January 2014

Glass Houses: Rob Anderson’s “A Place in Time” at the Hiestand Gallery, Miami University

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Glass Houses: Rob Anderson’s “A Place in Time” at the Hiestand Gallery, Miami University

by Jonathan Kamholtz December 12, 2013-February 3, 2014 If you look to your left when you walk into Miami University’s cozy Hiestand Gallery, you’ll see “Lucy” (2013), a statuesque portrait of a standing baby. She is turning away from us, pleasurably but implacably following some agenda of her own. She could be a guardian figure […]

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

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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 […]

Ron Thomas’ Take it from Me at The Carnegie and Kim Krause’s The Eleusinian Mysteries at Marta Hewitt Gallery

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Ron Thomas’ Take it from Me at The Carnegie and Kim Krause’s The Eleusinian Mysteries at Marta Hewitt Gallery

by Matthew Metzger Ron Thomas’ Take if from Me and Kim Krause’s The Eleusinian Mysteries ran concurrently at The Carnegie and Marta Hewett Gallery, offering a nice opportunity for a symposium (at least in writing) of two very different types of abstraction. I provide a bit more coverage for Thomas’ work simply because, to my […]

NKU’s FE14: Full and Part-time Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

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NKU's FE14: Full and Part-time Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition

by Shawn Daniell When I was in art school at The College of Brockport in Brockport, New York, ten years gone by now, I often wondered what kind of artwork my art professors were creating in their own studios, or if they were even creating at all. Students put a lot of money and trust […]

Ideas on Hiring Museum Directors

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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

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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 […]

Say Something: Diane Landry’s “by every wind that blows” at the Contemporary Arts Center

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Say Something: Diane Landry’s “by every wind that blows” at the Contemporary Arts Center

by Keith Banner Diane Landry’s “by every wind that blows” at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown (up through March 2, 2014) is revelatory and mundane at the same time, a beautiful mix of thought and action that shimmers in your mind a long time after witnessing it. Landry uses banal objects like empty water-bottles, plastic […]

Ron Kroutel: Conceptualist Redux

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Ron Kroutel: Conceptualist Redux

by Marlene Steele Suited man steps onto a roadway in a low level lilliputian landscape. A nubile intrigante strides openly along a residence-obscuring hedge. Nude male, barefoot in the waning light, apprehensively considers a dismal deserted industrial plant. Leaps of faith and expressions of ecstasy, escapes and admonitions, reactions to the unseen and the unforeseeable, […]

The Medium is the Message

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The Medium is the Message

by Jane Durrell The Medium is the Message is a fitting title for the new show at downtown’s YWCA. In it four artists, each besotted by color, express themselves in individual mediums.  Even the two painters use markedly different methods, contrasting with each other as well as with the fabric artist and the glass artist. […]

Dixie Selden at Eisele Gallery

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Dixie Selden at Eisele Gallery

by Kevin Ott Although this is not a proper “show” of Selden’s work, there are 5 paintings displayed at the Eisele Gallery, more than one can usually find in one location by this respected Cincinnati artist and favorite student of Frank Duvenek. First the gallery: Eisele Gallery specializes in 19th and 20th Century paintings (and […]

As Lovely As A Tree

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As Lovely As A Tree

by Fran Watson “The Tree of Life”, Cincinnati Art Museum, November 29, 2013 – January 1, 2014 In a straight line  from the main entrance of the Cincinnati Art Museum, past the sequestered  “Icons” spotlighted in black caves, through the spacious hallway, footsteps echoing loudly, stood  the very dead “Tree of Life”; its  roots unlaced […]

Art For a Better World

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Art For a Better World

by Saad Ghosn I.              Images For A Better World: Paige WIDEMAN, Visual Artist Paige Wideman, born in Indianapolis, Indiana, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a BFA degree in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute (1989), and an MFA degree, also in sculpture, from the University of Cincinnati (1999). Wideman took 10 years […]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The Lords of the Skies

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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

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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

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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, […]

Book Review: The Exiles Return, by Elisabeth de Waal

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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 […]

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 […]