Archive for May, 2011

Steve Kemple

May 23rd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Announcements

Steve Kemple

Art Experience/Amusement: Steve Kemple’s recent work at Semantics Steve Kemple’s exhibition at Semantics, The World is Everything That it Isn’t, accomplishes what many exhibitions strive to do: approach difficult ideas, both in the arts, and in general, in a digestible and playful way. Kemple touches on subjects of organizational systems, simulation, function, etc. with art objects such […]

Brad McCombs

May 17th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Multimedia

Brad McCombs

“Outsiderness”

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features

“Outsiderness”

                        Outside of “Outsiderness” Thornton Dial, Courttney Cooper, and other “Hard Truths” In an essay in the catalog for “Hard Truths,” Thornton Dial’s brilliant retrospective at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (up until September 15, 2011), Greg Tate takes on the “hard truths” involved […]

Majr (Self) Gazn

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

Majr (Self) Gazn

Majr (Self) Gazn “Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running:  Majr Gazr” is a collective exhibition featuring the work of area artists Denise Burge, Lisa Siders, and Jenny Ustick at the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art.  The installation is an intensely immersive experience in which the group employs color, video, geometric abstraction, wall-drawings, […]

Meet The New Century

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

Meet The New Century

Same as the old century. (thankfully) Anytime an exhibition promises The New –whether by title or press release- I hear alarm bells.  My immediate thoughts conjure up images of artworks that question, examine, provoke, or reconsider some previously ill-considered idea; and above all else, I expect to have my expectations challenged.  So when I received […]

A Painter’s Eye

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Digest

A Painter's Eye

Jane Durrell comments on Creating the New Century. Now that we’re a decade deep into the new millennium, the impulse to slap “New Century” on just about anything out there is hard to resist. Meanwhile, a lot of what’s going on has 20th century roots. Case in point is Creating the New Century: Contemporary Art […]

Bill Seitz

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

Bill Seitz

A Product of His Experience Bill Seitz has all the requisite credentials, but the direction he has gone has taken on a life of its own, and he describes his work as Gallery Director at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (http://www.thecarnegie.com/), in Covington, KY for sixteen years as “the dream job.” The Carnegie […]

Odd Man Out

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

Odd Man Out

WHITE PEOPLE: A RETROSPECTIVE Photographs by Melvin Grier Quite a lot is going on in the engrossing exhibition of Melvin Grier’s photographs at Kennedy Heights Arts Center.. One narrative line is this city, reflected in a daily newspaper over a period of more than thirty years. Another has to do with the photographer himself, a […]

Narrative Figuration

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

Narrative Figuration

                        Late Modernism, the last and least worthy phase of a wonderfully creative 150-year movement, petered out before the births of most of the painters in this show. In its wake, the art world, then mostly western in emphasis, embraced a new pluralism that […]

2 Artists/2 Perspectives

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

2 Artists/2 Perspectives

Jeff Shapiro and Don Reitz Although the exhibition at the Thomas J. Funké Gallery is named “2 Artists/2 Perspectives: Jeff Shapiro and Don Reitz,” the “perspectives” of these two ceramic artists seem more aligned than not. Visually Reitz’s and Shapiro’s work shares a roughness that borders on crude. It rudely slaps the refinement of much […]

Barry Andersen

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Profiles

A conversation. With his usual reticence to tout his own achievements – “I don’t profess to have any particular insight other than doing it for a long time,” Barry Andersen succinctly distilled the major challenges facing the role of art education and art making in contemporary society over chili the other day. Professor Barry Andersen, […]

de Kooning

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Digest

de Kooning

An Appreciation. Is he a misogynist or is he not? That is the question most art critics and historians quickly come to when discussing Willem de Kooning and his 1950’s Women Series. Let’s consider: It’s the middle of the 20th Century and painting is so alive and kicking! Who is the artist that dominates that world? […]

‘New Male’ Portraiture at the Carnegie

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

'New Male' Portraiture at the Carnegie

Rob Anderson’s 24 small (3.5×5″) paintings (2009-present) of mostly male faces form a file along the south wall of the Rieveschl Gallery at the Carnegie. Anderson’s skill with his medium is evident. He precisely renders diverse hues, in defiance of the small dimensions of the board. The background is graphically reduced to large swathes of […]

Chris Bucher Goes the Distance at Prairie Gallery with Little Kings

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in On View

Chris Bucher Goes the Distance at Prairie Gallery with Little Kings

The current show at Prairie Gallery, Little Kings, features documentary-style photography by Chris Bucher, who followed a group of youth boxers as they trained for the Ringside World Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri in 2008. Bucher worked with boxers who were training at a gym in Indianapolis called Jireh Sports Ministry. The kids he […]

Susan Schuler

May 10th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Announcements

Susan Schuler

The Deep Blue Sea. Water Garden, a new exhibition of paintings by area artist Susan Schuler opened this past weekend (April 29, 2011) at the Malton Gallery.  Schuler has gained a reputation for her brash palette and a gestural approach to painting that echo’s what critic Clement Greenberg once referred to as “the tenth street […]