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Palumbo’s in Northern Liberties


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I want to recommend a show off the Old City path. Anthony Palumbo, painter and recent Pennsylvania Academy graduate, has a solo show notable for its portraits at Ashley Gallery on Third St. near Brown.

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The work is nuanced and the paint handling is divine. This is a youngster to watch. (Image, top is “Concrete and Glass;” image, left is “Self Portrait.”)

Although Palumbo’s work is less edgy and more academy, I want to compare it to paintings by Rebecca Westcott.

Westcott, another youngster who’s into portraits, paints in the Alice Neel tradition of chronicling her circle with portraits of psychological depth.

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You may remember Westcott’s two solo shows at the now defunct “One Pixel” Gallery across from Nexus — or from the Space 1026 show at ICA in 2002 (she’s a 1026er or was). She will have her first solo show with Spector gallery some time next year. (bottom image is painting by Westcott)

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