installations at the Chinati Foundation‎. The site opened to the public in 1986 and I’ve wanted to go since then, but Marfa is three and a half hours’ drive from the airport in El Paso, and even further from San Antonio, and I don’t like highway driving on my own. My good friend Hilary Jay, director of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, ... More » »

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Sponsored post — The book of Chen — Reading between the lines of Long-bin Chen’s sculptures of musical composers

[In this post sponsored by the West Collection, Christian Viveros-Fauné explains how sculptor Long-bin Chen gives new life to a sometimes-devalued medium: books. -- the artblog editors] “You cannot open a book without learning something.” ― Confucius The late Susan Sontag had it right: “A good book is an education of the heart.” Not only do books enlarge one’s “sense of human possibility,” she wrote, they also expand the individual’s “experience of the world.” Conversely—the great American cultural critic declared—books are “creators of inwardness.” It doesn’t take a huge imaginative leap to believe that, had she been asked, Sontag would have ... More » »

Joan Miro ‘The Hermitage’ (1924), oil ?, crayon and pencil on canvas, 45 x 57 9/16 in., PMA.

The Surrealists — works from the collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

(Andrea reviews a new exhibition showcasing Surrealist paintings and art objects. — the artblog editors) The Surrealists: Works from the Collection, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) Perelman Building through March 2, 2014, is an excellent use of the museum’s permanent collection. It includes prints, photographs, books, magazines, and furniture, but the bulk of the work consists of paintings, which offer a particularly interesting survey of the varied and sometimes experimental paintwork of many Surrealists. The exhibition takes a strict interpretation of Surrealism as a movement by a group of artists in Paris and in exile during WWII, from the ... More » »

John McLaughlin, Untitled (1941) at Franklin Parrasch Gallery.

Art Basel Miami Beach, 2013

(Andrea strolls the 2013 Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, and offers her picks from both new and familiar artists. — the artblog editors) Each year, friends ask about my response to Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), and I reply that someone might be able to attend a fair for three and a half hours and offer an opinion, but I’m not that someone. I attend fairs to see what I can learn, preferably to see interesting work by artists I didn’t know, or new aspects of artists whose work I’ve seen before. Another wonderful Picasso drawing, such as the ... More » »

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Cracks in the boundary walls – Keith Harrison and Napalm Death

(Katie chronicles a participatory combination music/art show with an unexpected yet satisfying end — the artblog editors) It was a peculiar crowd that piled on to the two-carriage train to Bexhill on Friday 29th November, a sea of beer-swigging beards mixed with gallery types making their excited way to this sleepy seaside town. The occasion was a combination no less eclectic: a collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum’s former resident ceramicist Keith Harrison and the infamous grindcore band (**see note below) Napalm Death, who share both roots in Birmingham and a notorious appetite for destruction. On top of the ... More » »

Lewis Colburn, showing us his hand-made half-scale cinder blocks.

Lewis Colburn on history and how it morphs through the re-telling – An artblog radio podcast

Lewis Colburn loves history and his sculptures and installations often deal with historical periods and ideas at play in those bygone eras. We would have loved to meet and talk with him in his studio in the Viking Mill building in Kensington, but that building, which houses many artists studios and small businesses, was recently closed due to some code violations (part of it — the space Little Berlin occupies — is now open). Colburn is a CFEVA fellow and a member of the alternative gallery Napoleon.  His work is on view until Dec. 6 in the Citywide exchange show As First ... More » »

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Lewis Colburn – Next on artblog radio!

Lewis Colburn is a maker of whimsical sculptural installations that are sometimes life size and sometimes half-scale. The artist loves history and his works often deal with historical periods and ideas at play in those bygone eras. We would have loved to meet and talk with him in his studio in the Viking Mill building in Kensington, but that building was recently closed due to some code violations. Colburn is a CFEVA fellow and a member of the alternative gallery Napoleon.  Now until Dec. 6, you can see his work in the Citywide exchange show As First as exactly, a ... More » »

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Chris Burden’s Extreme Measures at the New Museum – Extremely good

(Cate tells us about the boyish work of Chris Burden at the new Museum, a show with big ideas and big objects.–the artblog editors) The current show at The New Museum is a guy show, a guy magnet, a veritable Super Bowl of guy art. The exhibition, Chris Burden: Extreme Measures, spans the entire Museum from the lobby to the rooftop, including the facade of the building. The show brings this West coast artist to New York with unabashed fan fever. A boat on the building Starting with the boat installed on the facade of the building, the 1 ton truck ... More » »

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