(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 » »
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has borne a fair amount of criticism for ignoring the local in favor of, well, the non-local, thereby stepping back from any sense of mission of supporting excellence within Philadelphia. That sort of local modesty seems to be part and parcel of the culture of Philadelphia.
Thanks to Rob Matthews for first alerting us to the death Monday of Philadelphia artist Tom Chimes, and to PAFA for confirming it. At the time of Chimes’ retrospective exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in 2007, he was pretty chipper and charming.
On the art page in the Weekly is my review of the Thomas Chimes retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Below is the copy with some pictures. For more photos see my flickr set. Chimes Ringing on Museum Hill A Philly artist gets his due. Rachilde, 1986, Thomas Chimes (American, born 1921). Oil on linen, 50 x 62 inches. Locks Gallery, Philadelphia People tell me they love Thomas Chimes‘ white paintings—minimalist works portraying a face or object trapped under a snowstorm of white paint. I don’t get it, except that many people also like white walls, white cars, white ... More » »
Watch the Video Episode 4. Libby and Roberta at the Locks Gallery, Jennifer Steinkamp‘s video installations and Thomas Chimes‘ the Entropy Paintings. Then at Honeymilk (now in Top Stitch, Market between 3rd and 4th), Isaac Schell‘s street photography. See all four episodes, directed by our Wizard of Video, David Kessler, here. And guess what? Look! It’s L&R is now a proud part of the Philebrity TV network. Also on Philebrity TV is David’s other video project, Shadow World, a poetic street immersion with people encountered under the El in Kensington. Vince Romaniello‘s video on David Foss is there, too, as ... More » »