Philly Artists Turning Away From Galleries

Photo: Philly Weekly

  • “Artists in Philadelphia are taking the art back,” says a local artist in a piece from Philadelphia Weekly. Fed up with “the high-ticket art work, snooty clientele and money-grubbing owners” common in Old City galleries, the romanced image of the starving artist is alive and well in alternate spaces: bars, comic-book stores, friend’s homes, and the streets themselves.
  • Plan Philly reports that with 51.9% of property owners voting against the creation of the Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District, the idea of revitalizing the neighborhood by such a mechanism is effectively dead. While this “clouds the future” of the proposed park atop the Reading Viaduct, documentarian Jamie Moffett “can’t imagine it’s a deal breaker.”
  • The Delaware River Port Authority is once again forced to defend its spending habits, with the decision to invest $20 million of the $30 million in non-core mission related economic development for the region, including Camden’s Cooper University Hospital.
  • The Inquirer relates that the Comcast-Spectacor’s chairman and president, Ed Snider and Peter Luukko, will unveil the final plans today at 10AM for Philly LIVE!, the restaurant and entertainment development at the old Spectrum site in South Philly’s stadium district.
  • Naked Philly tours the demolition of the modernist Sidney Hillman Medical Center at 21st & Chestnut streets, and getting more excited for the forthcoming 34-story John Buck Co. skyscraper that will rise in its place.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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