From Heart to Brush

From Heart to Brush

Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World Cincinnati Art Museum  September 7, 2018–January 27, 2019   Long before the Middle East came into the political spotlight ...

Outside In: Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge at the Weston

Outside In: Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge at the Weston

Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge teaches us not to trust our eyes. On display at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery through November 18, the exhibit unsettles our se...

Artistic Detritus, the Circulation of Power, and Intervening in the  Historic Record at The 8th Floor

Artistic Detritus, the Circulation of Power, and Intervening in the Historic Record at The 8th Floor

“…[power is] a multiple and mobile field of force relations where far-reaching, but never completely stable effects of domination are produced.”[1] –Michel Foucault, The Hi...

“Flyover Country” at the Xavier University Art Gallery, September 29-October 27, 2018

“Flyover Country” at the Xavier University Art Gallery, September 29-October 27, 2018

There is nothing ordinary about Erika NJ Allen’s photographs of downtown Cincinnati. Taken with a pinhole camera set at an exposure of nine days, the city looks as if it has been...

As American as Whale Oil: “Loomings” by Christopher Volpe

As American as Whale Oil: “Loomings” by Christopher Volpe

In high school and college classrooms, Herman Melville’s 1851 novel “Moby-Dick, or, the Whale” is commonly used to illustrate Romantic and Naturalist themes. While it’s bec...

September 2018


From Heart to Brush
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Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World Cincinnati Art Museum  September 7, 2018–January 27, 2019   Long before the Middle East came into the political spotlight ...

Outside In: Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge at the Weston
Oct 8, 2018 | by | Read →

Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge teaches us not to trust our eyes. On display at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery through November 18, the exhibit unsettles our se...

Artistic Detritus, the Circulation of Power, and Intervening in the Historic Record at The 8th Floor
Oct 8, 2018 | by | Read →

“…[power is] a multiple and mobile field of force relations where far-reaching, but never completely stable effects of domination are produced.”[1] –Michel Foucault, The Hi...

“Flyover Country” at the Xavier University Art Gallery, September 29-October 27, 2018
Oct 8, 2018 | by | Read →

There is nothing ordinary about Erika NJ Allen’s photographs of downtown Cincinnati. Taken with a pinhole camera set at an exposure of nine days, the city looks as if it has been...

As American as Whale Oil: “Loomings” by Christopher Volpe
Oct 8, 2018 | by | Read →

In high school and college classrooms, Herman Melville’s 1851 novel “Moby-Dick, or, the Whale” is commonly used to illustrate Romantic and Naturalist themes. While it’s bec...

Clothes Encounter Behringer-Crawford Museum FotoFocus Biennial 2018 Exhibit
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

“Style is where you find it …”, these words stood out when starting a journey through the past, looking at the storied history of photographer Melvin Grier in his own words a...

Jeff Keen’s Idiosyncratic Worlds of Collaged Films and Cinematic Drawings
Oct 7, 2018 | by | Read →

“We are all collage artists today, switching from one channel to another, re-editing as we go,” the late British artist Jeff Keen (1923-2012) once declared. In this age of ...

Raquel André Collection Of Lovers Performance and Photography
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The performance of Collection Of Lovers begins with the audience filing in as André recites names over a droning and ominous soundtrack.  The recitation of this list itself drone...

“Remembrances by PJ Sturdevant,” Xavier University Art Gallery, through October 27, 2018.
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When I walked into native Cincinnatian PJ Sturdevant’s 1exhibition, “Remembrances,” at Xavier University, my head exploded with a jumble of images of the work of other photo...

Phillip Levine shows “Stories” at Prographica/Koplin Del Rio in Seattle’s Pioneer Square
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Phillip Levine’s sculptures are a sculptor’s dream. These are sculptures to learn from, more eloquent than any text and more accessible. To see the work in person is to step in...

Best of America NOAPS Exhibit @ Eisele Gallery
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Subjectwise, still lifes, interiors, portraits, landscapes and plein air scenes, there is a little something for everyone in this year’s curated exhibition at Eisele Gallery....

Reflejos by Karla Batres Gilvin Thomas More College Eva G. Farris Art Gallery August 20- September 6, 2018
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Set amidst the hustle and bustle of the back-to-school atmosphere at Thomas More College in suburban Northern Kentucky is a vibrant show of recent work created by Karla Batres Gilv...

Fotofolio: Enrique Leal
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“A selection of photogravures” Enrique’s statement: My work focuses on apparent and sub-visible phenomena made possible through experiments with materials, media, and technol...

Margaret Rhein’s Papermaking Career
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Hidden away in Westwood, a neighborhood in Cincinnati, is an eclectic house and bright studio of artist Margaret Rhein and her now-retired jeweler husband Stuart Golder.  Her son ...

Kevin T. Kelly at Alan Avery Art Company
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Kevin T. Kelly has created a new body of paintings for this exhibition at Alan Avery Art Company in Atlanta, and they are his most complex, his most biting, his most urgent in his ...

Michael Mergen: Epilogue to Mars
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Michael Mergen lives, works, and raises his family in Farmville, Virginia, though his catalog of photographs evokes the ethos of a wanderer, moving freely across the American lands...

donottellmewhereibelong: drawing and sculpture by Joan Tanner Curated by Julien Robson Cressman Center for Visual Arts / Hite Art Institute / Department of Fine Arts / University of Louisville
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“A curiosity to engage contradiction…might be kindled from memories of listening to my father talk about the perils and challenges in practicing medicine…Disease. Mal...

“Replace With Fine Art” at the Art Academy of Cincinnati
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What is God? A Westernized ideal, for one, in the monotheistic sense. But, God can also be interpreted as an energy or a sustaining force. God is universal truth, the unpredictabil...

Ottessa Moshfegh’s “My Year of Rest and Relaxation”
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Ottessa Moshfegh has burst upon the literary scene mostly in the past 18 months, with, first, a book of short stories, and, now, her novel “My Year of Rest and RelaxationR...

Pat Barker’s “The Silence of The Girls”
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Pat Barker, the English woman writer, is, at her best, one of the world’s greatest living novelists.  She may be the finest novelist writing about men at war; her “Reg...

Gary Shteyngart’s “Lake Success”
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Gary Shteyngart is usually one of the finest, most biting satirists in America.  The Russian-born, US raised Shteyngart has both satirized the Russian Mafia in America, the life o...

Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”
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August is usually a slow month for me, and I’ve often read 19th century novels during the summers over the years, novels I didn’t read along the way or in school decade...

July/August 2018


Storytelling Pencil: “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey,” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, July 20-September 9, 2018
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Any way you look at it, there was a lot going on in American culture in the 1940s and 1950s. There was a hot war and then a Cold War. American heavy industry had never been more do...

Last Battles: The Persistence of Vision at DAAP’s Meyers Gallery
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

Gallery exhibits often feature artists at a specific stage of their career, a period marked by consistent subjects or stylistic choices. Some shows take a more contrastive approach...

A Humane Touch in Product Placement
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

Over the last year, Thunder-Sky, Inc. has been probing visual culture vis-à-vis consumers, products, and marketing, as this year’s theme has revolved around “Product Place...

“Work/Surface: Matt Lynch and Curtis Goldstein” and “Winold Reiss: Studies for the Union Terminal Worker Murals,” Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, through August 26, 2018
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Usually when the topic of manufacturing in the U.S. comes up, it is as a lament of jobs lost to automation or outsourcing. Two Ohio-based artists beg to differ. In “Work/Surface...

The Road to Iconicity: “Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution,” at the Taft Museum of Art, June 23-September 16, 2018
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One way to see the goal of the Ansel Adams show at the Taft is that it traces the trajectory of Adams’s aesthetic and accomplishments from some of his earliest Pictorialist photo...

Traipsing Ballroom Halls
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Carl Solway Gallery’s director Michael Solway has organized the first installation of video art and kinetic sculptures at Cincinnati’s newly and ornately restored Memor...

Ivan Ivanov at the Eva Ferris Gallery at Thomas More College
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One of this summer’s most impressive shows, paintings by Ivan Ivanov, was on display at the Eva Ferris Gallery at Thomas More College.  Ivanov tackles big, heroic themes in ...

Textuality: Art Incorporating Text and Letterforms
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

For the most part, human beings are a verbal species.  Since time before recorded history, people have utilized language, both written and spoken, to communicate with one another....

Benjamin Cook: History Abridged at Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, Kentucky August 15th – September 22nd
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Currently situated within Swanson Contemporary are paintings and installations composed of paintings situated within murals that make up Benjamin Cook’s exhibition, History Abrid...

Sophie von Hellermann Experiments with Cultures in her Painted “Petri Dishes”
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Cleverly convoluting scientific and sociological meanings of the word “culture,” Sophie von Hellermann’s paintings portray clear disks brimming with mysterious vi...

Lloyd Library Exhibition
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The Lloyd Library, to my knowledge, is the first entity ever to use as exhibition title the key word broken into syllables, with accompanying accent.  Phar’-ma-cog-no-sy Ill...

Running With Freedom
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If there’s one thing the Taft Museum of Art is known for, it’s the museum’s history.  Home to the art archive of late and great Cincinnatians Charles and Anna Sinton Taft, t...

Dolan/Maxwell’s at the Seattle Art Fair
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

Dolan/Maxwell’s booth at the Seattle Art Fair was well laid out and well attended. Though they brought a multitude of prints, it was a sculpture by Helen Phillips that drew my at...

Virtuosity at Wash Park Art
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

Holly Spraul’s Wash Park Art gallery came alive with an art exhibition expanding upon the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s MusikArt auction of 5 violins by 5 noted area a...

Women of Strength at the YWCA
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

A purple figure faces away from me, her strong back standing at attention. One hand raised, shading her eyes as she looks on into a fiery-red dreamscape, ruminating on her path thr...

Weaver’s Guild of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., A Fiber Arts Center, Offers Wide Variety of Hand Work
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

Many hands make light work.  Read more about the Weaver’s Guild of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., a Fiber Arts Center, that is a hidden gem of woven artistry. Head north on Winton Ro...

Direct Message Me
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

Ah, August. Quite the interesting time in the fashion world. After luxury designers have unveiled their Resort collections and before hitting the runways for Spring, it’s an extr...

Julian Barnes’ “The Only Story
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

I’ve never quite been able to define why I find English novelists so compelling, so engaging, so smart, but I do.    Three of the finest writers of the century, Iris Murdo...

Rebecca Makkai’s “The Great Believers”
Aug 26, 2018 | by | Read →

I’d not encountered the writing of Rebecca Makkai, until her new novel “The Great Believers”, which is a rare novel dealing with the advent of the AIDS crisis in ...


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  • September Issue of Aeqai Online

    The September issue of Aeqai has just posted.  We waited one extra week to post so that we could begin to cover some of the numerous FotoFocus exhibitions that are all over the re...