News post – Santa Classics returns, AJW directs a Dan Deacon mind-melter, Dupree Studio stays, opportunities and more!



Andrew Jeffrey Wright has been absent from Bananazz a few times, but for good reason: he conceived and directed the bizarre-o video for Dan Deacon’s “Feel the Lightning.” Deacon’s new album, Gliss Riffer, is out on February 24-25, 2015.

Reports of Dupree Studio’s demise, it turns out, have been exaggerated: there’s been a reversal and James Dupree gets to keep his studio! The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has decided to not move to condemn his property, setting a precedent for future resistance to eminent domain cases like this.

Motorcycle buffs who also love Ewan McGregor are getting their money’s worth at Bonhams’ upcoming auction of its motoring ephemera collection. One of the prime attractions is a large photographic exhibit of McGregor’s and Charley Boorman’s Long Way Down motorcycle journey, originally provided by Big Earth Productions, producers of Long Way Down and Long Way Round. The collection documents the duo’s nearly three-month, 9,000 mile odyssey taken in 2007, most of which was through Africa. Estimated at $5,000-$7,000, all profits from the sale go to UNICEF.  

If there is one thing we always want in town, it’s new indie biz. And we’re lucky: a new, independently-owned and operated coffee shop and art gallery is soon coming to live in Fishtown. Incarnate Coffee, located at Amber and Sergeant, opens in April 2015 under the guidance of ndependent artist and barista Adesola Ogunleye and Gia Parker. Designed to fuse quality coffees and a monthly rotation of local underrepresented artists, Incarnate’s offerings include locals Honey Pie Cooking and Square One Coffee, a rotating selection of national roasters, and a partnership with the Art Department to highlight a monthly minority or female artist, debuted during First Friday events. A very early welcome to our new neighbors!


Santa makes an appearance with a famed Rembrandt.
Santa makes an appearance with a famed Rembrandt. Photo courtesy of Ed Wheeler.


Ed Wheeler, the Zelig of Santa selfies, has issued a fresh collection of his trademark Santa Classics. This time around, works by Rembrandt, Rousseau, Daumier and de La Tour play host to the artist, dressed as Santa, photo-bombing iconic moments in art history for fun. This year, Wheeler has created a dozen new Santa Classics images to add to his collection, such as the above Rembrandt. We’re told that Wheeler’s creations were so popular last year that a Google of “Classic Paintings” brings up three of Wheeler’s Santa Classics on the first page.



Philly artist collective New Boon(e) is looking for new members to augment their operation, a combination of a self-organized studio  and a non-commercial gallery/exhibition space. New Boon(e) is unified by the need for critical conversation, collaboration and exposure that extends to the broader art community in Philadelphia. To apply, submit a brief statement of intent, some images of your work or a link to your website, plus a short statement. Email with any extra questions.

InLiquid has just put out the call for volunteers for their upcoming Benefit v. 15, scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2014 at Crane Arts. If you’ve been before, the excitement needs no explanation – this great day is a social happening as well as a perfect place to find exceptional contemporary art. There are many volunteer shifts available, from February 2 – 11, so if you’re interested in participating in this year’s event, select an open shift/shifts on the Volunteer Page. If you have any questions, please send an email to:


Artist News

A Parallel Universe by Patricia Moss-Vreeland, 2014, pigmented print.
A Parallel Universe by Patricia Moss-Vreeland, 2014, pigmented print.


Philly-based Patricia Moss-Vreeland is included in the New York exhibition Science Inspires Art: The Brain  in the Walter O. Lecroy Gallery at the New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows, NY, to March 29, 2015.

Diane Pieri, a friend of artblog and a great community artist, has a collection alongside Poetic Visions: Indian Art from the Permanent Collection and Diane Pieri: Phases of the Sun. These marvelous exhibitions are on View from December 17, 2014-February 27, 2015. The opening reception is Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 5-7 p.m.

Earlier this month, The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program announced the recipients of its 2014 grants, and among the winners is one of our favorite people Lee Rosenbaum, aka CultureGrrl! Congrats, Lee – we know you’ll use the boost well!