[Michael, Artblog’s poet on the scene, travels through a show of watercolor works on paper and writes about history, museums, and Princeton. — Artblog editors] The traveler seeks the unique and the rare. Watercolor is delicate. Keep it from the light or it will fade. And where the Hell’s Princeton anyway? At the time of the Revolution Princeton was on the main road from Philadelphia to New York. When we the British made trouble in Philadelphia, Princeton became briefly the American capital. The delicate but disdained medium Watercolor has been disdained as the art of women and children. But Deborah Smith ... More » »
(Chip visits Highwire Gallery and sees photos and paintings by Ted Mosher that seem like they are trying to capture the future.–the artblog editors) Highwire Gallery on Frankford Avenue is currently showing new work by Ted Mosher, specifically a series of photographs and watercolors that he has assembled through a dual-process of capture and creation. On the walls of the long, narrow interior of the gallery hang alternating sections of watercolor paintings and small, square photographs arranged into rectangular groups of thirty images. Mosher utilizes a deceptively simple cell phone camera as the basis for his photographic excursions, as opposed ... More » »
I’m sorry and embarrassed that I waited so long to see the fascinating exhibition, Shipwreck: Winslow Homer and “The Life Line” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), but fortunately it has been held over until Jan. 1, 2013. It offers much more than a look at a single theme by a single painter, albeit the greatest of his American contemporaries. Firstly, the exhibition reminds us of the pervasive influence of the sea in 19th-century, American life. It was considerably more than a means of inter-continental travel. The sea was the underpinning of much of the economy, as is reflected ... More » »
With gorgeous color, ebullient natural imagery (birds, butterflies, flowers) and harmonious designs, Trudy Kraft’s “Emergence” at Gross McCleaf is pure visual happiness.
The plane to Chicago for the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Meeting left from a concourse I rarely use so I saw different art than usual as part of the airport’s Exhibition Program, which certainly provides the best distraction I’ve found at Philadelphia International Airport. Nick Kripal’s Swarm was a terra cotta landscape of an alternative, multi-culti character with forms cribbed from the kitchen cabinets; what looked like a Moorish dome turned out to have been cast from a pudding mold! I’d love to see him do animations based on them.