"High Maintenance" is a web series that debuted on Vimeo in November 2012 and was picked up by HBO in 2016. The second season of "High Maintenance" premieres on HBO on January 19, 2018. New episodes will be released every Friday.
In this sponsored post, Esther Klein Gallery tells us about their upcoming exhibit, "Networks Within and Around Us" featuring artwork from a group of artists participating in the PENN Network Visualization Program. The show runs through January 26, 2018. A lecture by Dr. Danielle Basset will be held on Friday, January 19th at Quorum, 3711 Market Street Suite 800, at 5 p.m., followed by a reception with the artists from 6 – 8 p.m. at EKG, 3600 Market Street.
Michael visited the art fairs in Miami in December and writes about one artist he found whose work resonated loudly and who, now in her 50s, is beginning to break into the national art scene.
Andrea writes about the pioneering light artist, Thomas Wilfred, whose use of electricity and projected light in the early 20th Century was an influence on artists of later eras, including James Turrell. Wilfred’s works were on view recently at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in a show (closed Jan. 7) organized by Yale University Art Gallery. The works are difficult to conserve and that may explain why the artist fell out of circulation, as his works sat in storage waiting for tune-ups or fixes. The Museum of Modern Art owns one of Wilfred’s seminal works and Andrea thinks MoMA should bring the piece back for a new audience.
New Artblog contributor, Naveena Vijayan, speaks with the newly-appointed executive director of The Delaware Contemporary, Joseph Gonzales. Gonzales aims to make the museum a gathering space for the public, even while maintaining its reputation as a happening spot for contemporary art.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, founded in 1977 by arts visionary Marion “Kippy” Boulton Stroud, is celebrating its 40th birthday with a major retrospective exhibit. Process and Practice: 40 Years of Experimentation hilights archived ephemera from the institution’s famed artist-in-residence program that has been preserved for decades in “artist boxes.” Artblog’s Imani Roach spoke with Susan Lubowsky Talbott, the Museum’s Executive Director, about exhibiting “failures,” engaging the public, and her legacy. What was the most surprising thing she discovered in those artist boxes? Listen to find out. Imani interviewed Susan at the Fabric Workshop and Museum on January 9th, 2018; the podcast is 30 minutes long.
This short News Post invites you to the Memorial for A.M. Weaver, next Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. It's fitting that the Memorial take place at the museum she loved and which embraced her and her curatorial projects. "Gardens of the Mind," A.M.'s most recent exhibition at AAMP, shows her activist and feminist curating as well as her devotion to the spiritual side of the human condition. The exhibition is still up and will continue through Jan. 16, for those who visit the Memorial to see.
Carl(os) Roa visits Mina Zarfsaz’s Dead Ringer, a multimedia installation on view through January 21st at Vox Populi Gallery. An assemblage of found objects and recorded voices sandwiched between two mirrors, this absurdist sculpture begs for audience participation, and Roa puts himself right in the scene.
We are very sad to report the passing yesterday of our friend, A.M. Weaver. Her exit from this earth creates a big hole in the art world and a bigger hole in our hearts. We know many of you were friends of hers, worked with her, were mentored by her, and are mourning her loss as we are. We will let you know about a memorial service for A.M. as soon as we hear.
News from our friends at the Icebox Project Space and Mt. Airy Contemporary, plus a solid opportunity to get your work into Maake Magazine!
You’ve probably seen Kelli Morgan around town, presenting her research, working with students, moderating conversations with artists, and generally staying busy as PAFA’s first Winston & Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Fine Arts. Now she’s heading off on a new adventure as Associate Curator of American Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Artblog’s Imani Roach spoke with the Detroit native on the eve of her departure about her unconventional path to museum work and her fresh vision for curating the American canon. Listen to hear her advice for aspiring young curators and much more. Imani interviewed Kelli at Moore College of Art and Design's TGMR radio station on January 3rd, 2018; the podcast is 39 minutes long.
Hello Artblog readers, Happy 2018 to you, and may it be filled with democracy and Democrats and women elected to office! Onward. Here are two useful news tidbits from two good friends of Artblog, Hammam Aldouri and Diedra Krieger. Enjoy!
Evan gives props to the famous New York portraitist, Chuck Close, for being a virtuoso of photo techniques (everything from daguerrotypes to large-format Polaroids). But in a show of 90 prints, all very well executed, some of the works -- and especially the celebrity photographs -- fail to ignite empathy or excitement, he says. NOTE: This post was written prior to the sexual harassment charges against Close were made public. The article is about the artist's photographs and does not deal with his behavior towards women.
Andrea Kirsh runs down to Richmond to check out the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and touch base with its Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education, Michael Taylor. We at Artblog remember Michael fondly when he was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the PMA! It looks as if he's brought some of his Philly love to the VMFA with acquisitions of works by Tristin Lowe and Daniel Heyman! Andrea reports.
We hope you have a wonderful 2018, beginning with love and ending with love and affirmation...and lots of art and art making and art loving, too! We love having your friendship and are thankful each year for your support!
As we look back over a tumultuous year now past, a show that continues to percolate in our minds is Sadie Barnette’s Dear 1968, Love 1984, which visited Haverford’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in the fall. Drawn largely from the FBI file of Barnette’s father, who was a leader in the L.A. Black Panther party, Dear 1968... uses the archival evidence of state surveillance to explore intimacy and everyday life in black America. Here Imani Roach shares part of a conversation she had with the artist during the opening festivities, and reflects on themes from the show which feel particularly resonant this holiday season.
Matthew thinks about all the ways Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has been meme’d, from Duchamp’s beatnik Mona with thin mustache and goatee, to Goth Mona Lisa to “Hitler” Mona Lisa (!). Somehow, Leonardo’s most famous painting become the icon we love and love to skewer.