OPINION: “Philadelphia Assembled” Is No Template for a Modern City

If the times were a-changing in the 1960s, the cosmic speedometer has so accelerated that the times have already been transformed.

I’m talking about “Philadelphia Assembled,” a two-year “art” project sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art that’s now in its second year, in which Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk’s ideas about community and Philadelphia’s future have been given a world stage — thanks mainly to Carlos Basualdo, curator of contemporary art at PMA, who invited van Heeswijk to Philadelphia. Read more »

LGBTQ&A: Wit López

Wit López | Photo by Yvonne Badu-Nimako

Wit López is a disabled, gender-nonconforming/non-binary transgender mixed-media creator, performer, and independent curator. We speak with the visual artist on using their aesthetics to challenge cultural stereotypes surrounding desirability, race, and gender expression. Read more »

15 Things to Do in the Next 7 Days

Ron Funches plays the Troc on Friday. (ronfunches.com)

The Legendary Wid @ Punchline Philly | Wednesday, June 7
The Philly comedy veteran hosts a packed bill that includes Dave Terruso, Mike Brooks, Hannah Harkness and tons more.

Adele Givens @ Helium | June 8-10
The veteran comedian has been seen in a number of TV shows and movies over the years, including The Hughleys, Def Comedy Jam and Beauty Shop. If you watch this clip, you will laugh, guaranteed: Read more »

12 Things to Do This Week in Lit, Comedy, Art, Theater, Movies and Murder

Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff of the My Favorite Murder podcast play the Keswick on Sunday.

Style of Attack Report @ Vox Populi | Wednesday, May 10
Philly sci-fi collective Metropolarity celebrates the release of Style of Attack Report, an anthology of sci-fi/futurist writing. The evening includes readings by Rasheedah Phillips, Camae Ayewa, Alex Smith and more.

Full Moon Ride @ around town | Wednesday, May 10
Meet up with other bicyclists at the Italian Fountain at the Lloyd Hall parking lot on Boathouse Row. Ends at the El Bar in Fishtown. Read more »

First Friday: Three Galleries to Check Out Tomorrow

Jeffrey Stockbridge's Kensington Blues series captures the images and stories of people who live along Kensington Avenue. (Jeffrey Stockbridge)

Jeffrey Stockbridge’s Kensington Blues series captures the images and stories of people who live along Kensington Avenue (detail). (Jeffrey Stockbridge)

Kensington Blues @ Savery Gallery
Between 2008 and 2014, photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge captured a side of Philly rarely seen, rarely talked about anywhere else. The photos and interviews on his Kensington Blues site tell stories of addiction and sex work, survival and struggle along Kensington Avenue. These images are not just stunning — they’re essential. This exhibition doubles as the launch of his new book of photos from the project. Reception Friday, May 5, 5-9 p.m. Read more »

Gallery Guide: Five Shows to Check Out This First Friday

From Chris Peters' show at Gravy Studios.

From Chris Peters’ show at Gravy Studios.

Chris Peters @ Gravy Studio
Wisconsin-born photographer Chris Peters creates “large scale, site-specific camera obscuras” in abandoned buildings. He’s collected photos of these works for his show Public/Private. Reception: Friday, April 7, 6-10 p.m.

Poets and Painters @ Painted Bride
A group show with a twist: The artists are “four couples all sharing and interesting dynamic: one person is a painter, one person is a poet.” The dynamic duos are Ursula Rucker and Anthony Carlos Molden, Rachel Ehrgood and Jared Wood, Emily Johnson and Amanda Robinson and Dwayne Thomas and Angelica Jackson-Thomas. Awesome idea. Also at the Bride at the same time: “When Myths Meet: Franz Fox & Al Johnson.” Receptions for both: Friday, April 7, 5-7 p.m. Read more »

16 Incredible Art Pieces You Can Buy at Inliquid’s Benefit Tomorrow

abstract

One of the works available at auction this weekend. | Lauren McGrath.

InLiquid is one of Philly’s best-kept secrets: The nonprofit organization, based in the Crane Arts building in Kensington, is a hub of art-world resources and a huge support to the local visual art scene. (Insider tip: Did you know you can visit the offices and they’ll show you some 200 pieces and help you figure out what to hang on your wall? Fledgling collectors: Do this.) This weekend, InLiquid hosts its annual benefit, a buzzy event that’s part party and part art auction.

I got the chance to check out the selection yesterday afternoon and curate my favorite pieces. It was incredibly difficult – there are 350 works, ranging from photography to jewelry – but after a few loops around, here are the ones I’m dying to hang on my walls (or slip on my finger – I couldn’t resist a Wonder Woman ring). Click here to bid on my picks directly if you can’t make it to tomorrow’s benefit. The auction ends tomorrow at 10pm. (Get ticket and event information here.)  Read more »

British Parliament Member Sues Philly Art Dealer Nicky Isen Over Warhol Paintings [UPDATED]

Left: British Parliament member Nadhim Zahawi in official British government photo. Right: One of the Warhol paintings in question.

Left: British Parliament member Nadhim Zahawi in official British government photo. Right: One of the Warhol paintings in question.

UPDATE 2/22/2016: British Parliament member Nadhim Zahawi has withdrawn his lawsuit against Philadelphia gallery owner Nathan “Nicky” Isen.

ORIGINAL:

The transactions of prominent Philadelphia gallery owner Nathan “Nicky” Isen have long been the subject of speculation and controversy, as detailed by Philadelphia magazine’s Steve Volk in this August 2015 feature. Last year, Isen was sentenced to community service and probation in federal court after pleading guilty to money laundering, and now he has raised the ire of a prominent British politician, who is suing Isen for fraud. Read more »

Paradigm Gallery to Host Streets Dept Birthday Show

"Amberella" | Conrad Benner

Work by Amberella | Photo by Conrad Benner

This months marks the fifth anniversary of Conrad Benner’s terrific photo bog, Streets Dept, which he’s used to document and celebrate Philadelphia’s street art. Benner is celebrating the anniversary with a show at Paradigm Gallery, where he will be featuring the work of 10 of his favorite artists.

Wednesday, Benner announced who those artists will be: NosegoKid HazoOld BroadsIshknitsJoe BoruchowBinesHarlequinadeCERAAmberella, and NDA. Read more »

Blue Bell Native Turns to Finger-Painting in Her Battle With Cancer

Photo courtesy of Sarah Frank

Photo courtesy of Sarah Frank

Sarah Frank, of Blue Bell, Pa., was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in March of this year. Upon first hearing the devastating news, the 23-year-old was told her chances of being cured were 80 to 90 percent. However, she relapsed back in August and was forced to go on leave in her last year at Drexel University when her chances of survival dropped to around 40 percent. Frank has since undertaken a form of art therapy to help her cope.

An example of one of Frank's floral paintings.

An example of one of Frank’s floral paintings.

“I long for a sense of control, but it’s hard to find it in much: not in my own health, not in others’ reactions to my situation, not in how I feel physically and emotionally day-to-day,” says Frank. “Making art takes me out of my own head and gives me a break from the chaos of the outside world. It gives me the chance to focus on something totally my own, totally within my control.”

The young artist first stumbled upon finger-painting a few years back when she was suffering with depression. She turned to acrylics as a method of escape from the chaos and anxiety. “Its an activity kindergarteners embrace. I figured I couldn’t fail, and I had the potential to surprise myself.” Surprise herself, she did. Frank continues to embrace the craft today in her more recent battle with Hodgkin’s — and come to find out, she has a real talent for it.

Read more »

« Older Posts