Daniel Brown

Daniel Brown is an Independent Art Advisor who builds corporate and private art collections across America. He is also a freelance curator, mainly in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Kansas City, specializing in contemporary art (approximately 350 shows curated). He is a widely published art critic, currently writing regularly for The Artist's Magazine, and has written catalogs, essays, art reviews and art journalism since 1973. He has collected contemporary art since 1968, and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Art. Daniel Brown assumed the role of editor of ÆQAI in July of 2010.

Review of Celant Lecture at Opening of FotoFocus

  On Friday evening, October 23, FotoFocus invited about one hundred people to dinner and to a kick off lecture by Italian curator/critic/thinker/museum professional Germano Celant, widely regarded as one of the first and finest independent curators in the world.  The event was the precursor for the one day Symposium organized by New York FotoFocus Curator [...]

Geraldine Brook’s The Secret Chord

The phenomenally gifted Geraldine Brooks has returned with her newest novel, The Secret Chord, and, like The People of The Book before it, it’s both magnificent, historically accurate, and often very moving. Her prose is as close to poetry, or prose poetry, as we are likely to see this year.  Fascinated by aspects of historical Judaism, in this novel, Brooks [...]

Jonathan Franzen’s Purity

Jonathan Franzen’s one of those hugely praised younger writers; sometimes I think his writing and ideas are superb, sometimes not; I often wonder about the wild adulation given to him (and also to Michael Chabon). But Franzen’s newest novel, Purity, although receiving a huge range of reviews, from positive to mixed to negative, is really a first [...]

November Issue of Aeqai Online

The November issue of Aeqai, which is filled with reviews and profiles, has just posted. It’s an exceptional issue, reflecting smart art, artists, and ideas about culture competing for our attention.  We look , from several different perspectives, at the Symposium that FotoFocus’ New York Curator Kevin Moore put together in Cincinnati on Oct. 24, [...]

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 [...]

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

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

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 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

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 [...]

Beth Hertz, Ahead of Her Time: Visionary Abstract Painter

Abstraction has made an explosive return to the visual arts in the past five years or so, and every now and again, an artist who is relatively unknown will surface with work that’s astonishingly fine. Dayton-area based Beth Hertz is just such an artist. An acolyte of Stanton MacDonald-Wright and Morgan Russell, Hertz was fascinated [...]

H is for Hawk

English writer Helen Macdonald’s memoir H is for Hawk is one of the most brilliantly conceived and written books of the year. I passed on buying it three times, as I couldn’t decide if it might be fascinating, or boring, or some kind of gimmick (alas, one does approach so much culture with those stipulations and/or concerns [...]

Artists as Activists

Saad Ghosn’s new and superb book, Artists as Activists, is now out, with a book signing and sale that just took place at Joseph Beth at Rookwood on September 19th.  It’s a splendid offering, full of individual interview essays that Ghosn wrote himself from a selection of many of this region’s finest artists. Let me recommend up [...]

The Sympathizers, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Dragonfish, by Vu Tran

Two recent novels, The Sympathizers, by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Dragonfish, by Vu Tran, are debut novels by two Vietnamese-American men, and the books have many elements in common (besides their excellence).  The ndmerican media have been assuring us since Vietnam reunited, and since Western businesspeople began to go there to seek business opportunities, that the Vietnamese, [...]

September Issue of Aeqai Online

The September Aeqai has just posted. This issue represents a kind of transition period, from mid-to late August, through the first third of September, when the summer’s just about over, and the fall season’s about to begin in earnest. More are organizations, institutions , and for-profits program year ’round now, so we still have a [...]

Academy Street, by Mary Costello: A Perfect Novel

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

Mapplethorpe Then and Now: 25 Years and a Conversation with FotoFocus’ Kevin Moore

Many different memories, ideas, conclusions, and issues  are beginning to surface as FotoFocus Curator Kevin Moore and the Contemporary Arts Center each look toward Fall of 2015, the 25th anniversary of the original Robert Mapplethorpe photography show, “The Perfect Moment”, and its tumultuous  aftermath.  Sheriff Simon Leis and the Vice Squad closed down the exhibition, [...]

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Book Review: Odysseus Abroad, by Amit Chaudhuri

Odysseus Abroad, by Amit Chaudhuri, is an exceptionally intelligent novel, often funny, sometimes sad, about a young man from India who’s gone to London to study towards a Ph.D. in twentieth century English poetry. He has an uncle living in London, retired, and periodic visits from his mother from India are a routine part of [...]

Book Review: A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara, may be the finest novel you’ll read this year. Long, at 720 pages in hardback, it’s the most page-turning, fingernail-gripping book I’ve read since Donna Tartt’s very fine Goldfinch. One of the most fascinating facts about fiction in the past five years or so is the number of very long [...]

June Issue of Aeqai Online

The June issue of aeqai has just been posted, again reflecting the wide variety of visual experiences available in this region, and across the nation.  The Contemporary Arts Center downtown continues to offer exciting exhibitions for us, and aeqai critic Keith Banner reviews Titus Kaphar’s remarkable “The Vesper Project”, while Zack Hatfield analyzes former Cincinnati [...]

May Issue of Aeqai Online

The May issue of Aeqai has just posted, and it again reflects wide swaths of the visual arts communities here and in other areas/regions/cities. Our coverage this month begins with a thoughtful and sensitive review of a photography show at Iris Book Cafe, curated by William Messer, known widely for his superb aesthetic eye, and [...]

Book Review: After Birth by Elisa Albert

I am ongoingly impressed and reassured by the very high quality of fiction written by younger generations of writers, both American and internationally, from countries including England,Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Australia Afghanistan, India, amongst others. In spite of all the digital hoo haa that we hear every day, legions of younger fiction (and non-fiction) writers still [...]

Book Review: Migrating Animals by Mary Helen Specht

Another splendid novel by a virtually unknown young American woman, Migratory Animals is a fine look at a group of friends who met in college, who are now in their late twenties/early thirties. The novel about college friends who hang together afterwards has become a common American trope: Jeffrey Eugenides’ excellent The Marriage Plot covers [...]

Book Review: Early Warning by Jane Smiley

The admirable Jane Smiley has returned with the second of three novels of a trilogy, about a family from Iowa; the triology follows three generations of this family from the twenties to the present (I assume). Somehow she’s managed to get the second novel out in just over a year from the first, and these [...]

Book Review: The Wall by H.G. Adler

Little known in America, H.G. Adler is becoming one of the towering figures of modernist literature, and deservedly so.  The third novel of his Holocaust trilogy, The Wall, was recently published in America.  The reviewers who have written about this novel can only be said to be awestruck by it, and I’ve joined the ranks [...]

April Issue of Aeqai Online

April has brought us better weather, and an ongoing plethora of first-rate exhibitions in the visual arts, as well as more new galleries, increasingly on the west side of town.  The April aeqai (www.aeqai.com) is now posted, and here’s an overview of what’s in it.  Mike Rutledge gives us an exciting profile of husband-and-wife ceramicist [...]

Book Review: The Secret Wisdom of Earth by Christopher Scotton

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

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

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 [...]

Winter Issue of Aeqai Online

The January/February issue of aeqai has just posted. It’s a six week, rather than four week, issue, as the first two weeks in January were off to a slow start, after the holidays wended their way out of our systems, and the weather began to allow us to go out and not freeze. We begin [...]

Book Review: Preparation of the Next Life by Atticus Lish

Atticus Lish’s novel, Preparation for the Next Life, published by Tyrant Books in paperback only, is the finest debut novel I have read in at least 25 years.  Rave reviews are pouring in from every publication of note that has reviewed his book.  Let me say up front that this is a must read novel, [...]

Book Review: Hand to Mouth: Living in the Bootstrap of America by Linda Tirado

Barbara Ehrenreich, one of America’s finest journalists, brought contemporary American poverty to this country’s consciousness in two works of non-fiction, first in Nickel and Dimed, published in 2001, and later in Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, published in 2006, right before the great market crash of 2008.  In the first [...]

December Issue of Aeqai is Online

Aeqai is back with our December issue. We’ve taken this opportunity to give you more profiles this month, as so many galleries and nonprofits are showing their holiday wares/exhibitions/displays, though we also offer some key reviews. We hope that you’ve had or will take the chance to see the new neon installation by area artist [...]

Bukang Kim: The Completed Journey

All of the arts have been refreshed by waves of painters, writers, musicians and dancers, who fled their countries of origin between approximately 1933 and the present. Often called exile artists, writers from Nabokov to Kiran Desai, and painters from Max Ernst to Man Ray, from de Kooning and Mondrian to Gorky and Hans Hofmann, [...]

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Athena: Parthenos/Promachus by Huck Fairman

Huck Fairman takes a look at a declining contemporary American marriage through the lens of a vacation in Greece that is a “let’s give it one more try” getaway.  He uses a fascinating plot device, or series of them, by putting this couple at a party, where everyone pretends to have a name of an [...]

Best Fiction of 2014

1.  Francine Prose, The Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932 Prose creates a club friendly to gay, lesbian and transvestite clienteles, at a time when the Nazi presence is starting to be felt in Paris.  A photographer based upon the Hungarian born Andre Kertesz photographs the demimonde of Paris, while a belligerent lesbian athlete, abused from childhood, [...]

November Issue of AEQAI Online

The November issue of aeqai has just posted. November was a very busy month in the visual arts, with some FotoFocus shows still going strong, and fine offerings from many nonprofits and commercial galleries. We offer, again, a wide swath of the arts community in this issue. Jonathan Kamholtz completes our FotoFocus coverage with a [...]

A Conversation with Cameron Kitchin

Cameron Kitchin, the new director of The Cincinnati Art Museum, firmly believes that “public service is in the DNA of this institution”, referring to the museum itself.  He and I sat down for a combined conversation/interview on Monday, November 3rd, which lasted for just under two hours.  Although he had only been on the job [...]

Book Review: Some Luck by Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley’s novel One Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize, is compelling and gripping not only because the book builds to a surprise and horrifying climax, but also because Smiley understands the rhythms of farm life, the influence of weather, the very soil of Iowa, in which her characters are seeded and grow.  Smiley [...]

Book Review: Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux

Books of short stories are often difficult to review, particularly when the stories do not overlap, one to another, almost like a novel in short stories.  But I have long considered Paul Theroux to be one of America’s most important writers in three different genres: travel writing, fiction, and short fiction.  Theroux burst on the [...]

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 [...]

Book Review: Lila by Marilynne Robinson

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

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 [...]

September Issue of ÆQAI Online

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

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

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

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 [...]

Is Entertainment Enough?

We have been hearing for several decades now that the arts have to compete with all entertainment.  Since the advent of the “24/7” work schedule, wherein everyone is supposed to be available all the time, made significantly worse by the advent of technology, people who work have less and less available free time.  The assumption [...]

Lois Rosenthal: In Memoriam

Lois Rosenthal’s recent and untimely death gives pause to all of us as we think about her contributions to the arts and towards our increasingly unknown future with those same arts here.  I have always thought of Lois, to use the language of business, as an entrepreneur, rather than a manager.  Her great mind was [...]

Book Review: Fourth of July Creek

A very pleasant surprise is in store if you read Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson.  This nearly epic novel is the author’s first, and he exhibits a maturity in his thinking, his writing, in the complexities of his plot, his delineation of character, and his extraordinary empathy for his people.  Set in contemporary [...]

Book Review: “My Struggle”

Book 3 of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six volume novel/autobiography/memoir has just been published.  These novels have been widely praised all over the world for their use of a different model of what constitutes fiction, or the novel itself.  I went a bought Book 1 and Book 2, to see what the hype is about.  They [...]

Post-Tribal Shamanism: A New Look at the Old Ways by Kenn Day

The Age of Aquarius, better known as the 60’s, brought a vital return to what became known as New Age spirituality, and its subsets in fields like medicine.  As a chronic pain patient myself, I learned 28 years ago, when my “pain of undetermined origin” began, that the answers I was looking for were not [...]

Directions in the Visual Arts: Thoughts at the End of the Season

by Daniel Brown As we near the end of another art season, which is generally thought to run from September through June, much like the academic year, some patterns have emerged which we should note.  The predominant movement seems to be towards a near complete domination of the visual arts by non-profits, and the very [...]

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Clever Girl Book Review

by Daniel Brown Clever Girl, by English writer Tessa Hadley, establishes her in great tradition of English women writers whose symbolic ancestor remains Jane Austen.  I admit to being something of a sucker for family sagas, including The Forsythe Saga by John Galsworthy, and Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.  Contemporary writers in this genre, which expands [...]

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All The Light We Cannot See Book Review

by Daniel Brown Just as I had stated last month that Francine Prose’s novel The Chameleon Club is the best novel of 2014 to date, I read Anthony Doerr’s  All the Light We Cannot See, which I think it’s safe to call a masterpiece.  Written over a ten year period but just published, Doerr’s novel [...]

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June Letter from the Editor

The June issue of aeqai is now ready for your aesthetic pleasure and intellectual enjoyment.  We are just beginning that time of year when the pace of the arts and urban culture relaxes a little, so this is a smaller edition of aeqai. Two of the most important shows at area museums have just recently [...]

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Shawn Daniell: In Memorial

by Daniel Brown Shawn Daniell: In Memorial Shawn came to see me in 2010, when I had just taken over as Editor of aeqai.  She was shy but certain that she had an idea that would be good for aeqai and for her.  I remember her literally sitting on the edge of my couch, until [...]

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May Essay

by Daniel Brown The recent trip to New York by our symphony, The May Festival Chorus, The Cincinnati Opera, The Cincinnati Ballet, The Art Museum, The Taft Museum, The Ariel String Quartet from CCM, and seven area chefs represents a new opening wedge in branding and marketing Cincinnati nationally.  What at first appeared to be [...]

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The Contemporary Arts Center Turns 75

by Daniel Brown Aeqai congratulates the CAC as it celebrates its 75 anniversary year.  We have decided to help the festivities by asking two people a month to let us know what the CAC has meant to them.  Aeqai will be asking former staff and board members, as well as artists who have shown there, [...]

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Book Review: Three New African Talents

by Daniel Brown A virtual plethora of new African writers is taking the literary world by surprise and by storm.  Last year’s Amerikah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ended up on The New York Times’ five best novels of the year, most deservedly (I had not, at that time, read it).  The writer’s narrator is a [...]

Read | No Comments | Tags: * · May 2014 · On View

Book Review: Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

by Daniel Brown Francine Prose’s newest novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, is both her finest to date as well as the best novel of 2014 to date.  The book is written from several different points of view, and by several different narrators/protagonists.  Prose takes us to Paris in the late 20’s, and [...]

Read | No Comments | Tags: * · May 2014 · On View

May Letter from the Editor

by Daniel Brown The month of May has been full of art exhibitions, indoor and outdoor, and lots of benefit parties to raise money for them.  We are nearing the end of the official art year, in June, as the art season is more or less the same as the school year.  Aeqai will post [...]

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Reflections upon Millard Rogers

by Daniel Brown The recent death of Millard Rogers, Director Emeritus of The Cincinnati Art Museum, not only brings back some extremely fond memories for many of us who knew him well, but also reminds me that we are searching now for another director of the art museum.  I am hoping that we can remember [...]

Aeqai Mourns Lily Mulberry

by Daniel Brown We are deeply saddened to let our readers know of the untimely death of Lily Mulberry, who invented and ran a gallery in OTR called 1305 Main. That gallery showed some of the finest exhibitions, mainly of area talent, of any gallery in the region. Lily herself had a very fine eye [...]

Book Reviews: PTSD in Translation

by Daniel Brown Two recently published books, one fiction, and one non-fiction, have recently come out, and both of them are utterly outstanding in trying to explain what is happening to our soldiers when they come back from either Iraq or Afghanistan.  Phil Klay’s Redeployment is a work of unmitigated brilliance, and presents a powerful [...]

Read | No Comments | Tags: * · April 2014 · On View

Letter from the Editor – April

I would like to thank everyone who came to, or helped with, the aeqai benefit party at Marta Hewett Gallery on April 17th.  The event was highly successful, and generated 125% more money than last year’s.  We also want to thank all the artists who were kind enough to donate their work for our silent [...]

AEQAI Spring Benefit

AEQAI SPRING BENEFIT Thursday, April 17th 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEQAI, one of the fastest growing online art journals in America, offers critical reviews, informative profiles and features, and insightful essays and analyses. Join us as we celebrate four years of success and help to support another year of critical reviews, informative reports and [...]

Read | No Comments | Tags: * · March 2014

What Do We Expect from Museum Directors?

by Daniel Brown As the search for a new director of the Art Museum continues, we have been made aware that the museum board places high priority on the director being part of the international art scene, known internationally.  I wish that the board would be more specific in telling us why that is a [...]

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Book Review: The Apartment

by Daniel Brown The Apartment, a new novel by Greg Baxter, is a very compelling, beautifully crafted and written book wherein all the action takes place on one single day in an unnamed Eastern European capital, most likely but not necessarily, Prague.  The American narrator is a forty-one year old former Navy man with experience [...]

Poetry by Daniel Brown

by Daniel Brown Lucy Her eyes of sapphire blue Challenge you under quizzical brows. Like a Vermont wildflower, She was tough and unspoiled. Plucked, She might fail to survive. The girl from those green hills Wanted to try art school. She was our daily server At an elegant small mountain resort. I helped her to [...]

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Letter from the Editor – March

The March issue of aeqai has just posted, and it’s a very large issue, full of reviews and essays and profiles and Letters from other cities. We are trying to put these different categories of article into groups, and the headings should help our readers go directly to what they want to read, and, too, [...]

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The Centrality of Art Within the Art Industry

by Daniel Brown We are regularly informed that the arts have become big business; the investment potential of a work of art has become far more important in late capitalist culture than whether the art is any good, what it says, how it’s made, or whether it matters.  It may surprise people under 50 that [...]

Book Review – Little Failure

by Daniel Brown Gary Shteyngart is a veritable force of nature, a whirlwind of words, anxiety, mania.  Having spent the first seven years of his life in the old Soviet Union, in Leningrad, he and his parents emigrated to America during Carter’s presidency.  Carter traded grain to the Soviet Union in trade for letting millions [...]

Book Review – Dept. of Speculation

by Daniel Brown In the past two years or so, America has generated some fantastic new young writers, among them Amber Dermott, Jim Gavin, Jamie Quatro, Eleanor Henderson, Chad Harwick all come to mind.  Now, there is the remarkable Jenny Offill, she of the unfortunate name, with her second novel, Dept. of Speculation. When a [...]

Poem – Spiritual Home

by Daniel Brown Our family’s car drove by A small white sign Bordered in black Placed by the side of the road Covered with masses of wildflowers Vermont, it said Green mountains dusted the horizon At fourteen, my soul lept Towards the home I’d just found.

February Letter from the Editor

The February issue of aeqai has just been posted, and we hope that you find some of our new essays informative.  We are attempting to link the reviews we write with other issues going on in our community in the visual arts, with how the city is or isn’t integrating the arts into the wider [...]

Ideas on Hiring Museum Directors

by Daniel Brown Aaron Betsky’s imminent departure as Director of The Cincinnati Art Museum brings up questions, in my mind, that have less to do with the pros and cons of his directorship, than of the methods by which directors are hired here in the first place.  I believe that the processes have been flawed [...]

Book Review: The Exiles Return, by Elisabeth de Waal

by Daniel Brown Edward de Waal’s award winning memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes, published about three years ago, traces the ownership of a large group of Japanese netsukes from its original owner, the author’s great-great uncle, to the author himself.  De Waal uses the history of these objects to explore and discover his own [...]

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Best of Fiction 2013

Best of Fiction 2013 Daniel Brown 2013 was an odd year for new fiction: months of mediocre offerings were mitigated by the occasional novel of excellence and/or excitement. Although I can almost always fill this annual list with at least ten new offerings, and will again now, 2013’s dominant themes were frequently redundant and/or too [...]

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor The December aeqai is now ready for your holiday reading; we apologize that it’s a couple of days late. December/the holiday period is an odd one in the visual arts (we have no “Nutcracker”, for example, though we do recommend the annual holiday show at The Taft Museum of Art; it’s [...]

Book Review

Book Review by Daniel Brown Dave Eggers is one of the world’s most fascinating contemporary writers, as he is also a political activist of the most noble sort.  His many activities which enhance the literary arts are all based out of Northern California, and includes a series of books about oral history violations of human [...]

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor The November aeqai is mostly ready–columns by Jonathon Kamholtz on the French alabaster sculpture show at The Dayton Art Institute and by Keith Banner on the Peter Halley print show at Solway  Gallery will be posted early in the week, so check those two additional columns out before you zone out [...]

Book Reviews

Book Reviews  By Daniel Brown I suspect that one could take Jenni Fagan‘s prose, or chunks of it, from her debut novel The Panopticon, and make it into poetry and/or song lyrics with ease.  Not only has Fagan written a compelling novel about lost youth in London–those children born to parents who are drug addicts, [...]

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor  The October issue of aeqai has just been posted, and we think that you will find this issue our very strongest yet, indicative of both the artistic and literary talent in this region. As we have noted more frequently, the variety and complexity of the exhibitions offered has gotten more sophisticated and [...]

Book Review

Book Review By Daniel Brown Years elapse between novels by Alice McDermott, one of America’s most accomplished novelists.  It’s been seven years since her last offering, and her new novel, Someone, is one of those occasional perfect pieces of fiction that you read slowly, marvelling at the simplicity of her writing style, her easy narrative [...]

Letter From The Editor

Letter From The Editor The fall art season has begun, with exhibitions of high quality all over the region.   Aeqai is back with its monthly reviews, profiles, and issues, following our one summer issue. Our September issue is the largest we have ever posted, reflecting the growth in numbers of venues showing art here.  We have also, [...]

David Johnson: In Memoriam

David Johnson: In Memoriam Many of us were shocked and horrified to learn of David Johnson’s tragic and untimely death last week.  David was our colleague, a superb teacher, curator, educator, who enriched the visual arts with his knowledge, hard work and frequent wit.  I first met him way back when Carl Solway was developing what [...]

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