News: art security, O.U.R., Bambi Gallery’s return and more


Attack on Matisse at National Gallery highlights art security
After a recent attack on a Matisse painting at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, art security is on the minds of writers at the Washington Post.  That publication ran two stories recently about art security issues.

Matisee Plumed Hat
The artwork at the center of the most recent stir: Henri Matisse’s “The Plumed Hat”, 1919.

One article in the Post reports that the Matisse vandal had just been released from a hospital and was charged only four-and-a-half months ago with tearing a Gauguin painting off of a gallery wall. The paper also ran another story about an emergency preparedness container for saving important artworks in case of an emergency.

artblog’s museum studies guru, Andrea Kirsh, says that disaster plans are one of a number of planning and operational documents that all museums should have, although some small institutions may lack current disaster plans or other policy documents. For those who want to research this issue, Andrea passes on these links from the Northeast Document Conservation Center and Hertiage Preservation,  which include information on funding available for disaster planning.

O.U.R. Gallery and Studios in Port Richmond

O.U.R. Gallery
O.U.R. Gallery

Port Richmond’s newest gallery O.U.R.(which opened back in February) opens a show September 10, “Figuratively Elsewhere,” which features artists Richard Metz, David Ferro, and Mikel Elam.
The show will be up until October 2.

O.U.R. is open to proposals for future shows. If you’re interested, email Melissa Purnell at or contact the gallery through their Facebook page.

Bambi Gallery returns for a curated show at Crane Arts
Hold Bambi Gallery

The first show by Bambi’s Candace Karch since the little gallery with heart closed its space in the Piazza last February opens Sept 7 at Crane Arts. “Hold”, sponsored by InLiquid funs to Oct. 20. The show is an installation that deals with the desire to keep stuff.

Libby and Roberta voted Creative Connectors!
Roberta and Libby have been voted one of 76 Philadelphians who are Creative Connectors in LEADERSHIP Philadelphia‘s Connector Project. They were selected from over 3,200 nominees. The idea is that these “Connectors” are the glue that holds the creative community together; they grab hold of a concept and spread it around, acting as a trusted resource.

Art in Odd Places 2011
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts will be participating in this year’s Art in Odd Places (AiOP) Festival. This annual gathering on West 14th Street in New York City is all about exploring the odd, ordinary, and ingenious in everyday life. “Ritual” is the theme this year including ideas of ceremony, obsession, myth, and superstition. AiOP will run from October 1-10 from Avenue C to the Hudson River. Jacolby Satterwhite, Pennsylvania native and recent UPenn graduate is among the 60 artists participating.


PenTales along with The European are holding The Connected Contest – but the deadline is soon: August 31! Write up to 5,000 characters (that’s around 800 words) in English (or German, all you German speakers out there) on the topic of being connected. Any writers, techies, creative individuals, or social media users are welcome. Send submissions to – subject “Connected Contest” – for a chance to have your piece reviewed and shared in those publications.

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts will be hosting an emerging and student artist show at their conference in Seattle. The deadlines and rules are different for each category, but the deadline for the emerging artists category is August 30. For the student artists, the deadline is September 29. The conference is in March, 2012.

Live in NYC? Moving there? The Bronx Musuem is holding Artists in the Marketplace 32, a collaborative residency in which emerging artists can work directly with established artists, curators, and professionals before a culminating biennial exhibition in 2013. The deadline is September 5.

Artist News

Zoe Strauss is having an open studio this Saturday, Aug. 20, one day only – the last one before her big PMA show. There will be $5 copies of the remaining photos from her I-95 exhibition, and the artist will be snapping Polaroid portraits (ala Andy Warhol), for $5 as well. Stop by her studio at 838 Cantrell Street on Saturday, August 20 from Noon til 2 PM.  Snacks and air conditioning free.

Talia Greene has a number of shows coming up this fall. By date of opening: September 8 group show at The Print Center in Philly, September 13 exhibition at Wave Hill in the Bronx, and some site-specific installations at Flashpoint in D.C. on September 30.

Mark Skwarek, whose Augmented Reality project id featured at Little Berlin this month, has an AR project right now in Korea, a project that uses digital image manipulation to envision a unified Korea.

Tyler Held
Tyler Held, “Cross-Culture”, 2010.

Recent UArts grad Tyler Held is in a group show at Tyler School of Art opening August 29. From February 27, 2011 – June 24, 2012 he will be part of Contraption at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.

artblog international correspondent Matthew Rose has a solo show “God & Country” opening September 1 at Storie in Paris.