December 2017

Men Looking: “Albrecht Durer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance” Cincinnati Art Museum, November 17-February 11, 2018

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Men Looking: “Albrecht Durer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance” Cincinnati Art Museum, November 17-February 11, 2018

The Reformation had its 500th anniversary this year. A movement that changed the ways Europeans read, worshipped, traded, and slaughtered each other, it also had the potential to change the nature of art. In part, this is because the various Protestant churches that sought to reform the Catholic hegemony tended, among other things, to take […]

Frank Herrmann, Slayer of Dragons Solo Exhibition, “New Works”, Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts December 1, 2017 through January 28, 2018

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Frank Herrmann, Slayer of Dragons Solo Exhibition, "New Works", Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts December 1, 2017 through January 28, 2018

Painter extraordinaire Frank Herrmann means what he says. In a 2016 interview, Herrmann stated: “Never wait for the great idea or wait for the perfect moment when the work has stalled. You have to work through those moments, that may be depressing but just keep working.”1 Herrmann takes his own advice; his vivid new exhibition […]

Étranger Résident: La Collection Marin Karmitz (Resident Alien: the Marin Karmitz Collection), La maison rouge, Paris, October 15, 2017 – January 21, 2018

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Étranger Résident: La Collection Marin Karmitz (Resident Alien: the Marin Karmitz Collection), La maison rouge, Paris, October 15, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Bittersweet is a term often used to describe simultaneous positive and negative feelings. What I felt recently upon leaving the exhibition Étranger Résident: La Collection Marin Karmitz at Paris’ La mason rouge requires a stronger term, something connoting being both energized and enervated, for quite different reasons. Since it opened ten years ago La mason rouge [lower […]

“A Sense of Home: New Quilts by Heather Jones,” Taft Museum of Art, through February 18, 2018.

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“A Sense of Home: New Quilts by Heather Jones,” Taft Museum of Art, through February 18, 2018.

“A Sense of Home: New Quilts by Heather Jones” complements the Taft Museum of Art’s “Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts” exhibition. (See aeqai.com, November 2017.) Jones sees modern quilting as “look(ing) at traditional quilting and then do(ing) its own thing.” 1 For this quilt maker, “its own thing” marries tradition and contemporary abstract art in quilts […]

Best Fiction of 2017

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Best Fiction of 2017

In spite of entire months going by with little fiction of note, 2017 did give serious readers some terrific fiction.  Part of the problem is that publications offering book reviews have radically different ideas about what’s worth reading.  And it’s an important time to be on the lookout for political correctness and other ideologies common […]

In Celebration of Civic Pride: Hotel Covington’s Amazing Creation

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In Celebration of Civic Pride: Hotel Covington’s Amazing Creation

On the opposite Ohio River shore from The Queen City, Covington, Kentucky was established in 1815. Ever since its founding, Covington has lived in the shadow of earlier, larger, and more populated Cincinnati, Ohio – forever relegated, it would seem, in the supporting role as a suburb to its more sophisticated, cultural neighbor. In spite […]

The Half Hour Hold: Subjective Stare-Downs with Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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The Half Hour Hold: Subjective Stare-Downs with Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

How long do you regard a singular work in a museum or gallery? Here are two different approaches: Supposing we made a pact with a painting and agreed to sit down and look at it, on our own, with no distractions, for one hour. The painting should be an original, not a reproduction, and we […]

“Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco” Fails to Fire

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"Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco" Fails to Fire

Inside Frary Dining Hall at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, beyond extensive rows of tables and chairs, one encounters a singular sight atop the arched central panel of the back wall: a large 1930 fresco by José Clemente Orozco. Designated Prometheus, this mural depicts its titular Greek titan painted in Orozco’s signature El Greco-esque style. […]

Posthumanism and Catharsis: JJ Brine’s “Vector Gallery”

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Posthumanism and Catharsis: JJ Brine’s "Vector Gallery"

  “You mean Messiah?” JJ Brine hastily corrects me when I quizzically point at the two McDonalds logos on Vector Gallery’s wall, probing him about his interest in selectively appropriating capitalist imagery. It is the day before JJ Brine’s opening of the newest rendition of Vector Gallery, a space that has traversed a multiplicity of […]

The Great Ecstasy of ‘Koukotsu Moji”

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The Great Ecstasy of 'Koukotsu Moji"

The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies, For the pattern is new in every moment And every moment is a new and shocking Valuation of all we have been.                                                             —TS Eliot, (East Coker) There is a strange universe. It contains everything imaginable between the limits of stone and sun—the extremities of all that has […]

Kathy Gore Fuss at Prographica/KDR

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Kathy Gore Fuss at Prographica/KDR

The Pacific Northwest suffers every year under rainy skies. Some locals soak up the darkness and put that energy into their art. A different energy emerges from Kathy Gore Fuss’ work at Prographica/KDR. She has distilled the forest onto surfaces that glow with the energy of slow, thoughtful growth. Her use of a synthetic paper […]

Review of Lloyd Library exhibition

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Review of Lloyd Library exhibition

Perhaps the most seasonal exhibition in town right now is “Winter Greens: Seasonal Illustrations from the Lloyd Library.” The Library, at 917 Plum Street in downtown Cincinnati, is both a library and museum with rare books, botanical drawings and manuscripts that provide, for this exhibition, a long look back at our pleasure in the natural […]

Fotofolio: Tori Gagne

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Fotofolio: Tori Gagne

“Moonlit Dance Series” Tori’s statement: The story of the horse has a long legacy in art, mythology, war, literature and more. These images poetically express the qualities a horse embodies; wildness, freedom, wisdom, power, connection, spirituality, beauty and honor the memory of the unique mark horses have made on the hearts and lives of humans. […]

Art Basel Miami Beach

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Art Basel Miami Beach

“To spend time in Miami is to acquire a certain fluency in cognitive dissonance.” – Joan Didion Both Miami and art fairs in general leave one feeling simultaneously elated and defeated, so an art fair in Miami is a natural choice. The Swiss figured this out about 15 years ago when they decided to bring […]

Failure in Progress // Zephyr Gallery

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Failure in Progress // Zephyr Gallery

In 2014, Zephyr launched an ongoing Project series with curated proposal-based exhibitions as well as collaborations with universities, colleges, and cultural institutions. Project 20: Failure in Progress is the twentieth exhibition in this series. Failure in Progress is curated by Jessica Bennet Kincaid, currently the Coordinator of Collections and Exhibitions at the University of Louisville’s […]

Doug McGlumphy: “Regular Guy Monuments”, Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery December 1, 2017 – January 28, 2018

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Doug McGlumphy: "Regular Guy Monuments", Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery December 1, 2017 - January 28, 2018

What is regular? In Doug McGlumphy’s artist’s statement accompanying his exhibition now showing at the Weston Gallery in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, he states that in this series of sculptures he seeks to “pay tribute to the ordinary worker.”   McGlumphy writes,  “I felt that little attention has been given to the daily contributions of the ‘regular […]

American Sign Museum: A Look at a Century of Signs

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American Sign Museum:  A Look at a Century of Signs

  The American Sign Museum is off the beaten path.  Hidden away in Camp Washington is a national museum devoted solely to signs. Located on 1330 Monmouth Ave., the museum is a one-story 20,000 square-foot building which covers over a century of signs.  From hand-painted signs with gold leaf, the earliest electric signs, art deco […]

Fur-Free

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Earlier this fall, we explored in two separate articles how the face of fashion has changed. First we delved into the past while visiting the Fashion and Technology installation in Gallery 104 of the Cincinnati Art Museum. From the earliest days, advances in machinery have defined what we know as modern day fashion. Take lace, […]

Team B Architecture and Design

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Team B Architecture and Design

Editor’s Note:  Aeqai is pleased to republish Megan Bickel’s interview with Team B  The inverview was originally published on Five-Dots. Team B Architecture & Design (made up of David Corns, Anna Kerr, Quinn Kummer, and John Stoughton) is a full-service studio located in Over-the-Rhine exploring the way in which form, space, and material can communicate […]

Gibbs Rounsavall

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Gibbs Rounsavall

Editor’s Note:  Aeqai is pleased to republish Megan Bickel’s interview with Gibbs Rounsavall. The interview was originally published on Five-Dots. Gibbs Rounsavall compares his studio practice to that of a scientific exploration embracing the thrill of discovery. The focus of his study has primarily been on relationships between shape and color. One of his bedrock […]