This week we're talking about our special Philadelphia edition, compiled by our contributing editor Robert Sullivan
- It’s a big summer for Philly-based painter Anne Buckwalter, who has had a number of shows here, and still has a piece up at the Woodmere Art Museum, where she is a part of the Woodmere’s 77th annual juried exhibition, an excitingly wide-ranging collection juried by the ceramics artist (and Swarthmore professor) Syd Carpenter. Then again, if you happen to be driving up to Maine for the summer weekend, you can also see Buckwalter in a group show, entitled “Lady Like,” at Border Patrol, in Portland, till September 2, and if you are close to A Public Space headquarters in Brooklyn, then you can stop in to see her work at Field Projects, in Chelsea, in a show entitled “Milkmaid.” Just seeing Buckwalter’s paintings is like taking a trip somewhere far away and beautiful, and beautifully confounding.
- The drive from A Public Space, on Dean Street in Brooklyn, to Philly, of course, often reminds us of The Boss, thoughts that invariably return us to Lucy Kaplansky (author of what is possibly one of the best summer reunion-based family travel songs of all time. Kaplansky has a new album dropping any minute, a tour to follow, likely with a reprise of what is one of the best Bruce covers, fingers crossed.
- This week marks the publication of the second issue of a new Philadelphia magazine, Caldera, described by Generocity as “a new, quarterly publication trying to provide a genuine solution by focusing solely on people of color and the LGBTQIA communities within the arts.” You are likely to find a copy at Ox Coffee, on Third Street, where Caldera has been holding residencies.
- At the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery is a beautiful show of prints by William Kentridge, each made on the pages of references books.
- Two more reasons (besides great books, food and coffee) to stop by Uncle Bobbie’s Books, in Germantown, owned by Marc Lamont Hill, this week: on Thursday, Jenea Robinson asks the Qs, the As provided by Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large for Essence magazine and author of “Editor in Chic”, and on Friday, a screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” Above, an image from the film: Black Panthers from Sacramento, Free Huey Rally, Bobby Hutton Memorial Park in Oakland, CA, USA, 1969. Photo courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Ruth-Marion Baruch.