• Today is: Friday, July 3, 2020

Artist Danny Simmons a big deal in Philly

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 THERE'S NO getting around it: Abstract artist, poet, author, collector, and gallery founder Danny Simmons is inevitably mentioned in the same sentence with younger brothers Russell and Joseph, a.k.a. Rev. Run. And yet, the music moguls' big brother is a big deal in his own right.
 The eldest Simmons runs two famous art spaces in Brooklyn and Chelsea - and has exhibited his own work internationally. Last year, right after the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) hosted his solo show, "Badass Art Man," the lifelong New Yorker decided to become a local.

In a Philly real estate deal if ever there were one, Simmons swapped his Brooklyn brownstone for a place in Northern Liberties, with a backyard large enough to store his immense collections, and an old bank building in Logan. Wasn't long before he sort of started dominating our art scene.

 This weekend, he has two local openings. "Danny Simmons: Mostly Philly" started Friday at Art Sanctuary. On Saturday, his building at Old York Road and Ruscomb Street debuts as community art center and gallery. The spot's name? Rush Arts Philly - RAP, for short.

He talked with reporter Lauren McCutcheon.  Read the full Q & A via Philly.com