Temporary Utopia:  “431 Gallery:  Art and Impact” at Indiana State Museum

Temporary Utopia: “431 Gallery: Art and Impact” at Indiana State Museum

Almost 25 years ago, Bill Ross and I had our first two-person art show in Indianapolis, Indiana at 431 Gallery.  We were both 24 years old.  The title was “The Fifteen Dollar M...

Letter from Lebanon

Letter from Lebanon

I returned from a visit to Lebanon in March 2014 with my head, eyes and emotions all over board, triggered in all directions, confused but at the same time fulfilled and satisfied....

Letter From London

Letter From London

In London, this time, we went to the source. The art-shows-open-to-the-public source, that is. The source itself is unlikely. It’s The Foundling Hospital, established two hun...

Letter from Thessaloniki

Letter from Thessaloniki

In April and May of this year, during my second art research trip to Greece, I had many long discussions about art and politics with my good friend, fellow artist and professor ...

Deborah Butterfield’s New Sculptures, at Zolla Lieberman Gallery

Deborah Butterfield’s New Sculptures, at Zolla Lieberman Gallery

Deborah Butterfield’s sculptures are not like the sculptures of the civilized and perfectly groomed horses standing beneath important men that adorn public places. They’re just...

Summer 2014


Temporary Utopia: “431 Gallery: Art and Impact” at Indiana State Museum
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

Almost 25 years ago, Bill Ross and I had our first two-person art show in Indianapolis, Indiana at 431 Gallery.  We were both 24 years old.  The title was “The Fifteen Dollar M...

Letter from Lebanon
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

I returned from a visit to Lebanon in March 2014 with my head, eyes and emotions all over board, triggered in all directions, confused but at the same time fulfilled and satisfied....

Letter From London
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

In London, this time, we went to the source. The art-shows-open-to-the-public source, that is. The source itself is unlikely. It’s The Foundling Hospital, established two hun...

Letter from Thessaloniki
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

In April and May of this year, during my second art research trip to Greece, I had many long discussions about art and politics with my good friend, fellow artist and professor ...

Deborah Butterfield’s New Sculptures, at Zolla Lieberman Gallery
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

Deborah Butterfield’s sculptures are not like the sculptures of the civilized and perfectly groomed horses standing beneath important men that adorn public places. They’re just...

MASS MoCA: A Fusion of Arts
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

  In fall of 2009, I sat on my bed in a small apartment surfing the web with the fervor only a student soon-to-be graduate has. I wanted an internship—preferably an affordab...

Flannery On My Mind
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

“Nobody admires my painting much but me.” ~Flannery O’Connor   “I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O’Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portr...

Rough Art for Hard Times
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“Cries in the Night”  Cincinnati Art Museum June 21 – August 17, 2014 In spite of sailing scenes, landscapes, and portraits, it’s not possible to miss the sharp tang o...

“Power of Place”: Celebrating International Women Artists
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YWCA Women’s Art Gallery   June 20 – Sept 11, 2014 A variety of work made by women artists born abroad are featured in this exhibit, expressing their diverse styles i...

Is Entertainment Enough?
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We have been hearing for several decades now that the arts have to compete with all entertainment.  Since the advent of the “24/7” work schedule, wherein everyone is supposed ...

Michael Sailstorfer: Every Piece is a New Problem
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

A dip into the waters of sculptural history reveals a spectrum of works ranging from the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius (erected somewhere between 176 and 180 AD) to Dieter R...

What The CAC Has Done For Me
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

It started me collecting contemporary art. During my college years I had taken Art 101, and had also seen an exhibit in New York City, at the then Museum of Non-Objective Art, of a...

Lois Rosenthal: In Memoriam
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Lois Rosenthal’s recent and untimely death gives pause to all of us as we think about her contributions to the arts and towards our increasingly unknown future with those same ar...

SHARA HUGHES: MIDNIGHT SNACKS At Institute 193, Lexington, KY
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

The current display at Lexington’s most venerable of exhibition spaces, Institute 193, is the work of Atlanta native Shara Hughes. Hughes, a driving force of the Atlanta scene wh...

Anne Straus, 75, Local Multimedia Artist “I want to keep working forever.”
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

“In my paintings, I am exploring uncharted territories and push at the boundaries I find,” said Anne Straus, 75, a multimedia artist who has lived in Wyoming, Ohio since 1963....

“Todd Slaughter: American Primitives, Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

Although it goes against my grain in a visual arts review to start with the verbiage surrounding an exhibition, it seems to be the best way to approach “American Primitives: Todd...

Kehinde Wiley at The Taft Museum of Art
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It’s been nearly a decade since Kehinde Wiley graced the cover of Art in America (2005) and since, he has become one of the most collected contemporary painters in America. This ...

Cincinnati Silver: 1788 – 1865
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Cincinnati Art Museum June 14- Sept 7, 2014 It was a dark and mysterious gallery, relieved only by spotlighted display cases of historic silver. Shining back at visitors with the l...

Art For A Better World
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

I.              Images For A Better World: Alison SHEPARD, Visual Artist Alison Shepard is a well-established artist and musician, born and raised in Cincinnati where ...

Book Review: Fourth of July Creek
Aug 15, 2014 | by | Read →

A very pleasant surprise is in store if you read Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson.  This nearly epic novel is the author’s first, and he exhibits a maturity in his thinki...

Book Review: “My Struggle”
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Book 3 of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six volume novel/autobiography/memoir has just been published.  These novels have been widely praised all over the world for their use of a diffe...

Post-Tribal Shamanism: A New Look at the Old Ways by Kenn Day
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The Age of Aquarius, better known as the 60’s, brought a vital return to what became known as New Age spirituality, and its subsets in fields like medicine.  As a chronic pain p...

June 2014


Turning the Leaf: America’s Eden: Thomas Cole and “The Voyage of Life”
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by Jonathan Kamholtz Taft Musuem of Art, June 13, 2014-September 14, 2014 There is plenty of spiritual energy in the great landscape paintings of 19th century America, but it is us...

Nighttime Belief: “Cries in the Night” at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Keith Banner Posh, intelligent and no-nonsense, “Cries in the Night:  German Expressionist Prints around World War 1” (June 21, 2014 to August 17, 2014 at the Cincinnati Ar...

Directions in the Visual Arts: Thoughts at the End of the Season
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Daniel Brown As we near the end of another art season, which is generally thought to run from September through June, much like the academic year, some patterns have emerged whi...

Creative Expression: Artists’ Works from the Loeb Collection
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Fran Watson from May 5 – August 24, 2014 A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread—and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness— Oh, Wilder...

Beverly Erschell – Internationally Known Painter Located in Northern Kentucky
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Laura A. Hobson A visitor winds her way off interstate roads to reach artist Beverly Erschell’s home, tucked away in a house overlooking the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky. ...

Double Artist Residency Exhibit: Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Mancini at Manifest
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Marlene Steele The Manifest Artist in Residency Program has been expanded to include a double position this year.  The work of Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Anthony Mancini prod...

MICHAEL WILSON, for Musicmakers (sic) from These Parts
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Karen S. Chambers When I think of photos of musicians, I immediately visualize them caught up in the performance, on stage, perhaps dramatically lit, with maybe a glimpse of an ...

DEEP IN THE HEART OF YOU-KNOW-WHERE: Letter from Texas
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Judith Fairly Ah, Texas; is there any place that elicits such polarized opinion as the Lone Star state, regardless of whether one has actually set foot within its borders? Even ...

A Letter from Charleston, South Carolina
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Kevin Ott The sulfur smell of the marsh, the waves of the Atlantic rolling up onto the surrounding beach communities, afternoon rain showers, the funky smell of the historic dow...

Letter from the Mid-Atlantic
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by Jane Durrell June 18, 2014 We are cutting through calm waters in a ship so large, so superbly engineered that only now and then does a tremor indicate we are at sea.  The Queen...

Toward a Holistic Approach to Art and Design, or To Love a Soup Bowl
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Matthew Metzger It’s difficult to talk about the unnecessary rift between art, design and craft without being somewhat didactic and hypocritical.  The “disciplines” need ...

No Fear, All Heart, Pure Soul: The Passion of Sculptor Margot Gotoff
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Elizabeth Teslow I’m staring at a Maker’s Mark glass.  It’s quirky.  It has a red plastic base that gives it the appearance of dipped and dripped wax.  “Oh, Liz, Go a...

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Saad Ghosn I. Images For A Better World: Andrew AU, Visual Artist Andrew Au, a Cincinnati-based artist, was born in1972 in Chicago, IL; he grew up in Keyser, WV. Au has drawn ev...

Clever Girl Book Review
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Daniel Brown Clever Girl, by English writer Tessa Hadley, establishes her in great tradition of English women writers whose symbolic ancestor remains Jane Austen.  I admit to b...

All The Light We Cannot See Book Review
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

by Daniel Brown Just as I had stated last month that Francine Prose’s novel The Chameleon Club is the best novel of 2014 to date, I read Anthony Doerr’s  All the Light We Cann...

Poetry – June
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by Maxwell Redder A Father’s Roof I. Terracotta tiles lain on bamboo stalks; fired earthen rain protectors, decorous and new.  The roof of past was treacherous due to brilli...

Poetry – June
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THREE POEMS BY JANE DURRELL LONG TIME GONE Who cried, in that other time from now, Whose heart hurt, unhealed, until Bliss intruded, out of nowhere, and then was gone again. Old ca...

Art Moderne Clock Acquired by Art Museum
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

By David Smith The Cincinnati Art Museum recently announced the acquisition of a clock by Jean Puiforcat. The c. 1930 desk clock, made of nickel-plated brass and rosewood, is to be...

June Letter from the Editor
Jun 25, 2014 | by | Read →

The June issue of aeqai is now ready for your aesthetic pleasure and intellectual enjoyment.  We are just beginning that time of year when the pace of the arts and urban culture r...


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