Rachel Rampleman at Weston Gallery

Rachel Rampleman at Weston Gallery

A shallow stage, dramatic floor to ceiling curtain of silver mylar, pink lights, and disco ball have recently transformed the ground floor of Weston Art Gallery. Alluding to the se...

Floating Signifiers: holmes+riordan (collaborations) at Clay Street Press

Floating Signifiers: holmes+riordan (collaborations) at Clay Street Press

Visual artist Diana Duncan Holmes and poet Timothy Riordan sustained a creative partnership across three decades, reaching from the late twentieth into the early twenty-first centu...

Opening Space for the Imagination: Archive As Action at the Contemporary Arts Center

Opening Space for the Imagination: Archive As Action at the Contemporary Arts Center

“In a culture where derangement and disequilibrium are the constant and inescapable climate of a politics of bewilderment, the militant tactic is not intoxication and excess but ...

An Authorized Version: “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design” at the Dayton Art Institute, February 23-June 2, 2019

An Authorized Version: “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design” at the Dayton Art Institute, February 23-June 2, 2019

Whatever you think of the outcome, the Dayton Art Institute’s exhibit of 100 paintings from the collection of the National Academy of Design has been curated multiple times and b...

Art of the International Parks Exhibit at Eisele Gallery

Art of the International Parks Exhibit at Eisele Gallery

The best public park views in the world are the subject matter of the best painters in the current exhibit at Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati. Mountain tops and serene valleys, rushing ...

April 2019


Rachel Rampleman at Weston Gallery
Apr 30, 2019 | by | Read →

A shallow stage, dramatic floor to ceiling curtain of silver mylar, pink lights, and disco ball have recently transformed the ground floor of Weston Art Gallery. Alluding to the se...

Floating Signifiers: holmes+riordan (collaborations) at Clay Street Press
Apr 30, 2019 | by | Read →

Visual artist Diana Duncan Holmes and poet Timothy Riordan sustained a creative partnership across three decades, reaching from the late twentieth into the early twenty-first centu...

Opening Space for the Imagination: Archive As Action at the Contemporary Arts Center
Apr 30, 2019 | by | Read →

“In a culture where derangement and disequilibrium are the constant and inescapable climate of a politics of bewilderment, the militant tactic is not intoxication and excess but ...

An Authorized Version: “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design” at the Dayton Art Institute, February 23-June 2, 2019
Apr 30, 2019 | by | Read →

Whatever you think of the outcome, the Dayton Art Institute’s exhibit of 100 paintings from the collection of the National Academy of Design has been curated multiple times and b...

Art of the International Parks Exhibit at Eisele Gallery
Apr 30, 2019 | by | Read →

The best public park views in the world are the subject matter of the best painters in the current exhibit at Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati. Mountain tops and serene valleys, rushing ...

“Vessel” at Hudson Yards: A Capitalist Christening and Architectural Narcissism
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In 1996, Tom Otterness installed a bronze sculptural grouping of anthropomorphized houses and coins off the banks of Roosevelt Island in the East River titled The Marriage of Real ...

The “Right to Look” and Nari Ward’s “Amazing Grace”
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French-born American-Cuban essayist Anaïs Nin’s diaristic reflections on Havana reveal the nostalgic caprice that a city can wield – its atmospheric impulse-potential ...

Joseph Keckler – 21c Museum Hotel – April 13, 2019
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The  Contemporary Arts Center’s inaugural performing arts festival, “This Time Tomorrow”, featured almost thirty acts over four days in April.  Spread out over Cincinnati a...

Getting Lost in Rob Thom’s Crowds
Apr 30, 2019 | by | Read →

Rob Thom’s paintings resemble funhouse mirrors tilted towards pleasure-seeking crowds, magnifying follies and foibles that extend to American culture at large. His works in &...

“Because I Said So… ,” Kennedy Heights Arts Center, through June 8, 2019
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Robin Hartman and Kim Margaret Watling, the curators of “Because I Said So… ” at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, neatly state the exhibition’s thesis: “Because I Said So...

Severe Ascesis: Shusaku Arakawa’s Object-Oriented Ontologies and the Spectral Event
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This takes me back to some of my Japanese reading, in particular to my beloved Dôgen, who belongs to a Zen tradition that is particularly severe insofar as it is particularly sens...

“Everything Connects” highlights designer Christien Miendertsma’s research into the ethics and manufacturing of industrial fiber products
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“Everything Connects,” exhibiting at the Art Institute of Chicago through October 20, showcases the process and discoveries of Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma. Meindertsma...

Fotofolio: James Friedman
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“Interior Design” James’ statement: Although I studied with Minor White in an experimental graduate program in photography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ad...

Jens Rosenkrantz: Profile
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Pendleton Street Photography is a new Over-the-Rhine gallery in an area long linked to visual arts; in it founder Jens Rosenkrantz expands the area’s coverage of the constant...

Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios: A Hidden Resource for High School Students
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Many people may not have heard of Cincinnati Arts and Technology Studios (CATS), a non-profit agency that uses the power of the arts and other proven methods to help at-risk studen...

Amy Hempel’s “Sing to It”
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Since William Trevor’s death last year, American Amy Hempel is probably the finest writer of short stories anywhere in the world.  Her new collection, “Sing to It̶...

Leila Aboulela’s “Elsewhere, Home”
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Leila Aboulela’s new collection of short fiction, “Elsewhere, Home”, is another superb selection of short stories.  The narrator of each story is generally a wom...

Nathan Englander’s “kaddish.com”
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Nathan Englander moves into the front ranks of American fiction writers with his new novel, “kaddish.com“.  Earlier books of short fiction and his last novel “Di...

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
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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
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

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”
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

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
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

“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
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

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
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

  “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”
Mar 31, 2019 | by | Read →

“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”...


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    The April issue of Aeqai has just posted. We bring a variety of reviews, one profile and one feature this month.  Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based performance artist Rachel Rampelm...