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News post – Farewell to Fake House, Lonely Planet loves Philly, Keiko Miyamori in Queens, opportunities and more!



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Still from “The Barefoot Artist.”

Daniel Traub and Glenn Holsten have completed work on “The Barefoot Artist,” a film honoring the legacy of Traub’s mother, seminal artist Lily Yeh, and are now in the final post-production push. Their fundraising campaign, steered by USA Artists, also contains numerous offerings related to the film, including excerpts and a message from Traub and Holsten. Congratulations, Daniel and Glenn!

Fake House/Fake Haus, one of Philadelphia’s oldest punk houses, is closing in two days, taken over by Drexel to make way for student housing at 38th and Lancaster. Its final show was held last Friday, capping off a history that’s included the likes of Crass Worship and Bikini Kill, as well as serving as a locus for West Philly’s artistic, radical and itinerant figures. City Paper has a nice write-up of Fake House and its impact on Philly’s punk scene.

Philadelphia’s gotten some love from Lonely Planet, having been nominated as one of the magazine’s top 10 US travel destinations for 2013. The best part, maybe even more so than the praise they heaped upon our burgeoning arts spaces, is that they spurned reductive references to cheesesteaks! Huzzah!
A two-year sentence has been handed down for Wlodzimierz Umaniec, who vandalized a Rothko painting at the Tate Modern. His graffiti, which read “a potential piece of yellowism” in support of an artistic movement he founded, failed to win over the prosecution.


Here’s a chance to get Philly some more accolades: Do you have a favorite innovative alternative space in the US? If so, Julia Halperin of would like to hear your stories. E-mail with ALTERNATIVES in the subject line, and let’s hope to see some Philly names in the ranks!

Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver is seeking applications for the Low Residency model of its Master of Applied Arts (MAA) degree. Geared towards working artists who want to take advantage of a residency in Vancouver with Emily Carr’s online learning program, there are three consecutive intensive July residencies on campus in Vancouver, led by internationally recognized award-winning faculty in studio production, critical theory, and arts research. Previous faculty members have included Ken Lum, among others. Tuition is competitive and applicable for both International and domestic students. The full application deadline is January 15, 2013, while the portfolio deadline is February 1, 2013. For more information contact Graduate Studies Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3R9, T 604 844 3800 / Toll Free 1 800 832 7788,

Artist News

Plein Air Salon National Competition gave an award to Patrick Connors for his painting “After a Storm.” This honor comes on the heels of a short article in Outdoor Painter, as well as a feature in the November 2012 American Artist Magazine featuring Connors’ Rome paintings. Congratulations, Patrick!

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The eerie interior of the Bank of Manhattan Building – before its artistic metamorphosis.

The work of Keiko Miyamori is now included in a rather amazing display at the Bank of Manhattan Building in Queens Plaza North. They’re hosting No Longer Empty’s 14th exhibition How Much Do I Owe You? Inspired by the historic building (built in 1924 and the tallest building in Queens until 1990), Miyamori is one of 26 artists from 15 countries to transform the bank’s interior with immersive installations including large scale sculptures, video works, participatory projects, and murals. It opened on Wednesday and continues until March 13, 2013.

Join Guest Curator Robert S. Mattison this Sunday, December 16 at 1 p.m. for a lecture on Franz Kline at the Allentown Art Museum. Kline, who was a pivotal figure in Abstract Expressionism, came from the coal country of Pennsylvania and went on to become a luminary of the New York art scene of his day. Mattison is the Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art History at Lafayette College. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Call 610-432-4333, Ext. 110 to reserve your seat, or visit
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Davide Luciano, from the “Potholes” series.
Davide Luciano, creator of the perturbing and hilarious “Potholes” series, has photos from this series on display in a new exhibition at Smile Design Gallery in NYC. This is a benefit show, with 100% of the profits going towards free dental work for uninsured New Yorkers.