Arrest: the Politics and Transcendence of Aesthetic Arrest Qua Protest

Arrest: the Politics and Transcendence of Aesthetic Arrest Qua Protest

Recently, given the fomenting protests following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery (amongst countless others), much discussion has erupted amongst conte...

The Studio Where It Happened: James VanDerZee and the Role of Being a Modern African American

The Studio Where It Happened: James VanDerZee and the Role of Being a Modern African American

James VanDerZee (1886-1983) produced somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 photographs in his creative lifetime, maybe even more, almost all of them of African Americans who lived i...

Erase, Tear, Gouge, Replace: Mark Bradford Excavates the Present

Erase, Tear, Gouge, Replace: Mark Bradford Excavates the Present

What to write about Mark Bradford? His ascent into the art world seems to border on the magical.  His story makes for a perfect Hollywood movie if Hollywood was inclined to turn i...

America Goddam

America Goddam

Can’t you see it Can’t you feel it It’s all in the air I can’t stand the pressure much longer Somebody say a prayer Alabama’s gotten me so upset Tenne...

Kahlil Robert Irving “Ground Water From Screen Falls [(Collaged Media + Midwest STREET)]” at the Contemporary Arts Center

Kahlil Robert Irving “Ground Water From Screen Falls [(Collaged Media + Midwest STREET)]” at the Contemporary Arts Center

Engaging with Kahlil Robert Irvings’s installation requires action. Its scale requires moving one’s body, viewing it first from afar and then up close. From a distance, such as...

June 2020


Arrest: the Politics and Transcendence of Aesthetic Arrest Qua Protest
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

Recently, given the fomenting protests following the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery (amongst countless others), much discussion has erupted amongst conte...

The Studio Where It Happened: James VanDerZee and the Role of Being a Modern African American
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

James VanDerZee (1886-1983) produced somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 photographs in his creative lifetime, maybe even more, almost all of them of African Americans who lived i...

Erase, Tear, Gouge, Replace: Mark Bradford Excavates the Present
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

What to write about Mark Bradford? His ascent into the art world seems to border on the magical.  His story makes for a perfect Hollywood movie if Hollywood was inclined to turn i...

America Goddam
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

Can’t you see it Can’t you feel it It’s all in the air I can’t stand the pressure much longer Somebody say a prayer Alabama’s gotten me so upset Tenne...

Kahlil Robert Irving “Ground Water From Screen Falls [(Collaged Media + Midwest STREET)]” at the Contemporary Arts Center
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

Engaging with Kahlil Robert Irvings’s installation requires action. Its scale requires moving one’s body, viewing it first from afar and then up close. From a distance, such as...

Thom Shaw’s Woodcut Series “The Malcolm X Paradox,” a Timely Call to Action
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In the late 1980’s, visiting Chicago on the occasion of one of his exhibits at an art gallery of the city, Thom Shaw witnessed a gang fight, the members of which were wearing...

Q&A: Kiah Celeste and Material Agency
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

The study of aesthetic materialism–visually studying raw material for its own ability to be ‘beautiful’–has often had some problematic connotations for me. The abil...

Profile, Cedric Cox
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

Artist and native Cincinnatian Cedric Cox  considers his work “A spiritual testimony to the visual experiences that arouse my senses and my synapses, as I examine and interpret ...

Celebration and Dissent: Basquiat in the Time of Black Lives Matter
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

Last semester an English comp student of mine used to stay after class to have further conversations with me. We typically talked about music and capitalism as his work was intense...

Near My Parents’ House: Kara Walker and the Scourge of History
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

Near my parents’ house in western Georgia is a mountain made of stone. Aptly called Stone Mountain, this site features various hiking trails which the citizens of Atlanta use...

The Transformative Power of Art: The Art of Dean Mitchell
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

I first became aware of the watercolor art of Dean Mitchell several years back when his images garnered recognition in regional and national watercolor shows. I found his figurativ...

American Courtier in Paris
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

This column has often focused on the haute couture area of the fashion design landscape. Maybe it’s because the handcrafted construction required of these designs naturally align...

The Political Satire Hidden Inside the Royal Portraits of Francisco Goya
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

Francisco Goya’s The Third of May 1808 (fig. A) depicts the gruesome aftermath of a Madrilenian uprising against the Grande Armée who, under the leadership of Napoleon Bonap...

“My Dark Vanessa” by Kate Elizabeth Russell
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Kate Elizabeth Russell’s debut novel, “My Dark Vanessa” is both the most important and the most compelling novel to date of 2020.  It adds nuance and ambiguity t...

“A Burning” by Megha Majumdar
Jun 27, 2020 | by | Read →

Megha Majumdar’s debut novel “A Burning” happened to appear during the height of the recent protests which began with the murder of George Floyd by police in Minn...

May 2020


Her Star Is Still with Us: Hildegarde of Bingen, Mystic, Artist, Composer, and Advisor to Kings
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

This first image shows Hildegarde receiving Divine Inspiration and sharing it with the monk Volmar. She was famous throughout central Europe in the late Middle Ages, advisor to kin...

Escape from the Convent School Tower: On Remedios Varo’s 1960-61 Triptych
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Mother Superior and her creepy bearded henchman have come to retrieve the septet of uniformed captives from their human beehive. It is time for the girls to go to work. As always, ...

The Places You’ll Go: The Art of Walking
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

During this time of the pandemic, in addition to reading, what I have been doing a lot of is walking. Every day, sometimes going two or even three times, just for the purpose of ge...

Another Online Visit: A Blue Thought in a Blue Shade: Anna Atkins and Cyanotype Photograms
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

A few years ago, way back when art could still be encountered in person, Emily Bauman, Photography Curatorial Assistant at the CAM, wrote an online note about the experience of bei...

Art Acquisitions
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

What goes into acquiring art institutionally?  Aeqai takes a look at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Cy...

Celebrating the Modern Woman: Isabel Bishop 1902-1988
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Isabel Bishop, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, spent her childhood in Detroit, before moving to New York City to study illustration at the New York School of Applied Design for Women.  ...

Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019)
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

I was asked to write this article on one of my favorite women artists. Without hesitation, I knew it would be about the late, great Carolee Schneemann. Carolee activated the female...

Fotofolio – Lisa Britton
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

“Lisa Britton Retrospective: 1988-1999” Lisa’s statement and bio: What causes one to be truly amazed and delighted? For me it is light itself, and how it can reveal a vision ...

Tala Madani and her Théâtre de la Cruauté in Projections
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

At a whopping eight feet wide and predominately a Mars Black that tempers into the Payne’s Gray realm, Projections (2015) presents itself (similarly to all of Madani’s painting...

Camille Claudel’s Les Causeuses: The Subject of Lack and the Leaning Tree of Destiny
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Unfortunately, albeit perhaps tethered to imposed historical responsibility, most introductions to Camille Claudel and her oeuvre are steeped in biographical detail that inevitably...

On Chantal Akerman’s Biopolitical Rebellion
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

The work of Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman has received no scarcity of praise. Akerman is considered one of the more influential feminist filmmakers to emerge from Europe in the...

The Double Standard and The Drawing Room within Perrotin A Quick Examination of Genesis Belanger & Emily Mae Smith
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

I’m going to discuss one image—with works from two female-identifying artists. The image is taken by an anonymous photographer that documented the two-person exhibition A Stran...

A Look Back
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

In the midst of a global pandemic, when the stream of constant news is at it loudest, it is the perfect opportunity for quiet reflection. I’m sure a great philosopher said that s...

“The Exhibition of Persephone Q” by Jessi Jezeweska Stevens
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

“The Exhibition of Persephone Q”, by Jessi Jezeweska Stevens, is her debut novel and it is commandingly brilliant.  The dystopian novel has rather taken over in fictio...

“Simon The Fiddler” by Paulette Jiles
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

Paulette Jiles’ new novel, “Simon The Fiddler”, is both charming and a wonderful story; the writer offers us some fascinating history of the State of Texas right ...

“The Mountains Sing” by Nguyen Han Que Mai
May 23, 2020 | by | Read →

“The Mountains Sing”, by Nguyen Han Que Mai, is the first novel I’ve ever read about a Vietnamese family and its vicissitudes over four generations of war, reeduc...


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