Fairs and Affairs: The Availability of Pleasure “Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, March 1-May 12, 2019

Fairs and Affairs: The Availability of Pleasure “Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, March 1-May 12, 2019

The visual richness of Paris during the Belle Epoque would have followed people wherever they went, even out of doors. Posters must have been everywhere, depicting products for sal...

Review: The Armory Show 2019

Review: The Armory Show 2019

This year’s iteration of The Armory Show marked its 25th anniversary, placing a considerable amount of pressure on Director Nicole Berry to execute the event at the level stakeho...

The Womanist Movement: Bridging the Gap

The Womanist Movement: Bridging the Gap

March is nationally celebrated as Women’s History Month. In keeping with its stated mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the Greater Cincinnati YWCA has mounte...

From the “California Ideology” to Tiqqun’s “Total War:” Tracing net.art's Archival Poetics

From the “California Ideology” to Tiqqun’s “Total War:” Tracing net.art’s Archival Poetics

As a researcher, theorist, and something of a contemporary continental philosophy-bent author in, my interests in new media theory, film studies, and comparative media are necessar...

Profile of  Ena Nearon Menefield

Profile of Ena Nearon Menefield

“Cincinnati is a good city for creating a place for yourself,” Ena Nearon Menefield, who has been here since 1996, says.  Her own background, as a woman of color, makes her an...

March 2019


Fairs and Affairs: The Availability of Pleasure “Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, March 1-May 12, 2019
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

The visual richness of Paris during the Belle Epoque would have followed people wherever they went, even out of doors. Posters must have been everywhere, depicting products for sal...

Review: The Armory Show 2019
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

This year’s iteration of The Armory Show marked its 25th anniversary, placing a considerable amount of pressure on Director Nicole Berry to execute the event at the level stakeho...

The Womanist Movement: Bridging the Gap
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

March is nationally celebrated as Women’s History Month. In keeping with its stated mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the Greater Cincinnati YWCA has mounte...

From the “California Ideology” to Tiqqun’s “Total War:” Tracing net.art’s Archival Poetics
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

As a researcher, theorist, and something of a contemporary continental philosophy-bent author in, my interests in new media theory, film studies, and comparative media are necessar...

Profile of Ena Nearon Menefield
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

“Cincinnati is a good city for creating a place for yourself,” Ena Nearon Menefield, who has been here since 1996, says.  Her own background, as a woman of color, makes her an...

“/just to be alive/ An Exhibition of the Contemporary Female Artist,” 1628 Ltd., through May 31, 2019
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I confess. I’m prejudiced against exhibitions of artists lumped together because of traits they can’t change (or only change with much effort), not aesthetics. That puts the fo...

Artists Break Bans and Bridge Barriers in “Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video”
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

Forty-two photographs and videos present a panoptic view of Persian youth culture in “Focus Iran 3: Contemporary Photography and Video,” the third Iranian photography b...

Letter from Oaxaca: The 18th Biennial of Painting Rufino Tamayo
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I recently visited the city of Oaxaca, the capital of the State of Oaxaca, in Mexico and had the chance to view the 18th Biennial of Painting Rufino Tamayo at the Museum of Contemp...

Conspiratorial Aesthetics at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts: Why does so much new art look conspiratorial?
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

“Why does so much new art look conspiratorial?” In preparation for attending Conspiratorial Aesthetics at the Cressman Center for Visual Arts I read the curatorial statement. I...

Inverting Vulgarity: Harmony Korine’s Florida Films, “Young Twitchy,” and Hauntology
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

Harmony Korine’s second show at Gagosian Madison in the last six months, closely following “Blockbuster” (which ran from September – October, 2018), “Young Twitch...

“Appreciating Our Past and Present Surroundings”
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As a city that is 231 years old, Cincinnati has enjoyed numerous buildings of various styles, some of which fortunately still have survived. An exhibition at the Downtown Cincinnat...

Fotofolio: Sunjoo Lee
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“Memorabilia 3” Sunjoo’s statement: I started collecting wrapping papers during my travels around the world. I visited gift shops, and I was taken away by the wrapping papers...

Ron Isaacs at Manifest Gallery
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The impact of Ron Isaacs’ paintings is greater than their subdued colors and modest dimensions. At first impression, the viewer is taken by an effortless technique which does not...

Clint Woods – PRACTICE March 4- April 25, Park National Bank Gallery, UC Clermont College
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

There is a strong sense of the sacred in the work of Clint Woods.  His own words offer the work as “employing a triggering device – a call to seek and reflect; that makes ...

Bill Davis No Dark in Sight: Light and the Night It Transforms
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  “Featuring a new body of work by Bill Davis, Associate Professor and Area Co-Coordinator of Photography and Intermedia, the exhibition No Dark in Sight examines ligh...

Art Design Consultants, Inc.
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

Fine art abounds at Art Design Consultants, Inc., owned and managed by Litsa Spanos for over twenty-five years. It is now located at 310 Culvert Street, originally an old warehouse...

Khaled Khalifa’s “Death is Hard Work”
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

A new voice in fiction, at least for Americans, is that of Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa, whose new novel, “Death is Hard Work”, is both grimly humorous and deadly serio...

Elizabeth McCracken’s “Bowlaway”
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“Bowlaway”, by the hugely gifted novelist Elizabeth McCracken, is currently my Number l best novel of 2019 to date. Part fairy tale, part realism, “Bowlaway”...

Winter 2019


Both Ends of the Brush: “Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings from the Phillips Collection” at the Taft Museum of Art, February 9-May 19, 2019
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

High modernism is well over a century old by now, and its roots are even older. How could that even have happened? The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. was the first American...

The Window of Clarity: Eric Hatch’s “Faces of Addiction”
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Award-winning writer and photographer Eric K. Hatch has made his reputation by focusing on landscapes and the built environment. So when an acquaintance who lost a son to an overdo...

Close Reading: Proximity of Syllables by Migiwa Orimo at the Weston Gallery
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

A pair of curtains adorned with a large set of parentheses hung at the entrance to the exhibit “Proximity of Syllables” at the Weston Gallery make a pronouncement: as you pass ...

“Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration in Drawings and Prints,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through April 28, 2019
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If there were any question about the importance of the Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) or the quality of its teachers and students, the thoughtful “Art Academy of Cincinnati at 1...

On a Certain Tendency of Contemporary Installation Art
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

British installation artist Alex Hibbitt’s Rhizome: Falling (2018) has traversed numerous gallery locales throughout the States in the last few years and hangs, suspended and sta...

What Rich Mix Is This?
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Judy Pfaff New Prints Isaac Abrams Paintings + Drawings Kirk Mangus Drawings + Ceramic Works This handsome show of a trio of artists opened in late January and continues throug...

Deb Brod at The Carnegie
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In The Carnegie’s Open Source series of exhibitions, Trajectory engages the gallery space with swooping arcs of fabric and fiber that weave and stretch across one corner of the l...

SIMILITUDE: A survey of contemporary portraiture
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Dreams, dragons and confrontation with contemporary overtones– “Similitude” is an exhibit of current portraiture work by contemporary, largely regional, artists a...

On the Question of How to Approach a New Visual Language?
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Synthetica, which showed at the Weston Art Gallery from November 30, 2018 – January 27, 2019, professed a keen logic of material innovation accompanied by a significant theoretic...

The Terrace Plaza Hotel: Recognizing Greatness
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Cincinnati is fortunate to have a number of noteworthy examples of architecture and history, recognized with numerous listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Placemen...

ZVIZDAL [Chernobyl- so far so close] Berlin
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

ZVIZDAL is the latest documentary-installation by the Dutch company Berlin.  It comprises a large double-sided projection screen over three diorama tables depicting a primitive Uk...

STATE Ingri Fiksdal
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Ingri  Fiksdal’s STATE explores the role of dance as ritual in society and was performed in the Contemporary Arts Center’s black box theatre.  Accompanied by live per...

Fotofolio – Susan Patrice
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“The Enveloping Landscape” Susan’s statement: The Enveloping Landscape project began as a way to heal. Much like the Appalachian landscape itself, my body holds a map of mult...

Emma Webster’s Complicated Vistas of Human Nature in Dioramic Landscapes
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Nothing seems right in Emma Webster’s No Man’s Land (all works 2018): toadstools are weirdly spotlighted; wispy arboreal cutouts contain more than mere foliage; and a n...

“Art School”
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

I’ll never forget my first day of art school.  It was my freshman year at UC’s DAAP and I had been instructed by my professors to bring with me a laundry list of art supplies ...

Saying Goodbye to an Icon
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

While fashion is an ever-evolving industry spurred by constant winds of change, some things are just predictable. We know that four cities will present runway shows all unique and ...

Stewart Goldman
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Stewart Goldman has been making art longer than many viewers – although not this writer – have been alive, a circumstance that does not seem to hamper either his relevance or a...

Movies Filmed in Cincinnati Have a Visual Arts Influence
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Visual arts play a part in many movies, according to Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission Executive Director Kristen Schlotman.  Hollywood producers have shot ...

Visionary Artist Reilly Stasienko: Chronicling Consciousness Through Oil Paintings
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

Some art seeks to capture, in stark detail, the beauty of the natural world around us. Other art turns inward and seeks to transcend the natural world, illustrating the colors and ...

Robert W. Fieseler’s “Tinderbox”
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Gay Liberation in America is generally thought to have begun with the Stonewall Inn protests in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1969.  Homosexuality was, at that time, ...

Guy Gunaratne’s “In Our Mad and Furious City”
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Guy Gunaratne has written a powerful and important novel, “In Our Mad and Furious City”, which takes place in contemporary London, or those parts of it where new immigr...

Tessa Hadley’s “Late in the Day”
Mar 3, 2019 | by | Read →

The English writer Tessa Hadley is rapidly becoming one of that country’s foremost fiction writers; her work in the past couple of years has expanded to include a wide Americ...


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