Five Decades of Abstraction in a revelatory exhibit at Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg
By Dereck Stafford Mangus
November 30, 2023
Artblog contributor Dereck Mangus, who is based in Baltimore, visits the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg and finds excellence in a wide-ranging exhibit of modern and contemporary abstract art. The SAM is hosting an artist talk on Friday, Dec. 1, at 5:30pm, with local artist Tim McFarlane and other artists in the exhibit. Check out Dereck's review and catch a train to Harrisburg for the talk and to see the exhibit! The exhibit is up through Jan. 21, 2024. Details and links in the post. Enjoy!
Rebecca Rutstein to show new painting at Art Basel with Nautilus Magazine and Schmidt Ocean Institute
November 29, 2023 – Miami Beach, FL. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is thrilled to announce Rebecca Rutstein’s participation in Art Basel Miami Beach, in partnership with UNESCO, Nautilus Magazine and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Rutstein will debut her new painting, Blue Dreams Still #1 at the Nautilus/UNESCO Lounge at the West Lobby of the Miami Beach Convention Center from December 6 to 10, with special programming on December 7 and 8.
Seeing the Anthropocene
curated by Julia Clift
On view: October 28-December 2, 2023, simultaneously at Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Cherry Street Pier, Philadelphia
Opening Receptions: November 4th, 5-8 PM at Cherry Street Pier, with a live performance at 6 PM, and November 9th, 6-9 PM at Tiger Strikes Asteroid
Flowing Abstraction | Opening Reception
Contemporary African Diaspora Printmaking
Printed Image Gallery, Brandywine Workshop and Archives, 730 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Opens on November 9, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Flowing Abstraction highlights the creative process and the flow of artistic ideas and knowledge in contemporary African Diaspora printmaking. Flow is a state of being associated with creativity and enhanced performance. Flow enters the creative process in moments when action and awareness merge, when artists become completely absorbed in their tasks, and their sense of time slips away.
Holly Wong Joins Bridgette Mayer Gallery
Philadelphia, PA – October 25, 2023. Bridgette Mayer, Owner of Bridgette Mayer Gallery, announced today that the gallery will begin representing Holly Wong. In November 2024, Bridgette Mayer Gallery will present a curated exhibition at its Philadelphia gallery bringing together Wong’s fiber, drawing-based installations, assemblages, and video work.
Gallery artist, Julie Goldstein was recently featured in the Fall edition of Catamaran Literacy Reader.
Works featured are:
The Wave, 2023, Hand-printed woodcut, 9 x 7 inches - page 38
The Falcon, 2023, Hand-printed woodcut, 11.5 x 12 inches - page 41
The Sea In Me, 2023, Hand-printed woodcut, 48 x 96 inches - pages 48-49
Shifting Forms: 5 Decades of Abstraction at Susquehanna Art Museum
September 30, 2023 – January 21, 2024
Since the early 20th century, abstraction has been an essential component of modern art. Rather than relying on recognizable subject matter, abstract art pulls away from realism and embraces shape, form, color, and line as foundational and emotive elements.
ArtShow with Artist Eileen Neff
In this episode of ArtShow, artist Eileen Neff sits down to talk with host Craig Stover to talk about her work, how her early studies in literature helps to often inform her artwork, how the sunshine in her studio currently plays a role in her images, and how humor can sometimes peek out of her works.
Philly-based artist becomes oceanic explorer and advocate
By Matteo Iadonisi |Monday, September 25, 2023 6:00PM
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- "For over 20 years, I've been creating work inspired by the natural world," said Rebecca Rutstein.
The Philadelphia-based artist is known for her paintings, sculptures, and murals.
Commuters on the Schuylkill Expressway may already be familiar with her piece, "Convergence." The electric-blue wall, flanked by rainbow polygons, famously sits on the river with a backdrop of the Philadelphia skyline.
Be Here Now…with Tim McFarlane
Brian Aufdenberg | September 18, 2023
Hello, and good to type with you again. Since we last spoke, you have moved your studio. How has the new space changed or challenged your creative process? Has it made much of a difference?
Haha, good to type with you, as well! I moved to my current studio at Crane Arts in the lower Kensington area of Philadelphia last June. This is a much larger space than the previous one I had and it has definitely changed my process. I’m now able to work on larger paintings and other projects that I wasn’t able to do so comfortably in my last space, which was a two-bedroom apartment in South Philly. The ability to have room to stand back and examine a 60″ x 60″ painting with no problem is a huge bonus.
Meet Julie Goldstein
September 11, 2023
Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Julie Goldstein. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Hi Julie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love to hear about a project that you’ve worked on that’s meant a lot to you.
I have always created bodies of work that involved women and the sea and often they became semi-autobiographical. When I was pregnant with my son Frankie, I took time away from my process and spent time researching. I spent 9 months diving deep into stories about women during the early 1900’s who challenged men to swim across the Hudson River, this was a time when women weren’t allowed to wear swimsuits nor swim in public.
An interview with Neil Anderson in 2012, in conjunction with his exhibition of new works at Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
In this interview for Neil Anderson's 2008 solo exhibition "Traveling the Plane," Neil discusses his background, inspirations, and artistic process with gallerist Bridgette Mayer.
The synergy between the arts and the sciences: representing the wonders of the natural world through visual art
A Conversation with visual artist Rebecca Rutstein by Common Home editor Elyza Bruce
August 28, 2023
Rebecca Rutstein is an interdisciplinary artist whose work, in collaboration with scientific researchers, explores the interconnected systems and unseen wonders of the natural world. You can learn more about her work at rebeccarutstein.com.
Neil Anderson at Bridgette Mayer Gallery
By Allan Lane | August 22, 2023
The artistic legacy of Neil Anderson Shines in the “Earth Songs: Last Paintings” exhibition at Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is set to honor the captivating artistry of Neil Anderson (1933-2021) in a remarkable solo exhibition titled “Earth Songs: Last Paintings.” The show, running from September 5th to October 21st, 2023, pays homage to Anderson’s profound connection with nature and his remarkable legacy.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents:
Neil Anderson (1933-2021) Earth Songs: Last Paintings
September 5 – October 21, 2023
Celebration of Life: Friday, September 8, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Exhibition Opening & Reception: Friday, September 8, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Philadelphia, PA – August 22, 2023. For our first Autumn show, Bridgette Mayer Gallery is proud to celebrate the life and artistic legacy of Neil Anderson (1933-2021) in Earth Songs: Last Paintings. The solo exhibition will be on view from Tuesday, September 5 to Saturday, October 21, 2023. On Friday, September 8th, the gallery will host a Celebration of Life from 4:30 – 5:30 pm at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Hamilton Auditorium, featuring guest speakers familiar with Anderson’s artistic practice and body of work. Immediately following from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, there will be an exhibition opening and reception at Bridgette Mayer Gallery. To attend the Celebration of Life event, please RSVP to Julia at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Intersection of Art and Science: A Conversation with Rebecca Rutstein
Jul 20, 2023
By Aunye Boone
Rebecca Rutstein is a multidisciplinary artist and ocean explorer who has spent over two decades working at the intersection of art and science. Her diverse body of work, which encompasses painting, sculpture, interactive installations, and public art, draws inspiration from the natural world.
‘Shifting Time,’ Black artists interpret historic change
by Kristin Holmes | Thursday, July 20, 2023
In a time of death and unrest amid a brutal pandemic, Tim McFarlane wondered if his art was enough.
He was a Black artist during a period when the social and political upheaval of the times demanded commentary. If his swirling abstract images weren’t representational depictions of the period’s pain and anxiety, was he fulfilling his responsibility as a Black artist?
His answer, in the densely packed and saturated paintings he created to portray the uncertainty and angst of the times, was yes.
Tyler Alum Aims for the Monumental in His Work
AUTHOR: Wanda Motley Odom
As part of his artistic journey, Tyler alum Tim McFarlane (BFA '94) has in recent years veered toward the monumental.
Putting his typical works on canvas or panel aside, McFarlane has preferred work at the large scale afforded him by murals and other wall-based installations -- applying acrylic paint, drawings and sculptural forms complete with silver and frosted Mylar, pushpins, nails, tape to walls and other surfaces.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts features Tim McFarlane as part of their Visiting Artist Program Artist Lecture Series
Artist Talk Wednesday, June 21st, 5pm-6pm
Free & Open to the Public
Rhoden Arts Center, Hamilton Hall
128 North Broad Street
Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors
For the past 24 years, Bridgette Mayer has approached work with a client- and artist-centered approach. She's the CEO of Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors, a full-service art consulting firm based in Philadelphia and Florida that specializes in art acquisitions, curating collections and commissioning artworks for private individuals, businesses, the hospitality industry and universities.
Eileen Neff was recently featured on Café Floss, a podcast with Floss Barber. In this episode, Eileen discusses the inspiration and process behind her solo exhibition in 2021, The Windows, at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, her background in literature and painting and how she discovered the art of photography, her childhood upbringing, and the influence of her family particularly her parents and her aunts in her life, as well as her photography project in 2017 in documenting the conservation of two dioramas at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Eileen and Floss also discuss Eileen’s connection to Philadelphia and the advice she would give to young and upcoming artists on how to remain centered during the ever-changing world.
Arden Bendler Browning is the latest guest featured on Artist and Place podcast! Listen in for Arden's insights on making art during her many road trips & travels, and the paintings and VR work that emerge from these sketches on the road. Arden's episode, "Painting As A Moving Entity," is available now!
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents: Hang Time
June 6 – July 29, 2023
Artist Reception & Happy Hour: Thursday, June 8th, 5:00 – 7:30pm
Philadelphia, PA – May 9, 2023. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is thrilled to announce Hang Time, a new summer group exhibition. Inspired by the exhilaration and excitement of the HangTime roller coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm in California, the exhibition brings together bright, innovative work by eight California and coastal artists. Hang Time will be on view from Tuesday, June 6 to Saturday, July 29, 2023, with an opening reception and happy hour on Thursday, June 8 from 5:00 – 7:30pm at Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
HANG TIME GROUP EXHIBITION AT BRIDGETTE MAYER GALLERY
By Allan Lane / June 6, 2023
Hang Time is a vibrant summer group show with an exciting lineup of West Coast artists whose works span various mediums and scales.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is delighted to announce the arrival of Hang Time. This exciting new summer group exhibition captures the exhilaration and joy of the HangTime roller coaster and Knott’s Berry Farm in California. This captivating exhibition combines a collection of bright and innovative works by eight talented California and coastal artists.
Artivist Series - Rebecca Rutstein
multidisciplinary artist and ocean explorer
Rebecca Rutstein is an accomplished artist who has received many awards and been involved in numerous public exhibitions. Rebecca’s career has taken her to remarkable places including the high seas and the ocean floor. In all, her artwork strives to build connections with nature, inspire wonder, and foster environmental stewardship.
Tim McFarlane: Abstract artist uses creativity to make stunning art pieces
Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane was recently interviewed for the 215 on Fox 29 Philly! This special feature shares Tim's studio process with viewers, and he speaks to his creativity, his artistic philosophy, and his willingness to "rip it up, tear it apart, and put it back together as something new."
2 Gibbes shows mine North Carolina upbringings in provocative, evocative ways
By Maura Hogan, May 19, 2023
The art world has long mucked about in biographical matter to get to the nub of the art, as if it were an elusive, illuminating Holy Grail revealing a work’s deepest meaning.
In “Damian Stamer: Ruminations,” up through Oct. 15, we get a semblance of his hometown trappings: the North Carolina imagery through which he mines the human experience. But in a departure from his fellow artist, his are produced with an assist from A.I.
Tim McFarlane featured in the PFF Collection Tribeca Showcase
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce Tim McFarlane's inclusion in the Petrucci Family Foundation Tribeca Showcase.
The PFF Collection was started about a decade ago for the expressed purpose of lending work by African American artists to museums and galleries in support of an effort to expand the American Art canon. Now about 500 works of art, the PFF Collection has collaborated with major institutions ranging from the likes of the Portland (OR) Art Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum to campus-based museums, including Hampton and the University of Mary Washington.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents:
Love Letters, a solo exhibition by Allen Bentley
May 2 – May 27, 2023
Extended Hours & Artist Talk: Friday, May 5, 5 – 7:30pm
Philadelphia, PA – April 4, 2023. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce our next solo show, Love Letters, featuring Allen Bentley. Love Letters will be on view from Tuesday, May 2 to Saturday, May 27, 2023. The galley will host an artist reception and happy hour on Friday, May 5 from 5:00 to 7:30pm in celebration of the exhibition.
Tim McFarlane was recently featured on the Artist and Place podcast! Tim and fellow artist Kim Carlino talk about life as a full-time artist and Tim's many ideas, influences, and inspirations. The episode is titled "Time & The Cracks Between Things: Episode 10" and is available now!
Arden Bendler Browning collaborates with Yards Brewing Co. on ‘Made in Phila.’ beer label and interactive Virtual Reality experience.
March 29, 2023 - Philadelphia. Arden Bendler Browning, Yards Brewing Co. and Bridgette Mayer Gallery recently announced a new project in Bendler Browning’s ongoing collaboration with Yards. The collaboration began in partnership with Mural Arts and Alliance HSP and saw Bendler Browning create a custom mural for the exterior of Yards’ Philadelphia brewery. The mural, collectively titled Elastic Geography, consists of four circular paintings inspired by Yards product labels, brewery, and neighborhood landmarks.
Sublime Nature Artist Talk with Rebecca Rutstein
Artist Talk Tuesday, March 28 at 4 p.m.
Large Auditorium | Academic Building | Delaware County Community College
FREE | Offered in-person and streaming
Reception to immediately follow Artist Talk
Exhibition Rebecca Rutstein: Sublime Nature
Delaware County Community College
On View March 6–April 14, 2023
Art in Dialogue: Art and Climate Change with Rebecca Rutstein
March 24, 2023 11:00AM
Rebecca Rutstein will join Lehigh University for a virtual artist talk as part of their Art & Climate Change First Year Seminar visiting artist lecture series, which discusses the intersection between art and climate change and the important role of contemporary visual artists' creative practice. This event is part of LUAG's Art in Dialogue, a series of interdisciplinary conversations between members of the university and the wider community - reflecting the ways in which their work is dynamically engaged with other fields of inquiry.
Award winning German photographer, Jessica Backhaus and President of the Dina Wind Art Foundation, John Wind are joined by Director and CEO of Woodmere Art Museum, William Valerio for a brunch and artist talk in celebration of Abstract Dimensions. Backhaus, Wind, and Valerio discuss the exhibition, materiality, and creative process.
Abstract Dimensions is on view at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery from March 8 - April 22. Gallery hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays, 10am - 5pm.
Art Meets Science in Rebecca Rutstein’s Immersive Exhibits
March 15, 2023 by Camille Vandeveer
While on board a research vessel in the Galápagos Islands, Rebecca Rutstein sailed alongside oceanographers trailing through a hurricane to map the ocean floor. But unlike the scientists on board, Rutstein wasn’t just collecting data — she was also creating art.
Rutstein, a multidisciplinary artist whose work combines science and art, spoke at Georgetown University on March 2 at an event hosted by the Earth Commons and Georgetown University Art Galleries. There, she discussed the intersection between science and art, demonstrating how art can play a critical role in the appreciation of climate science and stewardship.
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Work by Rebecca Rutstein and Ocean Memory Project on view at NAS.
March 15, 2023 - Washington. Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences announces Blue Dreams, an immersive video installation created by multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Rutstein in collaboration with a team of scientists. On view March 15 through September 15, 2023, at the National Academy of Sciences, the exhibition is a testament to the profound global impact of microbial networks. Supported by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, it offers a unique and thought-provoking perspective on the interconnectedness and sublimeness of the natural world.
Happy International Women's Day! We're celebrating with our new show, Abstract Dimensions. Abstract Dimensions features sculptures and photographs by Dina Wind (1938-2014) and Jessica Backhaus. In this special Instagram Live event, Gallerist Bridgette Mayer joins Jessica and President of the Dina Wind Art Foundation John Wind for a sneak peek at their exhibition.
Philadelphia Style Magazine
Dollars & Sense
In a world where fine art can be intimidating for many, Bridgette Mayer of Center City's Bridgette Mayer Gallery (bridgettemayergallery.com) dedicates her time to create a comfortable, positive and honest experience for all. "I do believe art is for everyone, not just for art collectors," she shares. "My initial background is working in the New York gallery system, and going to galleries in New York was often a very cold and austere experience where you're not greeted and there isn't a lot of information shared or given out unless you ask for it. When I opened my gallery, my number one priority was to make people feel comfortable and at home walking into my space."
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents:
Abstract Dimensions: Dina Wind (1938-2014) / Jessica Backhaus
March 8 – April 22, 2023
Artist Reception & Happy Hour: Friday, March 10th, 5:00 – 7:30pm
Philadelphia, PA – February 10, 2023. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce our spring exhibition, Abstract Dimensions. This special exhibition features sculptures by renowned Philadelphia artist Dina Wind (1938-2014) and photographs by award-winning German artist Jessica Backhaus, brought together in an exciting convergence of shape, color, and shadow.
Arden Bendler Browning
February 14, 2023
by Laura Sallade
Arden Bendler Browning has cultivated a dualistic practice: between acrylic and virtual reality (VR) paintings; natural and artificial inspiration; tactile and intangible processes. Bendler Browning does not walk the line between these opposing dyads, rather she continually crosses it. By oscillating between VR and painting on panel, she investigates how these two languages expand, propagate, and eclipse one another. Whether sprayed, rolled, poured, brushed, pressed, or digitally painted, these marks make up the vocabulary for Bendler Browning’s distinct visual language.
ARTIST AT SEA 2023
KAMA’EHUKANALOA / HAWAII
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Rutstein was invited to participate as an artist in residence on board the University of Hawaii’s R/V Kilo Moana with a science team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in January 2023. The group explored the Kama’ehukanaloa submarine volcano 22 miles off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii and 1000 meters below the ocean’s surface. The purpose of the expedition was to observe potential volcanic activity and to collect fluid coming out of the crater vents to understand their temperature and chemistry.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents:
Nathan Pankratz: New Paintings and a Reckoning
January 31 – February 25, 2023
Artist Reception & Happy Hour: Friday, February 3rd, 5:00 – 7:30pm
Philadelphia, PA – January 3, 2023. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is proud to announce the upcoming solo exhibition, Nathan Pankratz: New Paintings and a Reckoning. The exhibition will be on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery from Tuesday, January 31 to Saturday, February 25, 2023, with exclusive, appointment-based previews beginning in mid-January. The gallery will host an artist reception and happy hour celebrating the exhibition on Friday, February 3 from 5:00 to 7:30pm.
Rebecca Rutstein: Sublime Nature
March 6 – April 14, 2023
Room 2305 | Academic Building | Marple Campus
Rebecca Rutstein’s abstract paintings represent a wide variety of oceanic activity, ranging from microscopic bacteria within hydrothermal vents in the Guaymas Basin to the upswell of salty ocean waters into the freshwater systems off the coast of British Columbia. Rutstein constructs her imagery during residencies aboard oceanic expeditions with scientific collaborators around the world.
January 19, 2023
by Laura Sallade
Philadelphia-based painter, Tim McFarlane is making meaning with the language of abstraction. Visually distinct, his work draws on a wide range of colors and mediums, layering opaque gestures which he calls “glyphs”, along with various modes of scribble-like marks. Referencing linguistics and inciting an impulse to read the work, these glyphs are, in fact, illegible. In the late 90’s, language-adjacent symbols began to take shape in his sketchbooks.
The Gibbes Museum of Art welcomes new exhibits for 2023
by Staff Reports
January 16, 2023
This year’s lineup at the Gibbes Museum of Art will cover an array of topics and encourage visitors to engage with new art forms and genres.
“We are excited for another year of engaging exhibitions and talented artists for our guests to experience in 2023,” said Angela Mack, executive director of the museum.
The lineup of 2023 exhibitions will serve to advance the museum’s four themes of health and wellness, social justice, innovation and conservation and the environment, Mack said in a statement.
In honor of abstract sculptor Dina Wind's birthday, the Dina Wind Art Foundation presents "The Art of Dina Wind." The new short film created by artist Anne Leith pairs archival footage with Wind's original narration. Watch now to hear, in Wind's own words, about her artistic journey, creative process, and connection to abstraction.
Rebecca Rutstein Selected as Artist-in-Residence for a research expedition on the R/V Kilo Moana in Hawaii.
December 22, 2022 - Philadelphia. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce that gallery artist Rebecca Rutstein was selected as the artist-in-residence for an upcoming research expedition near the coast of Hawaii. Rutstein will join a team from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and University of Hawaii on the R/V Kilo Moana to explore hydrothermal activity at the submarine volcano Lo’ihi (now named Kamaʻehuakanaloa) off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents:
New Sharon Church Rd., a solo exhibition by Damian Stamer
November 1 – December 31, 2022
Extended Hours & Artist Talk: Friday, November 4, 5 – 7:30pm
Philadelphia, PA – September 28, 2022. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce New Sharon Church Rd., a solo exhibition by Damian Stamer. The exhibition will be on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery from Tuesday, November 1 to Saturday, December 31, 2022. The gallery will host extended hours from 5:00 to 7:30pm, with a special artist talk and Q&A session starting at 6:00pm, on Friday, November 4.
Evidence by Tim McFarlane
Evidence by Tim McFarlane is on display in Shipley's Speer Gallery from October 29 - December 20, 2022.
About the Exhibition:
This exhibition contains new and recent works that continue my exploration of themes related to place, the residue of humans’ existence in their surroundings and real and/or reconstructed memories of places.
Arden Bendler Browning conquers virtual reality, Luve More LC + Thinkers Makers Society, and opportunity
By Roberta Fallon, October 19, 2022
Three notable events rounded up for your consideration! A short Q&A and video by Roberta talking with Arden Bendler Browning about her show and virtual reality piece at Bridgette Mayer Gallery; plus a great-sounding event at Thinkers Makers Society collaborating with Luve More LC to present Jeff Rivers' art; and Scribe Video's Young Mediamakers Fund is open for applications to college students and student-age filmmakers -- applications due Oct. 31.
Reflections on the work of contemporary artists
POSTED ON OCTOBER 7, 2022 BY ART SPIEL
Arden Bendler Browning at Bridgette Mayer Gallery
Wayfinding, Arden Bendler Browning’s solo exhibition at Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, follows the artist’s recent completion of a major public art project, Elastic Geography, a 25 by 140 foot mural on the side of Yards Brewery, commissioned by Mural Arts Philadelphia. The show includes 21 new paintings, a Vault installation of over 50 mixed media works on panel, and a custom interactive virtual reality. It runs through October 22nd.
Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Exhibits Cosmically Inspired Art
Savannah Ichikawa , Staff Reporter
October 2, 2022
The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art will be exhibiting “Out of Thin Air: Microscopic Journeys Through Cosmic Landscapes,” a collaboration between artist Rebecca Rutstein and planetary scientist Julia Cartwright until Oct. 14.
Julie Goldstein’s art practice draws inspiration based on personal experiences that reside in storytelling, humor and whimsical interpretations around motherhood, marriage and everyday life. The stories told are often semi-autobiographical and are inspired by her personal relationships along with lively depictions of women throughout history and in a variety of societies that have collaborated to break societal norms, create change, empower and inspire.
In this self-titled documentary, the audience gets a look into Julie’s incredible life as a creator and a strong, hard-working woman, as well as the strong women whose stories she tells.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents:
Wayfinding, a solo exhibition by Arden Bendler Browning,
September 6 – October 22, 2022
Extended Hours & Artist Reception: Friday, September 9, 5 – 7:30pm
Philadelphia, PA –August 23, 2022. The Bridgette Mayer Gallery is excited to announce a solo exhibition of works by Arden Bendler Browning tilted Wayfinding. The exhibition follows Bendler Browning’s recent completion of a major public art project, Elastic Geography, which is a 25-by-140-foot mural on the side of Yards Brewery, commissioned by Mural Arts Philadelphia. Wayfinding will be on view at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery from Tuesday, September 6 to Saturday, October 22, 2022, with an artist reception on Friday, September 9 from 5:00 to 7:30pm.
A Conversation with Jessica Backhaus
part 1 & 2
Celebrated and award-winning contemporary photographer Jessica Backhaus is on the show as the first guest of the season to talk about her artistic journey from being a child brought up around Art, to her photography studies, mentorship with Gisele Freund, first assignments, and her current work as one of the most highly regarded contemporary photographers in Germany. She shares valuable insights and meditations on her career and being a woman in her field of work.
Now Underway: Tiny Room for Elephants 2022
July 16, 2022
Words and photos by Streets Dept Contributor Eric Dale.
Philly, it’s time to get your butt down to Cherry Street Pier, because Tiny Room For Elephants 2022 is in full swing!
Since its inception in 2014, TRFE has grown from a small, underground art and music event into a large and spectacular festival—as well as an artist collective, agency, and creative consultancy. This year, 43 visual artists and dozens of DJs and music producers are participating, and each is bringing the huge energy and passion that we’ve come to expect from TRFE.
July 8, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA. The Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce that work by Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane is featured in the group exhibition Negotiating Grids at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Curated by Juan Omar Rodriguez, the exhibition will be on view from July 8, 2022 – January 1, 2023 in the Tuttleman Sculpture Gallery, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
July 8, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA. Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane will participate in the 2022 iteration of the Philadelphia arts festival Tiny Room for Elephants. Tiny Room for Elephants Festival is a living art “gallery” that incorporates styles and mediums of 35+ visual artists and over 20 musicians throughout 30 days. Artists are invited to paint and install collectively in a public exhibition space, to a live soundtrack curated by local DJs and producers.
Philadelphia, PA – June 21, 2022. Gallery Artist Julie Goldstein was recently interviewed on Beyond the Paint with Bernadine, a podcast that amplifies and celebrates the artistic and creative voices of female artists, collectors and gallery owners. In the podcast’s most recent episode #160, titled “Julie Goldstein: Sea Women,” Goldstein speaks with host Bernadine about her artistic, personal, and professional background, the strong, independent women that inspire her to create, and some special details about her latest body of work. The episode was produced in conjunction with Goldstein’s solo exhibition The Sea in Me, on view at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery from June 28 until August 13, 2022.
On June 11, 2022, Sculpture Magazine and the International Sculpture Center partnered with the Louise Nevelson Foundation and the Dina Wind Art Foundation to present In Conversation: Louise Nevelson & Dina Wind, Abstraction & Assemblage.
The talk was moderated by Philadelphia Museum of Art's Contemporary Curator Erica Battle, and featured a dialogue between Nevelson's granddaughter Maria Nevelson and Wind’s son John Wind, each also the president of their respective foundations.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents:
The Sea in Me, a solo exhibition by Julie Goldstein,
June 28 – August 13, 2022
Extended Hours Closing Event: Thursday, August 11, 2022
Philadelphia, PA –June 2, 2022. Bridgette Mayer Gallery proudly presents The Sea in Me, a solo exhibition by Julie Goldstein. The Sea in Me is Goldstein’s first solo show at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and will be on view from Tuesday, June 28 to Saturday, August 13, 2022. There will be a closing reception with extended hours on Thursday, August 11 from 5:00 to 7:30pm.
The Bridgette Mayer Gallery is thrilled to announce the launch of Electric, a new mural project in Philadelphia by artist Rebecca Rutstein, at The LVL North located at 510 North Broad Street (Broad and Spring Garden Streets). The mural activates the Brandywine Street corridor and marks a significant gateway on the North Broad Street corridor that includes Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy High School, renowned Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, historic Divine Lorraine Hotel, artist studios, restaurants and the neighboring Community College of Philadelphia.
Sitting in Uncertainty
Review of 'Fields and Formations: A Survey of Mid-Atlantic Abstraction' at the Katzen Arts Center
May 18, 2022
White waves of paper arch and twist. Neon ropes stretch like muscles. Empty pages inhale. The materials around us are alive with meaning if we stop to look. What happens to a hundred-year-old story when we cut out its pages? Or to a map when we paint over its colors and borders? As objects around us evolve, they offer the opportunity to challenge our expectations, open our minds, and see changes in ourselves.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents:
I’ll Be The Wind, The Rain, And The Sunset, a solo exhibition by Jason Woodside
May 10 – June 18, 2022.
Philadelphia, PA –April 26, 2022. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce its first ever solo exhibition with gallery artist Jason Woodside. I’ll Be The Wind, The Rain, And The Sunset will be on view from Tuesday, May 10 to Saturday, June 18, 2022. The exhibition will feature 20 new paintings by Woodside, two hand-shaped and hand-painted surfboards, and a video installation in the vault room in the gallery.
The North Carolina Museum of Art has recently acquired Damian Stamer's 2019 painting Horry County 16 for its permanent collection.
Horry County 16 is a further exploration of abandoned barns in the Carolinas, which evoke the passage of time and memory and are depicted frequently in Damian's work. The barns in this series represent a sort of psychological space, where mind and matter coalesce. This piece is illustrative of a new, more colorful direction that Damian has taken in his recent work.
Museum Minute: Rebecca Rutstein
Published April 29, 2022 at 11:37 AM EDT
One of the newest works to enter the collection at the Georgia Museum of Art is also one of the most popular. Rebecca Rutstein’s wall-mounted sculpture “Shimmer” has been greeting visitors to the museum since 2018 and immediately became a popular selfie stop.
Two Tim McFarlane paintings have just been acquired into the permanent collections of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Woodmere Art Museum.
Untethered Variance, acquired by Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Self-Preservation Oasis, acquired by Woodmere Art Museum, were both featured in Tim's recent solo exhibition with Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Walk Sign is On.
Dedication Ceremony Announced for Arden Bendler Browning’s Philadelphia Mural Elastic Geography
April 9, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA. In partnership with Mural Arts Philadelphia and Yard’s Brewing Company, Bridgette Mayer Gallery is excited to announce a public dedication ceremony for Arden Bendler Browning’s new mural Elastic Geography. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 11 at 4:30pm and will feature guest speakers and an official ribbon cutting.
The Bower: Native Garden and Sculpture Park, the Dina Wind Art Foundation, and the Bridgette Mayer Gallery are pleased to announce Dina Wind: Urban Garden, a solo exhibition featuring 12 of Dina Wind’s outdoor sculptures from the 1980s and 1990s.
The exhibition will be on view from Wednesday, May 4 to Saturday, October 15, 2022, forming an állee of sculptures near the visitor center at The Bower.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Presents Sweet Nature, a solo exhibition by Kaoru Mansour
In the Vault Room: Art Heals by Dr. James E. George, MD, JD
March 29 – April 30, 2022
Extended Hours & Artist Reception: Friday, April 1, 5 – 7:30pm.
Philadelphia, PA – March 1, 2022. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition with gallery artist Kaoru Mansour. Sweet Nature will be on view from Tuesday, March 29 to Saturday, April 30, 2022, with extended hours on Friday, April 1 from 5:00 to 7:30pm. The exhibition will feature 27 new paintings by Mansour, inspired by the plants and flowers kept by her family at her childhood home.
Women take the spotlight in a pair of art shows at the A.U. Museum
March 2, 2022
The American University Museum exhibition “Positive Fragmentation: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” is characterized by splintered imagery and ruptured identity. But that doesn’t mean the artwork itself is chopped into little pieces. In fact, “Positive Fragmentation” is one of two A.U. Museum shows — both highlighting art by women — that include pieces on an epic scale.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery presents Nexus, a solo exhibition by Rebecca Rutstein
February 1 - March 19, 2022.
Extended Hours & Artist Reception: Friday, February 4, 2022.
Philadelphia, PA - January 25, 2022.Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce its ninth solo exhibition with contemporary artist Rebecca Rutstein. Nexus will be on view from Tuesday, February 1 to Saturday, March 19, 2022, with extended hours and an artist reception on Friday, February 4 from 5:00 to 7:30pm.
art Magazin, January 2022
Text: Sabina Paries
German-American photographer Jessica Backhaus is currently in great demand. At Paris Photo, she was represented in no fewer than three exhibitions. We met up with her in Paris and spoke with her about her representational and abstract photographs.
Streets Dept Presents: Philly’s Top 10 Street Art Moments of 2021
What a year, what a year. Welcome to Streets Dept’s annual list of the most-talked-about and most-engaging work created by artists throughout Philly’s public space!
First, a disclaimer: I’m using the term “street art” loosely here. What you’ll find on this list is a representation of this year through the eyes of this blog and you, our readers. That means you’ll find both large-scale and small-scale works of art on this list. Art that was commissioned (aka public art), as well as art that was not (aka street art). Art that responds to more universal experiences, as well as art that represents a more individualist expression. But all the artworks on this list were new and installed in Philly’s public space this year.
EILEEN NEFF – THE WINDOWS EXHIBITION
By Bobbi Booker / November 19, 2021
Photographer Eileen Neff presents The Windows, a photographic installation exhibition at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
There was no doubt I was at the right place as I heard the energetic murmur. You’ll always find a fascinating rotation of contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, which measures 3,000 square feet. On display was the fascinating installation work of photographer Eileen Neff, with viewers learning about her life and admiring her work.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery presents The Windows, a solo exhibition by Eileen Neff
November 2 - December 31, 2021.
Extended Hours & Artist Reception: Friday, November 12, 5:00 - 7:30pm
Philadelphia, PA - October 23, 2021. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce its third solo exhibition with gallery artist Eileen Neff. The Windows, will be on view from Tuesday, November 2 to Friday, December 31, 2021, with extended hours and an artist reception on Friday, November 12 from 5:00 to 7:30pm.
Making Space in Painting, Virtual Reality & In a City: Arden Bendler Browning
Caitlin Correa, October 29, 2021
Philadelphia based artist Arden Bendler Browning makes large abstract paintings, small works on paper and panel, and virtual reality environments. Her work contemplates perception of landscapes affected by digital imagery, the flow of time throughout many moments and distractions, and the contemporary desire to capture many possible perspectives and directions at once.
Celebrating Tim McFarlane: Mural Dedication of Bound Together and Artist Reception of Walk Sign is On
September 8, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is thrilled to invite you to TWO special events this Friday, September 10th, celebrating gallery artist Tim McFarlane's mural dedication of Bound Together and an artist reception of his solo exhibition of Walk Sign is On at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery!
For the 49th edition of the Photo London magazine, we are pleased to feature the latest project by German photographer Jessica Backhaus. Considered to be one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today, Backhaus’s most recent project takes a path into abstraction while using analogue photographic methods.
“I wanted to work in a space where I could create and experiment […] In our society we get overwhelmed by films, visual images, music and everything else all the time. But sometimes you can hear the best music and see the best things when you close your eyes and let the imagination play.” – Jessica Backhaus
Joy is Bridgette Mayer’s focus and motivation
September 1, 2021
Roberta speaks with gallerist Bridgette Mayer about her gallery, her passion for working with and helping artists and about how joy is the focus for everything she does. The 32-minute interview is a lively conversation that covers some great material.
Gallery artist Eileen Neff is featured in "Stories from PAFA," about her recent exhibition, New Grit: Art & Philly Now, running at the PMA through Sunday, August 22.
She is one of the PAFA-connected artists represented in the new show and has long been an important contributor to the celebrated local arts scene as a PAFA professor and resident critic for over a decade, working primarily with students in the MFA program. An active studio artist, Neff has formed significant connections to other Philadelphia institutions through her works.
At The Bower, Philadelphia sculptors take the Pennsylvania landscape to heart
Helen Walsh | Visual Art and Public Space
The creators of The Bower, a new Pennsylvania sculpture park and native garden, call it a “community-oriented rural setting featuring woodlands, naturalized landscape, gardens and large-scale sculpture and land art,” where they’re “committed to supporting and becoming a resource for the arts, education, and nonprofit communities.” Wait a second…Is this a scene from Milton?
Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane was interviewed by Streets Dept. about his latest mural, "Bound Together," at 10th and Callowhill in Philadelphia.
New Tim McFarlane Mural Shows Us the Importance of Abstract Public Art
Awesome new mural from Philadelphia-based artist Tim McFarlane, located at 10th and Callowhill Streets! The mural was created with curator Ryan Strand Greenberg and Mural Arts Philadelphia.
Coping with reopening anxiety
Also on the program: Communities planning events and exhibits
Airdate: Friday, June 4, 2021
Gallery Artist Rebecca Rutstein joins host Scott LaMar on WITF & NPR's Smart Talk to discuss her sculpture "Ridge and Valley," located at the Bower Native Garden and Sculpture Park in Sherman's Dale, PA, and its significance to the Pennsylvania landscape.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Re-Opens to the Public in its Historic Washington Square Location at 709 Walnut Street with a Bold and Exciting Group Exhibition, Karmic Joy,Starting June 1, 2021.
Philadelphia, PA – April 21, 2021. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is thrilled to announce that in its twenty-first year as a leader in the Philadelphia arts community, it will re-open its doors to the public on June 1, 2021. The gallery will be returning to its home on the 1st floor of 709 Walnut Street in Washington Square, where it existed as a public gallery from 2001 to 2016, before moving to the penthouse level of the building and becoming a private, appointment-only space. Founder and Owner Bridgette Mayer has made the exciting decision to re-open the gallery as a way to foster art and joy in Philadelphia in response to the difficulties facing the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gallery artist Eileen Neff was named a semi-finalist and awarded the Honorary Council Award of Excellence in the Print Center’s 95th ANNUAL international photography and printmaking competition. Eileen submitted five photographs: Blue as a Window; Such a Rainy Day; Releaf; 7:34pm on June 12th; and Curtains, all made in 2020.
Drawing on both historic and contemporary concepts of picturing the natural and constructed world, my work also includes an investigation of studio practice itself as a generative source. These works were instigated by a heightened studio time during the summer of 2020...
A sculpture by Gallery Artist Dina Wind (1938-2014) has recently been acquired by The Bower, a new Native Garden and Sculpture Park in Perry County, Pennsylvania. The piece, titled "Homage to Smith," is a 1986 steel sculpture measuring 36 x 25 x 27 inches. It is currently installed along one of the Bower's winding walking paths, beside a short stone wall. Prior to its acquisition by the Bower, "Homage to Smith" was shown in a 1986 exhibition at the Nexus Gallery in Philadelphia, installed outside of the Wind home in Gladwyne, PA, and shown again in 2015 in the exhibition "Dina Wind: Stainless" at Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane was featured as a guest on Being An Artist, a RADIOKISMET podcast hosted by fellow Philadelphia artist Tom Judd. The episode is titled “Tim McFarlane: Art & Life Stirred Vigorously” and aired on March 19, 2021. Tim shared stories and insights from the beginning of his art career, including his early artistic inspirations and role models, his time at Tyler School of Art, and his representation by Bridgette Mayer Gallery. Tim also discussed some of his recent projects and his recent career shift to becoming a full-time artist. The episode has a runtime of 56 minutes and can be found anywhere podcasts are available.
From Studio to Gallery to Submarine with Rebecca Rutstein
Gallery Artist Rebecca Rutstein was recently featured as a guest on the Philadelphia-based podcast Live from RADIOKISMET in an episode titled “From Studio to Gallery to Submarine with Rebecca Rutstein.” Rutstein joined host Christopher Plant to talk about her career as an artist, her inspirations, recent projects, and her relationship with Bridgette Mayer and the Bridgette Mayer Gallery. The episode has a runtime of 53 minutes and can be found anywhere podcasts are available.
Gallery Artist Rebecca Rutstein has been selected as the latest Artist-in-Residence for University City Science Center’s BioArt Residency, which will run from January to March 2021. Rutstein will work alongside scientists in labs at Integral Molecular and the Science Center, both located in Philadelphia, and observe their research on antibodies and viruses in relation to COVID-19. Rutstein will produce a new body of work in response to her time in the lab, which will be exhibited in the Esther Klein Gallery at the Science Center at the end of her residency.
Dina Wind's Untitled (Midnight Cityscape) c. 1970s will be entering the museum's permanent collection. The work is from Dina’s Palette Knife series, created under the tutelage of painter Sam Feinstein and influenced by Hans Hoffman's famous theory of push and pull. Out of view for some fifty years, Bridgette Mayer Gallery reintroduced the paintings to the public with an online exhibition in November, 2020. This show coincided with Woodmere Art Museum's Sam Feinstein, Group 55, and Midcentury Abstraction in Philadelphia.
Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane is featured in an article about the group exhibition "All Night Party" at Towson University.
"Co-curators J. Susan Isaacs and Erin Lehman write an essay about their exhibition "All Night Party," which places contemporary works in conversation with 20th century party dresses, drawing similarities between America's political climate then and now. "All Night Party" is (virtually) on view through June 30, 2021 via Towson University's website."
PHILADELPHIA, PA – Gallery Artist Eileen Neff is featured in Volume 2, Issue 2 of the Philadelphia-based arts and literature magazine Toho Journal. The printed version of the publication features her 2020 photograph Man in Blue Looking (Work from Work), while the online version features Falls (2020). In these photographs, Neff continues to explore the traditional boundaries of photography in new and exciting ways. Neff’s art is published alongside other artists’ literary and visual artwork.
Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane is brightening up Philadelphia by designing artwork for a new community fridge located at On Lok House, which serves low-income seniors. This fridge is one of many recently installed around Philadelphia to provide increased access to fresh food in food-insecure neighborhoods and communities.
Kaoru Mansour, a native of Japan, is an artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her artwork has varied over the last ten years, ranging from geometric shapes on paper to her more recent botanical collage elements on wooden panels. Mansour’s current body of work connects images of plants with abstract mark making.
On November 13th, the Bridgette Mayer Gallery presented the latest in a series of virtual private artist talks to safely promote connectedness and art appreciation. Mayer was joined by John Wind, President of the Dina Wind Art Foundation and William R. Valerio, PhD, the Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO of Woodmere Art Museum in an interactive discussion of gallery artist Dina Wind's (1938-2014) early palette knife paintings.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of new Gallery Assistant, Julia Carita.
Carita is a 2020 graduate from Bucknell University, where she majored in Art History and minored in French and Arts Entrepreneurship. During her time at Bucknell, she conducted research on World War I with the University’s History Department and worked at the Samek Art Museum, first as a Guide and later as Collections Assistant.
Bucknell University Professor of Art History Roger Rothman interviews contemporary painter Neil Anderson about taking inspiration from nature, his 41-year tenure as a Bucknell University art professor, before retiring in 1999, and his latest exhibition "Earth Songs," at the Samek Art Museum’s Downtown Gallery. Neil Anderson has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Jessica Backhaus exhibits at Photo London 2020
October 7 – October 18, 2020
LONDON, UK – The Bridgette Mayer Gallery is excited to announce gallery artist Jessica Backhaus’ participation in Photo London 2020. Photo London brings together some of the finest contemporary photographers from around the world to exhibit their work alongside historic and vintage photographs. It encourages innovation in photography while examining the history of photography as an art form. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Fair was held virtually through a partnership with Artsy.
Gallery artist Rebecca Rutstein's wall-mounted sculpture "Shimmer" was acquired for the Georgia Museum of Art's permanent collection.
Since 2018, Rebecca Rutstein’s wall-mounted sculpture “Shimmer” has been greeting visitors to the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. It was a popular selfie spot as well as a concrete example of how science and art can work together to reach new audiences, but the work didn’t belong to the museum’s collection until recently, when the museum’s Collectors group banded together to purchase it for the permanent collection.
Samek Art Museum
Neil Anderson: Earth Songs, Sept. 16 – Nov. 21
September 16 – November 21
Each of these abstract paintings is a “song” that celebrates the earth. They are begun simply, without a final plan, and improvised until the relationship between parts (like our own relationship with the earth) becomes complex and interdependent.
Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane was selected by the Brandywine Workshop, an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in printmaking and media, to create a special print project. The project, titled Tomorrow's Conversations, was a collaborative project with Master Printer Alexis Nutini, in creating a series of woodblock prints made with a digitally router.
Crystal Bridges has acquired 31 artworks by 28 artists featured in State of the Art 2020 that will be added to the museum’s permanent collection.
“We are thrilled to welcome these 31 artworks to our collection to add to the unfolding story of American art,” said Lauren Haynes, director of artist initiatives and curator, contemporary art at Crystal Bridges and the Momentary. “The diversity of thought, materials, experiences, and topics represented in these artworks help us make sense of the complex times we live in. We’re excited to see the impact these artists and their artworks have on our visitors for years to come.”
Tim McFarlane's recent installation in the "Response Gallery" at the Delaware Contemporary is featured by the Broad Street Review!
"Here, uncurated, theme-free art was publicly created by local artists, community members, and museum visitors, who signed up for time slots (adhering to COVID-19 guidelines). Gallery walls are covered with white paper, and the visual contributions on them vary widely. Some are small sketches; others are bold, large, and graffiti-inspired. There’s an intricate, moving pen-and-ink mural titled “We are all connected” that covers an entire wall; artist Tim McFarlane created another resonant wall-sized work."
Gallery artist Rebecca Rutstein recently joined Mural Arts Philadelphia, Broad Street Ministry, the Philadelphia Department of Health and Human Services, Project HOME, and Muslims Serve in an initiative to promote safe distancing in public places by designing colorful “space pads.” Rutstein designed five different space pads featuring positive messages overlaid on some of her most iconic paintings. The decals were placed at outdoor sites around the city that provide food and medical services to Philadelphia’s vulnerable populations as an uplifting reminder to all to maintain a six foot distance.
Gallery Artists Rebecca Rutstein & Dina Wind (1938-2014) to have major sculpture works commissioned and purchased by the owners of The Bower, a Native Garden and Sculpture Park opening in Central Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2021.
Philadelphia, PA – Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce that two gallery artists, Philadelphia artist Rebecca Rutstein and Philadelphia Artist Dina Wind (1938-2014) will have prominent commissioned and purchased sculpture permanently on view at “The Bower”, a Native Garden and Sculpture Park opening in Central Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2021.
A View From the Easel During Times of Quarantine
This the 158th installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. In light of COVID-19, we’ve asked participants to reflect on how the pandemic has changed their studio space and/or if they are focusing on particular projects while quarantining.
In episode 105, UNP founder and curator Grant Scott is in his shed considering how important the history of photography is to photography today, what is ‘contemporary photography’? He also reflects on the recent death of Sue Davies OBE and the foundation of The Photographer’s Gallery, London.
Plus, this week photographer Jessica Backhaus takes on the challenge of supplying Grant with an audio file no longer than 5 minutes in length in which she answers the question ‘What Does Photography Mean to You?’
Rebecca Rutstein always loved art as a child and wanted to be an artist when she grew up, but she didn’t believe it was an option until her father encouraged her to pursue her passions when she was applying to college. It was at Cornell University, where Rutstein earned an undergraduate degree in art, that she took a “rock for jocks” class to fulfill distribution requirements and fell in love with geology.
Damian Stamer is a North Carolina native whose art is influenced by his Southern roots and rural landscapes. Though he’s painting the same subject matter, Stamer says he’s finding a different energy and urgency to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eileen Neff's "Who's Afraid of Yellow" is the cover of Catamaran Magazine for Issue 28, Spring 2020.
Eileen Neff has been the recipient of several awards, including the John S. Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, and the Leeway Foundation Artist Grant. Eileen Neff is a Resident Critic and Seminar Instructor in the MFA Program at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Gallery Artist Tim McFarlane was featured in the Vast Parlor Blog by Brian Aufdenberg, about his art career.
"When I first moved to Philadelphia in the autumn of 2004 I knew about three or four people who lived here. I was not adjusting well to be honest, and that was for a list to long to go over here. One of those reasons was being so new and not knowing where to start when it came to arts, culture, and food. One night, one of my regulars at the cafe I was working in invited me to come to an event they were promoting. Little did I know it would change my time in Philadelphia forever. Once there I met some pretty awesome people who shared a lot of the same interests as me. Add in that they were around my age, and not really associated at all with the social circles I was in and it was such a relief...."
How can artists and creatives move away from the “starving artist” syndrome and create a successful career? In our current time, how can community building and smarter career planning kickstart a creative’s success?
In her new book, “The Modern Artist’s Way,” author Bridgette Mayer lays out essential methods for creating a top art career. Sharing stories and personal business tactics as well as concrete methods for taking action, this book is for any creative person who is interested in having more success in their career or starting/kickstarting a creative career.
A few years ago, Rebecca Rutstein GFA’97 stood on the roof of Philadelphia’s fortress-like AT&T Building, a red-brick behemoth that rises seven stories above the east bank of the Schuylkill River, and surveyed her surroundings. The artist took in the gleaming glass towers of University City and Center City, the tangle of highways and bridges, and the Schuylkill’s gentle bends.
This summer the building’s river-facing blank brick façade became the canvas for a 7,800-square-foot diptych mural Rutstein titled Convergence. The first part, an orderly composition of vividly hued polygons (astute observers will spot echoes of the lime and raspberry tones that appear in nearby graffiti), is inspired by the offerings of fruits and flowers that are tossed into the river during Philadelphia’s African American Odunde street festival. The second part, all moody blues and grays, is an abstraction of the water currents and the criss-crossing roads.
Whether strolling on the boardwalk, cruising down I-76 or racing in a kayak, passersby along the Schuylkill River at South Street will now be welcomed with a kaleidoscopic piece of public art.
Unfurled across three walls on the AT&T building, “Convergence,” a new mural unveiled last week, has been woven into the Schuylkill cityscape just beside the South Street Bridge.
The nearly 3-year-old project of Mural Arts Philadelphia was the vision of Philadelphia-based artist Rebecca Rutstein, whose array of mediums works to highlight facets of science and technology.
Gallery Artist Kaoru Mansour was interviewed about art and life by VoyageLA.
"I grew up in a small village in Japan. I went to a medical lab training college because I had a good math grade, but I enjoyed drawing cells through a microscope the most. I dropped out of college and started working at a graphic office in Kobe Japan. During that time I was singing with a band as a hobby. The band won a music competition and I got a record deal after my contract with the record company was over. I moved to LA. I took night classes at the Otis College of Art and Design, and I was working at an office during the day. Then when my son was born, I became a freelance artist..."
Philadelphia, PA – September 19, 2019. Bridgette Mayer Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of a pop-up gallery space in the new Fashion District of Philadelphia, located at 901 Market St. in Philadelphia on the Second Floor. Curator Bridgette Mayer has curated $1 million worth of public art for the Fashion District Philadelphia Art Collection and now the Bridgette Mayer Gallery is offering visitors another opportunity to enjoy high quality art with a physical pop up space. Beginning September 19th, the gallery will feature rotating exhibitions, with a kick-off exhibition showcasing artwork by Philadelphia favorites Charles Burwell and Neil Anderson.
Bridgette Mayer was recently featured in a WHYY article discussing her role in curating artwork in the new Gallery Mall, Fashion District Philadelphia. “Very Excited to have the public art project I have been curating for the past two years open to the public. Fashion District Philadelphia features 9 artists with commissioned artworks totaling $1 million in over 900,000 square feet and is one of the biggest public art projects to date in the city of Philadelphia” – Bridgette Mayer.
Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors curates Drexel University Painting: Teachers and Students for the Aramark Partners Gallery.
Philadelphia, PA – August 3, 2019. Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors is pleased to curate Drexel University’s faculty and student exhibition: “Drexel University Painting: Teacher and Students” for the Aramark Corporation at their headquarters at 2400 Market Street.
The Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce gallery artist Rebecca Rutstein’s upcoming creation of a 63 x 100-foot mural, “Convergence”, that will adorn the walls of the AT&T building along the banks of the Schuylkill River.
Rutstein is partnering with Mural Arts Philadelphia, the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and AT&T, in creating this large-scale mural. The mural will be seen from the Schuylkill River Trail and Banks Boardwalk, the Schuylkill Expressway, and beyond into West Philadelphia.
You Don’t Know The Whole Thing
You Don't Know The Whole Thing is a new temporary, site--‐specific painting/drawing--‐based installation by Philadelphia--‐based painter, Tim McFarlane at Poggenpohl--‐Philadelphia, a German luxury kitchen design showroom located in Old City. You Don't Know… is centered on themes of memory and transmission of information and asks the viewer to interpret context and specific meanings for themselves. It is a piece that was partially inspired by McFarlane’s recent project at the Cherry Street Pier in April 2019, where he was able to make a large, 10 x12 foot work on panel on--‐site that was meant to be experienced for a limited amount of time. You Don’t Know The Whole Thing represents an offshoot of Tim’s studio practice that explores his interest in the temporary, chance and change in his paintings. He approached this project at Poggenpohl with the mind--‐set that this is a temporary piece whose parts will be used for other works once the show is concluded.
The Woodmere Art Museum’s 78th annual exhibition and juror, Eileen Neff, is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer for her selection of diverse and thought-provoking artworks. On view from June 1 – Sept 2, the exhibition features 94 artist’s works including 3 works by Eileen Neff.
This commissioned mural by artist and Cynwyd alumna, Rebecca Rutstein, adorns the walls of Cynwyd Elementary School’s Library Makerspace. Synergy was inspired by Rutstein's ocean exploration and collaboration with scientists researching chemical and microbial processes in the deep sea. During the project, she gave talks and shared experiences about her deep-sea dives and the intersection of art and science with the students. Children in Grades K-5, along with several staff members, contributed to the creation of this mural.
Philadelphia, PA – Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce gallery artist Dina Wind’s (1938-2014) Outstanding Philadelphia Artist Award presented by the Philadelphia Fine Art Fair in its inaugural event. Wind was honored with the award for her for a lifetime commitment to her own artistic practice, and to the Philadelphia community.
Bridgette Mayer discusses participating in the first annual Philadelphia Fine Art Fair with WHYY.
"This weekend, dozens of art dealers from around the country will come to the 23rd Street Armory for the inaugural Philadelphia Fine Art Fair.
This will be the first time Philadelphia will host a major contemporary art fair.
Informal art fairs abound in Philadelphia, especially during the summer months when artists hawk their wares from booths in parks and plazas. But a proper contemporary art fair involves major galleries representing artists whose work can sell for tens of thousands – even millions – of dollars..."
In Conversation: Rebecca Rutstein and Samantha Joye
Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m.
Georgia Museum of Art
University of Georgia
90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA
Free and open to the public
Sharon Harper featured in Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography at The Metropolitan Museum of New York, NY
Bridgette Mayer Gallery announces its participation in the Philadelphia Fine Art Fair, the city’s first world class fine art fair where international, contemporary, and modern art collectors, curators and art lovers gather to acquire new works and exchange cultural ideas.
Exhibition Announcement - “Art on Paper 2019”
February 3 - May 5, 2019
The Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro proudly presents the 45th Art on Paper exhibition. Since 1965, this dynamic survey has uniquely taken the pulse of contemporary art by showcasing artworks made on or with paper. This year’s installation features compelling new work by twenty-four artists from across the country. In keeping with the exhibition’s parameters, all have created, within the last two years, one-of-a-kind artworks using paper as their medium. Each artist is represented by multiple works, offering visitors a deeper look into his/her/their interests, processes, and skills.
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The Bridgette Mayer Gallery in partnership with Arts+ Crafts Holdings will unveil and present a check to the Friends of the Rail Park from the proceeds raised from the 2018 Benefit Exhibition.
This event will occur on Friday, December 14th from 4:00 – 5:00pm at the Rail Park at 1300 Noble Street.
Free and open to the public, attendees can enter via Noble St. (by car or foot) at Broad & Noble or 12th & Noble or via the stairs between 12th and 13th on Callowhill. Hot chocolate and hot toddies will be provided for this celebratory occasion as well.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery announces its participation in Aqua Art Miami, the city’s vibrant and most unique fair where international, contemporary, and modern art collectors, curators and art lovers gather to acquire new works and exchange cultural ideas.
Out of the Darkness: Light in the depths of the Sea of Cortez
November 1, 2018 - October 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1, 2018 5:30-7pm
Georgia Museum of Art
The Bridgette Mayer Gallery is delighted to announce gallery artist Rebecca Rutstein’s distinguished award as the Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding from the University of Georgia as well as her upcoming solo exhibition, Out of the Darkness: Light in the depths of the Sea of Cortez at the Georgia Museum of Art.
Interview with Sarah McEneaney who founded the first nonprofit group (along with John Struble), the Reading Viaduct Project, to advocate for turning the Reading Viaduct into a public park.
Please Copy & Paste the link below into a new browser window to Preview and Purchase from the 2018 Benefit Exhibition in support of the Friends of the Rail Park: https://bridgette-mayer-gallery.myshopify.com/
Bridgette Mayer Gallery Holds Benefit Exhibition Supporting Friends of the Rail Park. Exhibition will be on view September 6th – October 5th, 2018 at 990 Spring Garden St. Philadelphia
Interview with Dana Hargrove around her art and career
Today we’d like to introduce you to Dana Hargrove.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
While completing my BFA in Scotland, I was recruited, along with several other students, to attend Southern Illinois University. It was funny to travel 4000 miles across the Atlantic, to a small university town in the middle of Illinois, to complete an MFA alongside so many Scottish artists! My decision to uproot was a difficult one, but it ultimately paid off. Grad-school became one of the best experiences of my life and fostered much-needed courage and confidence within my art and myself. After returning home to Scotland post-graduation, I ended up making the final decision to emigrate to the USA. I subsequently became a professor of studio art and have been teaching and making art, with a base in Orlando, Florida, ever since.
On October 18th Bridgette Mayer was honored by the NY & Philadelphia non-profit Helpusadopt.org with a Voice of Adoption Award at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova.
Founder, Becky Fawcett stated, "Bridgette's story, as detailed in The Art Cure, is devastatingly sad, but also beautiful, demonstrating her heroism and great strength. She uses her story to spread awareness about adoption, and to shed light on the difficulties faced by children waiting for a permanent home. It is because of this strength, and her commitment to help children who need to be adopted that we awarded Bridgette with The Helpusadopt.org 2017 Voice of Adoption Award. Nearly 200 guests attended Helpusadopt.org's Family Building Benefit on Wednesday, October 18th to celebrate the organization's 10th Anniversary. The evening began with a VIP Founder's Reception for 50 sponsors at which Bridgette spoke about her impressive career as a gallery owner and art consultant."
Bridgette Mayer sits down with Natalie Hope McDonald of the Philly Voice to discuss forthcoming book: "The Art Cure: A memoir of abuse and fortune."
Bridgette Mayer Gallery's recent announcement of going private was featured by Philadelphia's artblog.
WORKSHOP FOR ARTISTS
TAKING YOUR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL THIS YEAR
Thursday, June 16th 6:30-8:30pm at Bridgette Mayer Gallery
709 Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19106
Please join Bridgette Mayer on Thursday, June 16th for an intimate evening with other artists and creative types. She will be pre-launching her book: The Art Cure: A Memoir of Abuse & Fortune and giving a book talk and workshop about taking your career to the next level in 2016-2017.
Following the success of her trip aboard the Nautilus exploration vessel in July 2015, Philadelphia artist Rebecca Rutstein has been selected to travel aboard research vessel Falkor for her second “Artist-at-Sea” residency in June 2016.
Anna Gibertini writes about "The Things We Carry," a special group exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art which features the work of gallery artist Damian Stamer.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery announces Dana Hargrove’s participation in: Window (re/production | re/presentation) "a thing re | sembling a win • dow" May 20th – June 25th, 2016.
Paul Oberst is one of the 25 artists to be selected for the 2016 Biennial exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine.
Gallery artist Damian Stamer is exhibiting in two museum exhibitions this summer: "Altered Land: Works by Damian Stamer and Greg Lindquist" at the North Carolina Museum of Art and "The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South" at the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is hosting a photo contest via Facebook and Instagram in conjunction with our current solo exhibition "Nature Decor" by Kaoru Mansour!
The Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy's Percent for Art Program recently announced a new public art commission at the Philadelphia International Airport
from Arden Bendler Browning.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce that on April 5, 2016, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of a Guggenheim Fellowship to gallery artist Eileen Neff.
The gallery is pleased to announce that Sharon Harper is speaking at the Penumbra Foundation on Tuesday, April 5th at 7pm.
Several works by Paul Oberst are to be included in a group exhibition at the UMVA Gallery at CTN in Portland, Maine. Curated by Jeffrey Ackerman and Veronica Cross, "Neurotica," will be on view from April 1 - 30 with an opening reception on Friday, April 1 from 5-8 pm.
Damian Stamer was recently featured in Garden & Gun Magazine.
The Woodmere Art Museum will be unveiling a new Dina Wind sculpture on their grounds this June. In conjunction with this event and the accompanying exhibition at the museum, the gallery will also be presenting a selection of the artist's sculptures in a special presentation in the Vault Project Space entitled "Springs!" from May 3 - June 24, 2016.
The gallery is pleased to announce that Sharon Harper is currently featured in a group exhibition at William Patterson University in New Jersey. "Traces of Time: Photographic Explorations of the Natural World" is on view from Jan 25th - Mar 24th, 2016.
Where Magazine includes Kaoru Mansour's upcoming solo exhibition "Nature Decor" in their Gallery and Antiques guide for March.
Bridgette Mayer interviews Philadelphia sculptor Michael Stifel in anticipation of his installation in the Vault Project Space, Feb. 2 - 27, 2016.
In conjunction with Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis, this program will highlight – and perhaps complicate – the reality of being a black artist in Philadelphia in the 1960s and 1970s. What were the challenges? What were the unique opportunities? How is the Philadelphia art world of today different – or not – from those realities?
Panelists will use their own lives and careers to address these issues and make connections to the larger urban art world context in which Norman Lewis worked. Panelists include Moe Brooker, Martha Jackson Jarvis and Charles Burwell, in conversation with A.M. Weaver.
In anticipation of his first solo show with the gallery, owner and founder Bridgette Mayer interviews North Carolina based artist Damian Stamer about his process and the inspiration behind his paintings.
Damian Stamer featured in Durham Magazine
Point & Counterpoint, the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Exhibition, features the work of 18 vibrant artists working in diverse mediums from visual arts to choreography. The exhibition runs through January 17, 2016 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem. The artists participating in the show include 10 visual artists, four craft artists, two film/video artists, and two choreographers — all were recipients of the 2014-15 Artist Fellowship awards.
Marvin Aguilar of Artblog reviews Nathan Pankratz' solo exhibition "So many ways to say I love you, I think I'll try every one."
Artblog writes a feature article on gallery artist Rebecca Rutstein's major accomplishments in 2015.
Nathan Pankratz is interviewed by Fresh Paint Magazine for their 10th Issue published in December 2015.
Where Magazine features Nathan Pankratz' latest solo exhibition at Bridgette Mayer Gallery.
Nathan Pankratz is interviewed by the Big Room Blog which is published by Haverford School.
Gallery artist Charles Burwell was included in the exhibition "Faculty Selects" at the Grossman Gallery at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. The exhibition runs from Nov. 6 - Dec. 19 with an opening reception on Nov. 5 at 4:30.
Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors is pleased to announce the completion of a 1% Art Project at Temple University’s LEED Certified parking garage on the corner of 11th and Montgomery Streets.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery hosted a special evening featuring a book signing and talk with Bucknell University Samek Art Museum Director, Richard Rinehart as well as artists Ken Goldberg and Stephen Antonson.
Lauren Findlay reviews "Experience of Place" for the artblog.
Damain Stamer's exhibiiton "Visual Spaces" was reviewed in Nashville Arts Magazine.
Damian Stamer was interviewed for a German arts magazine.
Art of the City Soirée with Artist Charles Burwell
The gallery is featured in the Galleries + Antiques guide section of the August issue of Where Philadelphia Magazine.
Rebecca Rustein was selected as an "Artist At Sea" Science Communication Fellow where she was given the opportunity to travel aboard the Nautilus exploration vessel. Working alongside a team of scientists, she used their data mapping the ocean floor to create a new series of paintings.
Rebecca Rutstein will share her experiences aboard the Nautilus as an "Artist at Sea" with students of PAFA's "Sculpture on the Edge" summer camp.
Peter Crimmins interviews gallery artist Rebecca Rutstein for Newsworks.org.
Gallery Artist Rebecca Rutstein sets sail aboard the Nautilus exploration vessel as an "Artist at Sea."
Charles Burwell's recent feature in Philadelphia Style Magazine was mentioned in the Philadelphia Daily News.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery named one of 8 Philadelphia galleries propelling the city onto the international arts stage. An image of Rebecca Rutstein's "Sky Terrain" installation was featured in the article and both Rutstein and Dana Hargrove were mentioned as notable artists represented by the gallery.
Eileen Neff was interviewed for an article in Philadelphia Style Magazine
Gallery artist Charles Burwell is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Philadelphia Style Magazine. In his very own four page spread, Burwell explains how Philadelphia is one the greatest inspirations for his work. He states: "there's certainly a connection to my living and working in Philadelphia with all of its visual complexity".
Bridgette Mayer Gallery will participate in the 2015 Art Southampton Fair, which opens with a VIP private preview benefiting the Parrish Art Museum on Thursday July 9th and runs through July 13th, 2015. Located in the Hamptons, the five- day fair will feature a carefully selected group of 80 international art galleries exhibiting paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video and installation by modern and contemporary artists.
The gallery will feature works from a number of artists in their primary program including Federico Herrero, Rebecca Rutstein, Charles Burwell, Sharon Harpe, Neil Anderson, Eileen Neff, Stuart Netsky, and Ryan McGinness. In addition, works by prominent artists such as Donald Judd, Graeme Todd, Douglas Gordon, Jin Meyerson, Wentworth, and Red Grooms will also be exhibited. We are excited to announce that in addition to the works on display in our booth, we have been invited to present several outdoor sculptures on the fair’s grounds. We will exhibit two large-scale aluminum sculptures by Dina Wind and a site-specific banded pole installation by Paul Oberst.
Alexander Fiorentino reviews Rebecca Rutstein's solo exhibition "Afterglow" on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery from April 22 - May 30, 2015.
Gallery Artist Charles Burwell is exhibiting in two coinciding shows: Layering Constructs at the Delaware Art Museum on view from April 11 - August 2, 2015 and Layering Constructs at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts on view from April 18 - September 7, 2015. The painting pictured is the longest Burwell has every created, measuring 21 feet long.
An interview with gallery artist Tim McFarlane was featured on 365 Artists 365 Days.
The LaNapoule Art Foundation featured an interview with Eileen Neff on their blog.
Colin Pezzano's first solo exhibition "Contain You" was featured on Art Daily. His exhibition is on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery from April 29 - May 30, 2015.
Rebecca Rutstein, represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, has been selected as a 2015 “Artist at Sea” Science Communication Fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus during its 2015 expedition. Rutstein will join the Corps of Exploration aboard E/V Nautilus in July as they explore from the Galápagos Islands to the southern California coast, focusing on an area 1000 nm west of Colima, Mexico to international waters, where there are two sites of interest for seafloor mapping.
Dana Hargrove will be exhibition work in "Women and Abstraction" at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. "Women and Abstraction" examines the fundamental ways in which women artists working in the United STates have engaged with abstraction.
Irena Frumkin reviews Eileen Neff's solo exhibition "Traveling into View" on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery from March 4 - April 18, 2015.
Eileen Neff and Shelley Spector were included in The Philly Voice's list of !0 Philadelphia Female Artists You Need to Know, written by Natalie McDonald.
Window (re/production | re/presentation) is pleased to host a new, site-specific work by Florida-based artist, Dana Hargrove. In Search of the Spectacular combines Hargrove’s long-standing interest in culturally mediated landscape with her recent fixation on the cairn as a repetitive and cumulative marker of our encounters with the land, and by extension, with one another. Originally hailing from Scotland, Hargrove’s work is heavily influenced by her own experience of trail walking which is somewhat critical of the contrived accomplishment associated with reaching a summit, or conquering a difficult pass. “Placing a stone on a cairn marks that achievement, but does it not also state a sense of ownership of the view, much in the same way a tourist’s snapshot of the scene would do?” (Hargrove)
Gallery artist Tim McFarlane was interviewed on Your Daily Bread on Ello.
Roberta Fallon from Artblog interviewed Bridgette Mayer about Eileen Neff's solo exhibition "Traveling into View" on display at the gallery from March 4 - April 18, 2015.
Angela Gervasi from The Temple News interviewed gallery artist Eileen Neff about her new body of work based on a residency in Costa Rica.
An article by Peter Crimmins on Shelley Spector's exhibition "Keep The Home Fires Burning" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Diane Loercher Pazicky wrote a brief review of Dina Wind's work, on view from February 4-28 at Bridgette Mayer Gallery, for the Philadelphia artblog.
February 6th's episode of Friday Arts features gallery artist Charles Burwell
as a segment at 8:30 p.m. on WHYY-TV.
Gallery Artists Rebecca Rutstein, Tim McFarlane and Charles Burwell will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis.
Gallery Artist Rebecca Rutstein was interviewed by Fresh Paint Magazine and featured as a Spotlight Artist in their 6th issue.
Michael Carroll reviews Stuart Netsky's solo exhibition "Sirens" for Geist-Magazine.
Edith Newhall reviews Stuart Netsky's solo exhibition "Sirens" on view at Bridgette Mayer Gallery from December 2, 2014 - January 30, 2015 for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jennifer Zarro reviews Stuart Netsky's solo exhibition "Sirens" for artblog.
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, launched the “TD Forests: Art for Trees” campaign to support its vision of a greener New York City. To bring this project to life, TD Bank, along with art curator and gallery owner Bridgette Mayer of Bridgette Mayer Gallery, selected 10 artists who are passionate about the environment to create original pieces of art which are available for purchase through November 14 via an online auction at paddle8.com/auctions/artfortrees. All proceeds from the auction will be equally distributed among the New York Restoration Project, Friends of the High Line, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Trees New York.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition by gallery artist Dana Hargrove at Arts on Douglas in New Smyrna Beach, FL. The exhibition will be on view November 1- December 13, 2014 with an opening reception on Saturday, November 1, from 4 -7pm.
Curator Bridgette Mayer, Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce that the project she curated for TD Bank: "TD Forests: Art for Trees" will be moving to the Highline in NYC for a one-day popup gallery experience this Friday, October 24th from 10am-6pm.
Dedication to creating a greener future means always searching for new ways of bringing the movement to life. That's why TD Bank decided to tap into the colorful communities they serve for a bit of inspiration. Curated by Bridgette Mayer, 10 artists artwork will be on view throughout the month of October in pop up galleries as well as reproduced on store fronts throughout New York City.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is excited to announce that gallery artists Eileen Neff and Shelley Spector will be featured in the upcoming exhibition "Begin Where You Are" held in the Icebox Project Space at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia.
Edith Newhall reviewed "Young & Fun: Abstraction" for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
BalletX will hold three performances at Bridgette Mayer Gallery as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and in conjunction with the 2014 Benefit Exhibition.
Tuesday, September 9th at 7PM
Friday, September 12th at 7PM
Sunday, September 14th at 1PM
Our summer exhibition "Young & Fun: Abstraction" was reviewed by Lauren Findlay for artblog.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery was featured in the "Best of Style" section for Art and Home Decor. The gallery is also mentioned in the Invited section, where it is acknowledged as a sponsor in the write up of the Roche Bobois event in May.
Both the Guggenheim Museum and the Saatchi Museum in London recently purchased paintings by gallery artist Federico Herrero. New works will also be featured in the gallery's upcoming exhibition "Young & Fun: Abstraction," which will be on view from June 24 - August 15, 2014.
We are pleased to share that gallery artist Ryan McGinness was recently featured on the cover of Elle Decor Magazine with one of his "Black Hole Paintings." Three of his works are currently on display in the gallery in our show "Print//Line" and will be on view until June 21st, 2014.
Artist Clara Fialho was just featured on Saatchi Art's website and was named by chief curator Rebecca Wilson as "One To Watch." A few of her works will be included in our upcoming exhibition "Young and Fun: Abstraction."
Hilarie M. Sheets profiles several African American artists, including gallery artist Odili Donald Odita in the article "Black Abstraction: Not a Contradiction."
Odili Donald Odita is a Nigerian born, internationally known painter who is represented in New York by the Jack Shainman Gallery and was recently featured in Elle Decor Magazine. He will be showing in a solo exhibition at Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Fall 2014.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce that two gallery artists, Ryan McGinness and Charles Burwell, will be exhibiting in the upcoming traveling exhibition, "Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting." The show's first venue is the McNay Museum in San Antonio, Texas.
Bridgette Mayer sat down with Matt Hughes of Bucknell Magazine to discuss her gallery's program and what it's like to have her job.
Bridgette Mayer sat down with Ryan McManus for Fresh paint magazine to discuss her recent collaborations with artists like Ryan McGinness, her inspirations as a curator and art dealer, and being one of the Tory Burch Foundation's "Women to Watch"
Shelley Spector with be participating in the "FiberNext" group exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum. The Exhibition will be on view from February 15, 2014 – April 13, 2014. Opening reception, Sunday, February 16, 12-4 pm, with an rtist talk from 2-4 pm.
Aspect Forming by Dana Hargrove at Bridgette Mayer Gallery
by Kat Zagaria
Scottish artist Dana Hargrove newest body of work at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery creates a fun, technicolor wonderland. Most of the show consists of towering geometric structures resembling a three-dimensional game of Tetris. In addition to these are some small works on paper and illustration board.
Art Fair Hopping: Art Superstars Shine at Miami Beach VIP Events
By Alissa Darsa
Every year, Miami Beach plays host to many of the world’s most talked-about art fairs. This year’s exhibitions and VIP events feature a number of acclaimed artists, and are sure to draw an international crowd of collectors, curators, and connoisseurs.
Art Miami stands out as one of the highlights of the fall art fair season. What sets it apart is its longstanding commitment to providing access to the best of the Contemporary art market, spanning both the 20th and 21st centuries. As the oldest art fair hosted in the Miami region, Art Miami doesn’t disappoint. Celebrating its 24th anniversary, it will run from December 3 through 8, and expects to welcome over 60,000 visitors.
Finding Infinity: A Ryan McGinness Solo Show at Bridgette Mayer
by Kat Zagaria
Bridgette Mayer’s newest solo show of Ryan McGinness works entitled Finding Infinity is fun, vibrant, and refreshing. A world class artist has decided to sell his wok in Philadelphia, and the community could not be happier.
McGinness has quite the international reputation, with his work featured in such prestigious collections as the Museum of Modern Art’s and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s. However, he is not a stranger to Pennsylvania. He interned in the curatorial department of the Andy Warhol Museum while in school at Carnegie Mellon. His choice to work there seems to be one that would influence his work for decades. His abstract work is reminiscent of logos. They are maximalist pieces with a distinct Warholian influence. McGinness’ most iconic works could be his own brand. They are instantly recognizable as his, with bright shapes piled on top one another and resting on a solid background.
Mural Arts Program, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, University City Science Center and Wexford Science & Technology: A Biomed Realty Company present Ryan McGinness’ Black Holes.
World-renowned artist Ryan McGinness’ monumental Black Holes series is an exploration of how ideas of outer space and mind space can intertwine. The work features layers of “event horizons,” creating a feeling of portals into an infinite inner space, and a strong gravitational pull on the senses.
By Kristina Jenkins
For more than a decade, Bridgette Mayer Gallery has shined as a top contemporary art space in Philadelphia.
Committed to spotlighting both emerging and established artists, gallerist Bridgette Mayer shows off the works of artists hailing from near (Philadelphia, New York) and far (Colombia, Spain) in her sophisticated Washington Square gallery.
This fall, the gorgeous gallery hosts a solo show by world-renowned artist Ryan McGinness, a contemporary painter whose work has been shown in galleries and museums across the world.
Drawing from three different bodies of McGinness’ work, the new exhibition, Finding Infinity, will be on view through November 16. The extensive exhibit takes over the entire gallery, and includes works from previously created collections — Mindscapes, his Women series and his Black Holes.
By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
It's been fascinating to see how artists have responded to the Bridgette Mayer Gallery's redesigned space since its official reopening in November 2011 - in particular, the ways in which the gallery's "old guard" have rethought their former quarters when having their first solo shows in the "new" space.
It's the same historic building, of course, but it now has one very long wall running along a somewhat narrow hallway, and one huge, spectacular one in the back that literally draws gallery visitors like a giant magnet. The new iteration is also as polished and professional as it used to be cozy and relaxed.
by Larry Nichols
The Bridgette Mayer Gallery and gallery artist German Gomez were featured in Philadelphia Gay News, in an overview of the Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X and its LGBT contributors.
Kristina Jenkins discusses the Bridgette Mayer Gallery's Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X and the launching of Philly Art Experience.
Bridgette Mayer was featured on NPR's "Newsworks" during a discussion about first-time art collecting, including PhillyArtExperience.com and its aim at collectors to encourage them to buy art in Philadelphia.
Modern Painters recognizes the Bridgette Mayer Gallery among the best contemporary galleries worldwide in its "500 Best Galleries Worldwide" annual issue.
Edith Newhall reviews Radcliffe Bailey's April exhibition Notes from Tervuren in the June 2013 issue of ARTnews.
By Jennie Hirsh
In this exhibition, titled "But Not As Much As Tomorrow," Shelley Spector conveyed her anxiety about 21st-century human consumption and waste. The works on view—14 mixed-medium sculptures, two fabric wall pieces and two installations—re-create or repurpose an array of everyday items. By emphasizing meditative, labor-intensive processes and reclaiming strategies, the artist suggests that we should focus on preserving, rather than eliminating, our used materials. Equal parts sentimental and environmentally conscious, Spector, who has been showing her work for some 20 years, urges us to slow down and reconsider the ordinary landscape around us.
VENEZUELAN PHOTOGRAPHER DEBUTS MALE STRIPPER EXHIBIT IN PHILLY
In "Tease," Jan Rattia offers a rare window into the lives of those mysterious men who make their living disrobing for strangers.
By Michael Callahan
Jan Rattia has been taking pictures since he was a teenager in his native Venezuela, but it wasn’t until he was well into his thirties — and feeling unfulfilled with his career in business — that he decided to turn his passion for photography into a career. A graduate of New York’s prestigious International Center for Photography, Rattia, 38, moved from Atlanta to Rittenhouse Square with his partner, Neil Thall, last year. Today he debuts his first Philly gallery show, provocatively titled “Tease.”
In its eighty-ninth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Fellowships to a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
Sharon Harper is one of eleven Fellows selected for Photography. Ms. Sharon Harper, Photographer, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Associate Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University: Photography.
Gallery Director and Owner Bridgette Mayer is featured in the April/May issue of Society Magazine, both as Guest Editor and in an interview with Christian S. Dougherty, President.
I met Radcliffe Bailey in 1996 at a pivotal moment in both of our careers. I was 23 and he was 28.
I was working in my first gallery job in NYC at the prominent David Beitzel Gallery in Soho and Radcliffe was having his first solo exhibition in NY in his young twenties with dreadlocks.
He was shy, I was shy and we hit it off right away.
Flash forward 17 years later and here we are coming full circle. Well, except:
Radcliffe is no longer shy and neither am I.
We have both reached a very high level of success in our respective careers and Radcliffe has skyrocketed professionally having had works and exhibitions all over the United States and the globe with works in many museum collections including:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.
(Check out his resume on my website:
Radcliffe Bailey - Resume )
He no longer has dreadlocks, my hair is blonder and we are both very passionate about being in the arts and Radcliffe is very excited to be having his first solo exhibition in Philadelphia as he has family and roots in Philadelphia and New Jersey.
I am excited to be showing my good friend and a very world renowned and respected African American artist in Philadelphia at my gallery.
I hope you will take some time to come out to the gallery on Friday, April 5th from 6:00pm-8:30pm to meet Radcliffe and see his incredible new body of work.
You will be blown away, I promise. I always am, as are the best collectors in the United States.
Here is a short video of an installation that Radcliffe did at the High Museum last year (we have the publication in the gallery if you are interested).
Here is a link to a TED Talk that Radcliffe gave in Atlanta:
Hope you can make it!
Bridgette Mayer, and gallery artist Shelley Spector were featured on NPR's "Newsworks" during a discussion about collecting art, particularly in Philadelphia.
Director, Bridgette Mayer was interviewed by Farrel Levenson- a student at the University of Pennsylvania who is currently taking an art and economics course. Studying the effects of the recession on the art market and other pertinent topics in the art industry, Farrel asked some interesting questions that pertain to the past several years of Mayer’s business. Read on for an insightful look into gallery practices, pre, during and post-recession.
Gallery artists, Arden Bendler Browning and Nathan Pankratz were selected for the Northeast issue of New American Paintings, #104.
Paintings by Mark Brosseau will be featured at the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel from February through March 2013.
Shelley Spector received an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation as well as a Faculty Development Grant from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for her installation "Mariposa".
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce the appointment of new Assistant Directors Daniel Weiner and Mark Brosseau.
For the second year in a row, Michael Ryan Architects in conjunction with Bridgette Mayer Gallery, are hosting a Pop-Up Gallery at their space in Loveladies, Long Beach Island, NJ.
Click on the PDF to read an article about the show as published in The Sandpaper.
We are thrilled to announce that Bridgette Mayer was named as one of Philadelphia Business Journal's, 40 Under 40 winners.
Ivan Stojakovic will participate in "Nature’s Return," a multimedia exhibition curated by Omo Misha. On view March 8 through April 19, Nature’s Return explores the growing dissonance between humanity and the natural world.
The Painting Center is pleased to present Shifting Speeds, an exhibition of recent paintings by Arden Bendler Browning, Rebecca Rutstein, and Charles Burwell, highly regarded artists who prompt us to reflect upon the elasticity of time, space, and perception. In varying ways, these artists explore multi-layered approaches to painting, from the use of screen-printing, templates, and overlapping transparencies, to combinations of broad strokes, evolving patterns, or precise detail.
Gallery owner and director, Bridgette Mayer, is featured in the spring issue of Philadelphia Style Magazine.
Shelley Spector will be exhibiting at Ester Klein Gallery at Breadboard with her new show "Dreck Groove". There will also be a workshop with the artist on Saturday, February 25, 12-3pm at NextFab Studio.
Charles Burwell's iconic paintings are on view at the Fountain Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia. [Will be on display from Feb. - July 2012]
Mark Brosseau's "Bulbous", 2011 is included in the US Department of State's Art Bank Program Recent Acquisitions group exhibition will be on view at the Art Bank Gallery, in Washington DC.
Gallery owner and director, Bridgette Mayer, was recently featured in a multi-page spread in the Philadelphia Daily News. Read on to learn about her early life, gallery practice and plans for the future of the art world in Philadelphia.
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Bridgette Mayer Gallery Reopens with Expanded Gallery, Evolved Program November 15
Closed for much of 2011, the Washington Square gallery presents “Karmic Abstraction” this fall, a group show of sixteen artists, including a black-lit centerpiece by Ryan McGinness
PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 25, 2011) — Bridgette Mayer Gallery is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a massive transformation — a renovated gallery space on Washington Square and an evolved program. The public will get its first look Nov. 15 when “Karmic Abstraction” opens, highlighting not only the expanded physical space but also an expanding roster of contemporary artists from around the world.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce its participation for a second year in Art Miami 2011, Miami's premiere anchor art fair.
This year, Bridgette Mayer Gallery will exhibit an exciting mix of secondary market works alongside cutting-edge painting, photography and sculpture from the Gallery's contemporary program. Artists include: Neil Anderson, Charles Burwell, Jim Dine, Sam Francis, German Gomez, Eileen Neff, Kenneth Noland, Paul Oberst, David Slovic, Pat Steir, and Steve Tobin.
Dana Hargrove will participate in Rollins College's Studio Faculty Biennial Exhibition, featuring the recent work of five artists, on view at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, October 29, 2011- January 15, 2012.
Grounds For Sculpture Debuts Seven New Acres with Inaugural Outdoor Exhibit
October 1, 2011 - April 8, 2012
Steve Tobin’s sculptures range in media and content, but what connects them is the sense of wonder that the work evokes. Tobin’s sculptures are often a result of an interaction with nature, presenting a unique view of objects or processes that could easily be overlooked, but which hold the power to drive and shape our world.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce Rebecca Rutstein's solo exhibition "Zero Gravity" at Sylvia White Gallery in Ventura, CA. The exhibition will run September 14 - October 15, 2011. In this latest body of work, Rutstein shifts her perspective from the deep ocean to deep space, in an exploration of imagined topographies and physical environments, which convey the undercurrents and forces that continually shape and reshape our world.
Working in many mediums, artist Paul Oberst creates objects that reference universal themes of ritual and ceremony. Recently he has been “banding” his created objects and photographic subjects in black and white and colored stripes, inspired by the “trickster” gods of the Southwest Pueblo people.
Urbanism provides an opportunity to look at four emerging artists from Philadelphia who, in various ways, re-focus the idea of the urban through a lens that explores the dreams, experience, and potential of the lived environment. Reflecting the overlays of planning that direct our movement within our urban surroundings, Arden Bendler Browning’s imaginations of the city are sprawling paintings where dynamically fractured space suggests the noise and speed of a vivid urban existence.
The exhibition Steve Tobin: Master Pieces, curated by Bridgette Mayer, is a collaborative effort by Michael Ryan Architects and Bridgette Mayer Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) that will run June 30 through August 28, 2011, with an opening reception Friday July 1, from 5:30 - 8pm. The exhibition will be open Fridays through Sundays at Michael Ryan Architects' Long Beach Island space: 60 Loveladies Harbor, Loveladies, NJ.
Sixteen sculptures...four seasons...infinite wonder.
Steve Tobin's sculptures are a dramatic fusion of nature and art. Set among the Arboretum's glowing gardens and peaceful groves, they invite you to touch, stroll through or even lie down beneath them, to discover your own unique views of the land around you, views that change with the light and the seasons.
In this show of nine recent paintings, "Structuring Desire/Desiring Structure," Charles Burwell offered no quiet moments. The title suggests a mind comfortable with systems of order, such as those found in math and science. But Burwell's visual world, which comprises overlapping shapes and striated hues, is brilliant and delightful. While we think of scientific investigations as somber and labored, Burwell's abstract structures, replete with optical effects, dazzle the eye, prompting viewers to check and recheck what they see.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery recently completed a large-scale, commissioned mural project in the Alter Hall MBA Commons at Temple University's Fox School of Business. Dean Moshe Porat wished to fill the empty walls in this large gathering space with depictions of landmarks in cities and regions where the Fox School has a satellite business program or vested cultural interest.
In 2009-2010, Bridgette Mayer Gallery placed over 200 original artworks by 27 artists throughout Alter Hall at Temple University's Fox School of Business. On the occasion of the University's Art Collection Dedication on October 13, 2010, the Gallery produced a fully illustrated catalogue of the artworks in the Collection. Please contact the gallery for information on purchasing a copy of the catalogue.
Bridgette Mayer Gallery is pleased to announce that Neil Anderson's work Apollo 3 (2010, Oil on Linen, 48 x 96") has been acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is now represented in their permanent collection.
Rutstein is partnering with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, the Bridgette Mayer Gallery, and AT&T, in creating this large-scale mural. The mural will be seen from the Schuylkill River Trail and Banks Boardwalk, the Schuylkill Expressway, and beyond into West Philadelphia.