Framing the Air: “Cole Carothers: 40 Years & New Works” at Caza Sikes, November 3-27, 2017

Framing the Air: “Cole Carothers: 40 Years & New Works” at Caza Sikes, November 3-27, 2017

As you walk into Caza Sikes in Oakley to see the ambitious mini-retrospective of Cole Carothers’s paintings, you are greeted by a large scale self-portrait called “Livestrong&#...

“Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry,” National Gallery of Art, through Jan. 21, 2018

“Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry,” National Gallery of Art, through Jan. 21, 2018

I think one of the appeals of 17th-century Dutch genre painting is that the narratives they present are familiar to us.  Lutes may be in short supply today, but guitars and other...

How a Czechoslovakian Artist Promoted the Modern Woman Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, Dayton Art Institute September 16 through December 31, 2017

How a Czechoslovakian Artist Promoted the Modern Woman Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, Dayton Art Institute September 16 through December 31, 2017

Like Impressionism, with its wild brushstrokes and look of abandon in representing the world shocked the smug Parisian Salon art community, so too, Art Noveau originally was intend...

Clavilux:  Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox at Cincinnati Art Underground

Clavilux: Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox at Cincinnati Art Underground

In his most characteristic paintings, Cedric Cox fractures the world in order to bring it to a new whole.  The recent work of this gifted local artist is on display in a solo exhi...

“Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 21, 2018

“Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 21, 2018

Girls aren’t good at math, but don’t tell that to the makers of the 19 mosaic patchwork quilts, made between 1776 and1890 in England and America, in “Elegant Geometry: Bri...

November 2017


Framing the Air: “Cole Carothers: 40 Years & New Works” at Caza Sikes, November 3-27, 2017
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

As you walk into Caza Sikes in Oakley to see the ambitious mini-retrospective of Cole Carothers’s paintings, you are greeted by a large scale self-portrait called “Livestrong&#...

“Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry,” National Gallery of Art, through Jan. 21, 2018
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

I think one of the appeals of 17th-century Dutch genre painting is that the narratives they present are familiar to us.  Lutes may be in short supply today, but guitars and other...

How a Czechoslovakian Artist Promoted the Modern Woman Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, Dayton Art Institute September 16 through December 31, 2017
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Like Impressionism, with its wild brushstrokes and look of abandon in representing the world shocked the smug Parisian Salon art community, so too, Art Noveau originally was intend...

Clavilux: Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox at Cincinnati Art Underground
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

In his most characteristic paintings, Cedric Cox fractures the world in order to bring it to a new whole.  The recent work of this gifted local artist is on display in a solo exhi...

“Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 21, 2018
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Girls aren’t good at math, but don’t tell that to the makers of the 19 mosaic patchwork quilts, made between 1776 and1890 in England and America, in “Elegant Geometry: Bri...

The Affect of Serenity: “Table of Elements”
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Charles Woodman is a multifaceted new media artist, whose work spans the semblance of public art forums, temporal installations, documentary modes, and multi-channel projections. A...

A Cincinnati Artist Finds Meaning in a 2,000 Year Old Poem Dynamic New Paintings by Kim Krause Marta Hewett Gallery, October 6 through December 2, 2017
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

“Nothing seems that certain”1 is a great operating procedure for an artist to generate new work.  This is what Kim Krause believes and it is clearly manifested in his new solo...

Defiant Couplings: “Bridges Not Walls” at the Art Academy of Cincinnati
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Even as the US federal government renounces Obama-era efforts to improve relations with Cuba, the Art Academy of Cincinnati is displaying the results of several years of artistic c...

Fotofolio: Luc Busquin
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

“Atop the Troposphere” Luc’s statement: Inspired by Saint-Exupéry books [‘The Little Prince’], I chose to become an airline pilot. From 1926 until his death in a plane c...

RE-ART: Celebrating 70 years of Israeli Independence
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Imagine what happens if you combine five artists from Netanya, Israel, five artists from Cincinnati, Ohio, a fanciful algorithm and a common theme exploring The Many Faces of Israe...

“Shasta Geaux Pop” – an intersection of Hip Hop and performance
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Grab a drink. Come in, enjoy the music. The lights are low but the energy is high. The DJ is playing ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly. You haven’t heard it in years. People are da...

A Richardsonian Romanesque Treasure: The San Marco Apartment Building of East Walnut Hills
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Traveling in our vehicles from Point A to Point B, we often take for granted some exceptional buildings in passing them by mindlessly.  One of these buildings deserving greater at...

“Yes!” at Cincinnati Art Galleries
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Those who missed the engaging exhibition “Yes!” at Cincinnati Art Galleries, 225 East 6th Street in downtown Cincinnati (October 27 through November 25) are not wholly out of l...

Miniature Boxes:  From Craft to Fine Art
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

People often think of miniatures as little more than dollhouses.  They can be a fresh and contemporary way to look at the world and have moved away from the purview of the artisan...

“Posing for the Camera: Gifts from Robert B. Menschel,” National Gallery of Art (NGA), through January 18, 2018
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

The title of the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition “Posing for the Camera” is a bit of a misnomer since quite a number of the 70-some photographs feature people caught una...

Joyce Garner, cul-de-sac at Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art Louisville, Kentucky
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Garner Narrative currently has a group of paintings by the gallery’s owner, Joyce Garner. Garner’s paintings about family, currently installed at Garner Narrative in Louisville...

Math is Hard, and Beautiful (In Context): The Concinnitas Portfolio at Krakow Witkin Gallery
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

 Mathematicians generally agree that beauty does exist in the structural beauty of theorems and proofs, even if most of the time it is largely visible only to mathematicians thems...

Banz Studios – A New Addition to the Gallery Scene in Greater Cincinnati
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Banz Studios, another new art gallery, has joined a group of other galleries recently opened in Cincinnati.  Owner and art consultant Allison Banzhaf opened her gallery at 317 W. ...

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s “A Kind of Freedom”
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s debut novel, ” A Kind of Freedom”, is powerful, sensitive, all too human.  The author follows three generations of an African-America...

Eleanor Hender’s “Ten Thousand Saints”
Nov 26, 2017 | by | Read →

Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel, “Ten Thousand Saints”, was one of the best novels of about three years ago.  Henderson has an amazing talent, first and foremost...

October 2017


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

“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, ...


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