Archive for April, 2012

A Godfather of Pop Becomes the Pop-father of a God: Jim Dine’s “Pinocchio (Emotional)” outside the Cincinnati Art Museum

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, April 2012

A Godfather of Pop Becomes the Pop-father of a God:   Jim Dine’s “Pinocchio (Emotional)” outside the Cincinnati Art Museum

With his new bronze sculpture, “Pinocchio (Emotional),” a scary-monster/sweetie-pie welcoming people outside the Cincinnati Art Museum, Jim Dine conjures a lot of pop-culture ghosts and nightmares while also paying homage to the original 1883 children’s novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.  The statue is imposing, and the glazed patina of it harkens back to Rodin.  High […]

Letter From New York: Anti-Gravity

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Letter From New York: Anti-Gravity

This is the third in a series of a quarterly letters, which will cover painting shows in greater New York. Paintings shouldn’t simply be seen, they should change the viewer, suspend him or her in an altered moment. Although this is the hope each time a visitor enters a gallery, it is a rarity. A […]

Joseph Winterhalter at Clay Street Press

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Joseph Winterhalter at Clay Street Press

Joseph Winterhalter’s show “The Revolution Says:” at Clay Street Press, presents a portrait of a contemporary American society lacking political will and stifled by emotional inertia.  He presents two large paintings on canvas, a series of small sculptural paintings, a wall sculpture of hand made tiles, and some lithographic prints. When listed this way, the […]

Dearly De-parted: Airstream: New Work by Peter Haberkorn at Prairie

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Dearly De-parted: Airstream: New Work by Peter Haberkorn at Prairie

“The Bambi [Airstream model of 1960] is a machine for living and traveling, the sort of industrialized, rationalized vessel that had long been the dream object of modernist architects, from Le Corbusier to Buckminster Fuller.” – Christian Larsen, curatorial assistant, MOMA. [1] The aluminum-clad Airstream travel trailer conjures up a virtual cavalcade of nostalgic American archetypes, […]

Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College

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Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College

  The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, home of the Skirball Museum,  was established in Cincinnati in 1875, due primarily to the efforts of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, who was responsible for the organization of the College’s founding body, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.  In the mid-1850s Wise moved to Cincinnati—a city which […]

Letter From Los Angeles

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Features

Letter From Los Angeles

Our Debt to the West Coast: Pacific Standard Time: 1945-1980 “An unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene.”1 Visiting L.A. is like a review of your whole life. Driving around greater L.A. in traffic much less crazy than my hometown […]

Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill capture the Kaiser

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Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill capture the Kaiser

Ten years ago when I was teaching Intro to Painting at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, I was cutting through the galleries on the second floor of the Art Museum when “The Unwelcome Guests” by Henry Farny suddenly caught my eye for the first time. There was a luminosity in that yellow sky that jumped […]

Drive-By Photographs by Brad Austin Smith at the Weston Art Gallery

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, On View

Drive-By Photographs by Brad Austin Smith at the Weston Art Gallery

A vivid group of photographs by Brad Austin Smith are on display at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery through June 3, 2012.  At the heart of this exhibition is a raw look at the Queen City, its suburbs and American culture.  Playful and striking photographs coalesce around a common viewpoint of […]

THREADS: Changing Landscapes Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art

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THREADS: Changing Landscapes Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art

Ah, the creative mind! It changes our vision, our perceptions, our world, using the vastness of the unnoticed, mundane material of our daily lives. Like thread, a single one of which is so ordinary, so small, so inconsequential, that it is seldom acknowledged in any but a practical way: sewing a button on, mending a […]

Faux Real Exhibition Review

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, On View

Faux Real Exhibition Review

Admittedly, authenticity is a word I know well.  As a specialist at a local auction house, I am often asked to verify a work of art.  Usually, I consult a variety of resources and other experts who help to conclusively argue for or against the veracity of an object.  The most difficult items often get […]

The Domain of Cynthia Amnéus, a Collection of Human Adornment

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Profiles

The Domain of Cynthia Amnéus, a Collection of Human Adornment

To access the Costume and Textile Department at the Cincinnati Art Museum, you walk in one door of the elevator and later, out the opposite side. With Cynthia Amnéus, The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles since 1998, in the lead, I emerge to look down a shadowy hallway filled with white […]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The Loneliest One

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Geometrically Ordered Design: The Loneliest One

  “You cannot conceive the many without the one.” -Plato Since this is my first article pertaining to the design field, it may aide the reader to know how to distinguish art from design.  Design in essence cannot be accomplished without specific degrees of control, and almost always has a definitive point to make. How […]

A 21st Century Sculpture Park

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A 21st Century Sculpture Park

Spring is a time to enjoy the outdoors, and for this, one of the heartland’s leading cultural institutions, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), is a destination. Even if you never enter the museum itself, it’s worth the trip. In 2010, the IMA opened their 100 Acres: Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. 100 […]

Mark Daly at Cincinnati Art Galleries

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Mark Daly at Cincinnati Art Galleries

Mark Daly’s engaging paintings line every wall at Cincinnati Art Galleries, treating of pleasurable aspects of life at the seaside, in New York City, on Nantucket, and points as far away as Venice. The show’s subtitle, “The Musician’s Paintbrush,” refers to Daly’s playing a mean mandolin, sometimes on Fountain Square, but overlooks his ongoing business […]

Alibis By André Aciman

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Features

André Aciman was born into an upper middle class-to-rich Jewish family in Alexandria, Egypt.  He has described the nearly Chekovian life that his extended family lived in the waning days of a tolerant and multicultural Egypt.  As anti-Semitism rose in Egypt, a manipulative political movement meant to target “outsiders” and “foreigners”, various members of the […]

New Baroque, a New BLOG

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Features

New Baroque, a New BLOG

New Baroque is a blog featuring young artists from Kentucky, Los Angeles, and New York.  It came about when I noticed that a group of artists working in the New Baroque style were not getting the attention that I thought they deserved.   The art of the Baroque was stylistically complex with a tendency to exaggerate […]

Happy Birthday to AEQAI – Now Open for Advertising

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Announcements, April 2012

Happy Birthday to AEQAI – Now Open for Advertising

On March 21, a crowd of loyal AEQAI staff and friends gathered at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, and thanks to the generosity of Katie Brass, Carnegie Director, celebrated its third year of publication. Marking this achievement, AEQAI is launching an advertising campaign, and Hyde Park’s Miller Gallery, with its prominent local and […]