“Tell Me What’s Beyond the Levee”: “The Levee: A Photographer in the American South” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 5, 2019-February 2, 2020

“Tell Me What’s Beyond the Levee”: “The Levee: A Photographer in the American South” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 5, 2019-February 2, 2020

Sohrab Hura is a young Indian photographer (b. 1981) who in 2016 came to the cities, towns, and countryside that stretch along the Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois, down to t...

Semiotic Overloads and Proxy Dimensions: Joomi Chung and John Humphries at the Weston Art Gallery

Semiotic Overloads and Proxy Dimensions: Joomi Chung and John Humphries at the Weston Art Gallery

Changes of shape, new forms, are the theme which my spirit impels me now to recite. Inspire me, O gods, and spin me a thread from the world’s beginning… —Ovid, Prologue to Me...

Henry Lawrence Faulkner

Henry Lawrence Faulkner

The bohemian life and creative mission that drove Henry Lawrence Faulkner encompassed more than visual art, but it is perhaps his stylized and sometimes colorist work that most ind...

Art of Ernest Blumenschein

Art of Ernest Blumenschein

The Dayton Art Institute continues its celebration of its Centennial year by highlighting the career of one of Dayton’s most successful 20th century artists: Ernest Blumensch...

Best Fiction of 2019

Best Fiction of 2019

2019 was an exceptionally fine year for new fiction.  My list of the best fiction of this year was difficult to make, as so many excellent choices are available.  In reading othe...

December 2019


“Tell Me What’s Beyond the Levee”: “The Levee: A Photographer in the American South” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 5, 2019-February 2, 2020
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Sohrab Hura is a young Indian photographer (b. 1981) who in 2016 came to the cities, towns, and countryside that stretch along the Mississippi River from Cairo, Illinois, down to t...

Semiotic Overloads and Proxy Dimensions: Joomi Chung and John Humphries at the Weston Art Gallery
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

Changes of shape, new forms, are the theme which my spirit impels me now to recite. Inspire me, O gods, and spin me a thread from the world’s beginning… —Ovid, Prologue to Me...

Henry Lawrence Faulkner
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

The bohemian life and creative mission that drove Henry Lawrence Faulkner encompassed more than visual art, but it is perhaps his stylized and sometimes colorist work that most ind...

Art of Ernest Blumenschein
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

The Dayton Art Institute continues its celebration of its Centennial year by highlighting the career of one of Dayton’s most successful 20th century artists: Ernest Blumensch...

Best Fiction of 2019
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

2019 was an exceptionally fine year for new fiction.  My list of the best fiction of this year was difficult to make, as so many excellent choices are available.  In reading othe...

Two Photographers: A Personal Appreciation
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

Part One In the autumn of 2019, two giants of American photographic arts died, a mere seven days apart from each other. They were close friends and neighbors in the New York of the...

Intervening on the Museum – Lauren Henkin’s “Props”
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

When you visit the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center within the next few months, you’ll notice some oddities hiding in the buildings’ nooks and crannies. If you’ve visited ...

“A Celebration of Life,” YWCA Greater Cincinnati Women’s Art Gallery, through January 10, 2020
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The Women’s Art Gallery at the Greater Cincinnati YWCA ends the year with “A Celebration of Life,” which was co-curated by Ricci Michaels, Urban Expression 101 Project, and E...

Kienholz’ Fortune-Telling Carousel Revolves Around Empathy and Chance
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

Currently on view at LA Louver, Ed and Nancy Kienholz’ playfully eerie mixed-media tableau, The Merry-Go-World or Begat by Chance and the Wonder Horse Trigger (1988-92), evok...

Gerhard Richter’s Distorted Fields of Vision and Allen Feldman’s “Photopolitics”
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

A collection of Gerhard Richter’s prints are currently being exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City’s Upper East Side. The works include two more recent pieces̵...

15 ͤBiennale de Lyon – Art Contemporain – Là où les eaux se mêlent
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

  This past October, I spent three serendipitous days in Lyon, France where the 15th Biennale de Lyon Art Contemporain Là où les eaux se mêlent (Where Water Comes Together ...

Profile of Patricia Olding
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

Patricia Olding says she likes to paint something others might miss. To call attention to it. “Not an apple, but this particular thing about apples. I believe the unnoticed needs...

Harmon Museum and Art Gallery in Lebanon, Ohio
Dec 28, 2019 | by | Read →

Big is not always better.  Look no further than Lebanon, Ohio’s Harmon Museum and Art Gallery, 105 S. Broadway, not well known, but with distinctive offerings. The greatest joy,...

November 2019


Drifting and Digging: Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter at Clay Street Press Gallery
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

In Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter (Flying Letters), nothing settles comfortably into place. The purportedly autonomous artist ruptures into the collective. The collective expands a...

“DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Darkness,” Manifest Gallery, through December 6, 2019
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” A single sentence from Anne Frank encapsulates Manifest Gallery’s “DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Dark...

Robert and Chuck’s grand adventure: “Into the Wilderness” Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Leave your comfort zone and imagine trekking into the wilds of Wyoming with artists Chuck Marshall and Robert Hagberg. Descriptive plein air paintings, several of them executed in ...

Castanets and Castas: “Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 25, 2019-January 19, 2020
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

This is a big show with a big story to tell, one that both celebrates and critically examines what it means to be Hispanic. The show focuses on, but is not limited to, European Spa...

Paul Mpagi Sepuya at the Blaffer Art Museum
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

“Yes, I understand these,” I might have said to myself on my first encounter with Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s photographs at Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. In the Los Angeles photog...

Profile of Joe Girandola
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Joseph Girandola, president of the Art Academy of Cincinnati since mid-summer, first came here in 2012 to join the faculty of University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Ar...

Bits N’ Pieces Jo Ann Berger and Suzanne Fisher Caza Sikes Gallery
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Sometimes disparate styles meld together to create a more cohesive whole.  “Bits N’ Pieces” brings together Suzanne Fisher, a multimedia artist and mosaic murali...

Tyler Shields Flirts with Danger and Darkness
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Tyler Shields, a photographer who’s been described as “the Warhol of his generation” by Sotheby’s, came to Cincinnati this month to open his new exhibition “Fairytale” ...

The Aesthetic Experience of Machine Learning: Grounding Control
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Turkish media artist Refik Anadol’s public art installation synthesizing architecture and intermedia, Machine Hallucination, is quite possibly one of the most interesting rec...

Site Specifics – Kiki Smith: Memory at Project Space Slaughterhouse
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Each year the Athens, Greece-based Deste Foundation commissions an artist to create an exhibition for Project Space Slaughterhouse, a small stone building once used to slaughter go...

Harvest: A Photo-essay
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

“Harvest.” The very name cultivates savory mental images: farms bearing crops in extensive rows; gardens dotted with aromatic delights; green fields as far as they eye ...

Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati is Still Going Strong
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

The Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati is the oldest existing woman’s art club, dating to 1892, operating without interruption in the United States.  President Dodie Loewe doesn...

“Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Olive Kittredge, one of the most beloved–and feisty–characters in contemporary literature (the novel “Olive Kittredge” won The Pulitzer Prize) has returned ...

“The Shadow King” by Maaza Mengiste
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Ethiopian-born novelist Maaza Mengiste has just burst onto the literary scene with her magnificent novel “The Shadow King”.  (An increasingly large number of African, ...

“Union Station”, “The Topeka School” and “The Grammarians”
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

I’m learning that when “The New York Times Book Review” tells its readers that new books are experimental, or are breaking new boundaries in the structures of the...

“Find Me” by Andre Aciman
Nov 24, 2019 | by | Read →

Two of the most sophisticated and beautifully written novels, both dealing with the dynamics of desire, sexuality, gender, and a strong emphasis on memory and time–appeared r...


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