New York may be the epicenter of the contemporary American art scene, but that doesn't mean it's the only place artists are at work today. Philadelphia Freedom: A Survey of Abstract Painting Today from the City of Brotherly Love
, the new show at Philip Slein Gallery, features work by five painters from cheesesteak-ylvania. Each has their own approach to the abstract school. Tim McFarlane uses a vocabulary of hard-edged, linear gestures that create a nestlike effect; Rebecca Rutstein's paintings are inspired by her interest in geology and shifting scale, which results in delicate membranes of paint that appear to be deflating and expanding simultaneously.
Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Fri., Feb. 27. Continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. (Feb. 27-Mar. 28). Philip Slein Gallery (4735 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-2617 or www.philipsleingallery.com). Free admission.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Feb. 28. Continues through March 28, 2015