News In a contemptible move perfectly in keeping with prior contemptible moves, the city of Philadelphia is continuing its quest to use eminent domain to turn the studio of James Dupree into a parking lot and supermarket. Detailed in a Forbes article this week, two-thirds of the building in which Dupree’s studio resides have been condemned, and the studio was seized by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority on December 27, just four days before an eminent domain loophole was closed by the state. Since the PRA got approval to take over 17 Mantua properties for this purpose in November 2012, ... More » »
Ed. note: In celebration of artblog’s 10-year anniversary, we are bringing you content from our inaugural year, 2003. In November, 2003, we were peering our peepers towards the pavement. Viewed from above or below, we relished street art’s accessibility as something we can view while waiting for the bus or walking to work. We kept an eye out for painted street signs, symbolic graffiti tags and those colorful mural-covered honor boxes sponsored by Mattathias Schwartz and the Philadelphia Independent. The art was intriguing in all of its casual and anonymous forms and the successes of our search had us dancing ... More » »
From pristine beauty to trash-0-licious, two art shows opened Wednesday on the 700 block of South Street in what were vacant retail spaces. The hope is that art will attract a new renter.