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Barthélémy Toguo’s Heart Beat (Philadelphia) at the Temple University Gallery
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by Deborah Ripley

Five years in the making, Philagrafika 2010 -- a Venice Biennale-sized event devoted to the printed image in contemporary art -- burst upon the city of Philadelphia this week, offering works by a staggering array of 300 artists from 40 countries spread out across 97 venues. Philagrafika’s artistic director, José Roca, an international curator and Venice Biennale veteran, explained: "We want to take printmaking out of its ghettoized state where it has been defined too narrowly. We want people to realize that multiplicity and accessibility are central to contemporary art practice."