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HAPPENING NOW... The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present International Pop, a groundbreaking survey of this important movement that explores Pop Art as a global phenomenon that was shaped by artists working in many different countries throughout the world. The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, assemblage, installation, printmaking, and film by eighty artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, and offers an intriguing new look at a subject that is familiar. Viewing Pop Art through a much wider lens that amplifies a history commonly associated with major American figures like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, it is sure to delight audiences and broaden their understanding of one of the most significant chapters in the history of contemporary art. Organized by the Walker Art Center, this is the first traveling exhibition in the United States to present a comprehensive account of the development of Pop Art during the 1960s and 1970s. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will be its final venue and the only East Coast presentation.
Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, stated: “Pop was one of the most iconic art movements of the second half of the twentieth century. This exhibition is an ambitious effort to explore its emergence and impact far beyond the borders of the United States and Britain. We are delighted that in Philadelphia we will add to the exhibition some important works from private collections and our own holdings of contemporary art.”
Highlights of International Pop will include works of major British and American artists presented in juxtaposition with works by artists from other countries that were centers for the development of Pop Art. Hers is a Lush Situation, a work painted in 1958 by one of the seminal figures of this movement, the British artist Richard Hamilton, offers a witty commentary on the advertising adage that sex sells. It treats the forms and shapes of a Buick as an evocation of the human body, punctuated by a cut-out of Sophia Loren’s lips. Other artists would look at this issue in a different light. In O Beijo (The Kiss) of 1967, for example, the Brazilian Waldemar Cordeiro turns the lips of Bridget Bardot into a mechanized image of a kinetic sculpture, fusing pop culture and emerging computer technology. By contrast, in Ice Cream, the Belgian artist Evelyne Axell paints a woman licking an ice cream cone from a radically feminized perspective, at once quoting and challenging notions of sexual desire.
A key work shown only in Philadelphia will be Jasper Johns's Flag, 1958, in which the artist represents the iconic image of the American flag in a literal way and at the same time utilizes it as a vehicle for exploring new possibilities for contemporary painting. Other works, such as Antônio Henrique Amaral's Homenagem ao Século XX/XXI (20th/21st Century Tribute), 1967, suggest that such an image could not be separated from the dominance of America as a cultural power in Brazil at this time. Ushio Shinohara's Coca-Cola Plan (After Rauschenberg) of 1964 reflects the complex relationship between Japanese artists and their American counterparts, whose work they largely experienced through print media. Also seen only in Philadelphia are Mimmo Rotella’s The Hot Marilyn, 1962—a décollage of an Italian movie poster—and Ed Ruscha’s Felix, 1960, an early example of his work in the idiom of Pop Art, of which he was one of this country’s pioneering figures.
Emerging first in the United Kingdom and the United States, Pop Art soon become an international phenomenon, finding expression in a bewildering variety of different forms and media. It was a product of a revolutionary social and political era as well as a response to the proliferation of consumer culture in the decades after World War II and the media—magazines, television, and motion pictures—that fueled its growth. The exhibition will give visitors a rare opportunity to see Pop Art in a new light. It will examine the factors that shaped artistic activity in the social democracies of Europe, the military regimes of Latin America, and Japan in the aftermath of U.S. occupation. It will include sections closely examining vital hubs of Pop activity in Great Britain, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, the United States, and Japan. International Pop will also bring together works from diverse geographic regions and different periods during the development of the movement to explore common themes and subjects.
Among the other artists featured in International Pop are James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Jim Dine, Rosalyn Drexler, and Andy Warhol (United States); Peter Blake, and Pauline Boty (Great Britain); Konrad Lueg, Sigmar Polke, and Gerhard Richter (Germany); Keiichi Tanaami, and Genpei Akasegawa (Japan); Antônio Dias (Brazil); and Marta Minujín, Dalila Puzzovio, and Edgardo Costa (Argentina); Sergio Lombardo and Mario Schifano (Italy); and Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Martial Raysse (France).
The Barnes Foundation, known as a haven for artwork of many of the greats, presents a special Picasso exhibit in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art.
Launching in February 2016, Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change will examine the dramatic variance in the artist’s style during the period surrounding World War I. Visitors can explore this through a sizable collection of 50 pieces of work.
The collection unveils the change in Picasso’s artistic style took during World War I, with a move away from his current mode of radical cubism towards a more classical method of figure drawing.
Angering many of his other Parisian colleagues, he never addressed the war head on and instead began introducing elements of naturalism to his work. At this time, however, Picasso wasn’t able to shed his affinity for cubism all together. The frequent fluctuation between styles can be found all throughout the Barnes’ exhibit.
Drawn from major American and European museums as well as private collections, pieces displayed range from drawings to watercolors to paintings and more.
Visitors can also get a glimpse of period pieces from Parade, the avant-garde ballet for which Picasso designed the costumes, curtain and set. Created in 1917, Parade featured a story about a group of American and French circus performers. Four of the characters’ costumes will be on display, including the original Chinese Conjurer costume alongside reproductions of several others. Also for viewing is a watercolor and graphite sketch of the original curtain design.
While exploring Picasso’s wartime production and its connection to his own personal life, visitors can interpret the works alongside 15 other canvases produced by Picasso’s contemporaries of the time — including Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, and Diego Rivera.
For complete programming information as well as more information on the exhibition, click HERE.
On Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hibernia County Park will come alive as hundreds of musicians and music lovers gather to celebrate traditional music at the 86th annual Chester County Old Fiddlers’ Picnic. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 10. Parking is $5 per car; no admission fee. Gates open at 8:30 a.m.
Beginning at 9:15 a.m., groups and individuals may register to play on the main stage - solo acts are allotted 10 minutes, and up to 20 minutes for groups. At 10 a.m., the Old Fiddlers’ House Band, Remington Riders, will take center stage, leading into a continually changing slate of individuals and groups who perform all day.
Visitors can stroll through the event grounds and listen to the blend of music heard amidst Fiddlers’ Field. In the woodlands flanking the stage, musicians play traditional tunes using a variety of instruments and styles. Lawn chairs are encouraged. Canopies, tents and alcohol are not permitted.
The Old Fiddlers’ Picnic also features more than 25 vendors offering a variety of craft items and novelties, as well as food options with menus ranging from BBQ and funnel cakes to smoothies. Wagon rides to the 19th century Hibernia Mansion will be offered throughout the day and the Mansion will be open for tours beginning at 1 p.m. A $3 donation per person is requested.
Instrument demonstrations, beginner jam sessions, and children’s activities are also planned.
Old Fiddlers’ souvenir shirts and hats will be available for purchase and anyone performing on stage will receive a 2014 commemorative ribbon.
Despite the changing site and faces, this reunion of “fiddler” friends and music lovers has flourished for decades. Known originally as the “Chester and Delaware Counties’ Old Fiddlers’,” the event was the idea of Mr. S. L. Anderson. The Picnic, coordinated by Christian Sanderson, began at Crystal Springs Park, outside Parkesburg and later moved to Lenape Park, south of West Chester. When Lenape Park closed in 1980, Chester County Parks & Recreation offered to sponsor the Picnic at Hibernia County Park.
Hibernia County Park campgrounds must be reserved for both Friday and Saturday night during Old Fiddlers’ weekend. The fee is $15 per night with a maximum of six people and two tents per site. The person reserving the site must be one of the campers and at least 18 years old.
Hibernia County Park is located in Wagontown, four miles north of Coatesville off the Route 82 exit of the Route 30 Bypass. Call 610-383-3812 or visit www.chesco.org/ccparks for more information.
Beer Camp Across America is a leap into unchartered territory. It brings together 12 other small breweries for a dozen different collaborations stuffed into a single 12-pack. And it features a cross-country beer-festival tour that comes to the Philadelphia's Penn Treaty Park on August 2nd from noon - 5PM. This includes some of the giants of the craft-beer world like Firestone Walker, Bell's, Allagash and Victory, plus some of the little guys who haven't expanded much beyond their backyards: New Glarus, 3 Floyds and Ninkasi. In total, 12 collaboration brewers will be on hand, along with more than 80 regional breweries.
The $65 ticket includes admission into the event, unlimited tastings where possible, a commemorative Beer Camp Across America sampling glass and entertainment provided by March Fourth Marching Band. Order HERE.
228 Productions of Phoenixville is set to host their second band showcase at the Historic Brinton Lodge (1808 W. Schuylkill Road (rt. 724) - Douglassville PA, 19518) this Friday the 13th at 8pm. Nestled along a country road just west of Pottstown, Brinton Lodge has a storied history beginning in the 1700s. It is recognized as one of the top 10 real haunted sites in Pennsylvania, and has a well-documented history of ghostly activity attributed to at least five different spirits.
The band lineup includes WE RUIN MUSIC (a not-your-average covers band, comprised of former A Life In Reverse members); FRIENDS WITH MURDER (bluegrass punkabilly trio); YUKI YUKI YASUMI (Japanese-rock cosplay / steampunk duo); and BLACK VELVET (Birdsboro-based indie-strange-ish rock).
Ten bucks gets you in the door; 21+ only, as it’s a BYOB event. Music starts at 8pm, in the reverse order of the listing above, and it’s an art show featuring some of the past 228 Productions original poster art from their recently-concluded “Exhibitchin’ Collectrospective”, available for purchase and/or unlimited ogling.
If you haven't ventured out of the 'ville to Zachary's BBQ Southern Comfort & Catering (1709 Markley Street - Norristown) we here at OneNineFourSixZero highly recommend you make the trip soon. They serve convenient dine-in / take-out lunches and dinners that not only satisfy your craving for killer BBQ (and more), they won’t break the bank.
Chef Keith Taylor is the man in charge and delivers some of the best BBQ north of Texas (yes, we prefer Texas BBQ to all others). He has an array of sauces too, but like any BBQ worth its weight, you won’t need them. Zachary's offers ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked or Andouille sausage, smoked turkey, bruschetta chicken, or whatever your choice is, it’s going to be lean and properly prepared, always. There’s seafood, sandwiches, and other main dishes, but we recommend the combo platter so you can sample several meats and several sides…
And speaking of sides, there are tons to choose from. Our favorites are the hoppin’ john, fried okra, collard greens with smoked turkey, and of course, four cheese baked mac n cheese. You can’t go wrong with their BBQ baked beans or corn fritters either.
So do yourself a favor and on over to Zachary’s for some awesome southern hospitality this weekend, but if you’re taking out be sure to call ahead because it’s a popular spot.
Surfer Blood was a surprise because I hadn't heard their new songs yet and they were really awesome. I mean, I liked their first record, and I saw them play at SX two years ago, but the new stuff is more driving, upbeat, and rocking. Their set at the Rolling Stone day party was an intimate affair, and at one point lead man John Paul Pitts was roaming around the audience with the mic while singing "Take It Easy". Check out the video of this...
Post SX follow up will keep me busy with upcoming projects, new business developments, etc for the next few weeks to months. I return home rejuvenated, and with a renewed passion for music and for my profession. That alone is worth the price of admission, and I look forward to it all again at SXSW 2014.