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Many congratulations – Anne Minich, Nato Thompson, Neil Marcello; Free nerdy coloring books to download; return of Title Magazine; American Revolution Museum gets a huge painting; a couple good short reads and great Opportunities

With many congratulations to hand out and some cool news and opportunities, we present the News, all for you. - Artblog Editor



Bodlian Library Colouring Book Page
Oxford,Bodleian Library Colouring Book Page

Via Cate Fallon…Free Coloring Books to download from Met Museum, NY Public Library, Smithsonian and more. I am partial to the Oxford Bodleian Library Colouring Book with the sprinkling of Latin inscriptions on the Medieval pages.

painting being installed at American Revolution Museum
19th-Century Painting of Washington and Rochambeau at Siege of Yorktown being installed at the new Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution will open soon – April 19, 2017 to join the town’s other history, art and culture museums. Get a glimpse of the new space in the photo showing a new 14x17ft painting of Washington at the Siege of Yorktown. The painting is a copy of an original painting which hangs in the Hall of Battles in Versailles. More below:

A restored mid-19th-century copy of a painting depicting George Washington and French general Rochambeau during the last major battle of America’s Revolutionary War has been installed at the Museum of the American Revolution. The painting will be prominently displayed when the Museum opens to the public on April 19.

The exceptionally large painting, measuring 14-by-17 feet (16-by-19 framed), is a hand-painted copy of French artist Louis Charles-Auguste Couder’s Siege of Yorktown (1781). It hangs in the Museum’s second floor court and can be seen from the first floor, drawing visitors up the grand staircase as they begin the Museum experience.

The original 1836 Couder painting hangs in the Hall of the Battles in the Palace of Versailles. It was commissioned as part of a series of works commemorating the great moments of France’s military history. The Museum’s copy is believed to have been painted by French artist Henry LeGrand and exhibited in 1860 at the Chicago Art Union.

The painting depicts Washington and Rochambeau giving orders at Yorktown, Virginia. Rochambeau played a major role in helping the Continental Army win the war. The two men stand in front of a marquee tent much like George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, one of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution, which also is featured in the Museum.

Neil Marcello, photo, Good and Plenty, from the Sweet Tooth project
Neil Marcello, photo, Good and Plenty, from the Sweet Tooth project

Artist Neil Marcello (also an Artblog contributor) received Bronze Prize in an international competition at the online International Photographer of the Year site. Congratulations, Neil!

Via Artforum…Nato Thompson appointed Artistic Director of Creative Time and Elvira Dyangani Ose appointed Senior Curator Congratulations, Nato and Elvira!

Creative Time in New York announced today that Nato Thompson has been promoted to artistic director and Elvira Dyangani has joined the organization as its new senior curator. Dyangani Ose will take up her post on July 1.

“The possibilities, and the need, for engaged public art have never been so great and so urgent,” Thompson said. “Creative Time has long been committed to addressing social and political issues on a global scale, and I look forward to continuing those efforts with our amazing team.” Thompson joined Creative Time in 2007. Since then, he has worked on a number of projects including Pedro Reyes’s “Doomocracy” (2016), Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” (2014), “Living as Form” (2011), and Trevor Paglen’s “The Last Pictures” (2012).

Currently, Dyangani Ose teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London, and serves on the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada. Previously, she worked as a curator of International Art at Tate Modern and curated the 2015 Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art. Dyangani Ose will continue to teach at Goldsmiths. More at Artforum.

Anne Minich painting
Anne Minich, painting with mixed media, shown recently at Fleisher-Ollman Gallery in Person, Place or Thing

Artblog favorite, Anne Minich, opens two shows at PAFA tomorrow, Feb. 15, 2017 – a show in the PAFA Works on Paper Gallery and a show in the Alumni Gallery, both in the Historic Landmark building. Congratulations, Anne! More below:

Opening reception: February 15, 5:30 p.m.
The PAFA Alumni Gallery presents Anne Minich: Boat Series, a companion exhibition to The Truth of Being Both/And in the Richard C. von Hess Foundation Works on Paper Gallery.

Minich, who attended PAFA in 1954 and 1955, is known for her abstract, mixed-media paintings on wood that are often inspired by architectural elements. She refers to them as “painting/constructs” and incorporates “intentionally ordinary and mundane” found objects into her work. Minich also creates her own wooden supports and framing treatments.

Minich’s work has been on view in well over a dozen solo shows and many more group exhibitions. Her work is collected by museums and private collectors, and she is the recipient of awards including a Pollack–Krasner Award, the Leeway Foundation’s Bessie Berman Painting Award, and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. She lives and works in Philadelphia.

Title Magazine re-emerges with spiffy new website, mission, and relaunch party Feb. 25 at Ulises

Since 2012, Title has been a fixture in the Philadelphia art world as an unaffiliated platform for art writing. Beginning in 2017, we are establishing a new structure in pursuit of broader, more conceptually-driven goals for content. Title seeks to create a generative environment for engagement with the arts and culture, and to provide a platform for interesting, insightful, ambitious, and experimental forms of writing. This includes a standard offering of critically engaged reviews, as well as expanded content in creative writing, projects engaging writing as an art form, cultural and political essays, poetry, artist interviews, studio visits, and digital art projects, from Philadelphia and beyond.

Title is looking to expand our voices and vision, and we welcome inquiries from writers and prospective editors. If you are interested in contributing to Title, please send a writing sample More information at the Title website.

Three Good Short Reads

Via the New Yorker Nan Goldin on tenderness, flesh and the artists she watches closely and feels kinship with.
Flora Ward on Artblog re Andrea Hornick’s audio performance at the Barnes.
A. M. Weaver on Hyperallergic re Andrea Hornick’s audio performance at the Barnes.


Via The Week Here at Tyler… Al-Bustan is currently seeking an experienced teaching artist in photography for our project Tabadul: Cross-cultural exchange through the arts. More information and to appy.
Creative PHL (Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy) seeks proposals for 2017 Performances in Public Spaces. Open to artists and arts organizations.

Performances in Public Spaces is a program that delivers meaningful, cultural experiences in Philadelphia’s communities and provides opportunities for Philadelphians and their families to see high quality performances in their neighborhoods for free.

This year’s Performances in Public Spaces applications will only be accepted electronically. The application and guidelines are here at the Creative PHL website.

Questions? Please email Pamela Yau, Special Projects Coordinator, at

The Galleries at Moore seeks Director/Chief Curator – Deadline 2/17/17

The Director/Chief Curator of Galleries and Exhibitions for The Galleries at Moore is a senior management position that reports to the President and supports Moore College of Art & Design’s educational mission and role as a cultural leader by providing a forum for exploring contemporary art and ideas, enriching the artistic and intellectual climate of the College, the Greater Philadelphia community and beyond. This is accomplished through the organization of a diverse range of innovative exhibitions, educational programs for all ages developed in collaboration with the faculty and students, and publications offering insights into the work of established and emerging regional, national, and international artists and designers. The Director/Chief Curator of Galleries and Exhibitions plays a vital role in increasing Moore’s public awareness and its leadership role in education, visual arts and culture by establishing the College as a gathering place to meet, reflect, learn, change, challenge and create, and by developing public programs that support the College’s mission of educating men and women for careers in art and design. Full guidelines at the NYFA website.