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News: The Other Art Fair, Gallatin and #Occupytheory, Art Writing at AUX, and more!



Other Art Fair cuts out middleman
The Other Art Fair launches in London on November 25 and bills itself as a direct way for artists to sell to collectors. The fair is unlike others because it allows for the 100 chosen artists to offer their work directly to the public. Artists showcase their work to collectors, curators and gallerists on their own terms, and that is definitely a unique and refreshing approach.

The Other Art Fair

Gallatin Galleries explore #Occupytheory
Mic check! The Gallatin Galleries in New York will be presenting a participatory discussion entitled #Occupytheory alongside their exhibit “This is what democracy looks like”. What role does theory play in the leaderless Occupy movement? With Occupy Wall Street flexing its own media might and disregarding mainstream outlets for representation, how will this affect the future of publicity, information, and communication? Come join in the dialogue and have your voice heard.

Gregg Bordowitz at Temple Gallery
Artist Gregg Bordowitz thinks that art can change the world. What do you think? Visit the Temple Gallery on November 28 at 6 PM and find out. Bordowitz will be displaying ten selected works to go along with his lecture and discussion. These artworks are on loan from the Free Library of Philadelphia and were originally produced and supported by the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s. The event is free, but register here in advance.

PMA amps up supply of locally-crafted art


On Friday, 11/11/11, the Philadelphia Museum of Art held an opening for “Philadelphia Produces Original Design” (P.POD) in the Museum Store. P.POD is a pop-up bazaar created by artist, designer, author/illustrator, and Philadelphian Alex Stadler showcasing only items designed and/or produced in Philadelphia. Check it out and support local artists through December 31!

B&K open their doors after Sande Webster closes
Owned and operated by Brian Dennis and Keith Breitfeller, the former manager and framer of Wallnuts Frame Design where Sande Webster Galley used to be, B&K will continue to offer services at its new location on 527 South 16th Street.

Discussion about the sustainable re-use of materials at PAA
The Philadelphia Art Alliance will be having a discussion with Carrie Collins of Fabric Horse and Roland Burns of R.E.Load Bags about the creative re-use of materials tonight, November 17, at 7 PM. Come learn about challenges and rewards of crafting hand-made goods in a contemporary urban setting.

Art Writing with AUX at Vox
First in a series of performance and screening events at the new AUX performance space as part of Vox Populi is “Art Writing” organized by artist and critic Becky Hunter. The event on November 25 at 7 PM explores experimental writer and scholar Maria Fusco’s ideas about writing as art and writing about art.


The Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh announces a call for entries for its international photography competition “Fellowship 12“. First prize International Award is $3,000 and a solo exhibition at Silver Eye Center for Photography.

Utopian Benches
Francis Cape’s utopian benches.

Arcadia University Art Gallery is hosting an exhibit of hand-made “utopian benches” by artist Francis Cape. Director Richard Torchia announced that the gallery welcomes communities to have a meeting on the utopian benches.  E-mail with your request to hold your meeting on Francis Cape’s utopian benches.

Artists are invited to send a proposal for a site-specific outdoor sculpture installation to be created during a residency in Cheng Long, a small rural village in Taiwan dealing with environmental issues and organic food. E-mail by February 8 with your proposal.

University City District installed and now maintains streetlamps along Baltimore Avenue, between 45th and 50th streets including the banners they display. This spring, they will be replacing the current banners with new banners designed by local artists. There are cash prizes available. Send proposals to by March 2.

UCD Banner
UCD banner

We told you before about the West Collection’s effort to beef up its collection with new acquisitions. Well the call for applications opened on November 15 and run through April 12. Visit the application page to submit your work!

Artist News

Laura Watt has a solo exhibit opening today, November 17, at McKenzie Fine Art in NYC.

Laura Watt
Laura Watt, “Source (after P.G.)”, 2011, Oil on canvas 36 x 60 inches.

Jennie Shanker recently had a write-up in the New York Times about her Marcellus Shale Experiment.

Hennessy Youngman (aka Jayson Musson) has a track on the new Spank Rock album which you can listen to here.