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Watch out New York, here comes Philly


Lots of Philadelphians heading to New York to install their works in galleries all over town. Here’s what we’re excited about. There’s probably more and let us know if we missed you.


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Rob Matthews
The artist’s cousin (Dan), graphite on paper

Rob Matthews has his solo debut in New York at Daniel Cooney. Show, titled Kindred, opens Sept. 11 and runs to Nov. 15. Matthews is a formidable Philadelphia blogger as well as being a fabulous artist who shows locally at Gallery Joe.


Zoe Strauss’s new book, America. We love the American flag reference in the carpeted steps.

Zoe Strauss has her second New York show Nov. 22 – Jan 10 at that fabulous photo gallery, Silverstein, working title “We Love Having You Here.” She’s also got a new book out, America, which is in production and can be pre-ordered at Zoe says the book will be available in all bookstores, mid October… pre-election.



Mark Shetabi. Caspian Sea Hilton, oil on linen. 2008. 20 x 30 inches
Mark Shetabi. Caspian Sea Hilton, oil on linen. 2008. 20 x 30 inches

Mark Shetabi’s second solo Jeff Bailey show runs Nov. 13-Dec. 20. The artist will have new paintings and sculpture — a suite of things based on the cult of charisma in music (think Freddie Mercury) — all as a metaphor for polical charisma. Why is it fine to have charisma in music and scary to be charismatic in politics? There will be a peephole piece. and the whole thing will be theatrical. Shetabi told us about the Bailey show while in the midst of installing a different suite of his works for a show opening Sept 11 at Tufts University Art Gallery. “Empire and its Discontents” is a group show with artists talking about empire, including Marjane Satrapi (author of Persepolis) and more. The show’s curated by Amy Schlegel and Rhonda Saad.


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Amy S. Kauffman’s little boats from folded Trident gum wrappers as seen at the Philadelphia Art Institute, student-curated show re-construction, 2006.

Art power couple Amy S. Kauffman and John Freeborn are in a group show, Panorama 3, at the ultra-hip Jonathan Levine Gallery in NY. The show, organized by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, runs Sept. 6-Oct. 4, 2008 with a reception Saturday, Sept. 6, 7-9 pm. This show’s gimmick is each artist puts the work on a 4×6″ wood panel on which a horizon line has been drawn at the same place on each board. The show will be hung with all the horizon lines lined up around the room.

Kauffman also has two more shows this month, a solo at Lump Gallery in Raleigh NC and a group show, Big Kids, Little Kids, based on Freeborn’s book, in Houston.

Rebecca Saylor Sack.
Untitled (red), 2008
Oil on canvas
24 x 28 inches

Rebecca Saylor Sack debuts a solo show of her luscious expressionist landscapes at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. The show, titled Breaker runs Sept 4-Oct. 5 with a reception Sunday, Sept 7, 4-6 pm. Saylor Sack wrote that a bunch of the Lower East Side galleries will be having their openings Sunday, September 7th– so should be much fun.

Astrid Bowlby.
7.10.07 (Variegated spirals)
ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Astrid Bowlby’s in a great group show, Drawn to Detail, at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts between August 30, 2008 and January 4, 2009. Bowlby, like Matthews, is part of the Gallery Joe stable.

The exhibition features artists: Alice Attie, Astrid Bowlby, Jim Dingilian, Jacob El Hanani, Dave Eppley, Tom Friedman, Darina Karpov, Laura Kim, Ricardo Lanzarini, Martha Lewis, Cynthia Lin, Marco Maggi, Louise Marshall, Jane Masters, Julie Mehretu, Tadashi Moriyama, Mary O’Malley, Carol Prusa, Jessica Deane Rosner, Andrea Sulzer, Kako Ueda, Julia von Eichel, Rachel Perry Welty, David Omar White, Martin Wilner, and Daniel Zeller.