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Swoon, a survey, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati September 22, 2017 through February 25, 2018

October 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, October 2017

Swoon, a survey, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati September 22, 2017 through February 25, 2018

Swoon makes magic. Swoon stirs souls. The world needs more Swoon. I get cynical about politically inspired art much of the time.  Such art is often self-serving (great way for an artist to get a solo show in our hyper-correct gallery and museum environments.)  Or simply, it is handy for an artist to use the […]

Serenading the Bones: Animal Magnetism at Wave Pool Gallery

October 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, October 2017

Serenading the Bones: Animal Magnetism at Wave Pool Gallery

Whether appearing in pictorial narratives of the hunt or anthropomorphic representations of cultural traditions, the iconography of the nonhuman animal stalks the pathways of human epistemology. Wave Pool Gallery’s Animal Magnetism alludes powerfully to that history, not as a culminating insight but as the backdrop against which to make more subversive arguments. Those arguments posit […]

A Tale of Two Art Festivals: the Duality of ArtPrize Nine

October 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, October 2017

A Tale of Two Art Festivals: the Duality of ArtPrize Nine

Art fairs, biennials, and public art festivals, on the rise since the 1990s, define much of the post-1989 international art world. From Venice to New Orleans to Gwangju and everywhere in between, urban centers transform into art world Meccas and back again all over the globe, creating a map of flickering lights and a web […]

When Size Matters: “Small Paintings from the Taft Collection,” Taft Museum of Art, July 14-November 5, 2017

October 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, October 2017

When Size Matters: “Small Paintings from the Taft Collection,” Taft Museum of Art, July 14-November 5, 2017

  In the Music Room at the Taft, all of the paintings are grand. A few are truly monumental. In the Taft’s Sinton Room right now is an exhibition of another sort of painting, eight of them in all, the largest dimension of which is just a hair over a foot and a half tall. […]

Transformed

October 29th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, October 2017

Transformed

The title of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new exhibition showcasing the work of Dutch fashion designer Iris Van Herpen is very aptly named Transforming Fashion.  Van Herpen’s creations have changed the face of fashion design while redefining what it means to be a fashion designer in the 21st century.  The exhibit itself has left this […]

Report from the 2017 Contemporary Art Grand Tour: Venice, Münster, Kassel

September 23rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, September 2017

Report from the 2017 Contemporary Art Grand Tour: Venice, Münster, Kassel

Summer 2017 may very well be one of the most important art seasons in recent memory. In the wake of political turmoil and the record sale of a Basquiat for $110.5 million at auction, the art fairs of Europe aligned to create a Grand Tour for contemporary art devotees around the world at a moment […]

Crackling Surfaces: Anthony Luensman’s “New Works”

September 23rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, September 2017

Crackling Surfaces: Anthony Luensman’s "New Works"

A slow-burning ambiguity inhabits the title of Anthony Luensman’s New Works, which now hang at the Clay Street Press Gallery in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district. Most plainly, the pieces are new in the sense of making their first public appearance, of being still fresh in an era when things age at breakneck pace. The offspring of […]

Painting is All Fun and Games, Joseph Winterhalter at DAAP’s Philip Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery

September 23rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, September 2017

Painting is All Fun and Games, Joseph Winterhalter at DAAP’s Philip Meyers Jr. Memorial Gallery

  Joseph Winterhalter: Painting consists of a suite of thirteen new works by this Cincinnati artist; five paintings and eight works on paper dated 2016 and 2017. For this show, Winterhalter focuses his conceptual gaze on the life and ideas of Guy Debord and Joe Strummer, men of successive generations who were both influential political […]

The Artist as Cultural Producer, a Defense of New Media, and Re-Shaping Public Attitudes about Contemporary Art

September 23rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, September 2017

The Artist as Cultural Producer, a Defense of New Media, and Re-Shaping Public Attitudes about Contemporary Art

On September 12, 1940 four French boys stumbled into a complex network of caves in southwestern France. Their discovery of innumerable Paleolithic cave paintings dating to 17-15,000 BCE (Figure 1) soon led to excavations of the Lascaux cave system and in turn significantly altered scholars’ conceptions of human development.1 As evidenced by the wall paintings […]

The Pushcart of Ideas: A Conversation with Danny Brown

September 23rd, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, September 2017

The Pushcart of Ideas: A Conversation with Danny Brown

Aeqai’s Editor-in-Chief, Daniel Brown, recently received a Lifetime Achievement award from Marquis Who’s Who, which has been recognizing American accomplishments in a variety of fields since 1899. I sat down with Danny earlier this month and we talked informally about his perspective on the art world and some of the various roles he has had […]

When Landscape was Real Estate: “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America,” Cincinnati Art Museum June 10-September 3, 2017

August 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2017

When Landscape was Real Estate: “A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America,” Cincinnati Art Museum June 10-September 3, 2017

  A careful visitor to the Cincinnati Art Museum’s very substantial exhibition of paintings, sculptures, furniture, documents, implements, and advertisements of many sorts might well leave with no clearer idea about what constitutes “folk art” than when he or she came in. What, exactly, are we looking at? We’re not even sure what to call […]

“Other Wordly,” YWCA Women’s Art Gallery, through September 21, 2017

August 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2017

“Other Wordly,” YWCA Women’s Art Gallery, through September 21, 2017

  Mounting the stairs at the YWCA Women’s Art Gallery to see “Other Wordly,” the word that came to mind was “charming” as I encountered the paintings of one of three artists in the exhibition: Laine Bachman. Her hyper-realistic paintings have a fairytale quality, enchanting and entrancing. In her In the Undergrowth, (2011, acrylic on canvas, 46” […]

Angela Teng’s “To Have and to Hold” at Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

August 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2017

Angela Teng’s "To Have and to Hold" at Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Angela Teng’s To Have and to Hold opened on the 13th of May at Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC, and closed on the 17th of June. Teng’s monolithic crocheted paintings are composed of literal strands of acrylic paint, effectively colliding materiality and paint in the substrate of work that historically, and in many contemporary contexts too, […]

Sleeping Clowns, Screaming Color, and Transcendent Stairwells: Ugo Rondinone at the Contemporary Arts Center

August 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2017

Sleeping Clowns, Screaming Color, and Transcendent Stairwells: Ugo Rondinone at the Contemporary Arts Center

Ugo Rondinone, born and based in Switzerland, is known for sculptures and installations with alternately an absence or an overabundance of color. Referred to by the artist quite literally as “night” and “day,” one oeuvre contains mostly greys, browns, and earth tones while the other—what’s on view now at the CAC—a vibrant spectrum of bright, […]

Kingdoms and Horses: “Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection,” Taft Museum of Art June 10-October 1, 2017

August 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2017

Kingdoms and Horses: “Treasures of British Painting 1400-2000: The Berger Collection,” Taft Museum of Art June 10-October 1, 2017

One doesn’t immediately think of the British for their heritage of great painting. As Britain rose as a great mercantile power starting in the 16th century, it had to import painters, typically from Northern Europe, to their isolated island. For two hundred years, those foreigners largely defined English visual accomplishments and taste. British portraiture never […]

Half an Index: “Signature Scheurer: A Retrospective of the Works of Michael Scheurer” at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, April 28-June 18, 2017

June 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, May/June 2017

Half an Index: “Signature Scheurer: A Retrospective of the Works of Michael Scheurer”  at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, April 28-June 18, 2017

Sometime in the 1980s, Michael Scheurer came across an Italian toy called a Puncherino. A Puncherino is a little like what in my neighborhood we called a BoLo, a toy for one which had a lightweight wooden paddle with a rubber ball attached by an elastic cord (always the first thing to break). The difference, […]

The Way of Everyday Life: Clint Woods at the KHAC

June 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, May/June 2017

The Way of Everyday Life: Clint Woods at the KHAC

“The work of art employs a triggering device – a call to seek and reflect – that makes conscious what has been buried in the unconscious, drawing the viewer into awareness.” Clint Woods Cincinnati based artist and designer, Clint Woods, is currently exhibiting in the Lindner Gallery at the Kennedy Heights Art Center. Woods declares […]

“Wordly: John M. Bennett/Fred Ellenberger/Avril Thurman,” The Carnegie, closed

June 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, May/June 2017

“Wordly: John M. Bennett/Fred Ellenberger/Avril Thurman,” The Carnegie, closed

Curated by Peter Huttinger, “Wordly” is the perfect title for this exhibition featuring John M. Bennett, Fred Ellenberger, and Avril Thurman and focusing on words as text or graphic elements. The word play is delicious. And the location is particularly apt as The Carnegie in Covington is one of the 2,509 libraries built by the […]

Would you like a Lozenge? A Studio Visit with Angela Heisch

June 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, May/June 2017

Would you like a Lozenge? A Studio Visit with Angela Heisch

As this past semester of graduate school ended, I was not sure if I would make the trip to New York or not. My anxiety was forestalling my plans as it often does, and I was tether balling the idea back and forth and around in my mind with heavy hands. Travel always makes me […]

Profile of Sara Pearce

June 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, May/June 2017

Profile of Sara Pearce

Sara Caswell Pearce makes art with verve, gusto and infinite care. She delights in doing it. This artist is most regularly a print maker and collage artist, and she works in two smallish rooms across the hallway from one another on the upper floor of Brazee Studios in Oakley. Pearce and her husband live only […]

Subject Matters: Harvey Osterhoudt and William Renschler at the Iris BookCafé

May 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, April 2017

Subject Matters: Harvey Osterhoudt and  William Renschler at the Iris BookCafé

When Harvey Osterhoudt and William Renschler worked together at the Indiana University Art Museum in the 1970s, they began a dialogue about photography that would inform their work for the next forty years. Through the early months of 2017, Over-the-Rhine’s Iris BookCafé featured the results of that conversation in Subject Matters, a two-man show of […]

Transcending Reality: The Woodcuts of Kōsaka Gajin through May 7, 2017 at the Cincinnati Art Museum

May 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, April 2017

Transcending Reality: The Woodcuts of Kōsaka Gajin through May 7, 2017 at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati continues to harness the landscape lion: the Taft Museum exhibition of 2016, Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape and two more stunners, the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape Photography and Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth. Anyone fortunate enough to have seen all three exhibitions last year must certainly […]

Got to Draw: “Drawn: 4th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing” at Manifest Gallery, April 21-May 19, 2017

May 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, April 2017

Got to Draw: “Drawn: 4th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing”  at Manifest Gallery, April 21-May 19, 2017

As you work your way through the drawings on view in the pleasant warren of rooms at Manifest Gallery, something wonderful happens when you reach Lucas Bianchi’s “Self Portrait in Studio” (2016). The energy of Bianchi’s drawing is everywhere in evidence, and it tells you this is a young man mad about drawing. We’ve interrupted […]

COLOR & RHYTHM at the Taft Museum of Art

May 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, April 2017

COLOR & RHYTHM at the Taft Museum of Art

  Cincinnati Artist Cedric Michael Cox is exploring selected pieces from the collection of the Taft Museum of Art in his a new series of acrylics, entitled “Color & Rhythm” currently exhibited on site. The Taft Museum, a National historic landmark, was built about 1820 and is considered one of the finest examples of Federal […]

Profile of Leslie Shiels

May 6th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, April 2017

Profile of Leslie Shiels

Leslie Shiels makes paintings and prints as her own response to life, to what she sees around her in solid fact and in underlying meaning. Talking with her, I had the feeling that she just can’t help it; when something interests her, bothers her, gives her an idea, she wants to make art of it. […]

“Calling” by Kate Kern at the Weston Art Gallery

March 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, March 2017

“Calling” by Kate Kern at the Weston Art Gallery

The realm of artist Kate Kern is the ethereal space of imagination, wherein she depicts an actual, tangible place that is like this world, but not quite. Here it is, a bare room, a few empty chairs, the wind ruffling the curtains. Here it is, the dense voids of deep sea and deep space. And […]

“Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris,” Taft Museum of Art, through May 17, 2017

March 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, March 2017

“Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris,” Taft Museum of Art, through May 17, 2017

It was just before Valentine’s Day, when I saw the lavish “Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris” exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art, and how I longed for a wealthy beau. The show features some 75 pieces of French jewelry, primarily from the early 19th- to mid-20th centuries. They are from […]

KayWalkingStick at the Dayton Art Institute

March 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, March 2017

KayWalkingStick at the Dayton Art Institute

I can’t decide if I should leap for joy or feel cheated by the art world when I discover yet another marvelous woman artist who has not received appropriate mainstream recognition. Here’s Kay WalkingStick, now in her eighties and thriving in her studio practice, who has had a vibrant career with early New York accolades. […]

Short Circuits and Exposed Networks: The Wired at Weston Gallery

March 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, March 2017

Short Circuits and Exposed Networks: The Wired at Weston Gallery

Artworks today enter digital markets of circulation. Even the seemingly dematerialized, non-commodifiable works of land art and conceptual art are subject to economies of reproduction and intellectual property. The contours and cracks of these networks inform four very recent artworks in The Wired, an exhibition currently on view at the Alice F. and Harris K. […]

“Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor” Cincinnati Art Museum through May 7, 2017

March 19th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, March 2017

"Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor” Cincinnati Art Museum through May 7, 2017

​ On the quiet Tuesday that I visited the “Dressed to Kill: Japanese Arms and Armor” exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum, there were only a few people in the gallery, mostly middle-aged men. They were carefully studying the 11 suits of armor on view, but were equally intent on the many, many weapons on display: a […]

“The Trump L’Oeil Olé!” SOFT REGARDS: INSTALLATION BY ELENA HARVEY COLLINS AND LIZ ROBERTS Weston Art Gallery DEC. 9, 2016–JAN. 29, 2017. A Déjà Revue by Regan Brown

February 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2017

“The Trump L’Oeil Olé!”  SOFT REGARDS:  INSTALLATION BY ELENA HARVEY COLLINS AND LIZ ROBERTS Weston Art Gallery DEC. 9, 2016–JAN. 29, 2017.  A Déjà Revue by Regan Brown

“I read a theory once that the human intellect was like peacock feathers. Just an extravagant display intended to attract a mate. All of art, literature, a bit of Mozart, William Shakespeare, Michelangelo, and the Empire State Building just an elaborate mating ritual. Maybe it doesn’t matter that we have accomplished so much for the […]

“Max Beckmann in New York,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, through February 20, 2017

February 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2017

“Max Beckmann in New York,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, through February 20, 2017

In “Max Beckmann in New York,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art has brought together 14 works painted when the artist lived in the city in 1949 and 1950, and 25 earlier paintings (1920-1948) from New York collections. Although the New York-centric focus would appear to be narrow, the show provides a concise overview of his […]

Report from New York: Walking between Dreams in Three Immersive Cinematic Exhibitions

February 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2017

Report from New York: Walking between Dreams in Three Immersive Cinematic Exhibitions

This winter, three major New York institutions hosted exhibitions of immersive, moving image installations. In many ways the works featured in these shows were direct descendants of “expanded cinema,” a term now used broadly to describe many artistic practices engaging the physical situation of moving images outside of theaters though first applied to the utopian […]

Feeling History: “The Poetry of Place” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, December 10, 2016-June 11, 2017

February 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2017

Feeling History: “The Poetry of Place”  at the Cincinnati Art Museum,  December 10, 2016-June 11, 2017

“The Poetry of Place” is a small show at the Cincinnati Art Museum, with only 18 photographs by only three artists, William Clift, Michael Kenna, and Linda Connor, the works all selected from the Museum’s permanent collection and organized by Curatorial Assistant of Photography Emily Bauman. In recent years, there have been some outstanding museum […]

Caroline Wells Chandler: Crocheting Utopia

February 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2017

Caroline Wells Chandler: Crocheting Utopia

This essay hopes to provide readers a theoretical analysis of the queer abstraction of Caroline Wells Chandler (b.1985), a contemporary New York painter. The methodology of the essay will operate from a queer feminist vantage point orienting Chandler’s work within the futurity of the late José Esteban Munõz (1967-2013) in Cruising Utopia, the then and […]

The Dappled Life: “Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 15, 2016-January 8, 2017

December 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, December 2016

The Dappled Life:  “Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth”  at the Cincinnati Art Museum,  October 15, 2016-January 8, 2017

Okay, I’ll go first. In my decades of getting to know and love the Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection, I had never really liked Van Gogh’s “Into the Undergrowth,” painted a month or so before he died in 1890 at the end of a whirlwind career that lasted no longer than ten years. “Into the […]

Two Shows at Wave Pool: “Everything Is Nothing with a Twist” and “Domus Candela”

December 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, December 2016

Two Shows at Wave Pool: "Everything Is Nothing with a Twist" and "Domus Candela"

December 3rd marked the opening of two new exhibitions at Wave Pool: the group show Everything Is Nothing with a Twist on the ground floor and a solo installation Domus Candela by Erin Taylor upstairs. The ground exhibition, all by artists inspired by minimalism, contained works that were bound by their physical form, whereas Domus […]

Human As Content: Alan Rath at Carl Solway

December 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, December 2016

Human As Content: Alan Rath at Carl Solway

The windowless white rooms that comprise the Carl Solway Gallery provide an austere setting for the LCD screen-based, chrome-armatured show Alan Rath: New Sculpture. The main gallery feels almost sparse; each piece is given a generous amount of space. At first glance, the robotic, high-tech pieces set against or mounted on the mostly bare, flood-lit […]

Visionary Artists at the Carnegie Arts Center

December 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, December 2016

Visionary Artists at the Carnegie Arts Center

E is for Edie, An Edith McKee Harper Retrospective Tony Dotson, An American Outsider Solo Exhibition Both exhibitions run from December 9, 2016 through February 11, 2017 Amanda Ackerman and Emily Frey are the curators for the brilliant retrospective of about three hundred works by Edith Harper, collaborator and wife to Cincinnati’s well-known and beloved […]

Best Fiction of 2016

December 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, December 2016

Best Fiction of 2016

2016 has been one of the best years for fiction in quite a number of years.  The ongoing globalization of literature continues, with superb writers now emerging from all over the world.  The range of subject matter and writing styles has rarely been as varied as this year’s, and, although I am limiting my list […]

Dissident Personae: Zanele Muholi at the Freedom Center

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

Dissident Personae: Zanele Muholi at the Freedom Center

Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center brings the history of US slavery into conversation with human rights abuses across varied national and cultural contexts. From October 1, 2016 to January 23, 2017, the museum hosts an exhibition of works by Zanele Muholi, a Johannesburg-based photographer who mounts stirring condemnations of violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, […]

When Photography Was New: Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape Photography Islands of the Blest Artist-Led Communities: Meatyard, Lyons, Siskind & Callahan

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

When Photography Was New:  Picturing the West: Masterworks of 19th-Century Landscape Photography  Islands of the Blest  Artist-Led Communities: Meatyard, Lyons, Siskind & Callahan

The Fotofocus Biennial 2016 features a marvelous array of photography exhibitions – eight exhibits curated by Kevin Moore for Fotofocus and about sixty additional ancillary exhibits of photography that various museums, galleries and libraries from Cincinnati to Columbus have prepared in support of the biennial endeavor. While the eight exhibitions specially selected by the curator […]

American Photography’s Lurch Toward the Conceptual

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

American Photography’s Lurch Toward the Conceptual

Two of the three FotoFocus 2016 exhibitions offered at the Art Academy of Cincinnati were curated by former AAC photography instructor, Will Knipscher. These included the historical body of work Evidence, created by Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan in the 1970s, plus two bodies of new work by Mandel with his new collaborator, wife Chantal Zakari, […]

Decentering the Art: “Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954-1974” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 8, 2016-January 1, 2017

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

Decentering the Art: “Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954-1974”  at the Cincinnati Art Museum,  October 8, 2016-January 1, 2017

In an undated and untitled photograph by Robert C. May, we are standing at the edge of some unremarkable woods, separated by a paved road from more woods on the other side. The view is dominated by four scruffy trees, no two of which are standing at quite the same angle. The road is as […]

New Art Galleries Open in Cincinnati

November 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, October/November 2016

New Art Galleries Open in Cincinnati

With the renovation of Cincinnati’s urban core nearly complete, neighborhoods near downtown, including Over-the-Rhine, Camp Washington, Price Hill, Brighton and Northside have become hot places to live.  They also have increasing neighborhood entertainment and art districts.  Artists’ studios are now located in all those areas.  Where artists’ studios are, galleries follow. One of them is […]

Undocumenting the Document: An Interview with Kevin Moore

October 8th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Early Fall 2016

Undocumenting the Document: An Interview with Kevin Moore

Kevin Moore, an Independent curator and writer based in New York, has been the Artistic Director and Curator for FotoFocus since 2013. He earned his PhD in Art History at Princeton and has worked as a curator at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum. He has written books about Lartigue and color photography in America (in conjunction […]

“After Industry,” Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, through Nov. 27

October 8th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Early Fall 2016

“After Industry,” Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, through Nov. 27

The theme of the third edition of the FotoFocus Biennial is “Photography, the Undocument.” It “offers a chance to think about a fundamental aspect of the photographic medium: its assumed ability to document as well as its less-recognized tendency to distort and reshape, intentionally or not, the world it records,” according to the returning artistic […]

“Bal Masque: Caroline Thomas,” Art Academy of Cincinnati

October 8th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Early Fall 2016

“Bal Masque: Caroline Thomas,” Art Academy of Cincinnati

As you enter the drab lobby of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, you can see Caroline Thomas’s over-the-top headpieces in her exhibition, “Bal Masque.” I was immediately seduced and quickly scrawled my name to sign into the building. Inspired by Mardi Gras costumes, regalia, and float design and construction, Thomas’s pieces are dazzling. Although they […]

Glenn Brown at the Contemporary Arts Center

October 8th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Early Fall 2016

Glenn Brown at the Contemporary Arts Center

I have been aware of the work of artist Glenn Brown ever since he was first introduced in the 1990s as a loose member of the British YBA group. The artists’ paintings have changed minimally over time, Brown has found great success to the tune of auction prices into the millions of dollars. In Britain, […]

Double Vision: “Made In L.A.” and “Maiden LA”

October 8th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Early Fall 2016

Double Vision: "Made In L.A." and "Maiden LA"

This summer, Los Angeles hosted two biennials: the inaugural iteration of a city-sponsored public art biennial called “Current: L.A.,” and the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A.,” the third iteration of Los Angeles’ original biennial. In response to these exclusive exhibitions, two artists, aided by the sponsorship of various organizations, created a broadly inclusive, do-it-yourself exposition […]

Exhibition Review: “Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation”

August 14th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2016

Exhibition Review: "Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation"

The headless Food Faerie–a small, winged mannequin dressed in bright batik fabric carrying a satchel of artificial mangoes and poised to take flight–greets visitors to the exhibition Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation at 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. The inaugural exhibition coincided with the opening of the museum-hotel on February 29, 2016, […]

The landscape of Performance Art in Cincinnati: Part I

August 14th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2016

The landscape of Performance Art in Cincinnati: Part I

To be quite honest, watching performance art has always kind of sqeaked me out. More often than not during a performance, I find myself shifting in my seat, picking my nails or enamored by a particularly interesting speck on the chair in front of me. It’s uncomfortable for me- something I could never do. It […]

“Bookworks XVII,” The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

August 14th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2016

“Bookworks XVII,” The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

The 17th edition of the “Bookworks” exhibition boasts 48 works by 30 members of the Cincinnati Book Arts Society (CBAS), which organized the non-juried show. CBAS, founded in 1998, is dedicated to “creating a spirit of community among hand workers in the book arts and those who love books.” Aiming to showcase the most expansive […]

“Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt” Cincinnati Art Museum June 28,2016 – September 11, 2016

August 14th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2016

"Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt" Cincinnati Art Museum  June 28,2016 - September 11, 2016

In a world of “Soft Kitty”, “Hello, Kitty”, and endless cute kitty videos, an ancient era which revered, feared and exalted cats is pretty hard to imagine.  Yet, these quite ordinary, household pets are historically elevated at the Cincinnati Art Museum to “Divine Felines”. Loaned from the Brooklyn  Museum’s vast collection, it reveals a dignified history […]

“Everything But the Meaning”: A Review of Joel Meyerowitz, Seeing Things: A Kid’s Guide to Looking at Photographs (New York: Aperture, 2016)

August 14th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2016

“Everything But the Meaning”: A Review of Joel Meyerowitz,  Seeing Things: A Kid’s Guide to Looking at Photographs (New York: Aperture, 2016)

In the past 35 or so years, Joel Meyerowitz has seen more than a dozen monographs of his photographs published, and has contributed pictures and text to others. He has become known by now, more or less successively, as a street photographer (one of the earliest to have worked extensively in color), a landscape photographer, […]

Twin Utopias at the CAC Lobby: On Tomás Saraceno and Zaha Hadid

June 25th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, June 2016

Twin Utopias at the CAC Lobby: On Tomás Saraceno and Zaha Hadid

Last year, when the Contemporary Art Center refurbished its lobby, it seemed to also be changing its identity. Vanished was the vision the center’s architect, the late Zaha Hadid, had realized: minimalist abstraction was traded for comfy chaos. Now, members of the city’s creative class could bond over the mana of overpriced cortados and the […]

Little Bang Theory: Christian Schmit’s Universe

June 25th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, June 2016

Little Bang Theory: Christian Schmit’s Universe

“In the middle of the night, peering intensely at some small thing, I do become lost, consumed by the intensity of this condensed universe” – Christian Schmit (from Artist Statement for Lost in the Making) There is something foreboding about diving solo into a nocturnal inner world, especially of the diminutive sort. From The Adventures […]

TODT’s Hopeful Monster at Hudson Jones Gallery

June 25th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, June 2016

TODT’s Hopeful Monster at Hudson Jones Gallery

TODT’s Hopeful Monster opened at Hudson Jones Gallery at 1110 Alfred St. in Cincinnati’s industrial pocket, Camp Washington, on the 21st of May, beginning what is sure to be an exciting extension of the curatorial oeuvre of gallery director Angela Jones. TODT is an artist collective that originally consisted of four members: Brother, Brother, Sister, […]

“Drawing on Second Sight,” Lindner Gallery, Kennedy Heights Art Center through July 30, 2016

June 25th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, June 2016

“Drawing on Second Sight,” Lindner Gallery, Kennedy Heights Art Center through July 30, 2016

“Drawing has always been a way to interact with what I see and feel – that could be the material world or the world of dreams and memory or some combination of all of these,” explains Cincinnati artist Kate Kern who studied at the University of Dayton (BFA) and the University of Cincinnati (MFA in […]

Aaron Skolnick’s Running Where We Stand

June 25th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, June 2016

Aaron Skolnick’s Running Where We Stand

Aaron Skolnick’s Running Where We Stand opened Friday June 3rd at Glacier Gallery at 1107 Harrison Gallery in Cincinnati’s Brighton district. To put it lightly Skolnick is an intensely intelligent human being, both intellectually and visually, his work operating as he put it, like “a potato with many different tubers, variously intertwined.” He references, expounds, […]

“UNRAVELED: Textiles Reconsidered,” Contemporary Arts Center, through August 14, 2016

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

“UNRAVELED: Textiles Reconsidered,” Contemporary Arts Center, through August 14, 2016

When you walk into “UNRAVELED: Textiles Reconsidered” at the Contemporary Arts Center, the first piece you encounter is Legacies, 2006, by Kari Steihaug (b. 1962, Norway; resides Oslo). With an unfinished sweater hanging high overhead, it dominates the gallery and is the perfect way to start the show visually and intellectually. It succinctly illustrates curator […]

Tom Marioni’s Dry Fresco, Drawings and Bronze at Carl Solway Gallery

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

Tom Marioni’s Dry Fresco, Drawings and Bronze at Carl Solway Gallery

How are we to understand the intentions of a conceptual artist like Tom Marioni when he mounts an exhibition of objects using traditional mediums like fresco, drawing and bronze sculpture? It’s true that with conceptual art the medium is dictated by the idea (as Marioni has said with typical humor, a conceptual artist is “free […]

Domestic Departures

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

Domestic Departures

Kennedy Heights Arts Center (KHAC) is host to artist in residence Susan Byrnes and her nostalgic narrative: Domestic Departures.  Conjuring the ever personal yet universal experience of home, her body of work engages the topic through a myriad of mediums, including sculpture, sound, performance, and more. From the historic 19th century architecture to the doorbell […]

Formal Function: Strategies of Abstraction Through June 11, 2016 at The Carnegie

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

Formal Function: Strategies of Abstraction Through June 11, 2016  at The Carnegie

Don’t let the title frighten you. This is quite simply one of the best abstract shows I’ve seen in years. A wide variety of what passes for abstraction today may open up a world of techniques and formats. Abstraction has run the gamut of possible definitions in the past century, and seems far from running […]

Maps and Stars: “Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, April 30-October 30, 2016

May 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, May 2016

Maps and Stars: “Not in New York: Carl Solway and Cincinnati”  at the Cincinnati Art Museum, April 30-October 30, 2016

Carl Solway (and family) have been so deeply entwined with the art gallery scene in Cincinnati that it takes a timeline on the wall to keep it all straight. He graduated from Walnut Hills in 1952; ten years later, he opened Flair Gallery at Fifth and Race. Ten years after that, he had two galleries […]

The Suspicion of Life: Paul Kohl’s Photography

April 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, April 2016

The Suspicion of Life: Paul Kohl’s Photography

A quick cyber-jaunt reveals surprisingly little about photographer Paul Kohl, but the internet did offer one interesting morsel, stored within the digitized archive of the Crimson. A 1974 review by Susan Cooke included a couple sentences about Kohl, whose work had been featured in a group installation of artists decidedly unburdened by the parameters of […]

The Liminal landscape at Marta Hewett Gallery

April 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, April 2016

The Liminal landscape at Marta Hewett Gallery

With The Liminal landscape at Marta Hewett Gallery, Guggenheim Award winner and Cincinnati native Frank Herrmann presents an enlightening shift in a body of work that has been remarkably consistent and serious for the last 15 years. I encourage you to go see the exhibition; Herrmann is the breed of artist that is rare in […]

All over the Damn Place: “30 Americans” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

April 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, April 2016

All over the Damn Place:   “30 Americans” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Kenya Barris’s Black-ish, a Wednesday-night sitcom on regular old ABC television, is simultaneously zeitgeist-y genuine, frantically people-pleasing, and deliciously aware of its own precarious situation:  a high-energy comic take on the foibles and follies of a loving upper-middle-class African American family living in the lap of Southern California luxury.  That luxury and status are constantly […]

Shinji Turner Yamamoto’s Sidereal Silence, at Weston Art Gallery

April 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, April 2016

Shinji Turner Yamamoto’s Sidereal Silence, at Weston Art Gallery

Turner-Yamamoto’s paintings and sculptures are so commanding yet austere that, depending on temperament, a viewer either pays little attention or becomes lost in front of them. The latter of course is preferable and, I would suggest, the point of art, conjuring an experience of a new thread of reality; and with any luck becoming a […]

Clifton Cultural Arts Center – An Indispensable Asset

April 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, April 2016

Clifton Cultural Arts Center - An Indispensable Asset

Clifton Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) is in very real of danger of losing access to the historical building it calls home. Leased from Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), CCAC has been notified that Cincinnati Public Schools is considering prematurely terminating their lease. Committed neighborhood residents, artists, institutions and friends of CCAC have rallied to garner support […]

“Utopia Parkway Revisited: Contemporary Artists in Joseph Cornell’s Shadow,” at Thunder-Sky, Inc.

March 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, March 2016

“Utopia Parkway Revisited: Contemporary Artists in Joseph Cornell’s Shadow,” at Thunder-Sky, Inc.

Much has been written about Joseph Cornell’s work, but for me it can be summed up by saying that his boxes created worlds that we are invited into. Their small size makes them intimate experiences, and we involuntarily shrink to fit into his universe. In a gallery handout1 for “Utopia Parkway Revisited: Contemporary Artists in […]

Engendering Identity: LGBTQ (and u) at Wash Park Art

March 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, March 2016

Engendering Identity: LGBTQ (and u) at Wash Park Art

Gender is one of the first assessments we make. How does this instinctive process affect self identity and imposed identity? What happens if the self’s and society’s assessments conflict? Are we simply male or female? Why do we assign gender to objects? What is male? What is female? Why does it matter?   Printed on […]

Weapons of Mass Construction

March 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, March 2016

Weapons of Mass Construction

There’s nothing funny about guns. Even the toy gun that releases a flower after the trigger is pulled is still a formidable object despite the unmistakable irony. However, Brooklyn-based artist Natalie Baxter has found a way to transform firearms into colorful sewn sculptures that makes one almost feel giddy. OK-47, currently on-view at Institute 193 […]

Thoughts From A Millennial Artist

March 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, March 2016

Thoughts From A Millennial Artist

The millennial generation is baffling to most who are outside of it. Truthfully, it is confounding to us as well. The onslaught of the internet and the ever expanding opportunities it offers is fundamentally changing the way we as a society do almost everything. Being the generation who grew up parallel with the personal computer, […]

Provocative Things: A Profile and Interview with Jo Ann Callis

March 22nd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, March 2016

Provocative Things:  A Profile and Interview with Jo Ann Callis

In the early 1970s, Jo Ann Callis left Cincinnati, where she had grown up, for California. Some forty years later, FotoFocus brought her back. On February 24, 2016, she gave a lecture—really an annotated slide show of her work—at the Cincinnati Art Museum as part of its Lecture and Visiting Artist Series, and the following […]

On the Verge: Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape at Taft Museum of Art, February 20-May 29, 2016

February 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, February 2016

On the Verge:  Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape at Taft Museum of Art, February 20-May 29, 2016

How newly-founded must an American art museum be not to be awash in paintings by the painters of the Barbizon School, either on display or, perhaps more likely these days, in storage? The works of Corot, Rousseau, Millet, Daubigny, and a number of artists loosely allied with them represent an important but frequently not fully […]

as if hauntingly, it isn’t my home, it’s just where I live: on Do Ho Suh at the CAC

February 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, February 2016

as if hauntingly, it isn’t my home, it’s just where I live: on Do Ho Suh at the CAC

“and none of these is wholly compassed by a certain pernicious understanding of reading as escape. Escape from what? The “real world,” ostensibly, the “responsibility” of “acting” or “performing” in that world. Yes this reading posture registers as extroversion at least as much as introversion, as public as it does private: all a reader need […]

Living Things: Jochen Lempert’s Field Guide

February 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, February 2016

Living Things: Jochen Lempert’s Field Guide

Because we are so exposed to and distracted by images in our lives, we become desensitized to one of photography’s chief purposes: to observe. Jochen Lempert’s photography, now on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Field Guide: Photographs by Jochen Lempert, presents a captivating retrospective of the artist and biologist’s art, and one that, […]

Matthew Kolodziej’s “Patch Work” at Carl Solway Gallery

February 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, February 2016

Matthew Kolodziej’s "Patch Work" at Carl Solway Gallery

In the early part of last century abstraction began considering something as simple as the power of multiple intersecting lines. The clarity of the grid evolved to become, in Rosalind Krauss’ words, “modern art’s will to silence, its hostility to literature, to narrative, to discourse.” Matthew Kolodziej’s paintings begin at this point in more ways […]

“52 Tuesdays”: A Survey of a year before the easel

February 24th, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, February 2016

"52 Tuesdays": A Survey of a year before the easel

The works chosen for this landscape exhibit represent one artist’s efforts at the easel on a Tuesday, any given week of his sabbatical year. Kevin Muente’s successful descriptive representations are on the spot plein aire paintings which were not additionally edited in the studio. The paintings depict common landscape, not ostentatiously landmarked but painted closely, […]

Overwhelming Landscape: Jonathan Queen & Matthew Metzger at Miller Gallery, January 7-February 6, 2016

January 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, January 2016

Overwhelming Landscape:  Jonathan Queen & Matthew Metzger at Miller Gallery, January 7-February 6, 2016

In the artist’s statement accompanying Matthew Metzger’s showing of ten new paintings at Miller Gallery, Metzger articulately lays out some of his goals: “In an overwhelming landscape, harsh, indifferent, opposite to arguably our most endearing human traits, we recognize our humanness.” In a nutshell, Metzger is here describing our relationship to the sublime, an aesthetic […]

Off the Wall: “The Other Window: Emil Robinson and Matthew Yaeger” at Wave Pool

January 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, January 2016

Off the Wall:  “The Other Window:  Emil Robinson and Matthew Yaeger” at Wave Pool

One of those shows that hits you over the head in a good way, “The Other Window” features lush, rainbow-bright paintings both stationed on walls and on pedestals and the floor.  It’s a funhouse sort of gig, but beautifully, self-consciously serious too. Emil Robinson has taken care of the wall portion with handsome, studious but […]

Authentic Narratives: Ohio’s Regionalists, 1915-1950

January 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, January 2016

Authentic Narratives: Ohio's Regionalists, 1915-1950

Looking back historically, one sees that Post World War II critics and curators endorsing the trends of expressive experimentation emanating from New York as the mechanism of modernism in the visual arts, eschewed figurative and narrative representations and the artists who employed these elements as outdated and behind the times. Regardless of the critics’ blessing, […]

“Fiber?” at C-LINK Gallery, Brazee Street Studios, through February 26, 2016

January 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, January 2016

“Fiber?” at C-LINK Gallery, Brazee Street Studios, through February 26, 2016

“Fiber?” is this year’s material-based exhibition in C-LINK Gallery at Brazee Street Studios. It features 13 Cincinnati-based artists: Sandra Palmer Ciolino, Judy Dominic, Cris Fee, Jennifer Zimmerman Garter, Kelli Gleiner, Pam Kravetz, Carla Lamb, Jacob Lynn, Karen Saunders, Barbara Stewart, Jenifer Sult, Jonpaul Smith, and Lindsay Whittle. When I walked into the show, it took […]

Altered Piece Conservation on View: Zaragoza’s Retablo of St. Peter January 26 – April 24, 2016 The Cincinnati Art Museum, Gallery 124

January 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in *, January 2016

Altered Piece Conservation on View: Zaragoza’s Retablo of St. Peter January 26 – April 24, 2016 The Cincinnati Art Museum, Gallery 124

The large panels of wood had been joined and the soft pine coated with a mixture of animal skin glue and resin. The painter would have preferred to use a wood with a finer grain for this retablo, or altarpiece, an oak or linden, but no such material was available in this area of Spain.  […]

WHY WYNWOOD? A LETTER FROM MIAMI

December 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, December 2015

WHY WYNWOOD? A LETTER FROM MIAMI

Dear Art Loving Friends, It’s with great excitement that I write to you today. The last weeks were wrought with emotional highs, lows and a little bit of everything in between. We were knee deep in preparation for Modern Living: Objects and Context, an exhibition in the works for nine months which BLDG co-curated with […]

“Modern Living: Objects and Context,” The Carnegie

December 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, December 2015

“Modern Living: Objects and Context,” The Carnegie

“Modern Living: Objects and Context” at The Carnegie was co-curated by Matt Distel and BLDG, a Covington-based design firm, and explores “the intersection and conflation of design and art objects,” according to The Carnegie’s Exhibitions Director Distel. To this end, the exhibition is divided into two parts. Objects are installed as art in the first-floor […]

President Unless They Hang Him First: Tom Sawyer Through the Eyes of C. F. Payne

December 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, December 2015

President Unless They Hang Him First: Tom Sawyer Through the Eyes of C. F. Payne

Located in the Incline District of East Price Hill, The Flats Art Gallery sits in a renovated apartment building across the street from BLOC Coffee Company, and only a few minute’s walk from the immensely popular Incline Public House­­­­­­.  On an overcast day, in an unseasonably warm December, the neon OPEN signs behind the gallery’s […]

Architectural Pursuits: An Interview with Catherine Richards

December 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, December 2015

Architectural Pursuits: An Interview with Catherine Richards

Catherine Richards defines herself as an artist and architect.  A graduate of DAAP originally from Cleveland, she spent a year in NYC working for the renowned firm OMA (co-founded by Rem Koolhaas). She currently teaches at DAAP, lives in OTR, and works out of a gigantic studio in Newport filled with a mountain of fabric, […]

Phyllis Weston: In Memoriam

December 22nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in *, December 2015

Phyllis Weston: In Memoriam

Phyllis Weston’s recent death, after a very long and singularly fruitful career in the arts in Greater Cincinnati, certainly represents the end of an era, and I think that the era which she helped to define and in which she dominated, may have been a gentler one, certainly one in which the force of a personality […]