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Vox Populi’s Yana Balson has moved on to New York powerhouse gallery PaceWildenstein. The former Vox executive director has moved there to serve as dealer’s assistant.

Under Balson, one of Philadelphia’s top coop galleries gained professional style while keeping its reputation as an incubator for some of the city’s best, adventurous young artists. While she served at Vox, the gallery brought in interesting out-of-town work, like Jonathan Berger’s dark coney-island-of-the-mind “goner” installation, to augment the local shows. She recently curated “Point of View,” a show of offbeat takes on landscape (above, a shot from Kim Collmer’s “Silver Seeds” video, part of the Point of View exhibit, and below, a detail of Jonathan Berger’s “goner.”)

Until Vox finds a replacement, artist and Vox member Amy Adams will fill the roll of interim director. Whoever is in charge will need strong business skills to lead Vox in its search for and move to another space. Like the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Asian Arts Initiative and Highwire, Vox is facing eviction from the Webster Building on Arch Street, which will be redeveloped for Convention Center expansion.

Adams, whom we saw Friday at the Esther Klein Gallery where she curated the “Art & Community IX: Urban Life” show, gave us the news about Balson. Adams also is exhibiting her own work this month at Vox.

Hey, good luck, Yana.collmer, kimberger, jonathanbalson, yanaadams, amy

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