Thursday, December 9, 2010

Matthew Craig in New American Paintings

Congratulations to Matthew Craig who will be featured in the 2011 New American Paintings MFA Annual publication!

Emily Davidson at Globe Dye Works

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

some old favorites

December 9, 7pm

A discussion moderated by Katy Siegel featuring a panel of three noteworthy contemporary painters: Josephine Halvorson, Jim Hyde and Dana Schutz.

SVA Theatre
333 23 Street This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition "Between Picture and Viewer: The Image in Contemporary Painting," on view at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, November 23 – December 22.

Catalog of the exhibition available: please email <> for details.

Katy Siegel is an author and professor of art history at Hunter College. She is Editor in Chief of Art Journal and a contributing editor at Artforum. Her curatorial work includes "High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting, 1967-1975" (2006). Presented by the School of Visual Arts BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Critical Dialogues: Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome’s works dismantles power structures one shiny block at a time. Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts compositions that frequently surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between identity politics and abstraction.  Rashaad Newsome was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a B.A. in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts in New York City.  Newsome has exhibited nationally and internationally at such creditable institutions and galleries as: The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; PS1MoMA, New York, NY; Glassbox Gallery, Paris, France and ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy.  Recent awards include: 2010 The Urban Artist Initiative individual Artist Grant, UAI, New York, NY; 2009 Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Visual Arts Grant, New York, NY and 2009 BAC Community Arts Regrant, New York, NY.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Professor Odili Donald Odita at Jack Shainman Gallery

Odili Donald Odita

Opening reception for the artist, Thursday, November 18th, 6 - 8 pm

Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce Body & Space, the second solo exhibition at the gallery of new work by
Odili Donald Odita. The exhibition opens November 18th, and runs through December 23rd. A reception for the artist will take place on Thursday, November 18th. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Valley Dwellers by Matt Kalasky; ONE NIGHT ONLY: Tuesday November 23

(VALLEY DWELLERS is a play in three acts based on the recent lives of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, the stars of MTV’s reality hit The Hills.)
“As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I take a look at my life and realize there's nothing left.”
The uncanny valley is a site of misfortune, a purgatory den where robots and CG animations fall desperately short. The population here is nearly human but completely and unfathomably monstrous. It is within this landscape that we find Heidi and Spencer. They are adventurers that explore with zeal and determination.
But their quest will not be easy.
Along the way they will encounter the hardships of a reality long abandoned and the condemnation of close friends.
But they are not alone.
You will be there to help these stars of reality find their constellation, find each other, and find out what matters most. This is a play in three acts that will chronicle an odyssey mired in disaster but breaching a horizon of discovery, hope, and acceptance.
The valley dwellers cometh, be there for them.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Painters do Pittsburgh.

Lindsay, Stuart, Dan at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Ryan and Young Do outside The Mattress Factory

Dona and Young Do in the Yayoi Kusama piece at the Mattress Factory

Painters walk in the park

Erica, Matthew, Elizabeth in Yayoi Kusama

Sarah Laing, Emily, Erica, and Ryan in the Warhol Museum's room of skull paintings

Brandon and Skull

Girls and Warhol

Spying through peepholes, outdoor installation at the Mattress Factory

Painters and Warhol

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

24-hour Blow-a-Thon

Please join us for Tyler’s first ever 24-hour Blow-a-thon from noon on Thursday November 18 until noon on Friday November 19. Artist friends, Tyler alums, students, and faculty will keep all four benches up and running for a full 24 hours. We will be hot casting from 3pm – 6pm. During the Blow-a-thon, there will be an exhibition of student work and a sale to benefit our Visiting Artists Program and Special Projects. 

Guest artists include : Jude Tallichet; Professor Emeritus and founder of the Tyler Glass Program Jon Clark with his team of alumni Zach Puchowitz,Patti Dougherty, Mark Ellis, and Jeff Frederick; Nikolaj Christensen joining us from East Fall Glassworks; Skitch Manion; Rika Hawes (alumnus); Penny Rakov (alumnus); Jenna Ephrain; Ben Wright, and Andrew Newbold (alumnus).

Tyler faculty Daniel Cutrone, Bohyun Yoon, Jessica Jane Julius, and Sharyn O’Mara will be working, along with our current graduate students Amber Cowan, David King, Daniel Petraitis, and Emma Salamon, and our undergraduate students.

We will have live-streaming video – check our blog for a link at noon on Thursday!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dutch Umbrella Project at Paradigm Gallery

Come join me this Friday at the Paradigm Gallery at 2020 South Street for the "Dutch Umbrella Project" Charity Auction sponsored by HAHAMAG and the Dutch Umbrella Company. 6 Artists including myself (2012 Painting Grad Brandon Dean) created works on umbrellas that will be auctioned off to support local arts charities. The event begins at 7 with the auction starting at 8pm.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November First Friday at Grizzly Grizzly

Please join me this Friday, November 5th from 6 - 10pm for the opening of Two Dozen, a show of new works on paper, through November 29th.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

MFA Open Studios!

Thursday, November 11th, Tyler School of Art invites the public to attend its second annual MFA Open Studio Night. Graduate students in all departments will open their studio doors to discuss their practice and work in addition to highlighting Tyler’s new facilities on Temple’s North Philadelphia campus. Inaugurated in 2009, the Tyler School of Art building is located at 2001 N. 13th Street. MFA Open studio night will coincide with the second Thursday reception at another premiere North Philadelphia Arts venue, The Crane Arts Building, located at Cecil B. Moore and 2nd Street. Tyler’s MFA Artists working in Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Printmaking, Fibers, Ceramics, Glass, Metals, and Graphic Design look forward to engaging with the community in an evening of multi-disciplinary exploration and art practice conversation.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Form and content are deftly bridged in Marc Swanson's visual vocabulary, as the artist's carefullyconsidered materials complement the deeply personal narratives that run throughout his work.Swanson was born in Connecticut in 1969 and grew up in rural New Hampshire where his father,a deer hunter and former Marine, attempted to instill in his son the rugged-yet somewhatromanticized- outdoorsman traditions of New England. Elements of East Coast wilderness informmuch of Swanson's work, juxtaposed with theatrical flourishes (glitter, rhinestones) and a senseof personal mythology and nostalgia.Swanson has lived in Boston and San Francisco, where he became involved in various facets of gay subculture, experimenting in art, music, fashion, and performance. He studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2000 and received an MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2004. Swanson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He has had solo or two-person exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum; Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago; and Bellwether Gallery, New York. He has been included in exhibitions at MoMA P.S.1, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, The Seattle Art Museum and The Miami Art Museum. Swanson currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri and has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in 2011.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Monday, October 18, 2010


Philadelphia artists Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka host this year’s Open Video Call, an evening of videos by area artists and filmmakers juried by local curators:
Claire Iltes, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
Jesse Pires, International House
and Adelina Vlas, The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Submission guidelines: Send DVD, CV, and artist statement by October 29th to OVC, ICA, 118 S 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Machete Group // ON NEGATION

Saturday 23 October, 8:00–10:00 PM

To inaugurate the Machete Group’s new series, Thinking the Present, Part 2: Figures of Critique, we shall consider the contemporary relevance of negation within the field of cultural production. The idea of negation remains a source of inspiration for artistic practices that aspire to critique. Against what Herbert Marcuse termed “affirmative culture,” or art which secures only an inner freedom while affirming the actual conditions of existence, the majority of critical art movements aim to negate the lived practices of contemporary politics and culture. But how do we define negation? And how exactly does the negation occur if lived experience continues in a field beyond culture’s control? Is negation truly desirable, or are there other more powerful paradigms for politically engaged aesthetic practice today? The discussion will be framed by readings from Theodor Adorno, Guy Debord and Alain Badiou and introduced by Avi Alpert and Alexi Kukuljevic.

The Machete Group organizes workshops, mini-seminars, reading groups, screenings and other events open to the public that have as their general focus the intersection between artistic practice and its theoretical articulation. The guiding proposition of the Machete Group is the claim that practice without theory is empty and theory without practice is blind. The goal of the center is to engender a rigorous and open atmosphere outside a strictly academic context that encourages autodidacticism, a willingness to question all forms of mastery and specialization, and the desire to think critically about artistic practice in an historically, socially and politically astute manner.

The Machete Group is an international consortium of artists and intellectuals based at Marginal Utility Gallery in Philadelphia. The Group runs the magazine Machete, offers seminars on current issues in the arts, and is invested in developing new collective forms of artistic and intellectual practice. Its members include Avi Alpert, David Dempewolf, Etienne Dolet, Ludwig Fischer, Alexi Kukuljevic, Holly Martins, Gabriel Rockhill, Theodore Tucker, and Yuka Yokoyama. The Machete Group seminars are monthly workshops on current issues in the arts run by Alexi Kukuljevic, Gabriel Rockhill and Avi Alpert (as of fall 2010).

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brent Green is a self-taught animated filmmaker and artist who lives and works in Cressona, PA. His films have been shown at the Sundance Film Festival (2006-9), MoMA, the Getty Center, Warhol Museum, IFC Center, the Walker Arts Center, the Kitchen, Hammer Museum, EMPAC and a ton of other museums and festivals around the world. He’s had solo shows at the Andrew Edlin Gallery (NYC), Bellwether Gallery (NYC), the Sculpture Center (Cleveland), CAM St. Louis (St. Louis, MO), Site Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), The Berkeley Art Museum, Matrix program, with upcoming solo shows at the ASU Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX) and HallWalls (Buffalo, NY). Green’s artwork is represented by the Andrew Edlin Gallery, NYC and he is a 2005 Creative Capital grantee. His first feature, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, is currently on a screening tour.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Alumni Painters Jenna Weiss & Ryan McCartney at UArts

Michael Webb Lecture

Michael Webb. Furniture Manufacturers Association Headquarters, project, High Wycombe, England, Side elevation. 1957-58
Michael Webb, an instructor at Cooper Union, had a project he designed in his fourth year at Regent Street Polytechnic (now the University of Westminster) exhibited at a MOMA New York show called "Visionary Architecture" in 1961. He was invited by Peter Cook to be part of an assortment of young architects known as the Archigram group, often called "the Beatles of Architecture." In 2006, the group was awarded the Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architecture. Part of the Architecture Lecture Series. Sponsored by Architecture and funded with General Activity Fees.

Wednesday, October 13, 6 pm, Room B-004

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Alumni painter Peter Fox at Nuartlink

Reception and exhibition opening on September 25, 6-8pm

19B Post Road (entrance on Parker Harding Plaza @ river)
Westport, CT

Hours : Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am till 6 pm and by appointment. For more information please call 203-858-2067, or email

Mudslingers (Tyler's Ceramics Club) PRESENTS:

Abby Donovan

Lecture and open forum

Donovan is coming to speak next Thursday the 14th at 1pm. The event is public and we're encouraging all departments to attend. She creates ceramic sculpture but many of her works are performance and video based. She is very versatile and we think her work appeals to everyone. We will meet in the Smart classroom in the green hallway and have an open forum after the lecture.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mark Shetabi at Jeff Bailey in NYC

Jeff Bailey Gallery is pleased to present Mark Shetabi: The Apparent Motion of Stationary Objects. In paintings and sculpture, Shetabi explores the grey area between representations of time, scale and space.

The small painting, My Favorite Year, depicts the earth in 1990 as seen from the Voyager 1 spacecraft. The photograph was taken at a distance of almost four billion miles. It is an image that the astronomer Carl Sagan made famous, characterizing the earth as "a pale blue dot". Sagan said, "Look again at the dot. That's here. That's home. That's us....all of human history has happened on that tiny pixel.”

Using this image as a point of departure, Shetabi presents the viewer with a variety of familiar objects, both large and small, seen from up close and from far away. A monochromatic palette in subdued tones links one image to the next.

A 1970s encyclopedia and old natural history catalogues served as source material for some of the works. Two paintings by Shetabi feature dinosaur skeletons presented in period museum settings. In Afterimage, Brontosaurus, the dinosaur stands on four legs with its tail dragging behind it. In reference books and memory, these creatures remain fixed in their time, even as our knowledge of them has changed. What were once accepted models take on new lives as relics.

Sculptures of slide projectors (now an obsolete technology), are simply constructed in painted wood with light beams forming a solid mass.

Two large paintings depict oil tankers from up close perspectives. In Tanker in Dry Dock, shipyard workers paint the hull of a massive vessel, their size trumped by the expansive scaffolding surrounding the ship. Tanker Adrift places the viewer on the wet and pitching deck of a huge oil tanker, seemingly adrift in a turbulent sea.

Other images for paintings are taken from internet surfing. Random car crashes are presented as distinct occurrences. As source material, the vastness of the web dwarfs what could once be found in an encyclopedia. By isolating events and objects, Shetabi invites the viewer to ruminate on history and time.

This is Shetabi's third solo exhibition with the gallery. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. He is a 2002 recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Shetabi lives and works in Philadelphia, where he is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Tyler School of Art.

For further information or images, please contact the gallery at 212.989.0156 or

Siebren Versteeg writes computer programs that pull imagery from the Internet based upon subjects or criteria that he specifies. The images then appear on monitors within the gallery space. Although Versteeg determines the types of things that might appear on the monitors, the artwork—like the Internet it draws from—is constantly growing and changing. He has noted, “As the nature of the images presented by the work is random, the artist assumes both all and no responsibility for their presence and content.” This tension between creative control and the endless stream of images is of particular interest to the artist.

Siebren Versteeg was born in 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the School of Visual Arts, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Max Protetch Gallery, New York; Bellwether Gallery, New York; Ten in One Gallery, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and 1R Gallery, Chicago. His work has been exhibited in group shows at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland; Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; the National Museum of Art, Czech Republic; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Versteeg lives and works in New York.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010


You’re invited to ICA FREE FOR ALL

Whenever Wednesday
September 29 @ 6:30pm

An expansive evening with art and music. Get a snapshot view of art today from ICA Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner's annual lecture "What is Contemporary?" Bring a T-shirt to screenprint with designs by Philadelphia-based design company Print Liberation (who will also have their own T-shirts for sale).

Also featuring:

Music by guitar and drum duo Reading Rainbow

Cupcakes provided by Buttercream Philadelphia

Free Mexican fare

American Apparel tee-shirts on sale

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*Free admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania for the public is sponsored by the Amanda (C95) and Glenn Fuhrman (W87/WG88) Fund.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Call for entries

Last year three grads, Stuart Lorimer, Dan Schein, and Craig Rempfer, were published in the annual
MFA competition! This year's deadline is October 31.

For more information visit