“Here and Now: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs by Ten Philadelphia Artists.”
The works featured in this exhibition are a lively, arresting, and timely celebration of ten Philadelphia artists, ranging in age from 25 to 50, who are currently making art on paper. Each of these artists is represented by a small group of works demonstrating the strength and diversity of talent that exists in the city today. In some of the work, elaborate details and layering of materials predominate, as well as inventive artistic techniques and processes. In others, there is an underlying seriousness of purpose, as several of the artists explore new as well as traditional ways of confronting the dilemmas of today’s world.
Subjects, therefore, may vary from the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib to the proliferation of trash in the environment, from concern for architectural heritage to the gritty everyday life of the city’s streets. Some disquieting issues are faced directly, while others are addressed with edgy humor or are ironically masked by great beauty.
The ten artists on view are Astrid Bowlby, Steven and Billy Blaise Dufala (who operate in collaboration), Vincent Feldman, Daniel Heyman, Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Virgil Marti, Joshua Mosley, Serena Perrone, Hannah Price, and Mia Rosenthal. Some of them are also known for their work in other mediums, such as installation, video, sculpture, and painting. Collectively, they represent an important facet of the remarkable work being produced in Philadelphia today.
Through December 4, 2011
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benj. Franklin Pkwy. & 26th St.