Archive for August, 2015

la Biennale di Venezia: Part One

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la Biennale di Venezia: Part One

Inaugurated in 1895 with the first international presentation in 1897, la Biennale di Venezia is the oldest and in my opinion, still the most prestigeous of the contemporary international exhibitions of visual art. Venice celebrates the 120th anniversary of the first Exhibition (1895).Venice is an erotic city, steeped in cultural, and military history and it […]

Both Sides Now: “Northern Baroque Splendor: The HOHENBUCHAU COLLECTION from LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

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Both Sides Now: “Northern Baroque Splendor: The HOHENBUCHAU COLLECTION  from LIECHTENSTEIN. The Princely Collections” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Jan Tilens and Hendrick van Balen’s “Expansive Mountain Valley Landscape with a Rainbow and the Hunt of Diana” is a classic example of a “Weltlandschaft,” or world landscape, the sort of picture that first drew Otto Christian Fassbender and his wife Renate to assemble their outstanding collection of 17th century paintings now on view at […]

Profile of Melvin Grier

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Profile of Melvin Grier

It took years, but eventually Jymi Bolden persuaded Melvin Grier it was possible to be both a photojournalist and a fine artist. Bolden was a student at the Art Academy of Cincinnati when he worked during the 1980s as a photo intern with the already seasoned Grier at The Cincinnati Post, and that’s when the […]

Architectural Design: One Focus of People’s Liberty Grantmaking

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Architectural Design: One Focus of People’s Liberty Grantmaking

Architectural Design one Focus of People’s Liberty Grantmaking Civic-minded Individuals Gain Support for Creative Initiatives People’s Liberty staff leaders describe the operation as a philanthropic laboratory.  This forward-looking, deep-pockets organization, which values disruptive ideas and innovative methods, is changing the character of local philanthropy and the face of urban neighborhoods.  People’s Liberty is a collaboration […]

Vanishing Point: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Edward S. Curtis

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Vanishing Point: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Edward S. Curtis

According to the forward to his monumental book series The North American Indians, Edward S. Curtis is a man “whose pictures are pictures, not merely photographs.” One wonders now what is meant by that statement, written in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt. But if you spend enough time in the Taft Museum of Art’s new […]

Kohn Gallery Celebrates Thirty Years with The West Coast Avant-Garde: 1950’s – Present

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Kohn Gallery Celebrates Thirty Years with The West Coast Avant-Garde: 1950’s – Present

In 1965, the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art first opened its doors on Wilshire Boulevard. Before LACMA, Los Angeles lacked any semblance of an alternative art hub. It was this absence, however, that made way for a new generation of artists who embraced the city as unique platform from which they could indulge in […]

Summer Pleasures: A Review of By This River at the Weston Gallery

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Summer Pleasures: A Review of By This River at the Weston Gallery

With its current show By This River and previous show The Weight of Water, the Weston Gallery has devoted both spring and summer to presenting Cincinnati with multiple lenses through which to view water, an essential element of life that has served as inspiration for countless artists.  It’s a timely topic too, given the record […]

“History Channel: New Art from Old Art,” Thunder-Sky, Inc., Gallery

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“History Channel: New Art from Old Art,” Thunder-Sky, Inc., Gallery

Keith Banner, co-founder of Thunder-Sky, Inc., explains the thesis behind the “History Channel: New Art from Old Art” exhibition there:   Thunder-Sky loves to mess with art history every once in a while, and using historically famous art and artists as starting points and inspirations for artists we love and support is a great little […]

Meanwell at Mary Ran Gallery

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Meanwell at Mary Ran Gallery

Rising to the top in the art world is not the norm for the average MFA holder even with that precious certificate that guarantees the student knows nearly everything about art that the institution he/she has attended can afford them.  The late Jack Meanwell took every route around fine art, including commercial design, that an […]

Andy Fausz: Trials and Tribulations

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Andy Fausz: Trials and Tribulations

The job of the artist is to always deepen the mystery – Francis Bacon The large scale mixed media pieces on paper by Andy Fausz are not for the faint of heart.  They are brutally honest and beautifully rendered.  To many they may be shocking, but shock is not the intent of the work, which […]

A.L. Steiner, Anthony Burdin, and Drew Heitzler at Blum & Poe

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A.L. Steiner, Anthony Burdin, and Drew Heitzler at Blum & Poe

Three new solo-exhibitions featuring works by A.L. Steiner, Anthony Burdin, and Drew Heitzler are currently on view at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles. A.L. Steiner’s first solo-exhibition with the gallery, Come & Go, features works that span the last twenty years of the artist’s career and includes what Roberta Smith of The New York […]

Urbanscape: Through Paint and Lens at Wash Park Art

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Urbanscape: Through Paint and Lens at Wash Park Art

In the pleasant confines of Wash Park Art, 1215 Elm Street, just a few doors down from Music Hall, the work of three painters and two photographers shared space handily in Urbanscape: Through Paint and Lens, a show that only recently closed. The gallery is the first floor of a 19th century row house and […]

Wearable Art

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Whenever discussions about the relationships between fashion and art occur, the conversation inevitably ends up around the question “Is fashion art?” Although it’s been answered previously on AEQAI, it bears repeating that yes, fashion is art. Fashion design is an art form like painting or sculpting with one major difference: Fashion generally is made to […]

Gagosian Gallery’s New Los Angeles Show Urges Us to Remember

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Gagosian Gallery’s New Los Angeles Show Urges Us to Remember

While we pursue more information than we did in the past, we have become less apt to retain most of which we learn because of our ever-present access to the Internet. This is because most every word and image has been documented digitally and can be found online in what is now the world’s largest […]

Karen Heyl and Her Career in Sculpture

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Karen Heyl and Her Career in Sculpture

As early as kindergarten, Karen Heyl, now 66, knew she was going to be an artist.  “When my art project was held up as an example in class,” Heyl said, “I knew I wanted to be an artist.”  In the 1960’s, she married and had two daughters.  “They saw me struggle as I was raising […]

Interview with Michael Solway, Director of the Carl Solway Gallery

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Interview with Michael Solway, Director of the Carl Solway Gallery

The Carl Solway Gallery is an icon in the Cincinnati arts community. In 2010, Carl’s son Michael became director of the gallery after running the SolwayJones Gallery in Los Angeles for 10 years. Below is an excerpt from a recent interview with Michael Solway. It coincides with By This River, an exhibition he curated that […]

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner

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Burnt Bridge   I carefully burned the bridge aware of the river below.  Warnings rang from the common folk declaring, “if your venture in this new city proves illegitimate and you must return to your place of old, your welcome will be diminished like ashes from the fire’s stoke.” In the unlikely event, I’ll build […]

Academy Street, by Mary Costello: A Perfect Novel

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The publishing world’s still living in an era when their summer offerings are anachonistically known as ‘beach reading’, referring back, quaintly, to a time when people took the summer off for vacations (many Boards of Trustees of arts organizations also don’t meet in the summer, for the same reason: it was once assumed that ‘everyone’ […]

The Green Road, by Anne Enright

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The Green Road, by Anne Enright, is another  excellent summer release, written by the outstanding Irish novelist Anne Enright, whose earlier novel, The Gathering, won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction. Yes,  a plethora of Irish novelists are about, and their famous ‘gift for gab’ is manifest all round (Colm Toibin may well be […]

The Book of Aron, by Jim Shephard

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The famous expression “Never Again!” was coined by Rabbi Meier Kehane, a Brooklyn-born rabbi who emigrated to Israel , and may be said to have caused no end of trouble for various Israeli governments, but the expression itself will live well beyond the man who coined it. Although specifically meant for Jews, the quote means […]

The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy

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This debut novel by young African-American novelist  Angela Flournoy is written in what first appears to be simple narrative prose style—and that’s a good thing, since the novel is about a family of two parents and thirteen children born to them, and takes place mostly in Detroit from right around World War II to the […]

Summer Issue of Aeqai Online

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The summer issue of Aeqai has just posted; it’s our annual double issue, July and August, when the arts are a little slower. We think that in future summers , more and more activity will take place as the idea of ‘summer in the city’ takes off, and less and less people have vacations (it used to […]