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Anti-Casino Art Attack

A supporter of Casino Free Philadelphia is currently running a big ol’ anti-casino art contest; they’re looking for t-shirts, posters and videos. The deadline has been extended to March 10, so get cracking if you want your shirt to possibly join this other classy/hilarious one.

It’s going to be tough to win the poster contest, though, because this entry posted on the site is incredibly awesome:


“Casino”-like Slots Barn is excellent, as is the impressive amount of detail in this poster. As usual, I am jealous of someone who can draw. Just think of all the bad jokes I could make if I could draw!

I can’t tell, though, if it’s saying the casino would ruin Market East (the Funk-O-Mart will never be the same with a casino nearby!) or that The Gallery ruined Market East (could make a convincing case for it, especially if Chinatown is part of Market East). But, hey, what’s with the bullet holes? The only thing shot at The Gallery is good taste.

I also particularly liked “hookers’ entrance.” Is that really any more blatant than the current signage on the brothels in that area?

Update: The artist, FYI, is Dennis Carlisle.

Great Moments In Design


Look, Larry West went to all the trouble of making this graphic, the least I can do is share his post about local blogs’ extreme lack of advance event notification. I also liked this long post about Saturday morning cartoons, while I’m at it. (No mention of Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue, though?! That was the event of Saturday morning cartoon watching in whatever year it aired.)

$75K Painting Is Missing


Have you seen this painting? The 19th-century painting by John Woodside is missing from the Philadelphia Park Systems office.

The painting, titled Fairmount Water Works, is worth around $75,000; the FBI is offering $10,000 for information related to its return. So if you see a dude walking down Market street carrying this painting, turn him in — you get $10 grand!

I’m not sure why the thief only took a painting worth$75 grand. I’d totally go for The Gross Clinic instead. That sold for millions.

Reward Offered For Missing Philadelphia Painting [CBS 3]

Your Insta-Updated Hitler Scorecard


Who knew that the exact same day as my Broad Street Review Hitler reference scorecard there would be another one to write about?

“The Contemporaries, as they called themselves, were a lively group, stimulating each other to experiment with new modes of expression and enriched by the artist refugees fleeing Europe and Hitler.” Anne Fabbri, art review, Feb. 19. Rating: One Godwin. Fair reference in this review of the new Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Art Museum.

Come on, guys, this is getting a little too sensible. Can’t you call the Kimmel Center design “worse than Hitler’s sense of style” or something?

When, Erhm, Art Imitates Life

Yesterday, Philadelphia Will Do:


Last night, NBC 10:


When I made my crappy “fireworks fiasco” TV news parody logo, I was hoping it would not come to fruition. Fortunately, I put John Street’s severed head in there, so I still have that.

Many Fuming Over Philly Fireworks Fiasco [NBC 10]
Yesterday: TV Viewers Demand Access To Fireworks Displays

His Birth Certificate Was Also Found At The Scene


At the I. Brewster gallery in Center City earlier this month, a man came in, snatched a painting and fled on his bicycle.

Now cops are attempting to catch him with something he dropped: A receipt for an eBay auction.

I. Brewster employees traced the name on the receipt to another gallery, which the employee worked at and was fired from after being suspected of stealing pieces, according to KYW 1060. Cops are looking for whoever it is.

The painting was an $18,000 “Keith Haring screenprint of late German artist Joseph Beuys,” which is sort of like how I sold a photocopy of my NCAA Tournament bracket for 5 bucks. Anyway, a question: Don’t criminals make attempts to not be caught? Like making sure they don’t have any personal identifiable information on them? Or, even if they do, that it’s fairly secure?

Phila. Police Seek Art Thief Fingered by Ebay Receipt [KYW 1060]

Gross Clinic Price Still Not Rolled Back

The Gross Wal*Mart Clinic

There are only a few days left until the sale of The Gross Clinic to the National Gallery of Art and the Crystal Bridges Museum. Will the citizens of Philadelphia be able to reach the $68 million goal before Dec. 26?

Well, the Inquirer’s Stephan Salisbury reports, they’re at $30 mil so far. And people seem kinda-sorta upbeat about the whole deal, meaning the painting could actually stay in the city. (Who’dathunkit?)

The key here is the rumor that the Art Museum (and other groups, I guess) may seek financing in order to get the $68 mil that’s needed to be raised to prevent The Gross Clinic from becoming, uh, property of the Wal*Mart Corporation.

So, Godspeed, you kooky leaders of the city’s art world! Even if only, like, 500 people saw the painting last year, it’s still worth it.

Funds for ‘Clinic’ at $30 million [Inquirer]
Archives: The Gross Clinic

Public Art With Sprinkles And Kreme

Philadelphia public art tends to come in three flavors: Excellent, absolutely hideously awful and Rocky. It runs about 50-50 if you ignore Penn’s campus (in which case it shifts heavily in favor of hideously awful).

Regardless of whether you like the clothespin, you’d have to admit that most of the public art in the city is situated so as to attempt to make already nice places look nicer. Actually, I don’t know if that’s true, but let’s assume it is, or else I have to go back and rewrite.

There are a few places in this city uglier than the stretch of I-76 under 30th Street Station. It’s ugly, it’s dark and it reeks of exhaust. Well, not quite, because at certain times of the day it also reeks of donuts. Sweet, glorious donuts. (It’s from the Dunkin Donuts in 30th Street, but I prefer to think of it as some sort of city smell beautification program.)

Still, although it smells nice most of the day, the donut spot still could use a little touching up visually. Phillyblog user wysong comes through in the clutch:

So, my friend and I were talking about this Amy Guttman talk tonite about linking Center City and Univ City. I mentioned how the city should install some linear public art along the schuylkill exp. where it runs under 30 st. sta. and the post office in order to make it look nicer from the river trail and tie the banks together. So she said, “how bout an interpretation of the donut smell on the exp - wafting little donuts on breeze-like swirls”. so i photoshopped a crude drawing in 15 minutes and voila.

The finished product, an edited photo from phillyskyline (click to enlarge):

Love it. I’m not much for activism over here, but I urge you write to your lawmakers and demand this be built immediately.

Interpretive Donut Art [Phillyblog]

There’s Only One Logical Solution To All Of This: Replace William Penn With A Larger Version Of The ‘Rocky’ Statue

A poll from CBS 3’s website:


Guess which way I voted.


Shocker: ‘Rocky’ Statue Returns To Art Museum

Rocky Statue

Oh, did I write shocker? I meant, uh, the opposite.

Yes, the Art Commission (whatever that is) voted 6-2 to allow Rocky to return to the Art Museum, although only along the side of the steps. The newspapers have their “split decision” and “Rocky wins!” headlines all ready, of course.

The yeas and nays, courtesy KYW:

Local artist Moe Brooker was among the two ‘no’ votes: “I don’t think it’s art. I think it’s a statue. And I think that it served its purpose when it was at the Spectrum.”

The other ‘no’ vote was from commissioner Miguel-Angel Corzo: “The statue belongs in the city. But it doesn’t belong in that place.”

Of course, John Street was in favor of the move to the Art Museum, so perhaps it should be somewhere else.

That means we’re all set for “hundreds of thousands” of fans to line the Parkway on Friday, hoping to catch a glimpse of Stallone and debating whether it’s art or statue. Oh, boy.

Rocky Wins in a Split Decision [KYW 1060]