Archive for March, 2015

The Idler and the Crowd: “Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art” at the Taft Museum of Art, February 6, 2015-May 24, 2015

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The Idler and the Crowd:  “Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures  from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art”  at the Taft Museum of Art, February 6, 2015-May 24, 2015

If you had wanted an education in the transition from the 19th to the 20th centuries in American culture, the Taft Museum has been the place to be. In the past year and a half, the Taft has hosted the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s collection of American daguerreotypes, “Telling Tales” from the New-York Historical Society, […]

In Theory: Navigating reimagined territories in Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes at The Carnegie

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In Theory: Navigating reimagined territories in Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes at The Carnegie

What is a landscape? What exactly constitutes its borders and ambiguities? “Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes,” a new exhibit at The Carnegie in Covington, explores this complicated question, displaying a cornucopia of artworks by twenty-one regional artists who, through varied media, attempt to redefine the landscape genre. It becomes immediately evident upon entering the gallery that […]

“The Total Look: Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through May 24, 2015

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“The Total Look: Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through May 24, 2015

The title of the Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition featuring the apparel designs of Rudi Gernreich – notorious for his topless swimsuit — is inspired. “The Total Look” defines the Austrian-born designer’s aesthetic concept that every element of an ensemble should complement every other. He designed everything from head to toe – hats to shoes – […]

Women in Abstraction: Phyllis Weston Gallery

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Women in Abstraction:  Phyllis Weston Gallery

Abstract Art lovers’ Alert! The current exhibit featured at the Phyllis Weston Gallery in O’Bryonville will thrill you. The benign art of collage is taken in several engaging directions in Kathy Salchow’s multi-element collages. Natural and textural elements assembled in fanciful combinations engage the viewer’s imaginative interpretations and enjoyment. “Early Bird Tobacco Bag” is comprised […]

“About Faith:” nine women’s experiences with Judaism through art

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“About Faith:” nine women’s experiences with Judaism through art

“About Faith,” does not hide behind a clever name. It is, both on its surface and deep down, about showcasing its artists’ Jewish identities. According to a placard located immediately inside the first room of the exhibit, “About Faith” is curator Beth Goldstein’s attempt at completing the Hiddur Mitzvah, or “adornment of a commandment.” She […]

“Meditation” at Wash Park Art Shows Evan Hildebrandt and Alison Shepard

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“Meditation” at Wash Park Art Shows Evan Hildebrandt and Alison Shepard

Gorgeous is not a word to be thrown out lightly, and in any case it’s usually not accepted  ArtSpeak, but some of the works in Meditation at Wash Park Art, 1215 Elm Street, call out for it.  The show presents new works and collaborations by Evan Hildebrandt and Alison Shepard, established artists who are married […]

Puppet Show: “Baby’s Back: Lindsey Henderson and Mica Smith” at Pear Gallery

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Puppet Show:  “Baby’s Back:  Lindsey Henderson and Mica Smith” at Pear Gallery

Lindsey Henderson makes oddly familiar and familiarly odd puppet-like things that seem to bleed in and out of reality, like double visions flickering back into three dimensions.  “Things” might be a pejorative term, but that’s what they are:  beautifully off-kilter sculptures that sag and giggle and burp without making a sound.  The way the curator […]

“Modern Voices in Japanese Ceramics and Prints,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through April 26, 2015

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“Modern Voices in Japanese Ceramics and Prints,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through April 26, 2015

I think the best way – physically and intellectually — to approach the “Modern Voices in Japanese Ceramics and Prints” exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum is through the Schiff Gallery and Ambulatory, just up the stairs in the lobby. “Masterpieces of Japanese Art” is installed there, and it lives up to its title. The […]

Uncovering 300 Years of Japanese Art At The Cincinnati Art Museum

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Uncovering 300 Years of Japanese Art  At The Cincinnati Art Museum

When the Cincinnati Art Museum first announced its exhibition schedule for the coming season, I was thrilled to see that Masterpieces of Japanese Art was opening in February. At the time, I assumed it was going to be a traveling exhibit, perhaps from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, or from the Asian collections […]

Figurative Folklore

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Figurative Folklore

“The human figure as depicted in art is more than a study of anatomy and the play of light and dark on the flesh. Human gestures have the capacity to intrigue, unnerve and perplex. The scenes are familiar to our collective experience, yet something is askew, enigmatic even farcical. The figure takes on a mythical […]

Susan Schuler at Malton

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Susan Schuler at Malton

Susan Schuler, abstract painter, has moved to Albuquerque.  For the light. For the glorious southwestern sunlight, clarity intact, that has bedazzled artists since at least the 19th century. Schuler, widely traveled, is a sophisticated judge of sunlight and its artistic uses. A Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area native, children now grown, she last year packed up and […]

The New Gucci

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Fashion is art, of this there is no doubt. Like a painter, a fashion designer’s creative abilities come to life on the canvas on which he/she works, a living, breathing canvas made to be worn: consider the product a form of kinetic art.  When a designer unveils his/her newest collection, as happened recently at Fashion Weeks […]

A Vessel Filling Slowly

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A Vessel Filling Slowly

This past week I was in New York City and saw West of the Future, a show of oil and distemper paintings by the California and Iceland based artist John Zurier. The paintings are on display at the venerable Peter Blum Gallery in midtown Manhattan on 57th street. The show runs through April 4. Sometimes […]

Letter From New York

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Letter From New York

Art week in New York has been stereotyped as an endless pit of marketable art floating in a sea of socialites perusing from pier to pier and down to Park Avenue in search of the next great buy. My experience at New York Art Week was anything but stereotypical. I visited the must-see venues such […]

Letter from Springfield Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art

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Letter from Springfield Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art

Not every Friday the 13th is as memorable as the opening reception and new exhibition at the Illinois State Museum-Springfield Gallery.  Curated by the museum’s Robert Sill, Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art “explores the various ways artists choose to combine language in their visual art. It features art by self-taught artists and works by […]

Tom Towhey, Cincinnati Artist

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Tom Towhey, Cincinnati Artist

Several years after I moved to the Cincinnati area in 1992, a friend took me to an art gallery near my house where I saw a work on paper by Tom Towhey.  It was part of a series, the last one available for purchase.  I was instinctively drawn to the subtle shades of brown that […]

February 28, 2015: Reflections at the End of Black History Month. Where We At? Dealing (with) Black Feminism

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By Venise Keys, Edited by Cynthia Kukla In the great tradition of Black Feminism, I have integrated a daily practice of self-love into my lifestyle as a full-time graduate student. This self-love is deeper than an assortment of wooden Afrocentric jewelry or a proclaiming Black Nationalist flag (although I proudly have both)…it is an active […]

Joyce Phillips Young

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Joyce Phillips Young

“My art reflects my journey,” said Joyce Phillips Young, an African American artist who has created acrylic paintings for many years.  “I have come to know that life through its myriad of experiences and challenges teaches us many lessons to guide us along the way,’’ she said. “It is my desire to create art that […]

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

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ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

I.              Images For A Better World: Carole WINTERS, Visual Artist Carole Winters, born in Northern Kentucky, spent most of her childhood in Western New York where her father, an electrical engineer, had relocated for work in the emerging television industry of the mid-50s. At age ten, a visit to a major exhibition of the work […]

Poems by Louis Zoellar Bickett

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“…Life gives its whole heart And death gives its secret…” —from The Work of the Painter by Paul Eluard (translated by Samuel Beckett) BUDDHA IN THE BACKYARD (COVERED IN 11” OF SNOW. ODDLY A ROBIN CALLS IN THE DISTANCE. WINTER A VIGILANT, CONSISTENT TUNDRA, 20 DAYS TILL SPRING) Some secrets come too late. Some secrets […]

Poems by Huck Fairman

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      The Year Picture some old man trying to say something profound about the year, about its turnings, its seasons, its existence in the air.   Looking slowly up to the horizon, or wall, his eyes parturient, pulsating teared with his vision, announce his soul shall speak. His lips part, purse, then quiver as he offers […]

Book Review: The Secret Wisdom of Earth by Christopher Scotton

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Another exciting debut novel is out, this one entitled The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, and is written by Christopher Scotton.  It’s very much akin to Smith Henderson’s Fourth of July Creek, which was listed on my best fiction of the year list for 2014.  Scotton is a great story teller, and his novel is […]

Book Review: Outline By Rachel Cusk

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English writer Rachel Cusk’s new novel, titled Outline, is one of the most unusual novels around, and if you give it what’s now called slow time to read it, you’re in for a special treat.  Cusk, who has written admirably and even painfully in the past about the breakup of her own marriage, creates a […]

March Issue of Aeqai Online

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The March issue of Aeqai has just posted, and the offerings in the visual arts this month have been outstanding, all over the region.  As Spring finally arrived, people have been eager to get out, see art, regroup, and be part of an increasingly large number of special events, lectures, adjunct programming.  Aeqai also welcomes […]