Archive for January, 2022

December Issue of Aeqai Online

January 2nd, 2022  |  by  |  published in Announcements

With this last publication of 2021, we offer several excellent reviews for our readership to consider. Erkin gives us Around the Circle: Kandinsky at the Guggenheim. Explore this master of the abstract The Cincinnati Art Museum reopens the completely renovated Near Eastern Gallery with a fresh vision of their collection as reviewed by Cynthia Kukla […]

Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle

January 2nd, 2022  |  by  |  published in *, December 2021

Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle

Abstractionism—think Kandinsky—denied representation altogether, but assumed all the conventions of pictorial space, hence the nonrepresentational use of color, line, form, and so on. J.M. Bernstein, “Freedom From Nature” in Hegel and the Arts, ed. Stephen Houlgate (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2007), 220. Approaching it in one way I see no essential difference between a line […]

Twenty-first Century Museum Interprets Ancient Middle Eastern Art.

January 2nd, 2022  |  by  |  published in *, December 2021

Twenty-first Century Museum Interprets Ancient Middle Eastern Art.

Visitors to the Cincinnati Art Museum may have noticed that the first gallery on the right past the entrance – the Middle East Gallery – has been closed about a year. In a marvelous four-year research project, the museum made significant physical and curatorial changes to the museum’s existing 2,800-square-foot ancient Middle East that reopened […]

Can’t Buy Me Love: “Simply Brilliant: Artist-Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s” at Cincinnati Art Museum, October 22, 2021-February 6, 2022

January 2nd, 2022  |  by  |  published in *, December 2021

Can’t Buy Me Love: “Simply Brilliant: Artist-Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s”  at Cincinnati Art Museum, October 22, 2021-February 6, 2022

I can’t think of the last art show I saw where I wanted to write, off the top, about its sound track. In the course of two visits to “Simply Brilliant,” the Cincinnati Art Museum’s stunning two-room exhibit of some 120 pieces of extremely fine jewelry from the master designers of the 1960s and 1970s—all […]

Concord and Discord: Examining Ancient Stories

January 2nd, 2022  |  by  |  published in *, December 2021

Concord and Discord: Examining Ancient Stories

“Concord and Discord: Examining Ancient Stories” is a two person show of the work of area artists, Mary Anne Donovan and Cynthia Kukla. In many ways, though, it is a single show as well. Themes, palettes, strategies, motifs and formal approaches bounce back and forth between the work of both artists. Each artist invites the […]

Drawing Every Day

January 2nd, 2022  |  by  |  published in *, December 2021

Drawing Every Day

In 1970, I started my first year in the MFA program at the University of Cincinnati. The MFA studios were at that time in old houses behind St George Church on Scioto and Classen Streets. While moving into my studio, I noticed a man in gray coveralls working on his 1950 Chevy pickup. I first […]

ArtsWave: the Engine for Arts in Greater Cincinnati

January 2nd, 2022  |  by  |  published in December 2021

ArtsWave: the Engine for Arts in Greater Cincinnati

You don’t have to go to New York or Chicago to see first-rate productions. They are right here. ArtsWave plays a crucial role in support of arts in Greater Cincinnati helping it succeed as a region. It is the first and largest united arts fund in the county. The arts bring us joy, an escape […]

“Tiki Man” by Thom Atkinson

January 2nd, 2022  |  by  |  published in December 2021

The night I met Thom Atkinson, he read a story aloud at a writers conference.  The first page of his work had me laughing so hard I cried, inelegantly, yes, even snottily. Seven pages later, the story moved with inevitable conviction to a point so terrible, so humanly tragic it became too wrenching for tears. […]