Archive for October, 2014

Murals, Public Art and the Lure of the Creative Place

October 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, October 2014

Murals, Public Art and the Lure of the Creative Place

Covington is an ‘unapologetically authentic’ place. It’s an island unto itself. No label, declarative statement, or stereotype quite fits the business owners and residents who live here. What can be said is what unites them: their belief in community, their value placed on the arts and creativity, and their passion and pride for the city. […]

Systems of Watching: “Eyes on the Street” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 11, 2014-January 4, 2015

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Systems of Watching: “Eyes on the Street” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 11, 2014-January 4, 2015

Street photography was a movement initially made possible by cameras that were small, film that was fast, and hands that were steady. It refreshed photography as an art form by opening up an almost unlimited source of unscripted narrative. It required some skills of the photographer not unlike those needed by an undercover cop: you […]

David Benjamin Sherry’s Western Romance

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David Benjamin Sherry’s Western Romance

Western Romance aims to create a dialogue between David Benjamin Sherry’s photographs of vast landscapes saturated with synthetic color and the tradition of Western landscape photography. The subjects appear at first glance to be similar, but intentions are different. Sherry’s photographs are more about color and light than capturing the grandness of the western frontier. […]

Letter From Brooklyn

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Letter From Brooklyn

There is an old yiddish saying that goes something like “No-one knows whose shoe pinches except the person who is walking in them”. As a child I heard this phrase and conjured up images of my all-white KED sneakers that always gave me blisters, but I heard this phrase again while leaving Brooklyn and the […]

Public Art: Mural Month and FotoFocus

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Public Art: Mural Month and FotoFocus

October has been a month full of activities in the visual arts.  FotoFocus, the biennial celebration of photography and lens-based art, is still in swing, and it brought an exceptionally high level of exhibitions, lectures, and other adjunct programming to Greater Cincinnati.  Mayor Cranley also declared October to be Mural Month, in order to bring […]

STILLS at Michael Lowe Gallery

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STILLS captivates with sophisticated themes and representative young artists Michael Lowe Gallery. 905 Vine Street, Cincinnati OH 45202 Stills is one of six “featured” exhibitions created for the October 2012 FotoFocus Biennial. it was curated by San Francisco publisher and collector Nion McEvoy and FotoFocus artistic director Kevin Moore. The pair brought together works by […]

Cincinnati: Shadow and Light

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Cincinnati: Shadow and Light

All of us who have read the Cincinnati Enquirer down the years know Michael Keating’s photographs. They are both smart and subjective, they are on the note, they tell us more than print sometimes can.  But we don’t know them as they can be seen at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center in Cincinnati: Shadow and […]

“Building Pictures: Architectural Photographs by Édouard Baldus,” Cincinnati Art Museum

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“Building Pictures: Architectural Photographs by Édouard Baldus,” Cincinnati Art Museum

In 1838 the Prussian-born Édouard Baldus (1813-1889) arrived in Paris with an eye to becoming a painter but met with little success. Instead his “eye” along with a lens led him to create what Malcolm Daniel of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of photographs called “the model for (architectural) photographic representation in genres that […]

The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus at the Reed Gallery, DAAP.

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The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus at the Reed Gallery, DAAP.

FotoFocus gifts our region a chance to view 50+ exhibitions of photographic and lens-based art every two years. Some have been curated by FotoFocus (2014’s Biennial by Kevin Moore) and all have been vetted and supported by the organization. While it can be difficult to interpret the online schedule and determine a game plan for […]

Tradition: The Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art Sept. 12 – Oct. 9, 2014

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Tradition: The Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art Sept. 12 - Oct. 9, 2014

The only truly important qualification in realism is the attempt to reach perfection. Traditional art includes rendering, color perspective and the classic application of oil paint. Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regional was recently exhibited at Eisele Gallery of Fine Art in Fairfax, showcasing fine traditional art. These kinds of paintings are handed down as […]

Constance McClure

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Constance McClure

Walnut Hills artist Constance McClure sometimes subconsciously sketches in the air when she’s deep in conversation. Drawing always came naturally, but by now it’s automatic. She’s been creating art – starting with drawing, and moving on to painting, metalpoint and frescoes – each of her eight decades on earth. Once among a large lunchtime crowd […]

CAL KOWAL: A Profile of the Artist and Educator

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CAL KOWAL: A Profile of the Artist and Educator

The day after I called Cal to set up a time to visit his studio and home, I ran into him at the opening of the Taft Museum’s excellent FotoFocus show, “Paris Night and Day”. He handed me an eyeball. OK, it was cheap plastic with red capillaries and round like a marble. Unintended though […]

Across the Ocean and Down the Street: “Envelope” at Visionaries + Voices

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Across the Ocean and Down the Street:  “Envelope” at Visionaries + Voices

“Envelope,” the show currently up at the Visionaries + Voices (V+V) Gallery in Northside (through November 14, 2014), is a beautiful display of twittering, delicate art from all over the world created solely for the purpose of being mailed back and forth. That simple “back and forth” premise somehow allows the drawings and doodles and […]

FOTOFOCUS 2014 “Shedding Light”

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FOTOFOCUS  2014  "Shedding Light"

FOTOFOCUS 2014 “Shedding Light” Clifton Cultural Art Center Oct 4th through Nov 5th The mushrooming phenomenon of phone and pad picture making has been undeniably outstripping the traditional handheld point and shoot camera as evidenced by the millions of images uploaded to social media and the documented downturn in sales of traditional camera equipment. One […]

The Peoples’ Art

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The Peoples' Art

An unexpected and rewarding photography exhibition in this photo-saturated fall, mounted by Dan Wheeler, the son of the artist (himself a serious photographer), is in a spot you are not likely to run across by chance. “The Art of Grayce F. Wheeler,” in the Event Center at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community, 3550 Shaw Avenue […]

Photos of Coney Island By Raymond Adams

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Photos of Coney Island By Raymond Adams

AEQAI has been looking for over a year for a group of photographs that we offer as our own contribution to FotoFocus. Both the amount and quality of photographs we saw from regional, national, and international photographers has been unbelievably strong, consistent with the high quality of work exhibited during FotoFocus 2014 here. Raymond Adams, […]

Columbus Mural Projects

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Columbus Mural Projects

In Columbus Ohio we have an area of the city called the Short North, just north of downtown. Thirty years ago this area was filled with drugs, crime and lots of vacant buildings. The bones of a community existed just beyond High Street. Some people were restoring older, once grand houses, but along High Street […]

Letter from the Midwest

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Letter from the Midwest

Letter from the Midwest differs from my previous “Letters.” It is a quick romp through parts of the Midwest where there have been interesting exhibitions. While “there is good art everywhere” to quote myself, we can’t get everywhere, so I hope this snapshot gives you an impression of some of the exhibitions, or it inspires […]

FINDING RAYMOND ADAMS IN UNION SQUARE, APRIL 1, 2008 #1

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FINDING RAYMOND ADAMS IN UNION SQUARE, APRIL 1, 2008 #1

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

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ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD by Saad Ghosn I.              Images For A Better World: Scott DONALDSON, Visual Artist Scott Donaldson graduated in 1982 with an MFA degree in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota. Until 1990 he worked professionally as a set designer, also as a scene painter for 5 years with the Kalamazoo […]

Photos By Emily Kamholtz

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Photos By Emily Kamholtz

Since FotoFocus continues to have a very strong educational component to everything it presents, and since we are all curious at how younger Americans view their environment artistically, AEQAI decided to ask one student, Emily Kamholtz, a senior at The Art Academy of Cincinnati, to share some of her work with our readers, and they […]

Book Review: Lila by Marilynne Robinson

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If you haven’t read or encountered the great mind of writer /theologian/philosopher Marilynne Robinson, I urge you to read her new novel, Lila, which is the third in a trilogy, though entirely possible to read without the first two. Lila actually takes place before the other two novels, Gilead (which won The Pulitzer Prize in […]

October Issue of AEQAI Online

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The month of October has offered Greater Cincinnatians a plethora of superior art exhibitions, as well as lectures, discussions and other adjunct programming as part of the second biennial FotoFocus.  Some of the most sophisticated photographers exhibited their work here, and FotoFocus organizers added an intense series of speakers, conversations between and amongst our own […]

One-Eyed Thief

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One-Eyed Thief

Intellect and wit are a potent pair, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs have both. An exquisite composite of their work, The One-Eyed Thief, showcases the vast expanse of photography as a medium.  Onorato and Krebs weigh our value system as a culture through our relationship to imagery.  They reckon with a medium that has […]

MK Guth – Making Memories into More

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MK Guth – Making Memories into More

Museums tend to be places where the public congregates to ruminate over the reminders of past people, places, and objects. Somewhere between holy awe at the importance of the items around you and an unspoken fear that with a single misstep you may knock over one of these priceless pieces, there is a certain feeling […]

“BINDU – THE FIRST CIRLE: RADHA LAKSHMI,” gallery One One, Brazee Street Studios, through Oct. 9, 2014

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“BINDU – THE FIRST CIRLE: RADHA LAKSHMI,” gallery One One, Brazee Street Studios, through Oct. 9, 2014

Born in India and now living and working in Cincinnati, Radha Lakshmi is the first artist-in-residence at gallery One One and Brazee Street Studios. Founder and Director Sandy Gross and Leah Busch, creative director and gallery coordinator, had long discussed instituting an artist-in-residence program. It would include a solo exhibition to showcase the results of […]

BURNHAM REDUX

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BURNHAM REDUX

The spirit of Daniel Burnham hovers over Fourth Street in Downtown Cincinnati.  The famous Chicago architect and his associates created four commercial office buildings in Cincinnati’s financial district in the early twentieth century. And with the recent conversion of the shuttered Bartlett Building into a Marriott Renaissance hotel, the Burnham name is the buzzword for […]

The Messy Democracy of Photography: An Interview with FotoFocus’s Kevin Moore and Mary Ellen Goeke

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The Messy Democracy of Photography: An Interview with FotoFocus’s Kevin Moore and Mary Ellen Goeke

1989 was a watershed year for the art of photography in Cincinnati. Kristin Spangenberg published her catalogue Photographic Treasures from the Cincinnati Art Museum, which recorded the results of her having been given funding to purchase one hundred photographs to give the Museum’s existing but scattershot photographic holdings some shape and a sure anchor in […]

Review of Cody Gunningham at Richard Butz Gallery

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Review of Cody Gunningham at Richard Butz Gallery

Cody Gunningham has had a show of new paintings up at the Richard Butz Gallery on Main Street in Over the Rhine for the last month. The show continues until October 26.  Cody is a recent Art Academy graduate who transitioned from work in illustration to work in painting. Despite his young age, Cody’s work […]

Hybridity: The New Frontier

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Hybridity: The New Frontier

A new frontier has been created at Cincinnati’s 21c Museum Hotel. In both the lobby level and second floor galleries, contemporary artists have represented a world in which nature has both run amok and made perfect, symbiotic, evolutionary sense of our post-post-modern, trans-everything world. In this mesmerizing exhibition curated by 21c curator Alice Gray Stites, […]

Look Who’s Talking: “Conversations around American Gothic” at Cincinnati Art Museum

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Look Who’s Talking:  “Conversations around American Gothic” at Cincinnati Art Museum

The painting at the center of “Conversations around American Gothic,” the new exhibit at Cincinnati Art Museum (up through November 16, 2014), is a classic, yet has a whispered, cautious meanness that allows it to be both poetically absurd and ironically iconic.  There’s a Norman-Rockwell plasticity that is about to melt here; a force inside […]

This is the Worst Prints, Drawings, Collage and Installations by Jack Arthur Wood, Jr. August 22 – September 13, 2014

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This is the Worst   Prints, Drawings, Collage and Installations by Jack Arthur Wood, Jr. August 22 - September 13, 2014

Far from warm fuzzy art, (no sunset fields here), Jack Arthur Wood, Jr. has hung a scary, shocking, and ferocious show called “This is the Worst” at Clay Street Gallery;  the kind of scary that draws people to horror shows, and macabre stories.  Add to this a whopping big dollop of  fine art and you […]

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Having gotten lost finding Ash Street to see a six person private exhibition curated by Mary Heider, I finally arrived at 506 Ash Street on this beautiful, sunny, cloudless Saturday afternoon in the seventies, just about everyone was saying how hard it was to find their way here—and what an unexpected pleasure it was once […]

Seeking to Make “Everyday Objects Shriek Aloud”

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Seeking to Make “Everyday Objects Shriek Aloud”

Why a new exhibition on Magritte? “René Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” is the Art Institute of Chicago’s season blockbuster. This stunning exhibition is the first that zeroes in on Magritte’s most inventive and experimental years, showing us his seminal experiments of 1926-27 on through 1938.  I was bowled over. Among art lovers, […]

Christopher Le Brun’s New Paintings at Friedman Benda

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Christopher Le Brun’s New Paintings at Friedman Benda

Le Brun’s paintings have always treaded diverse stylistic ground. They’ve explored classical literature, Wagnerian music, poetry and history through quintessentially romantic “subjects” like, forests, knights, adventurers, horses and gallivants. Whatever the subject, with Le Brun’s work we find ourselves in that misty area where what is represented is not actually portrayed. A type of art, […]

LACMA

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LACMA

When I found out I would be traveling back to Los Angeles for the first time in 2 years I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and within an hour of landing at LAX I had arrived at my own personal mecca, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Without hesitation, I headed past […]

Letter from Mantua

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I am in Mantua (well, Mantova to the home folks), having dinner under a groined and painted ceiling in a square room with remnants of frescoes on the wall. I have spent the day in palaces, specifically the palazzo the Gonzango family called home and the other one, the Palazzo del Te, where they hung […]

DOWN RIVER

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DOWN RIVER

DOWN RIVER Early morning commute down river. Golden clouds floating low over my head. Marshland smells in my nose. G.M. Stewart Savannah, GA September 4, 2014 Gregory Michael Stewart is a poet and Country Club Golf Course Greenskeeper living in Savannah, GA

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

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ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

I.              Images For A Better World: Suzanne CHOUTEAU, Visual Artist Suzanne Michele Chouteau is Professor of Art at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She teaches a variety of courses including printmaking, art history and a summer course in Rome. Chouteau received her BA in Art from Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, and MA and MFA […]

Soul to the Canvas: Cedric Michael Cox

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Soul to the Canvas:  Cedric Michael Cox

“I think probably every student in art school has these fantasies of ‘making it’ as an artist in the art world—the next Picasso, the next Diebenkorn; this is because you are still that ‘artistic’ child that believes you (and only you) are the only one that exists, that feels, that touches and that experiences life […]

Donna Talerico, Regional Painter of Note

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Donna Talerico, Regional Painter of Note

It is ironic that painter Donna Talerico’s maiden name is Artis.  Although she doesn’t use it professionally, she ended up pursuing a successful career as an artist after many years as a fashion illustrator. Born in West Virginia, Talerico cites her maternal grandmother Helena Daming as one of her major influences.  A 1919 war bride, […]

September Issue of ÆQAI Online

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The September ÆQAI has just posted. We apologize that it’s a couple of days late, but we had a lot of writers out of town, a very sick webmaster, and I moved in the middle of the last week of September. But we think that it’s an exceptional issue, and hope that you, too, find […]

Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan’s new novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North is highly likely to win this year’s Man Booker Prize in literature. The Booker Prize (which was recently spoofed in Edward St. Aubyn’s newest novel to great affect) is probably the most important literary award in the world, including the Nobel Prize. […]

Book Review: “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan

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We have learned to  expect both excellence and brilliance from English writer Ian McEwan.  His new novel, The Children Act, may possibly be his finest book yet, although I am not certain that such a remark is even necessary since so many of them are superior.  The ambiguous title, which I originally took to mean […]

The New Season in the Visual Arts: Cincinnati Matures

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The enthusiasm for the new Fall season in the visual arts is very high.  We are seeing more creative exhibition venues, as well as our regular museums, galleries, non-profits, and even restaurants that display art.  Quite a few invitations have been arriving from artists having small shows on Sunday afternoons or Saturday evenings, when, we […]