Samantha Mitchell

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Old in New: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Many Philadelphians may take for granted a sight that frequents the narrow, colonial streets of South Philly – passages of mosaic murals made from broken mirror and porcelain embedded in plaster on building facades. These distinctive pieces are the life’s work of local artist Isaiah Zagar, and manifest in their most concentrated form at Philadelphia’s […]

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Measurably Long Kool at Fleisher/Ollman

Since its opening in 1952 (as Janet Fleisher Gallery), Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia has done a great deal to propel the field of self-taught art into the mainstream. From early representation of Henry Darger and James Castle to their current, consistently cohesive representation of both traditionally trained and outsider artists – often exhibited together inclusively […]

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The Municipal Vehicles of Ciso Gonzalez

Living in the tristate area, it is easy to become desensitized (and perhaps disgusted) by the presence of vehicles of mass transit. Hundreds of belching buses careen out of the Port Authority Bus Terminal every day. Thousands of people are carried on identical New Jersey Transit trains. Passengers of these vessels usually see them as […]

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Evolving Identities: the Bonovitz Collection

Collectors can play many different roles in the art world – patron, tastemaker, advocate, investor. In the evolving world of outsider art, these roles hold an even greater significance. In a field largely at odds with how to discuss, describe, foster, and exhibit work, collectors play an enormous role in the future of how all […]

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Get Born: Worlds within Worlds in the Work of Jenny Cox

The Woodmere Museum is a small Philadelphia institution that prides itself on collecting and exhibiting the work of notable area artists. One of the artists now included in these ranks is Jenny Cox. “As many as I can,” a marker and ink drawing on paper, was selected for the 2015 Woodmere Annual Juried Exhibition by […]