News The Clay Studio has some bittersweet news this week, with the departure of Curator of Artistic Programs Garth Johnson promising the end of one era and the beginning of another. Johnson is decamping to the Arizona State University Art Museum’s prestigious Ceramic Research Center, where he’s the new Curator of Ceramics. Johnson’s tally of achievements at the Clay Studio includes jurying the Clay Studio National, presenting their 40th Anniversary exhibition, re-imagining the Guerilla Mug Assault, assessing the permanent collection, recruiting two young Resident Artists and booking Guest Artists from five continents. Best of luck to Garth in his new ... More » »
—>Sam visits Fleisher-Ollman’s new gallery and encounters some heady art, both abstract and narrative.–-the artblog editors———————–> One of the first things you’ll notice in Fleisher-Ollman’s new Arch Street location is the high ceilings. Compared to the former location in the historic 1616 Walnut Street office building, where a 1930s-style doorman greeted guests and the low-ceilinged gallery felt like a hidden vault, it seems like Fleisher-Ollman has moved forward in time, not just a few blocks diagonally across City Hall. An Edgar Tolson statue of a dog greets visitors from outside the elevator doors. Down the hallway, you will find the ... More » »
This post is sponsored by The West Collection at SEI PULSE New York has invited the West Collection to curate the lobby installations at the Metropolitan Pavilion, May 9-12, 2013. In the lobby, the West Collection will be selling new works from five established West Collection artists and showing the work of fourteen unrepresented artists you won’t want to miss. Click here for more on each artist. West Collection at PULSE New York May 9-12, 2013 The Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street Between 6th and 7th Avenues Chelsea, New York City Thursday May 9, noon-8pm Friday May 10, 11am-8pm Saturday May ... More » »
News It’s no secret that Philly is a coworking and shared space boomtown. The Cedar Works is West Philly’s latest entrant into this scene. Featuring 15,000 sq. feet of reclaimed warehouse space, the Cedar Park neighborhood is now home to 23 studios that range from 250 to 600 square feet and combines artist workspaces and professional offices. One of the property owners and project managers, Andy Peifer, is a long-time Cedar Park resident who lives just around the corner from the building. Now that they’re up and running, it’s a good time to make the trek out and see the space. Perhaps even join? Jacques-Jean Tiziou’s first ... More » »
News Three Philadelphia organizations engaged in creative placemaking projects have received ArtPlace Grants: The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has won $200,000 for a project on the Delaware Waterfront; the University City District has won $375,000 for design upgrades and art installations at the Porch; and the Asian Arts Initiative has been awarded $450,000 to commission work in the Chinatown area. More information about the ArtPlace Grants can be found here. The new executive director of the Main Line Art Center is photographer Amie Potsic, long time Director of Career Development Program at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists. ... More » »
I ran through the Modern and Contemporary wing of the Philadelphia Museum of Art recently after taking Fleisher Challenge artist Nora Salzman‘s quirky tour of the collection (more on that in another post). It was a great tour, focusing on the curatorial display strategies and how they vary from department to department and object to object. And after we finished Nora’s tour in the Brancusi galleries, I checked the ever-changing Mod-Con display. The Thomas Hirschhorn duct-taped globes are there (good to see) and it was wonderful to see Tristin Lowe’s forlorn folding chair holding center stage, with Robert Gober’s enigmatic ... More » »
Sad News Walter Edmonds We are sad to bring you the news that Philadelphia Artist Walter Edmonds, 73, died of a heart attack on June 12th.
It is always refreshing to find an artist with a body of work that is as solid as it is diverse. At Fleisher/Ollman’s May exhibition Voyeur, Tristin Lowe proves that he is just such an artist – working in mediums as divergent as cell phone photography, felt sculptures, and glowing neon lights. Lowe’s explorations range from abstractions on a personal level to images of cosmic proportion, and he does so with an unabashed, yet accessible amount of curiosity and humanism.
When the West Collection decided to change up the West Prize and give the $25,000 purse to a project and not just to an artist, they truly changed the nature of the prize. The winner of the grand prize, Billie Grace Lynn, was announced at the West Collection earlier this evening (Thursday, April 21). She will be using her prize money to fund a project to educate people about cruelty to farm animals. Her piece, “Mad Cow Motorcycle”, 2008, a motorcycle made of a cow skeleton that the artist rides as part of her educational performances, is already being used for ... More » »
Several items in my inbox popped out at me recently. They all involve Philly people working on stages outside our fair city. I know there’s more–bring them on in the comments please. Joshua Mosley at Site Santa FeNext Page »