5 First Friday Openings to Check Out

Nikolay Milushev's

Nikolay Milushev’s “The Hunter” is on display at the Painted Bride.

Visions of The End @ Painted Bride Art Center
Nikolay Milushev and Eric Toscano of InLiquid get dark with these works about the end of the world. Toscano’s contributions recreate peaceful mid-century imagery, but leave the scenes “upended by cataclysmic disaster.” Milushev’s pieces, inspired by street art and graffiti, paint a looming dystopia. The opening reception is Friday, January 6th, from 5-7 p.m. but you can check out the exhibit through March 25.

See Sara Captain's "David" at Ruckus Gallery.

See Sara Captain’s “David” at Ruckus Gallery.

Bowie Art Show @ Ruckus Gallery
Ruckus Gallery in Old City is celebrating Philadelphia Loves Bowie Week with the Bowie Art Show, opening Friday and up for one week only. The pieces on display are by regional artists and are, of course, inspired by David Bowie. The reception is from 6-10 p.m. and it’s free. Philadelphia Loves Bowie Week is actually nine days, January 6th to 14th. Read more »

Arts List: 5 Ways to Get Your Culture Fix

BalletX's Fall Series opens Wednesday with Sunset, o639 Hours.

BalletX’s Fall Series opens Wednesday with Sunset, o639 Hours.

Sunset, o639 Hours @ BalletX | November 16-20
BalletX kicks off its 11th season with the South Pacific-set Sunset, o639 Hours, created by company co-founder Matthew Neenan and New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer. The show is based on the true tale of aviation pioneer Edwin Musick’s fateful flight in 1938. There’s a pre-performance Q&A on Wednesday, and one after the show on Thursday.

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Carré d’artistes New Philly Location Makes Original World-Class Artwork Accessible

Nadia Martina Michelin, one of the artists currently featured at Carré d'artistes.

Nadia Martina Michelin, one of the artists currently featured at Carré d’artistes.

Carré d’artistes is a known name across the pond in Europe, but for most Philadelphians, the new gallery that opened at 104 South 13th Street in what felt like warp speed may seem like a strange, foreign concept. However, all reservations are swept away once you walk inside the charming, streamlined space. Read more »

Philly Artists Mail Their Art Works to Complete Strangers


If a piece of art from a complete stranger fell through your mail slot recently, here’s why: Curator Laris Kreslins cultivated a team of more than 25 artists who were tasked to create a piece of art that they duplicated and then sent to a random person in the U.S. The other piece will hang in an exhibit that opens this weekend at Old City’s Hooloon Art.

Kreslins, a graduate of Temple, explains the inspiration behind the project,  which is titled “duplicate. until response.”

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THE ONE: Artist Sarah Kaizar On “Mars Show”

"We've been here before, but it's new every time" by Sarah Kaizar.

“We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time” by Sarah Kaizar.

Local artist and Tyler School of Art grad Sarah Kaizar is showing her latest works in a solo exhibit called “Mars Show,” open now through November 30th at 3rd Street Gallery. We chatted with her about the show’s subject—mental health care and the Mars rover experiments—and its signature piece, “We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time” (above).

How and when did you create “We’ve done this before, but it’s new every time”? I’ve been working on this project on and off since August 2013. This piece is drawn with a mix of materials (pencil, ink, paint, tape, chalk, conté crayon, powdered graphite … ) on layers of vellum and acrylic resin. I have never worked this way before, so the drawing had a few false starts; you can actually see that process in the piece because of the translucency of the materials.

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Lynch-Themed Exhibit Opens at Kensington’s Pterodactyl

PJ Smalley’s portrait of Dale Cooper | Photo via Christian Sarkis Graham

PJ Smalley’s portrait of Dale Cooper. | Photo via Christian Sarkis Graham

Is there really any time as fitting as Halloween weekend to open a show in praise and commemoration of David Lynch? (Okay besides Father’s Day. Or Thanksgiving.)

“I was thinking, ‘How would Dale Cooper go about curating a show?’ He would be very earnest, with almost a Boy Scout sincerity; but he would still engage elements of the surreal and the strange. He would go about it as a tribute to his creator; in a lot of ways, Dale Cooper is the ultimate Lynch self-portrait.”

So explains PJ Smalley, the artist behind the arguable centerpiece of Pterodactyl gallery’s David Lynch-themed exhibit, “Catching the Big Fish,” which held its opening reception Saturday night.

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Want to See Celebs In the Buff? 25 Years of PETA’s Sexiest Nude Ads Are Coming to Rittenhouse

tarajiPETA300People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) isn’t exactly known for its subtlety, and over the past 25 years the group’s advertisements have sparked many a conversation. Next month, a retrospective exhibit showing some of their most salacious ads will get people talking in Rittenhouse Square.

Wednesday, December 3rd through Sunday, December 7th, Twenty-Two Gallery will host Naked Ambition: 25 Years of PETA’s Sexy Celebrity Ads. Their iconic Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur campaign has seen everyone from The Go-Go’s and Christy Turlington to Wendy Williams and Taraji P. Henson (right) pose in the nude. Celebs like Olivia Munn, Pamela Anderson,  Christina Applegate, Kim Basinger,  TLC’s Chilli, and even Steve-O have jumped in front of the camera wearing little more than tattoos or body paint.

Support PETA by getting an eyeful of this unique exhibit during its limited engagement. Twenty-Two Gallery is located at 236 S. 22nd Street and the show will hold an opening reception on Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

What Remains Shows the Faded Glory of Decayed Spaces Via Art

"Edison Stage" by Tracy Levesque

“Edison Stage” by Tracy Levesque

“All of the beautiful places [Tracy Levesque] has photographed in the area no longer exist,” says Sara McCorriston, co-founder of the Paradigm Gallery and host of the rather sobering art show What Remains, which documents and pays tribute to neglected and forgotten spaces in the region.  The show, which features both Levesque’s photography and mixed media by Drew Leshko, aims to create a public awareness about the demolition and destruction of buildings and spaces. Read more »

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Philly Instagramers Get Exhibition at Metropolitan Gallery 250

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Metropolitan Gallery 250‘s next exhibit, “250 x 250,” poses that there might be some true art hiding among the selfies and food porn (or some mother-of-god variation thereof) hogging your Instagram feed. The exhibit, opening March 7th, features  popular Instagram photographer and University of the Arts graduate Austin Hodges (aka @austinxc04)’s street photography, which focuses notably on Philadelphia architecture and urban decay. Hodges’ 28,000-plus followers could scroll through most of the works on-display, but the physical exhibition might make clear the shortcomings of the purely digital.

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