Visual art

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Oil painting showing Young, in black jacket & red hoodie, looking at himself in a Chinese takeout place’s security mirror

Nasir Young and other PAFA graduates at Philly’s Gross McCleaf Gallery open up about the end of PAFA’s degree programs

Excursions and other journeys for PAFA artists

Emily B. Schilling visits Philly artist Nasir Young at his first-ever solo exhibition, asking him and two gallery colleagues, all PAFA graduates, about some big news from this Pennsylvania cultural institution.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Features 6 minute read
Four pale women surround one at center in a luxurious green robe; a Black child holds a burnished cup of pink roses at front.

The Delaware Art Museum presents The Rossettis

A new look at some old radicals

The Delaware Art Museum has the biggest collection of British Pre-Raphaelite artworks outside the UK, and this exhibition, which opened at Tate Britain and now lands stateside, honors the radical Rossettis. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 5 minute read
Graceful gold-toned metal bust of a beautiful woman’s face, against a blue backdrop in the gallery.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts presents Determined to Be: The Sculpture of John Rhoden

A world at his fingertips

In 2017, PAFA became the preserver and promoter of globetrotting 20th-century American sculptor John Rhoden’s artistic legacy. Now, PAFA mounts the artist’s first comprehensive retrospective. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Woman in green with lavish feather accessories leans intimately on the shoulder of another in gray & black, holding a book

The Barnes Foundation presents Marie Laurencin: Sapphic Paris

Queer context for the early 20th century

With radically sweet images of women and hardly a man in sight, painter Marie Laurencin constructed a world of female friendship, camaraderie, and low-key eroticism, as explored in a new exhibition at the Barnes. K.A. McFadden reviews.
K.A. McFadden

K.A. McFadden

Reviews 4 minute read
A substantial, dynamic yellow-eyed panther in nuanced shades of black collage, with a black bird on its back.

Woodmere Art Museum presents Barbara Bullock: Fearless Vision

A pioneering artist, activist, and teacher

Works by Philadelphia artist Barbara Bullock are dancing right off the walls at the Woodmere Art Museum in an enthralling retrospective that explores the intersection of Bullock’s studio art with her work as an educator. Emily Schilling reviews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Reviews 4 minute read
Large rectangular photo of a much-used blackboard covered with abstract-seeming swirls, shapes & numbers in colored chalk.

UArts presents Dan Levenson: SKZ Monochrome Classrooms and L’école at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Schools of imagination and memory

Kicking off the academic year with two uplifting shows about how we communicate, learn, and teach, the Philadelphia Art Alliance at UArts welcomes SKZ Monochrome Classrooms and L’école. Emily B. Schilling reviews.
Emily Schilling

Emily Schilling

Reviews 4 minute read
In earthy tones of brown, white & gray, a mournful, compelling scene of a river on a cloudy day & white house in the distance

Brandywine Museum of Art presents Andrew Wyeth: Abstract Flash

Andrew in the abstract

Andrew Wyeth is not widely known as an abstract artist, but maybe he should be. A beautifully configured exhibition at the Brandywine Museum of Art looks closer. Gail Obenreder reviews.
Gail Obenreder

Gail Obenreder

Reviews 4 minute read
Chang, an Asian woman in a short gray tunic, moves gracefully with ensemble members behind her, some dancing and some sitting

“A responsibility to open the door”: how do we embrace disability on an institutional level?

What else can theater be?

Last month, writer Wendy Univer explored a cutting-edge cadre of artists whose work centers on inclusion from the ground up. Now, she speaks with institutional leaders about integrating and prioritizing disability inclusion.
Wendy Univer

Wendy Univer

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Seen through Maravilla’s multimedia sculpture, Ken Lum’s text art is mounted large on the gallery wall.

Arthur Ross Gallery presents Songs for Ritual and Remembrance

How do we remember?

At UPenn’s Arthur Ross Gallery, four artists consider what shared memory signifies for marginalized peoples, and how they preserve it. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.

Pamela J. Forsythe

Reviews 5 minute read
Two stylistically rotund, relaxed but inquisitive limestone figures sit side by side with their hands on their knees.

The Barnes Foundation presents William Edmondson: A Monumental Vision

Still a fascinating figure

In its exhibition featuring sculptor William Edmondson, who blurred and subverted a lot of what institutions expect from great artists, the Barnes begins to grapple with ways of seeing the artist’s legacy. Hanae Mason reviews.
Hanae Mason

Hanae Mason

Reviews 6 minute read