Dec 10, 2003 — Jan 20, 2004
Featuring work by: Kate Abercrombie, Robert Botto, Kim Brickley, Anthony Campuzano, Sarah Gamble, Brendan Greaves, Claire Iltis, Mark Munson, Elizabeth Rywelski, William Pym, Michael Sullivan, Takatomo Tomita, Jina Valentine
Known for its vanguard representation of 20th-century self-taught artists, the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery now examines local artists working in the margins of popular art practice. The New Acropolis is a review of works by the next generation of Philadelphia artists. In co-curating their peers, Brendan Greaves, William Pym, and Jina Valentine have chosen works that define or counter vernacular visual culture through intuitive practice.
The show highlights young and un-represented talent. Spanning media and style, The New Acropolis introduces new paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, video installation, sound art and laserism. The exhibition title refers to a renowned diner and hangout in Fishtown, invoking both the development of a new Philadelphia style of eclecticism and the Philadelphia youth’s interpretation of classicism.
The artists are responding to their city’s intimate scale and vibrant art scene abundant in collaboration, mutual respect and awareness. The work is evocative, informed, and sincere.