Features

Ain’t Misbehavin’

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

Ain’t Misbehavin’

by Stephen Slaughter “Buildering, Misbehaving the City” and KniveandFork Questions and Answers Space and Place The Ordinary and the Banal The objective of architecture is works of art that are lived in.  The city is the largest, and at present the worst of such works of art. Functionalism (to speak roughly of the heroic period [...]

William Messer: Some Women, Some Stories

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

William Messer: Some Women, Some Stories

by Kevin Ott Iris BookCafe and Gallery is an uncluttered but homey café/gallery on upper Main Street. Main between Central Parkway and Liberty has retained its DYI vibe, the bars, restaurants, cafes and retail still feeling a bit less polished than its more 3CDC-ish neighbor, Vine Street. Both are great, but Main Street and places [...]

What Do We Expect from Museum Directors?

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

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 [...]

Gutenberg vs. The Internet

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

Gutenberg vs. The Internet

by Danelle Cheney 1455: Mainz, Germany. Johannes Gutenberg nears completion on the first edition of the forty-two line bible with moveable type and machinery he’s spent years developing. 1969: Los Angeles, USA. Charley S. Kline sends the first message across an early version of the internet: “LO.” He was attempting to type “LOGIN,” which he [...]

Art for a Better World – March

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

Art for a Better World - March

by Saad Ghosn I.  Images For A Better World: Kimberly HENSON, Visual Artist Kymberly Henson has been working in the arts for over 30 years. After graduating with an art degree from Edgecliff College she owned and operated a wearable art studio called “Kymber Originals”, producing one of a kind and limited edition hand-painted and [...]

Louis Bickett Photo Essays – March

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

Louis Bickett Photo Essays - March

from the Louis Bickett Photo Archive What I Read Collection     Daddy Collects Collection     I IMAGINE THE OLD NIGGER WILL BE CHEAPER’, VINTAGE LETTER, 17 FEBRUARY 2011  

Letter from Wyoming – There Is Good Art Everywhere

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

Letter from Wyoming - There Is Good Art Everywhere

By Cynthia Kukla There is good art everywhere, just look.  Look a little harder and you will find great art just about anywhere.  Such is the case with the exhibition of Robert Motherwell and Lee Hall in Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s big ski country.  Great art indeed. Tayloe Piggott, owner and namesake of her gallery, presented/paired [...]

Letter from Roanoke – March

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

Letter from Roanoke - March

By Judith Fairly The contrast between the gray people-moving facility I’d left in Dallas-Fort Worth and the airy concourse into which I disembarked at the Roanoke Regional Airport that the architect Ron Price envisioned as a “transition between earth and air” could not have been greater. Price’s design utilizes materials that look to both the [...]

Book Review: The Apartment

March 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, March 2014

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 [...]

Comics: Art Imitates Art Which Imitates Art

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

Comics: Art Imitates Art Which Imitates Art

by Danelle Cheney Comic books firmly straddle the space between visual art and literature. They are unique in format: the visuals are just as important to understanding the story as the words (unlike a traditional book, which may be republished several times with differing sets of illustrations). There are even some which include absolutely no [...]

Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellowships – An Opportunity for Cincinnati’s Individual Artists

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellowships - An Opportunity for Cincinnati’s Individual Artists

by Jan Brown Checco If you are a working artist living in Cincinnati, and you don’t have a salaried position within one of our prestigious arts institutions, you know how difficult it is to live from commission to commission, adjunct position to street fair, open studio sales evening to short-term project.  There are thousands of [...]

The Centrality of Art Within the Art Industry

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

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 [...]

Letter from Chicago

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

Letter from Chicago

by Christopher Hoeting The College Art Association just wrapped up its annual meeting at the Westin Hotel (February 12-15th) inside Chicago’s Loop, just six blocks south from of The Art Institute of Chicago. The conference highlights the academies offering of artist talks, panel discussions, workshops, interviewing sessions, and a book fair among other things. Or [...]

Letter from Santa Fe

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by Jane Durrell The light!  The light!  No wonder artists, passing through, change their minds and never go away. The town is tucked in an upper layer of mountainous terrain, peaks rising on three sides and the fourth side open toward Albuquerque, sixty-some miles away. We had come for a winter week in Santa Fe, [...]

The Artist’s Life

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by Fran Watson Patterson Center was packed to the brim with the most difficult people in the city: artists.  Mostly lady artists. Each of whom knew in her heart of hearts that she was vastly underrated and pushing valiantly  to right this obvious wrong. I was one of these, as determined and convinced of my [...]

Maxwell’s Poetry Corner – Cardinal and Crow

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by Maxwell Redder I Two cardinals and a murder of crows distinctly chatting between neighboring branches; barren minus twisting auburn vines slunk like somnolent tails, and an occasional jostling squirrel. Snow swallows hooves as a deer herd leaps along my father’s fence.   II True, a fence is like an hourglass: flipped one way to [...]

Best Films of 2013

February 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

by David Schloss It was a rather good year for films, to my pleasant surprise. I found myself making meta-value judgments to sort out all the contenders, so many of which had many serious merits. It was a pleasure. 1. American Hustle. Great serious screwball script that sustains its complicated logic throughout. Great ensemble cast, [...]

#PERFORMANCEART

February 22nd, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2014

By Drew Klein Performance art is so “in” right now. Just ask Jay Z, or Lady Gaga, or Shia LaBeouf. Each of these figures of contemporary pop culture have recently dipped their toes (or jumped headfirst into a fiery lake of PR hell) into the world of performance art. Or, at least that’s what they [...]

Robert Kushner: Paintings 2010-2013 & The Four Seasons Commissioned in 1990 for Tower Place in Cincinnati

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, January 2014

Robert Kushner: Paintings 2010-2013 & The Four Seasons Commissioned in 1990 for Tower Place in Cincinnati

by Karen Chambers Before I get to Robert Kushner’s exhibition at the Solway Gallery, let’s take a look at the Pattern and Decoration (P&D) Movement1, which he helped found. Ben Johnson’s curatorial notes for the 2012 exhibition “ReFocus: Art of the 70’s: Pattern and Decoration” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL, sums [...]

Ideas on Hiring Museum Directors

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, January 2014

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 [...]

Letter from Chicago: Focus on Five Artists and a Nod to Leyster

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, January 2014

Letter from Chicago: Focus on Five Artists and a Nod to Leyster

by Cynthia Kukla               Twenty years ago, in 1993, the Frans Hals Museum mounted an exhibition of the dozen authentic oil paintings of the ‘lost’ Judith Leyster (1609-1660).  Banners throughout the city of Amsterdam proclaimed and celebrated this centennial of Leyster’s rediscovery.  Why was this significant?  Judith Leyster was [...]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The Lords of the Skies

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, January 2014

Geometrically Ordered Design: The Lords of the Skies

by Dustin Pike “The phenomenon of UFOs does exist, and it must be treated seriously.” –Mikhail Gorbachev There is an old parable devised by Plato in his Republic wherein the pre-enlightened man and woman are taught the ways of the world only through the play of shadows projected onto the walls of a cave. After [...]

Summerfair Awards Local Artists

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, January 2014

Summerfair Awards Local Artists

By Laura A. Hobson Over the last two decades, Summerfair has contributed more than $500,000 in awards and scholarships to individual artists as well as additional support to events and exhibitions, particularly small arts institutions. “Word is starting to spread about what we are doing,” says Sharon K. Strubbe, executive director since 2006.  “We are [...]

Postmodern Publication Design

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, January 2014

Postmodern Publication Design

by Danelle Cheney Graphic designers are taught to confront and reconcile the relationship between form and content. Is one more important than the other, or equally so? Does personal expression, emotion, and humanity have a place in design, or should designers focus on legibility, clarity, and unity of content? The first Bauhaus manifesto states: “Together, [...]

Maxwell Redder – January Poetry

January 25th, 2014  |  by  |  published in *, Features, January 2014

by Maxwell Redder Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Crumpled Paper -Inspired by Wallace Stevens: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird I. Crumpled and torn the paper’s fluidity, like a loincloth draped against breasts, stiffened, becoming  jagged, rigid, recyclable. II. Performing gymnastics, a piece of plain white dropped from a vibrantly checkered hot-air balloon [...]

Profile of Walt Burton

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, Features, September 2012

Profile of Walt Burton

It’s probably inaccurate to call Walt Burton a gadfly, even though a run-down of his career might suggest that. He’s been a photographer, a dealer in historic photographs, a teacher, a guest lecturer, produced books (two of them autobiographical) and now, after two strokes and a heart attack,  is making startling prints based on collages [...]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The High Five

September 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features, September 2012

Geometrically Ordered Design: The High Five

“It is only necessary to make war with five things; with the maladies of the body, the ignorances of the mind, with the passions of the body, with the seditions of the city and the discords of families.” -Pythagoras This article is my fifth article pertaining to the design field. Design in essence cannot be [...]

Geometrically Ordered Design: Two to Tango

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features, May 2012

Geometrically Ordered Design: Two to Tango

“So God created man in his own image.” -Genesis 1:27 This is technically my second article pertaining to the design field and again it is necessary to distinguish between art and design. Design in essence cannot be accomplished without specific degrees of control, and almost always has a definitive point to make. How well the [...]

VAGA: Protecting the rights of artists since 1976

May 17th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features, May 2012

As an artist and a person in the media, images play an important role in my professional and personal life. The idea of ownership and rights is a key element when talking about the use of images in the media. For instance, did you know that just because you may own a work of art, [...]

Letter From Los Angeles

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Features

Letter From Los Angeles

Our Debt to the West Coast: Pacific Standard Time: 1945-1980 “An unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene.”1 Visiting L.A. is like a review of your whole life. Driving around greater L.A. in traffic much less crazy than my hometown [...]

Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill capture the Kaiser

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Features

Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill capture the Kaiser

Ten years ago when I was teaching Intro to Painting at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, I was cutting through the galleries on the second floor of the Art Museum when “The Unwelcome Guests” by Henry Farny suddenly caught my eye for the first time. There was a luminosity in that yellow sky that jumped [...]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The Loneliest One

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Features

Geometrically Ordered Design: The Loneliest One

  “You cannot conceive the many without the one.” -Plato Since this is my first article pertaining to the design field, it may aide the reader to know how to distinguish art from design.  Design in essence cannot be accomplished without specific degrees of control, and almost always has a definitive point to make. How [...]

Alibis By André Aciman

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Features

André Aciman was born into an upper middle class-to-rich Jewish family in Alexandria, Egypt.  He has described the nearly Chekovian life that his extended family lived in the waning days of a tolerant and multicultural Egypt.  As anti-Semitism rose in Egypt, a manipulative political movement meant to target “outsiders” and “foreigners”, various members of the [...]

New Baroque, a New BLOG

April 14th, 2012  |  by  |  published in April 2012, Features

New Baroque, a New BLOG

New Baroque is a blog featuring young artists from Kentucky, Los Angeles, and New York.  It came about when I noticed that a group of artists working in the New Baroque style were not getting the attention that I thought they deserved.   The art of the Baroque was stylistically complex with a tendency to exaggerate [...]

Geometrically Ordered Design: Design Intervention

March 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features, March 2012

Geometrically Ordered Design:  Design Intervention

This article marks the first of many articles to come in reference to the field of design. These articles will attempt to analyze and interpret the meanings of a vast number of subjects surrounding the design field, and enlighten the reader of their importance. However, before I get into my first subject on design I [...]

James Priest, Head Gardner at Giverny

March 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features, March 2012

I would like to express my thanks to my husband, Richard Hoskin, who took time off from writing his novel, as I lay feverish from the flu at home, to meet with James Priest and ask questions I had prepared and some of his own. The Gardens at Giverny, home of Claude Monet from 1883 [...]

Letter From London

February 18th, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, Features, February 2012

Letter From London

In London, on the day I went to both exhibitions, it seemed that everyone who wasn’t at the National Gallery’s stunning Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan had come to the Royal Academy for David Hockney’s knock-your-eye-out responses to the English landscape. Each show was at controlled maximum attendance but the crowds [...]

Letter from New York: Hidden Gems

January 23rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in *, Features, January 2012

Letter from New York: Hidden Gems

This is the second in a series of a quarterly letters, which will cover painting shows in greater New York. “From the top of the arched opening – as it gradually widens – pours forth a sparkling flow of jewels, a pattering rain of diamonds, and, directly following, a tumble of gems of every color, [...]

Best Fiction of 2011

January 23rd, 2012  |  by  |  published in Features, January 2012

The year 2011 in new fiction began as bleakly as any in recent memory.  By the end of summer, only two or three novels seemed even to be somewhat good – and we need to watch literary/politically correct trends, to make certain we’re not simply reading what’s been declared good for us/for the victimized but [...]

Cole Carothers

December 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in December 2011, Features, On View

Cole Carothers

As an artist ages, he or she becomes increasingly sensitive to the world and more uncertain of how to proceed. As the artist grows wiser, he or she must make the decision to continue groping for the elusive threads of memory and the constant uncertainty of personal experience. It is important for the work that [...]

A Local Culture: tradition and risk in Cincinnati

November 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, Features, November 2011

A Local Culture: tradition and risk in Cincinnati

daydreaming of success of enhancing culture, of collaboration bringing this city up with all of our brilliance bringing this city to life with all of our passion filling this city up with our art, with our sounds with our faces and ideas … Excerpted from “Rubble of The Mind” by Jim Swill, Caustic Nostalgia: selected [...]

Letter from New York: Maps and Legends

October 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in *, Features, October 2011

Letter from New York: Maps and Legends

This is the first in a series of a quarterly letters, which will cover painting shows in greater New York If you want to experience the New York art scene from afar, watch James Kalm’s videos. Kalm tirelessly travels the city documenting art openings and exhibitions from Manhattan to Brooklyn.  His videos are a selective, [...]

Art: A Conversation of Souls

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features, September 2011

Art: A Conversation of Souls

Art, at its best, is an asynchronous dialogue between the soul of the artist and the soul of the viewer. It is a conversation of the soul, because what moves the artist to create and the viewer to respond comes from a deeper level than the mind. No amount of technical expertise can move the [...]

International Artists Exchanges, a la mode “Sister Cities”

September 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features, September 2011

International Artists Exchanges, a la mode “Sister Cities”

It’s satisfying to identify the first seeds of what we become, and to what we commit.  The mentor who sowed my life into a fertile ground of art and travel is clear:  Uncle Bob gave me my first art history book in 1962 upon return from one of his many international adventures.  A Renaissance man, [...]

TATE X SPINE TV: VISUAL DIALOGUES PART 3

July 30th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features, Multimedia, Summer 2011

For A Better World: SOS Art

June 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features, June 2011

For A Better World: SOS Art

Saad Ghosn Mobilizes Hundreds of Artists Yet Again Lady Liberty returns. Not the Neoclassical colossus on Liberty Island. It is the shrieking girl with the liberty spikes on the S.O.S. ART posters plastered all over downtown. S.O.S. ART is a rally cry for peace and justice, which began in March of 2003 just as the [...]

“Outsiderness”

May 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features

“Outsiderness”

                        Outside of “Outsiderness” Thornton Dial, Courttney Cooper, and other “Hard Truths” In an essay in the catalog for “Hard Truths,” Thornton Dial’s brilliant retrospective at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (up until September 15, 2011), Greg Tate takes on the “hard truths” involved [...]

Things Fall Apart

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features

Things Fall Apart

Nam June Paik and the Conservation of Video Sculpture A Symposium at DAAP Conserving the pioneering work of artist Nam June Paik was the subject of this past weekend’s symposium at The University of Cincinnati. Made possible by a grant from the Getty Foundation, artists, curators, and academics from across the nation and as far [...]

What Would Nam June (Paik) Do?

April 18th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features, On View

 What Would Nam June (Paik) Do?

What Would Nam June (Paik) Do? The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design Art Architecture and Planning hosted the Nam June Paik and the Conservation of Video Sculpture, Symposium and Exhibition (April 15-16, 2011), a coup for the College of Art, (long the red-headed stepchild of DAAP’s other more financially-driven Colleges). Thanks to a grant [...]

Into The Night

March 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features

Into The Night

Off the Wall, Into the Night The environmental context is often an afterthought when we view art, although the surroundings set the stage for the work. Everything from the size of the room and the lighting, to the formality or casualness of the venue affects our perceptions. The default installation setting of white gallery walls, [...]

Great Expectations

February 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Digest, Features

Great Expectations

Cincinnati Against the World On a Wednesday evening, in a room above the raucous crowd assembled for Mayday Bar in Northside’s Bingo night, five artists of various ilk (visual artists Britni Bicknaver & Paul Coors, photographer-designer-street artist Floyd Johnson, designer-entrepreneur Rosie Kovacs, and poet Dana Ward) gathered to discuss an issue that has effected them [...]

Shifting Beneath Our Feet

January 15th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Features

Shifting Beneath Our Feet

A Theory of Context and the Failure of the Ready-made. The ready-made is so entrenched in contemporary practice that its status is canonical.  So much of today’s  -and yesterday’s- conceptually driven work would be unimaginable without it, and yet by redefining art making for the past half-century or more, the ready-made has become emblematic of [...]

Benedict Leca

December 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Features, Profiles

Benedict Leca

Curating to Delight and Inform “Hello, my name is Benedict Leca, and I am the curator of this show. Would you like me to give you a tour?” Leca visits the gallery that houses the Cincinnati Art Museum’s internationally acclaimed show Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman (through January 2, 2011) two or three times [...]

Studio Glass

November 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Digest, Features

Studio Glass

A Look Back Although Cincinnati can’t truly be considered a hot bed of glass art activity, another Ohio city—Toledo—played a seminal role in the development of what is known as the Studio Glass Movement. Studio glass describes glasswork created by an artist working directly with the material, often alone, and with the intent of making [...]

James Crump

October 15th, 2010  |  by  |  published in Features, Profiles

James Crump

Reflections from a Discerning Eye In the film “Wall Street,” Michael Douglas misguidedly observed “greed is good” with dire results. However, if greed also means grasping every opportunity to create a world-class photography collection at the Cincinnati Art Museum James Crump is committing no aesthetic trespass. “I was asked to kick start a relatively dormant [...]