Swoon, a survey, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati September 22, 2017 through February 25, 2018

Swoon, a survey, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati September 22, 2017 through February 25, 2018

Swoon makes magic. Swoon stirs souls. The world needs more Swoon. I get cynical about politically inspired art much of the time.  Such art is often self-serving (great way for an ...

Serenading the Bones: Animal Magnetism at Wave Pool Gallery

Serenading the Bones: Animal Magnetism at Wave Pool Gallery

Whether appearing in pictorial narratives of the hunt or anthropomorphic representations of cultural traditions, the iconography of the nonhuman animal stalks the pathways of human...

A Tale of Two Art Festivals: the Duality of ArtPrize Nine

A Tale of Two Art Festivals: the Duality of ArtPrize Nine

Art fairs, biennials, and public art festivals, on the rise since the 1990s, define much of the post-1989 international art world. From Venice to New Orleans to Gwangju and everywh...

When Size Matters: “Small Paintings from the Taft Collection,” Taft Museum of Art, July 14-November 5, 2017

When Size Matters: “Small Paintings from the Taft Collection,” Taft Museum of Art, July 14-November 5, 2017

  In the Music Room at the Taft, all of the paintings are grand. A few are truly monumental. In the Taft’s Sinton Room right now is an exhibition of another sort of painting...

Transformed

Transformed

The title of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new exhibition showcasing the work of Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen is very aptly named Transforming Fashion.  Van Herpen’s c...

October 2017


Swoon, a survey, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati September 22, 2017 through February 25, 2018
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Swoon makes magic. Swoon stirs souls. The world needs more Swoon. I get cynical about politically inspired art much of the time.  Such art is often self-serving (great way for an ...

Serenading the Bones: Animal Magnetism at Wave Pool Gallery
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Whether appearing in pictorial narratives of the hunt or anthropomorphic representations of cultural traditions, the iconography of the nonhuman animal stalks the pathways of human...

A Tale of Two Art Festivals: the Duality of ArtPrize Nine
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Art fairs, biennials, and public art festivals, on the rise since the 1990s, define much of the post-1989 international art world. From Venice to New Orleans to Gwangju and everywh...

When Size Matters: “Small Paintings from the Taft Collection,” Taft Museum of Art, July 14-November 5, 2017
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

  In the Music Room at the Taft, all of the paintings are grand. A few are truly monumental. In the Taft’s Sinton Room right now is an exhibition of another sort of painting...

Transformed
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

The title of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new exhibition showcasing the work of Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen is very aptly named Transforming Fashion.  Van Herpen’s c...

Narcoculture’s Intertwined Beauty and Horror: Eduardo Sarabia’s “Drifting on a Dream” at The Mistake Room, Los Angeles
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Are there any media that Eduardo Sarabia doesn’t employ? The Guadalajara-based, Los Angeles-born artist’s current show features ceramics, sculptures, drawings, painting...

Voices from Oaxaca
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

woke – (adjective) \wōk\  :  aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice). -Merriam Webster Dictionary (o...

Eddie Martinez and Contemporary South African Prints at Wellesley’s Davis Museum
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

This fall, two special exhibitions among the vast collections at Wellesley College’s Davis Museumare especially worth the 20-mile drive from Boston: Eddie Martinez’s “Ants at...

“Crossing the Border,” Clifton Cultural Arts Center, through November 3, 2017
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“There are three ports in the city of El Paso. They operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2011, more that 3.6 million passenger vehicles, 4.2 million pedestrians, and 300,000...

Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Portraits / Positions In Conjunction with the Louisville Biennial
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Paul Mpagi Sepuya was born in San Bernardino, California in 1982. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Sepuya is known for his extensive photographs of domesticated scenes ...

Eat the words – ‘By Heart’ a performance by Tiago Rodrigues
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Tiago Rodrigues sits on a stool in the center of the stage. He has five chairs arranged on either side of him. Flipping through a book, he casually glances up as the audience shuff...

Fotofolio – Tami Bahat
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

“Dramatis Personae” Tami’s statement: Dramatis Personae is an homage to the old masters: their brilliant use of light and the raw emotion of the characters portrayed. Caravag...

All the Flowers Are For Cincinnati: Anila Quayyum Agha at Cincinnati Art Museum
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

You may have heard of Anila Quayyum Agha from ArtPrize, the city-wide international art exhibition and competition held annually in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibition, now appr...

Not As You Like It: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s New Otto M. Budig Theater
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Situated at the southwest corner of Elm and 12th Streets on the recently renovated Washington Park, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new Otto M. Budig Theater is another impo...

Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Visit the Past
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

The Harriet Beecher Stowe house is located at 2950 Gilbert Ave. in Walnut Hills.  The 5,000 square-foot house was completed in 1833.  It is an historic house museum and cultural ...

Takashi Murakami Takes His Octopus to the Bank
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Incredibly, the Takashi Murakami exhibition officially broke the David Bowie attendance record of 193,000, making it the all-time highest attended exhibition in the Museum of C...

Visualizing Natural History: “Wild About Wildflowers,” Lloyd Library and Museum, September 9-November 18, 2017
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Though the show is titled “Wild About Wildflowers,” the Lloyd’s current show is constrained in many ways. It is a truly small exhibit, taking up little more than a half dozen...

“Anima and Animus/Julia Oldham & Casey Riordan Millard,” Marta Hewett Gallery, through Nov. 11, 2017   
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

You enter a different world when you walk into the Marta Hewett Gallery. The exhibition is “Anima and Animus/Julia Oldham & Casey Riordan Millard.” To navigate it, I needed...

Manifest Gallery Artists in Residence
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

In case you haven’t noticed, figurative painting is alive and well and the absorbing   interest of any number of young artists.  Two such artists are recipients of the 201...

“Land, Light, Lustre” Mary Woodworth, Andrea Knarr, and Didem Mert at the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

The three artists in this elegantly mounted show at the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery produce powerful effects on a small scale.  The visual appeal of their work results from the det...

Mel Katz’ at The Museum of Northwest Art
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

The Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA) is showing a retrospective of Mel Katz’ work dating back to 1966. Concurrently at Russo Lee Gallery, more recent work by Katz is on display...

Artists of the Heartland: James R. Hopkins and Edna Boies Hopkins
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

  The extensive works of James R. Hopkins and Edna Boies Hopkins are featured in their respective exhibitions in the Galleries of the Springfield Museum of Art. This is a  un...

“The Zinzinnati of the Spectacle”. THE BLINK FESTIVAL. OCTOBER 12-15, 2017
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

“It is a playful analogy to the artist community since it implies the inevitable incorporation of the avant garde into mainstream culture. We creatives are the Aequi.” ?from th...

David Gerena’s History Of Graffiti Pt 1
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

David Gerena’s show,  History Of Graffiti Pt 1, is displayed now at Cincinnati Art Underground in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. It chronicles his early wo...

Sarah Martin: Expectations at The McGrath Gallery at Bellarmine University
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

As a preface, I’m writing this piece whilst questioning my intent in writing it. This exhibition had some serious flaws. On one hand, Expectations was presented like a body of st...

Art in Bloom Shines at the Cincinnati Art Museum
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

The Cincinnati Art Museum offered Art in Bloom October 26 – 29.  Over 5,000 visitors made the trip to see the pairing of artwork with floral arrangements. The celebration is in ...

Character Studies in Post-Cultural Revolution China: “Chinese Dreams” at MassArt
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

The final moments of the recording of Zhang Huan’s performance piece, “To Raise the Level of a Fish Pond,” make the piece as delightful as it is effectively critical of the e...

Gallery OTR Joins New Galleries in Greater Cincinnati
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

A new gallery opened in Over-the-Rhine at 1121 Walnut St.  Gallery OTR, which opened on July 28, 2017, is owned and managed by Mark Byron, a professional photographer, and passion...

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Good Dang   Lullabies in my head humming while by myself while you’re upstairs in your magic suit two sizes too big for you   I know you’ll grow into it. All ...

Jesmyn Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing”
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Jesmyn Ward, whose National Book Award winning novel “Savage the Bones”, took the literary world by storm, has returned with her equally powerful new novel “Sing,...

Alice McDermott’s “The Ninth Hour”
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

A new novel by Alice McDermott is always a major literary event in America.  The territory that she covers in most of her novels, Catholic America, mainly on the East Coast, from ...

Celeste Ng’s “Little Fires Everywhere”
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Celeste Ng’s new novel, Little Fires Everywhere, is the worst, most offensive novel I’ve read in a very, very long time.  Much praised for her earlier novels, Ng, one ...

Jennifer Egan’s “Manhattan Beach”
Oct 29, 2017 | by | Read →

Jennifer Egan’s back with her eminently readable, if flawed, new novel “Manhattan Beach”.  She’s one of America’s absolutely finest younger writers, ...

September 2017


Report from the 2017 Contemporary Art Grand Tour: Venice, Münster, Kassel
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Summer 2017 may very well be one of the most important art seasons in recent memory. In the wake of political turmoil and the record sale of a Basquiat for $110.5 million at auctio...

Crackling Surfaces: Anthony Luensman’s “New Works”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

A slow-burning ambiguity inhabits the title of Anthony Luensman’s New Works, which now hang at the Clay Street Press Gallery in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district. Most plain...

Painting is All Fun and Games, Joseph Winterhalter at DAAP’s Philip Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

  Joseph Winterhalter: Painting consists of a suite of thirteen new works by this Cincinnati artist; five paintings and eight works on paper dated 2016 and 2017. For this show...

The Artist as Cultural Producer, a Defense of New Media, and Re-Shaping Public Attitudes about Contemporary Art
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

On September 12, 1940 four French boys stumbled into a complex network of caves in southwestern France. Their discovery of innumerable Paleolithic cave paintings dating to 17-15,00...

The Pushcart of Ideas: A Conversation with Danny Brown
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Aeqai’s Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Brown, recently received a Lifetime Achievement award from Marquis Who’s Who, which has been recognizing American accomplishments in a variety o...

Latin America Colonizes Los Angeles Via Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Despite Southern California’s large Hispanic population, Latin American art is seldom shown. Aside from some museums’ pre-Columbian sections and paintings by well-known...

Connecting Charlottesville and Ohio: A Conversation with Sarah Boyts Yoder
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Like most of the country, I watched in shock and horror as white supremacists swarmed the city of Charlottesville in a menacing rally of racist anger and hatred. The violence they ...

“Reality of Nature” at Launch LA
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Earlier this month, Richard Glasser, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction expressed deep concern about the future of our planet. In his w...

A Painter’s Family Tree, “Predecessors” at the Contemporary Arts Center
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Everyone has a family tree. Painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s exhibition, Predecessors, outlines her family tree poignantly. She gives us the women in her family in portraits and...

“Ana England: Kinship,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through March 4, 2018
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

    Clay is, essentially, dirt, or, to be more poetic, earth. Many artists use clay metaphorically, including Ana England. However, she takes her material to a higher level, usin...

Timing is Everything
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Few exhibitions in our region have been more anticipated than the joint showing of oil paintings by David Mueller and MaryBeth Karaus at Eisele Gallery in Fairfax. This exhibition ...

Familiar Connections at Miller Gallery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

The Miller Gallery in Hyde Park closes a wonderful landscape show on September 29, 2017. The work of three artists is included in the show, though the work of Santa Fe artist Rich...

The Place of the Nude: “9th Annual NUDE: Exploring the Uncovered Human Form,” Manifest, August 17-September 15, 2017
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

A show about the nude can’t help but raise issues about voyeurism any more than it can help raise questions about sexual politics. (I counted, for example, only four representati...

Edge of Perception, sculptural and mixed media works by Emily Burns and Mallory Feltz at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center through September 24.
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Just prior to the great solar eclipse which traversed our country a few weeks ago, I attended the opening of a show at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center entitled Edge of Perception...

Review of “Biophilia, Standing Witness” at Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, Mt. St. Joseph
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

An undercurrent of pleasure runs through the exhibition Biophilia, Standing Witness on view now through October 20 at Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, Mount St. Joseph University. ...

Tracy Boyd at Vermillion Gallery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Bold, ambitious and packed with color, Tracy Boyd’s paintings indulge our sight, whether you linger on the drips in the paint or see the horses in the rain. These paintings s...

Ebb and Flow at Cincinnati Underground
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Ebb and Flow (recently closed) is a three-person exhibition at Cincinnati Art Underground, in OTR. The work of Cincinnati artists Kristine Donnelly and Erin Mahorney fill the galle...

A Jewel in the Queen’s Crown
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

On October 6, 2017, Music Hall, one of Cincinnati’s iconic treasures, will reopen to the public after extensive renovations for the past 18 months. Revered worldwide not only by ...

UnFunction
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

The most functional items in our lives go unnoticed. The more functional, the more indistinguishable they are from our daily routine. When the doorknob breaks, we are frozen in fru...

Poetry in Bars and Other Solutions
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

“The spirit of Dada re-emerges in the puberty of every artistic generation,” —Adrian Notz (owner / operator of the Cabarete Voltaire)     Believing that painting ha...

Meet Me at the Horizon, 125 Expansive Paintings in 8.5 x 11 Inch Frames
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

When you walk into HudsonJones Gallery, at first glance it might appear bare. The one room gallery is flooded with light, flanked with beautiful red brick and accented with sleek l...

Greenery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Art Beyond Boundaries, a spacious storefront gallery on Main Street in Over the Rhine, features the work of regional artists with disabilities. The current show, “Greenery,” pr...

Relation at Brazee Gallery
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Relation, an exhibition of Stuart Fink’s intense and intricate sculpture, fills the two relatively small exhibition rooms at Brazee Gallery in Oakley with ease and assurance....

“Sight of Hand” at Cincinnati Art Galleries
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Cincinnati Art Galleries on East 6th street is presenting the contrasting work of two Cincinnati artists. Leslie Shiels invites you to enjoy her animated brushwork in a new series ...

Fashion and Technology – Part I
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

With early hints of fall being seen around the city, these next few months are an especially exciting time for the Cincinnati Art Museum and its fashion-loving community. On Octobe...

Two Cathedrals
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Two cathedrals have recently arisen in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati’s urban basin, one a renovation of an historic brewery, the other a fountain complex in the center of...

Wooden Hill, Home and Garden Shop, in Westwood
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Wooden Hill, 3036 Harrison Ave., is a new home and garden shop in Westwood. Owned by Amanda Hogan Carlisle and her husband Kevin Carlisle, the store features all local – TriState...

Two New Galleries Open: 124 W. Pike St. and Caza
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Named after its street location, a new gallery called 124 W. Pike St. opened September 15 in Covington in Duveneck Square, listed as an Historic District by the National Register. ...

Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus chapters
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Laura A. Hobson, owner, Hobson Mosaic, received a first place award for best feature writing in the freelance category for a story about the Civic Garden Center in Aeqai. Hobson al...

Mathias Enard’s “Compass”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Compass, a long and erudite novel by Mathias Enard, is the surprise novel of the summer.  Winner of the most prestigious French Prix Goncourt, named for the two Goncourt brothers ...

Tom Perrotta’s “Mrs. Fletcher”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Tom Perrotta is the most contemporary of American writers chronicling life in the American suburbs, a distinguished tradition in American fiction that probably starts with John O&#...

Gabriel Tallent’s “My Absolute Darling”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

 There’s been a huge amount of positive, excited build-up towards the publication of “My Absolute Darling”, a new novel by a new writer, Gabriel Tallent (who is ...

Cynthia Hoskin’s “Fall’s Bright Flame”
Sep 23, 2017 | by | Read →

Disclaimer:  Cynthia Hoskin is a good friend of mine.   I read the novel “Fall Tides” this summer, in galley form, and wrote a review for it, unsolicited, at that ti...


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