Report from the 2017 Contemporary Art Grand Tour: Venice, Münster, Kassel

Report from the 2017 Contemporary Art Grand Tour: Venice, Münster, Kassel

Summer 2017 may very well be one of the most important art seasons in recent memory. In the wake of political turmoil and the record sale of a Basquiat for $110.5 million at auctio...

Crackling Surfaces: Anthony Luensman’s "New Works"

Crackling Surfaces: Anthony Luensman’s “New Works”

A slow-burning ambiguity inhabits the title of Anthony Luensman’s New Works, which now hang at the Clay Street Press Gallery in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district. Most plain...

Painting is All Fun and Games, Joseph Winterhalter at DAAP’s Philip Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery

Painting is All Fun and Games, Joseph Winterhalter at DAAP’s Philip Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery

  Joseph Winterhalter: Painting consists of a suite of thirteen new works by this Cincinnati artist; five paintings and eight works on paper dated 2016 and 2017. For this show...

The Artist as Cultural Producer, a Defense of New Media, and Re-Shaping Public Attitudes about Contemporary Art

The Artist as Cultural Producer, a Defense of New Media, and Re-Shaping Public Attitudes about Contemporary Art

On September 12, 1940 four French boys stumbled into a complex network of caves in southwestern France. Their discovery of innumerable Paleolithic cave paintings dating to 17-15,00...

The Pushcart of Ideas: A Conversation with Danny Brown

The Pushcart of Ideas: A Conversation with Danny Brown

Aeqai’s Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Brown, recently received a Lifetime Achievement award from Marquis Who’s Who, which has been recognizing American accomplishments in a variety o...

September 2017


Report from the 2017 Contemporary Art Grand Tour: Venice, Münster, Kassel
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Summer 2017 may very well be one of the most important art seasons in recent memory. In the wake of political turmoil and the record sale of a Basquiat for $110.5 million at auctio...

Crackling Surfaces: Anthony Luensman’s “New Works”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

A slow-burning ambiguity inhabits the title of Anthony Luensman’s New Works, which now hang at the Clay Street Press Gallery in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district. Most plain...

Painting is All Fun and Games, Joseph Winterhalter at DAAP’s Philip Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

  Joseph Winterhalter: Painting consists of a suite of thirteen new works by this Cincinnati artist; five paintings and eight works on paper dated 2016 and 2017. For this show...

The Artist as Cultural Producer, a Defense of New Media, and Re-Shaping Public Attitudes about Contemporary Art
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

On September 12, 1940 four French boys stumbled into a complex network of caves in southwestern France. Their discovery of innumerable Paleolithic cave paintings dating to 17-15,00...

The Pushcart of Ideas: A Conversation with Danny Brown
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Aeqai’s Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Brown, recently received a Lifetime Achievement award from Marquis Who’s Who, which has been recognizing American accomplishments in a variety o...

Latin America Colonizes Los Angeles Via Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Despite Southern California’s large Hispanic population, Latin American art is seldom shown. Aside from some museums’ pre-Columbian sections and paintings by well-known...

Connecting Charlottesville and Ohio: A Conversation with Sarah Boyts Yoder
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Like most of the country, I watched in shock and horror as white supremacists swarmed the city of Charlottesville in a menacing rally of racist anger and hatred. The violence they ...

“Reality of Nature” at Launch LA
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Earlier this month, Richard Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction expressed deep concern about the future of our planet. In his w...

A Painter’s Family Tree, “Predecessors” at the Contemporary Arts Center
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Everyone has a family tree. Painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s exhibition, Predecessors, outlines her family tree poignantly. She gives us the women in her family in portraits and...

“Ana England: Kinship,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through March 4, 2018
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    Clay is, essentially, dirt, or, to be more poetic, earth. Many artists use clay metaphorically, including Ana England. However, she takes her material to a higher level, usin...

Timing is Everything
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Few exhibitions in our region have been more anticipated than the joint showing of oil paintings by David Mueller and MaryBeth Karaus at Eisele Gallery in Fairfax. This exhibition ...

Familiar Connections at Miller Gallery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

The Miller Gallery in Hyde Park closes a wonderful landscape show on September 29, 2017. The work of three artists is included in the show, though the work of Santa Fe artist Rich...

The Place of the Nude: “9th Annual NUDE: Exploring the Uncovered Human Form,” Manifest, August 17-September 15, 2017
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A show about the nude can’t help but raise issues about voyeurism any more than it can help raise questions about sexual politics. (I counted, for example, only four representati...

Edge of Perception, sculptural and mixed media works by Emily Burns and Mallory Feltz at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center through September 24.
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Just prior to the great solar eclipse which traversed our country a few weeks ago, I attended the opening of a show at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center entitled Edge of Perception...

Review of “Biophilia, Standing Witness” at Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, Mt. St. Joseph
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

An undercurrent of pleasure runs through the exhibition Biophilia, Standing Witness on view now through October 20 at Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, Mount St. Joseph University. ...

Tracy Boyd at Vermillion Gallery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Bold, ambitious and packed with color, Tracy Boyd’s paintings indulge our sight, whether you linger on the drips in the paint or see the horses in the rain. These paintings s...

Ebb and Flow at Cincinnati Underground
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Ebb and Flow (recently closed) is a three-person exhibition at Cincinnati Art Underground, in OTR. The work of Cincinnati artists Kristine Donnelly and Erin Mahorney fill the galle...

A Jewel in the Queen’s Crown
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

On October 6, 2017, Music Hall, one of Cincinnati’s iconic treasures, will reopen to the public after extensive renovations for the past 18 months. Revered worldwide not only by ...

UnFunction
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

The most functional items in our lives go unnoticed. The more functional, the more indistinguishable they are from our daily routine. When the doorknob breaks, we are frozen in fru...

Poetry in Bars and Other Solutions
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

“The spirit of Dada re-emerges in the puberty of every artistic generation,” —Adrian Notz (owner / operator of the Cabarete Voltaire)     Believing that painting ha...

Meet Me at the Horizon, 125 Expansive Paintings in 8.5 x 11 Inch Frames
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

When you walk into HudsonJones Gallery, at first glance it might appear bare. The one room gallery is flooded with light, flanked with beautiful red brick and accented with sleek l...

Greenery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Art Beyond Boundaries, a spacious storefront gallery on Main Street in Over the Rhine, features the work of regional artists with disabilities. The current show, “Greenery,” pr...

Relation at Brazee Gallery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Relation, an exhibition of Stuart Fink’s intense and intricate sculpture, fills the two relatively small exhibition rooms at Brazee Gallery in Oakley with ease and assurance....

“Sight of Hand” at Cincinnati Art Galleries
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Cincinnati Art Galleries on East 6th street is presenting the contrasting work of two Cincinnati artists. Leslie Shiels invites you to enjoy her animated brushwork in a new series ...

Fashion and Technology – Part I
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

With early hints of fall being seen around the city, these next few months are an especially exciting time for the Cincinnati Art Museum and its fashion-loving community. On Octobe...

Two Cathedrals
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Two cathedrals have recently arisen in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati’s urban basin, one a renovation of an historic brewery, the other a fountain complex in the center of...

Wooden Hill, Home and Garden Shop, in Westwood
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Wooden Hill, 3036 Harrison Ave., is a new home and garden shop in Westwood. Owned by Amanda Hogan Carlisle and her husband Kevin Carlisle, the store features all local – TriState...

Two New Galleries Open: 124 W. Pike St. and Caza
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Named after its street location, a new gallery called 124 W. Pike St. opened September 15 in Covington in Duveneck Square, listed as an Historic District by the National Register. ...

Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus chapters
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Laura A. Hobson, owner, Hobson Mosaic, received a first place award for best feature writing in the freelance category for a story about the Civic Garden Center in Aeqai. Hobson al...

Mathias Enard’s “Compass”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Compass, a long and erudite novel by Mathias Enard, is the surprise novel of the summer.  Winner of the most prestigious French Prix Goncourt, named for the two Goncourt brothers ...

Tom Perrotta’s “Mrs. Fletcher”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Tom Perrotta is the most contemporary of American writers chronicling life in the American suburbs, a distinguished tradition in American fiction that probably starts with John O&#...

Gabriel Tallent’s “My Absolute Darling”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

 There’s been a huge amount of positive, excited build-up towards the publication of “My Absolute Darling”, a new novel by a new writer, Gabriel Tallent (who is ...

Cynthia Hoskin’s “Fall’s Bright Flame”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Disclaimer:  Cynthia Hoskin is a good friend of mine.   I read the novel “Fall Tides” this summer, in galley form, and wrote a review for it, unsolicited, at that ti...

July/August 2017


When Landscape was Real Estate: “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America,” Cincinnati Art Museum June 10-September 3, 2017
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

  A careful visitor to the Cincinnati Art Museum’s very substantial exhibition of paintings, sculptures, furniture, documents, implements, and advertisements of many sorts m...

“Other Wordly,” YWCA Women’s Art Gallery, through September 21, 2017
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

  Mounting the stairs at the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery to see “Other Wordly,” the word that came to mind was “charming” as I encountered the paintings of one of three...

Angela Teng’s “To Have and to Hold” at Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Angela Teng’s To Have and to Hold opened on the 13th of May at Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC, and closed on the 17th of June. Teng’s monolithic crocheted paintings are compose...

Sleeping Clowns, Screaming Color, and Transcendent Stairwells: Ugo Rondinone at the Contemporary Arts Center
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Ugo Rondinone, born and based in Switzerland, is known for sculptures and installations with alternately an absence or an overabundance of color. Referred to by the artist quite li...

Kingdoms and Horses: “Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection,” Taft Museum of Art June 10-October 1, 2017
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

One doesn’t immediately think of the British for their heritage of great painting. As Britain rose as a great mercantile power starting in the 16th century, it had to import pain...

Unruly Currents: Tony DeVarco and Mayako Nakamura at the Marta Hewett Gallery
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

For all the distance between them, Tony DeVarco and Mayako Nakamura have uncanny aesthetic affinities. Both revere the cycles and surprises of the natural environment; both attempt...

“Bookworks,” the 18th Annual Cincinnati Book Arts Society exhibition, through September 3, 2017, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Library Atrium
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

For aeqai I reviewed two earlier editions of “Bookworks” (2013 1 and August 2016 2),  Like its predecessors, the 18th Annual Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS) 3 exhib...

You might not like your reflection in “Windows on Death Row”
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

A dialogue: that’s what the gallery attendant at the University of Houston-Downtown O’Kane Gallery told us is the goal of “Windows on Death Row,” an exhibition of inmates...

What I Did on Summer Vacation
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Our plan: a couple of quick museum visits and a fair amount of relaxation, reading and restaurants, but, plans go awry as there is much, much more going on in the Berkshires than J...

Fotofolio – Charlotte Niel
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

“Second Hand” Charlotte’s statement: Julie Winokur wrote in her essay Slow Down, Aging Ahead that “everyone wants to live a long time but no one wants to grow old.”  The...

Wash Park Gallery Review
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

In a neighborly gesture, Wash Park Art at 1215 Elm Street welcomes the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to its new location half a block away with “Midsummer Dreams,” a show insp...

Jonathan Monk’s “Perfectly Concocted Context” at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Paradoxically, Jonathan Monk’s show at Cherry and Martin exists simultaneously as a well-curated group show and Monk’s single-authored conceptual installation. Surprisi...

99 Cents or Less // MOCAD
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

It’s such a shame when bad exhibitions happen in great museums. I have a fondness for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. If you aren’t familiar, the MOCAD is a 22,000 s...

Gailan Ngan’s Moonlighting Papel and a selection of painting by Alison Yip Nagazussa at Monte Clark Gallery
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Gailan Ngan’s Moonlighting Papel opened at Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver, BC on the first of June and closed on the thirtieth of the same month. In conjunction with Ngan’s e...

‘Queen City: A group show of local womyn + queer artists’ at Bunk Spot Gallery
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

I had never heard of Bunk Spot Gallery when I started seeing mentions of it popping up on my Facebook newsfeed. These mentions were coming from many of the female identifying artis...

Southern Elegy: The Stephen Reily Collection // Speed Museum at University of Louisville
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Southern Elegy: Photography from the Stephen Reily Collection is a small exhibition in the North Building of the Speed Museum, and includes some black and white photographs by Will...

Amélie Ducommun’s “Unfolding Memories” at Winsor Gallery in Vancouver, BC
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Amélie Ducommun’s Unfolding Memories opened at Winsor Gallery in Vancouver, BC on June tenth and was exhibited through July eighth. I happened upon the gallery as I was making m...

In The Streets
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Fashion being a living art form unlike others of its kind, we know that when collections are shown on the runway, they will soon be available in a store near us. In fact, more and ...

Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center:  A Window to the World
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center on 620 Greenup St., Covington, offers a wide variety of programs including over 40 art classes, a family museum, and Victorian gardens on a cam...

Francis Spufford’s “Golden Hill”
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

One of this summer’s surprise best novels is Francis Spufford’s “Golden Hill”, subtitled ” A Novel of Old New York”.  My main book -reading f...

Richard Ford’s “Between Them”
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Richard Ford is one of America’s greatest living writers.  I think that his trilogy of novels, The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and Let Me Be Frank with You, all featurin...

Arundhati Roy’s “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

Arundhati Roy’s second work of fiction, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, is a triumph.  (Her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the prestigious Booker Prize; her oth...

Allegra Goodman’s “The Chalk Artist”
Aug 6, 2017 | by | Read →

The world of video games, I suppose inevitably, has begun to seep into both the fine arts and into contemporary literature.  Typically, with any new American technical innovation/...


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  • September Issue of Aeqai Online

    As the fall season really heats up, both the number of exhibitions soars, and the number of high quality ones appear as well.  Aeqai’s September issue attempts to do justice...