Art in the Arts District: Robbie Fairchild’s Opening Night

Robbie Fairchild Celebrates a Different Kind of Opening Night with a Little Bit of Everything

By: Diana Krasny

Published By: The Huffington Post

Updated: May 13, 2012 / 3:32 pm | Last Updated: May 13, 2012 / 3:35 pm

Robbie Fairchild’s third solo exhibit, Opening Night, highlights some of the first works of some of the most influential artists who have come through the Arts District in Philadelphia. Fairchild’s paintings and sculptures will be on display at the Frankford Station on Saturday, October 4th.

Opening Night takes a look at some of the art of the past from the works of Thomas Hart Benton, John Henry Twachtman, Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, William Kentridge, and many others. Many of these works have been on display in Philadelphia since their original creation.

If you’re interested in seeing more than just a few of these pieces, you can take a “First Look” tour through them for $4, or you can visit the Arts District on Saturday to see them up close.

We asked several artists to share their thoughts on how they think the arts districts are doing now. You can read about their answers in the slideshow above.

“My sense is that this market has really become a cultural destination. It has become something that draws tourists as well, but for different reasons. This market has become the place to visit not only for artists but for anyone. And, of course, the area’s population has ballooned.

“You can wander down to the street corner and feel small and be surrounded by a small city. You can walk or take public transportation to the other end of the city and feel big and spread out all over the city. That feeling that you can walk to a museum and see a Picasso drawing or see the work of a modern artist who has been making art for 50 years is unique to the market, where you can get it in a way you never can find it anywhere else.

“The market’s popularity has forced people into making

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