News – Joan Mitchell grants, Whitney Biennial list, Helen Frankenthaler and more…


Joan Mitchell Foundation grants
The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced its 2011 Painters and Sculptors Grant Program recipients — 25 artists who will each receive $25,000. Among the winners are Philadelphians Virgil Marti, Jackie Tileston, and former Philly artist Anabeth Rosen.  Congratulations!

Here’s the full list:
Diana Al-Hadid, Brooklyn, NY
Nicole Awai, Brooklyn, NY
Keith Benjamin, Cleves, OH
William Cordova, Miami, FL
Cicely Cottingham, West Orange, NJ
Florine Demosthene, Brooklyn, NY
Daniel Douke, Fallbrook, CA
Julie Green, Corvallis, OR
Tommy Hartung, Ridgewood, NY
Janelle Iglesias, Provincetown, MA
Gary Kachadourian, Baltimore, MD
Simone Leigh, Brooklyn, NY
Andrew Lenaghan, Brooklyn, NY
Anne Lindberg, Kansas City, MO
Virgil Marti, Philadelphia, PA
Liz Miller, Good Thunder, MN
Jiha Moon, Atlanta, GA
Catherine Murphy, Poughkeepsie, NY
Sarah Oppenheimer, New York, NY
Kanishka Raja, New York, NY
Duke Riley, Brooklyn, NY
Chemi Rosado-Seijo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Annabeth Rosen, Davis, CA
Jackie Tileston, Philadelphia, PA
Sarah Walker, Brooklyn, NY returns after hiatus
Franklin Einspruch’s began posting again in mid-December after a 20-month hiatus and complete technical overhaul. We’re glad to welcome them back to the blogosphere, and excited to see what 2012 holds in store for them!

BYO Print celebration and new members
BYO Print Party

BYO Print welcomes new member Chad Lassin, a new space, and new equipment with its New Beginnings Party on New Year’s Day from 1 – 5 PM.

Toast with a Ghost @ Powel House
The historic Powel House will hold a New Year’s Toast with a Ghost event on Saturday, December 31. The 75-minute tours will begin at 8 PM and include a candlelight ghost tour of the Powel House and Physick House and a champagne “Toast with a Ghost”. Some may be critical of using historical locations for such events, but it’s all in good fun – and educational too.

Whitney Biennial List for 2012 leaked…and now announced by the museum
Thanks to ADA Gallery for passing on the Huff Post article about the leaked list of Whitney Biennial 2012 artists (including George Kuchar of their gallery), however we also see there are no Philadelphia names…And now the Whitney has officially announced the list.  Looks like the same list to us….still no Philadelphia names.

Kai Althoff, Thom Andersen, Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Forrest Bess (paintings selected by artist Robert Gober), Michael Clark, Dennis Cooper and Gisèle Vienne, Cameron Crawford, Moyra Davey, Liz Deschenes, Nathaniel Dorsky, Nicole Eisenman, Kevin Jerome Everson, Vincent Fecteau, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Vincent Gallo, K8 Hardy, Richard Hawkins, Werner Herzog, Jerome Hiler, Matt Hoyt, Dawn Kasper, Mike Kelley, John Kelsey, John Knight, Jutta Koether, George Kuchar, Laida Lertxundi, Kate Levant, Sam Lewitt, Joanna Malinowska, Andrew Masullo, Nick Mauss, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Laura Poitras, Matt Porterfield, Luther Price, Lucy Raven, The Red Krayola, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine Reichek, Michael Robinson, Georgia Sagri, Michael E. Smith, Tom Thayer, Wu Tsang, Oscar Tuazon, and Frederick Wiseman.

Helen Frankenthaler passing

Helen Frankenthaler
Helen Frankenthaler, “Small Paradise”.

The innovative abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler passed away on December 27 at the age of 83. Her family released a statement about her death but did not provide an exact cause.

Purchase a piece of Miss Rockaway Armada

Miss Rockaway Armada

Run over to the Philadelphia Art Alliance for your chance to get a piece of Miss Rockaway Armada! The show at PAA ends on December 30, but on January 3 from 10 AM until 2 PM visitors can stop by to find pieces that interest them, make an offer, and take it away with them – one more way to help recycle the Armada’s materials.


Asian Arts Initiative is seeking artists and ideas for its new Social Practice Lab. Proposals for programs to enliven the areas of Chinatown and Chinatown North are due by January 18, and more information is available here.

Scope New York 2012 has (via an open call for emerging artists–all mediums. Winner gets a solo booth at Scope New York.  The application deadline is December 31, so there isn’t much time left! You can find the application here.

Artist News
Tiger Strikes Asteroid member Alexis Granwell is in the International Print Center’s New Prints show in New York. The show runs Jan. 28-Mar. 24.

Videographer and friend of artblog David Kessler is sharing some clips of his upcoming video project Pines: A cinematic exploration of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. You can find one of the preview clips here: Pines Video Sketch – Day Five, Harrisville. Check it out–it’s beautiful!

Merian Soto
Merián Soto performs a Branch Dance. Photo by Pepon Osorio.

Merián Soto/Performance Practice will be presenting the winter performance of her one-year cycle Wissahickon Reunion on Sunday January 15, at 10:30 AM at Bluebell Meadow. Visit the blog for more info and up-to-the-minute updates.

Jeffrey Stockbridge is featured in the online LPV Magazine for his photo series Kensington Blues, which deals with the woes of the North Philadelphia area that is a hot spot for drugs and prostitution.