December 2018

The Hills are Alive: Cole Carothers’s “The Cincinnati Collection, 1985–2012” on display at Roehr Insurance Company, curated by Caza Sikes, November 2-30, 2018

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The Hills are Alive: Cole Carothers’s “The Cincinnati Collection, 1985--2012” on display at Roehr Insurance Company, curated by Caza Sikes, November 2-30, 2018

In Cole Carothers’s “Margin” (2008), we are in Northern Kentucky somewhere—I’m thinking probably Monmouth Street—where the roadway dips down under some train tracks. There is no glamor here, at least not in a conventional sense. Where we are has been zoned for what is called light industry, which typically means that the factories are neither […]

Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University at the Speed Art Museum

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Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University at the Speed Art Museum

According to the Speed Art Museum, Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art showcases the impressive early 20th-century art collection owned by the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University. It covers the breadth of nearly every major artistic movement that occurred between the years 1900 and 1950 in Europe and America. […]

Queen City Struts Her Stuff Panorama of Cincinnati Art – 33rd Anniversary Benefit for the Taft Museum December 1st through Friday January 18th, 2019

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Queen City Struts Her Stuff Panorama of Cincinnati Art - 33rd Anniversary Benefit for the Taft Museum December 1st through Friday January 18th, 2019

As a prominent river town, the Queen City has long been a storehouse for culture.  Picture Benjamin West’s massive painting Ophelia and Laertes – 109 x 152 1/2 inches – rolled up and secured to a barge coming down the Ohio River to its purchaser, none other than Cincinnati’s Nicholas Longworth. It was the first […]

Welcome Project Hosts a Series of Cincinnati Neighborhood Dinners

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Welcome Project Hosts a Series of Cincinnati Neighborhood Dinners

Sharing a table and a meal together can make a community stronger. During a time of unrest nationally and internationally, this is the season to be thankful over a common dinner meeting new people and reaching out to those who are different from us. The Welcome Project reflects this theme in a year-long collaboration.  It […]

Best Fiction of 2018

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Best Fiction of 2018

  2018 was an odd year for fiction; good and occasionally superior books appeared throughout the year, though it took some sleuthing to find them.  Nothing dominates other than an ominous tendency towards overpraising novels that tend towards the politically correct.  If you read other lists of best novels of the year, you’ll notice a […]

Diverse Artists Navigate Boundaries in “Here” at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

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Diverse Artists Navigate Boundaries in "Here" at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

Los Angeles encompasses so many neighborhoods, districts, and suburbs that nary a local can keep track of them all. In a city so sprawling and diverse, the idea of boundaries seems especially salient during our current epoch when notions of acceptability shift like sand in the wind even as divisive talks revolve around building permanent […]

“TAPPED 9: Artists and their Professors,” Manifest Gallery, through January 11, 2019

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“TAPPED 9: Artists and their Professors,” Manifest Gallery, through January 11, 2019

The title says it all: “TAPPED 9: Artists and their Professors.” In this ninth iteration at Manifest Gallery, there are seven pairs (the teacher is listed first): Elvia Perrin, Austin, TX, and Lauren Cardenas, Taylor, MD Thad Duhigg, Worden, IL, and Scott Ross, McMinnville, OR Michael Reedy, Ann Arbor, MI, and Lorena Ganser, Ann Arbor, […]

Christopher Myers : Recognizing Covington’s Potential

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Christopher Myers : Recognizing Covington’s Potential

On occasion, the planets do align and a person with the appropriate knowledge, skills, enthusiasm, and temperament is hired to fill an employment position. Fortunately, this has occurred at the City of Covington, Kentucky in their hiring in November, 2018 of the new Historic Preservationist & Planning Specialist: Christopher Myers. Although young at the age […]

Artist-Educator Karen McGarry on merits of arts-inclusive education

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Artist-Educator Karen McGarry on merits of arts-inclusive education

An odd feeling creeps into my mind while sitting in Karen McGarry’s Brazee Street studio. The feeling that the many small figures strewn about the space — mannequin parts, cigarette-smoking Barbie dolls, old stop-motion animation dolls — must get up and have lives of their own when no one is around. That is the feeling […]

Profile of Carl Samson

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Profile of Carl Samson

The challenge for figurative painting, says Carl Samson, practitioner of same, is that it needs to be relevant to today. He speaks of hoping that his works “give people something they’ve not considered. Give them things to think about. New considerations. Preservation of the natural world. Patina is not everything.” That’s a large order. It’s […]

Film Review: In “Sgt. Will Gardner,” a Tormented Combat Veteran Battles Against His Own Memories

December 23rd, 2018  |  by  |  published in December 2018

Film Review: In "Sgt. Will Gardner," a Tormented Combat Veteran Battles Against His Own Memories

Possibly the earliest visual record of shell shock, the above photograph shows a Crimean War infantry captain whose eyes appear as windows to a hollow, desperate soul. Two years later, he died from the hardships of war shortly after returning home to Britain. In a similar manner about 150 years later, “Sgt. Will Gardner,” a […]