Starting with the South Philly Biennial and heading north. 

This is part 2, start at part 1

Nate Ross and Don Thompson’s interactive landscape painting on view at The South Philly Biennial. 


Before I move farther north, it occurs to me that I ought to talk about a commercial space that has done just as much for the life of Philly then any of the non-commercial ones, that is Fleisher/Ollman Gallery. They host an annual group show of emerging Philadelphia artists and often end up representing or at the very least showing some of them. They have done a bang-up job of showing more class then (most) the rest of us (and certainly more class then I), under the direction of William Pym and I have every reason to believe that when Amy Adams (who is currently the director of Vox Populi) takes over things will keep moving along swimmingly. 


While on the subject of commercial spaces and because it’s next on my list anyways, let’s talk about Jenny Jaskey Gallery, located in Northern Liberties, an area of Philly best compared to Williamsburg in New York because of the fast and hip way it is being developed. Jaskey has recently filled a niche in Philadelphia that was really needed; a new commercial space committed to the area that isn’t afraid to take a chance. 

A detail of the landscape by Nate Ross and Don Thompson.


At the tip of the new northern development is the Crane Building, which is a vast warehouse of artist studios and galleries. I am almost afraid to mention it because it is a “one-stop-shopping” type of place, and the ease of it may discourage you from trekking the Philly streets to search out the harder to find (but I admit; not always better or even friendlier) art habitats. The Crane’s massive Ice Box Gallery has hosted some of the most ambitious exhibitions in Philly and there is always a worthwhile show at the non-profit Nexus

Past the Crane it gets a little harder to find a good place to eat and the real estate prices dive a tiny bit, but we’ll head north anyways because there are still some great things to see:

A recent Howard Kleger installation at The Institute. 

The Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study (pifas), might be the hardest place, besides maybe Copy, to visit when there isn’t an event happening. While we’re on the subject, even though art happens there and artists have their studios there, I’m not sure that you can properly describe The Institute as an art space. They have seminars and lectures and workshops and language clubs. They have a tiny gallery called GUS.

Farther away then anything else, to the point where even I get lazy, is FluxSpace, a space most famous for having an amazing Oliver Herring exhibition. I suggest that anyone in town for the day try to make it out there, perhaps because they are so very far away, they are very friendly about setting up an appointment for you and every time I have gone out there it has been worthwhile.

There is more that I forgot to mention that I may have time for some other day. For instance, I have not even attempted to talk about the West; populated predominately by The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Esther M. Klein Gallery, and The Slought Foundation. I also forgot to mention a space called Little Berlin, that I will no doubt review often, but I’m tried now so let’s break for lunch shall we? 

Anyone actually interested in visiting any of these spaces can certainly contact me, Annette Monnier at, and maybe I can help set up some kind of tour. 

The End.




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