One-Eyed Thief

One-Eyed Thief

Intellect and wit are a potent pair, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs have both. An exquisite composite of their work, The One-Eyed Thief, showcases the vast expanse of photography...

MK Guth – Making Memories into More

MK Guth – Making Memories into More

Museums tend to be places where the public congregates to ruminate over the reminders of past people, places, and objects. Somewhere between holy awe at the importance of the items...

“BINDU – THE FIRST CIRLE: RADHA LAKSHMI,” gallery One One, Brazee Street Studios, through Oct. 9, 2014

“BINDU – THE FIRST CIRLE: RADHA LAKSHMI,” gallery One One, Brazee Street Studios, through Oct. 9, 2014

Born in India and now living and working in Cincinnati, Radha Lakshmi is the first artist-in-residence at gallery One One and Brazee Street Studios. Founder and Director Sandy Gros...

BURNHAM REDUX

BURNHAM REDUX

The spirit of Daniel Burnham hovers over Fourth Street in Downtown Cincinnati.  The famous Chicago architect and his associates created four commercial office buildings in Cincinn...

The Messy Democracy of Photography: An Interview with FotoFocus’s Kevin Moore and Mary Ellen Goeke

The Messy Democracy of Photography: An Interview with FotoFocus’s Kevin Moore and Mary Ellen Goeke

1989 was a watershed year for the art of photography in Cincinnati. Kristin Spangenberg published her catalogue Photographic Treasures from the Cincinnati Art Museum, which recorde...

September 2014


One-Eyed Thief
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Intellect and wit are a potent pair, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs have both. An exquisite composite of their work, The One-Eyed Thief, showcases the vast expanse of photography...

MK Guth – Making Memories into More
Oct 4, 2014 | by | Read →

Museums tend to be places where the public congregates to ruminate over the reminders of past people, places, and objects. Somewhere between holy awe at the importance of the items...

“BINDU – THE FIRST CIRLE: RADHA LAKSHMI,” gallery One One, Brazee Street Studios, through Oct. 9, 2014
Oct 4, 2014 | by | Read →

Born in India and now living and working in Cincinnati, Radha Lakshmi is the first artist-in-residence at gallery One One and Brazee Street Studios. Founder and Director Sandy Gros...

BURNHAM REDUX
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The spirit of Daniel Burnham hovers over Fourth Street in Downtown Cincinnati.  The famous Chicago architect and his associates created four commercial office buildings in Cincinn...

The Messy Democracy of Photography: An Interview with FotoFocus’s Kevin Moore and Mary Ellen Goeke
Oct 4, 2014 | by | Read →

1989 was a watershed year for the art of photography in Cincinnati. Kristin Spangenberg published her catalogue Photographic Treasures from the Cincinnati Art Museum, which recorde...

Review of Cody Gunningham at Richard Butz Gallery
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Cody Gunningham has had a show of new paintings up at the Richard Butz Gallery on Main Street in Over the Rhine for the last month. The show continues until October 26.  Cody is a...

Hybridity: The New Frontier
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A new frontier has been created at Cincinnati’s 21c Museum Hotel. In both the lobby level and second floor galleries, contemporary artists have represented a world in which natur...

Look Who’s Talking: “Conversations around American Gothic” at Cincinnati Art Museum
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The painting at the center of “Conversations around American Gothic,” the new exhibit at Cincinnati Art Museum (up through November 16, 2014), is a classic, yet has a whispered...

This is the Worst Prints, Drawings, Collage and Installations by Jack Arthur Wood, Jr. August 22 – September 13, 2014
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Far from warm fuzzy art, (no sunset fields here), Jack Arthur Wood, Jr. has hung a scary, shocking, and ferocious show called “This is the Worst” at Clay Street Gallery;  the ...

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY
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Having gotten lost finding Ash Street to see a six person private exhibition curated by Mary Heider, I finally arrived at 506 Ash Street on this beautiful, sunny, cloudless Saturda...

Seeking to Make “Everyday Objects Shriek Aloud”
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Why a new exhibition on Magritte? “René Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” is the Art Institute of Chicago’s season blockbuster. This stunning exhibition is ...

Christopher Le Brun’s New Paintings at Friedman Benda
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Le Brun’s paintings have always treaded diverse stylistic ground. They’ve explored classical literature, Wagnerian music, poetry and history through quintessentially romantic ...

LACMA
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When I found out I would be traveling back to Los Angeles for the first time in 2 years I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and within an hour of landing at LAX I had arrived at m...

Letter from Mantua
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I am in Mantua (well, Mantova to the home folks), having dinner under a groined and painted ceiling in a square room with remnants of frescoes on the wall. I have spent the day in ...

DOWN RIVER
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DOWN RIVER Early morning commute down river. Golden clouds floating low over my head. Marshland smells in my nose. G.M. Stewart Savannah, GA September 4, 2014 Gregory Michael Stewa...

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD
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I.              Images For A Better World: Suzanne CHOUTEAU, Visual Artist Suzanne Michele Chouteau is Professor of Art at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She t...

Soul to the Canvas: Cedric Michael Cox
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“I think probably every student in art school has these fantasies of ‘making it’ as an artist in the art world—the next Picasso, the next Diebenkorn; this is because you ar...

Donna Talerico, Regional Painter of Note
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It is ironic that painter Donna Talerico’s maiden name is Artis.  Although she doesn’t use it professionally, she ended up pursuing a successful career as an artist after many...

September Issue of ÆQAI Online
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The September ÆQAI has just posted. We apologize that it’s a couple of days late, but we had a lot of writers out of town, a very sick webmaster, and I moved in the middle o...

Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
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Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan’s new novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North is highly likely to win this year’s Man Booker Prize in literature. The Booker Prize (which was ...

Book Review: “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan
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We have learned to  expect both excellence and brilliance from English writer Ian McEwan.  His new novel, The Children Act, may possibly be his finest book yet, although I am not...

The New Season in the Visual Arts: Cincinnati Matures
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The enthusiasm for the new Fall season in the visual arts is very high.  We are seeing more creative exhibition venues, as well as our regular museums, galleries, non-profits, and...

Summer 2014


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


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