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Jasper Johns’s ‘Usuyuki.’ A canvas in nine rectangular segments has wheeling sets of short lines in ever-shifting hues.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror

Explore, perceive, repeat

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, in a special companion retrospective with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, explores the circle Jasper Johns creates between artist and viewer. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 6 minute read
A large, complex painting of Black Revolutionary soldiers march in a crowded Philly parade. James Forten watches at center.

The Museum of the American Revolution presents Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War

Glory, grit, and agony

The Museum of the American Revolution presents the first major exhibition of original paintings by Don Troiani, America’s foremost historical military artist. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
An 18th-century engraving shows a Black 15-year-old with vitiligo, wearing a loincloth and holding an illustrated scroll.

The Library Company presents Imperfect History

To see what we’re missing

For the 50th anniversary of its graphic arts collection, the Library Company looks beyond the images themselves to highlight what is missing—and why. Anndee Hochman reviews.
Anndee Hochman

Anndee Hochman

Reviews 4 minute read
A black-and-white print of a giant metal machine with arms, pillars, and wheels. It’s outdoors under a partly clouded sky

The Philadelphia Museum of Art presents Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are

Pursuing the perfect print

Few people know that master printmaker Richard Benson also had an exquisite body of work as a photographer. The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates every facet of the artist in a new exhibition. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
An illustration of a woman in a chair, her daughter at her feet holding a doll, in what appears to be a living room.

Groundbreaking French artist Suzanne Valadon debuts in Philly

Breathing new life into rebellious early 20th century art

The Barnes Foundation presents the world premiere of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the first major US exhibition of the groundbreaking French artist. Melissa Strong previews.
Melissa Strong

Melissa Strong

Previews 3 minute read
Martinez, an Afro-Cuban man, sits before congas, cymbals, and microphones, with his arms out, his mouth wide as he's sings.

The Weekly Roundup, September 1-7

Tadaima 2021, Pedrito Martinez, Andrea Walls, 'POOL,' and 'A Saturday Jawn'

A festival celebrating Japanese Americans, a new exhibit from Fairmount Water Works, and Vinyl Tap returns to Amalgam. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
An art gallery view of 11 decorative balls in different colors and textures, from baseball size up to large bowling balls

The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents Hard/Cover

Creative disruption

Artist residencies at the Fabric Workshop and Museum often mark important shifts in artistic practice, explored in the exhibition Hard/Cover. Pam Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 4 minute read
Colorful illustration with two people. Text reads: we're trans, we're survivors, we are joyful, we feel rage, we're universal

The Weekly Roundup, July 21, 2021

Illustrating Public Paint Day, folk music at People’s Light, and writing with Chet’la Sebree

Painting with Mural Arts, discovering folk with People's Light, and the Wilmington Writers Conference highlight the week. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up.
Kyle V. Hiller

Kyle V. Hiller

Previews 5 minute read
Tracey Emin’s “A Moment Without You.” Five bronze poles topped with bird sculptures are spaced out in park greenspace.

Philadelphia Contemporary brings art to the Delaware River for a chance at reflection

Leaving Water Marks

A series of works being brought to the city by Philadelphia Contemporary will encourage residents to visit and reflect on the Delaware River. Dara McBride previews.

Dara McBride

Previews 2 minute read