Archive for October, 2015

The History of the World: Jacob Lawrence at the Taft Museum of Art

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, October 2015

The History of the World:  Jacob Lawrence at the Taft Museum of Art

In the 41 tempera vignettes that make up “Heroism in Paint:  a Master Series by Jacob Lawrence” (currently on display at the Taft Museum of Art through January 17, 2016), Jacob Lawrence dramatizes the life of Toussaint Louverture, revered as the founding father of Haiti who led Haitians in their fight against slavery in the […]

A Thousand Invisible Threads | Mapping the Rhizome

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, October 2015

A Thousand Invisible Threads | Mapping the Rhizome

A Thousand Invisible Threads | Mapping the Rhizome at the Herndon Gallery at Antioch College, finds its influence from Deleuze’s and Guttarai’s postmodern classic, A Thousand Plateaus. A theme is the rhizome, a biological term for a type of root structure, used as a metaphor for philosophy, social structures, or ways of thinking that are […]

The Dog, the Unicorn, and the Wheel: “Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s ‘Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn’” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 3, 2015-January 3, 2016

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, October 2015

The Dog, the Unicorn, and the Wheel: “Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s ‘Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn’” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 3, 2015-January 3, 2016

First of all, forget the unicorn. Or at the very least, hold it in abeyance. X-ray analysis of the painting shows us that before there was a unicorn on this young woman’s lap, there used to be a dog. And before skilled restoration turned it back into a unicorn again in the early 20th century, […]

Erasing the American Pastoral in Elena Dorfman’s Sublime: The L.A. River

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, October 2015

Erasing the American Pastoral in Elena Dorfman’s Sublime: The L.A. River

“See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers’ plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul.” — John Muir Elena Dorfman spent two years photographing the Los Angeles River for her series Sublime: The L.A. River, now being exhibited in the Weston Gallery. The river, paved in 1938 after a […]

City on the Rise: Public Art in Covington, Kentucky.

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, October 2015

City on the Rise: Public Art in Covington, Kentucky.

Our walls are changing for the better.  Propelled by the global phenomenon of street art and sustained by an embrace of community-sanctioned murals, public art is back in a big way. In Cincinnati, when it comes to public art, the name ArtWorks is ubiquitous.  With a hundred murals in thirty-six neighborhoods, formerly drab walls are […]

Frank Herrman: Making Prints at Clay Street Gallery

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Frank Herrman:  Making Prints at Clay Street Gallery

‘Tis the season for tricks and treats, which leads to Clay Street Press  presenting Frank Herrmann: Monotypes and Other Works. The tricks are the manipulations that Herrman and printer Mark Patsfall invented as they “played” with the monoprint  medium.  The treats are the results available to our wondering eyes. Patsfall suggested last summer that Herrmann […]

Mark Mothersbaugh at the CAC

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

a plastic German mask. a pile of ruby feces. the Kent state shooting Mark Mothersbaugh uses these elements, along with a horse with double hindquarters and a hoard of bird whistles, to make up the fantasy playland that is his exhibition “Myopia”. The term “myopia” refers severe nearsightedness. Mothersbaugh shared this fact at his live music performance at the Woodward […]

The Art Academy of Cincinnati presents Jane Carver’s Nobody Home, on display now through October 30th.

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

The Art Academy of Cincinnati presents Jane Carver’s Nobody Home, on display now through October 30th.

Walking us through the ephemeral life of a one hundred year old house and the people who have called it home, this exposition is imaginative and experiential.  Carver’s contemplation of place and memory are at times sought through the audaciousness of a child, and at others, through the modesty of a layman.  Her approach gives […]

Helado Negro – No Love Can Cut our Knife in Two

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Helado Negro – No Love Can Cut our Knife in Two

It isn’t my proclivity to fidget during performances but during this show was absolutely squirming in my seat. The sweet sounds of Helado Negro (which translates to ‘Black Ice Cream’) and the visual nature of the exhale dance tribe cloaked in silver strings of reflective material kept me bouncing my leg and tapping my fingers […]

Last Splash of Color

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Last Splash of Color

From the moment you ascend the staircase at the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery to see “Last Splash of Color,” you are struck by a sense of harmony.  This is due in part to similarities in the color palettes used by Susan Mahan, Paula Wiggins, and Ursula Brenner, three highly-skilled, well-established Cincinnati artists.  But color alone […]

Talking Blues: Cedric Cox at the CCAC

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Talking Blues: Cedric Cox at the CCAC

Cedric Michael Cox is currently exhibiting an array of his  colorful abstractions at Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Entitled “Talking Blues”, the exhibit presents a body of larger and intermediate sized full color paintings supported by several graphite studies. Cox bases his work on drawing and describes having become tired of color and desired to simply […]

Profile of Brad Smith

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Profile of Brad Smith

Photographer Brad Austin Smith’s body of work contains a lot of bodies, including his own. One of his more iconic black-and-white images is of his unclothed body classically posed – reminiscent of a Michelangelo marble sculpture. He was in a bathtub that was for sale inside what now is the grand Cincinnatian Hotel, but then […]

Nature as the Soul’s Mirror

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Nature as the Soul's Mirror

Last month, aeqai posted both a profile of area artist Kay Hurley, and a review of her new work (and that of sculptor Margot Gotoff). Interest in Hurley’s work is abundant, so aeqai is reprinting, with permission, a feature that aeqai editor Daniel Brown wrote for The Artist’s Magazine about Hurley in 2008 for our […]

Marlene Steele –Portrait and Landscape Artist in the West End

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Marlene Steele –Portrait and Landscape Artist in the West End

On Oliver Street, a road without a sign in the West End, lies a four-story brick building, which is the studio and home of divorced artist Marlene Steele, who has lived there since 1987.  She often paints her neighborhood, which is inner city, urban and industrial. Steele chooses urbanscapes and people at work as her […]

The Huguenots

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

    When we last left off, the fashion community was migrating eastward witnessing designers’ Spring 2016 collections. The month started in New York and then moved onward to London, Milan, and Paris. As is par for the course, the most intriguing fashion came from the City of Lights with Lanvin, Chanel, and Valentino among […]

Letter From Atlanta

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Letter From Atlanta

An Atlanta visitor might easily miss Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, but as a frequent traveler there I’ve learned to stop by. Temporary shows are interesting and the permanent collection itself is fine. The building, designed by the late Michael Graves relatively early in his career, gives thoughtful attention to what it houses and […]

Randy Hage’s Lost but not Forgotten Storefronts

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Randy Hage’s Lost but not Forgotten Storefronts

Los Angeles-based artist Randy Hage has been photographing New York City storefronts for nearly 20 years. Since the late 1990s, he’s amassed more than 700 photos from which he’s sourced the subject matter for his amazingly detailed photorealistic sculptures that depict mom & pop establishments, each of which retains an iconic symbolism representative of generations […]

“Texas Design Now” at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, through November 29

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

"Texas Design Now” at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, through November 29

Despite featuring the work of 35 Texas designers, nothing feels jumbled about “Texas Design Now.” Impressively curated, these works satisfy on a thoroughly contemporary plane, elevating the pop appeal of the flashy images of our sound-bite assembly-line society. In truth—and I mean this as a compliment—entering the exhibition is like entering a lost dimension of […]

Lisaann Cohn, Nostalgia and Desire, Dendroica Gallery, October 8 – November 8, 2015

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Lisaann Cohn, Nostalgia and Desire, Dendroica Gallery, October 8 - November 8, 2015

Lisaann Cohn’s recent small-format drawings in black and white inspire frequent comparisons to the work of illustrator Edward Gorey. However, at closer glance, her richly symbolic work shares a greater kinship with that of the Surrealists and other influences, such as Renaissance engraver Albrecht Dürer. The modest size of Cohn’s artworks (the largest pieces in […]

Letter from Chicago: “Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014″

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Letter from Chicago:  “Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014"

Midwest-born, Los Angeles–based sculptor Charles Ray’s mid-career retrospective, “Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014,” is a significant and revelatory exhibition which opened at the Art Institute of Chicago May 15, 2015 and concluded on October 4. The exhibition was co-organized by the Art Institute, its only North American venue, and the Kunstmuseum, Basel. Six of Ray’s sculptures—including […]

Hard-Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond: An Important Show Featuring Works by Artists of African Descent Who Look to Abstraction as a Vehicle for Expression

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Hard-Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond: An Important Show Featuring Works by Artists of African Descent Who Look to Abstraction as a Vehicle for Expression

It’s difficult to believe that our country’s canonized definition of art history continues to lack a comprehensive representation of the various contributions that African American artists have made to abstract painting. Yet, to this day, most anthologized collections claiming to comprise complete collections of contemporary art history still fail to feature more than a handful […]

SAM FOY WITH BROOM: SOUTH, The Archive Louis Zoellar Bickett

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

SAM FOY WITH BROOM: SOUTH, The Archive Louis Zoellar Bickett

Keepers of Our Craft: The 2015 Letterhead Meet

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Lettering artists, calligraphers and sign painters of every type have nourished their love affair with the brush through centuries of human communicational needs. Sign design, featuring unique attractive shapes and the seductive element of neon, has been a ubiquitous element of the American landscape. Our romance with the road and the art of the sign […]

The State We’re In: Maine Stores by Anne Beattie

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

New stories by Ann Beattie are a literary event, because of the rarity of them. Her new work appears under the title The State We’re In:  Maine Stories, a relatively slim volume of mostly connecting stories (fifteen in total). Beattie’s so important to me, and to Baby Boomers in particular, as hers has been the definitive voice […]

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in October 2015

Ever since I’d read Lauren Groff’s novel Arcadia, which landed on my ten best novels of the year a couple of years ago, I have been looking forward to her next offering. What so impressed me in Arcadia was her gentleness of spirit, her ability to catch the essence of the best side of the […]

AEQAI FALL BENEFIT

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Announcements

AEQAI FALL BENEFIT November 10, 2015 6-9pm Weston Gallery located in the Aronoff Center for the Arts   Aeqai is sponsoring its annual fundraiser on November 10, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Weston Gallery located in The Aronoff Center for the Arts. The purpose of the benefit is to provide funding for aeqai, a […]

October Issue of Aeqai Online

October 21st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Announcements

The month of October always brings with it not only glorious weather, but some of the most fascinating art shows tend to appear during this month every year, and 2015 is no exception. Exhibition offerings are very strong, and the October issue of aeqai, now posted, is full of reviews, profiles, and manifests aeqai’s growth into […]