News post – Ken Johnson causes art world furor, Incamminati in NYC, opportunities and more!


"The Female Gaze" at PAFA.
“The Female Gaze” at PAFA.

Controversy regarding NYTimes critic Ken Johnson’s recent reviews of “Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980” at MoMA PS1 and “The Female Gaze” at PAFA, in which he questioned the value of art by women and people of color, has culminated in a petition, signed by over 1,600 people, including artists Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, Coco Fusco, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Janine Antoni, Louise Lawler, Julie Mehretu, Emily Roysdon, Clifford Owens, Lucy Raven, Lorraine O’Grady and Martha Rosler, art historians Rosalyn Deutsche, Miwon Kwon, and Robert Storr, as well as curators Chon Noriega, Brooke Davis Anderson and Dan Cameron. The petition states, essentially, that his review does not meet the Times’ editorial and professional standards and that the troubling issues it raises should be addressed by the paper.



PIFA 2013 is nearing, and as such they’ve put out a call for vendors. If you’re interested in being a part of this (and you should – last year’s was an astonishing success), act quickly because there’s a limited selection of booths from which to choose. The theme this year is “If You Had a Time Machine….” which should make all the steampunk enthusiasts out there very happy indeed!

via Erica Minutella – It’s also the time of year for InLiquid’s annual benefit, v. 13. There are many volunteer shifts available, from Monday, February 11 to Monday, February 18, in a variety of roles. If you’re interested in participating in this year’s event, please visit the Volunteer page and submit your shift preference on the form, along with your name and email.

 3 from CFEVA – The Center for Emerging Visual Artists is currently offering three fellowships – the New Courtland Artist Fellowship, the Celebration of Art and Life, and a Visual Artist Fellowship. 1. the NewCourtland Artist Fellowship is a community-based initiative for artists to bring together seniors and school-age children throughout Philadelphia with intergenerational art-making projects. To apply, artists must design a project; once selected, artists lead ten 1.5 hour workshops, attend several preliminary and post-workshop meetings, one sensitivity training session, and participate in the Art is Ageless exhibition in Spring 2014. Artists will also be separately compensated for purchasing all necessary art supplies and professionally presenting the artwork created in their program for the final exhibition. The award in total is $2,500 (+the cost of supplies), and the deadline is March 1, 2013. To apply, visit and follow the application instructions. For more details or to discuss your application please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at 215 546-7775 x11 or 2. The Celebration of Art and Life Fellowship, offered in partnership with Penn Medicine, invites faculty, staff, students and patients to participate in an exhibition in The Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, to run from January 2013 through January 2014. The juried art exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Bernett L. Johnson, Jr., M.D., former Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The deadline is December 30, 2012. 3. The Visual Artist Fellowship, a two year program  that includes a stipend, provides career support to regional artists to develop new levels of artistic and professional ability. Artists will be asked to demonstrate a vision for the next level of their professional or artistic practice and a clear plan for CFEVA’s proposed role in reaching it. Awards are based on the merit of the artwork, proven track record in project completion, vision for the next level in their career and the ability of CFEVA to help them achieve their goals. All artists are invited to apply, from emerging and mid career to established. The deadline is January 15, 2013. To apply to any of these three opportunities, please visit CFEVA’s applications site and follow the instructions. For more information or assistance, please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at 215 546-7775 x11 or


Artist News

“Korean Child’s Kimono,” new work by Incamminati artist Natalie Italiano.

The artists of Studio Incamminati are participating in a huge group show at the National Arts Club for their tenth anniversary. Featured are 28 artists and over 50 works of art from accomplished artists, including Founders Nelson and Leona Shanks. The opening reception is on Thursday, January 3, from 6–8 P.M. The exhibit continues January 4–15, 2013, Monday–Friday  10 A.M.–5 P.M. The National Arts Club is located at 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY; there is an accompanying Studio Incamminati artists demonstration there on Friday evening, January 11, from 6–9:30 P.M. For information on this and other special events visit Incamminati’s website. The exhibiting artists are: Alisyn Blake, Jon deMartin, Joseph Dolderer, Kerry Dunn, Stephen Early, Jason Espey, Robin Frey, Rob Goodman, Anne  E. Hall, Katya Held, Natalie Italiano, Peter Kelsey, Darren Kingsley, JaFang Lu, Erin McGrath, Ruth Miller, Yoni Park, Diane Rappisi, Christina Rose, Kate Savage, Liora Seltzer, Leona Shanks, Nelson Shanks, Sakiko Shinkai, Rebecca Tait, Dan Thompson, Caroline Weitzman, and Lea Colie Wight.

"Only an Accident," Erin Riley. 2012.
“Only an Accident,” Erin Riley. 2012.

Erin Riley has a show opening in just a few days at Aviary Gallery in Jamaica Plain, MA. Called New Material, there’s a reception January 3 at 6-9 PM; the show continues through January 31.

See you all in the happy New Year!