January/February 2021

Whistling in the Dark: “Frank Duveneck: American Master” at Cincinnati Art Museum, December 18, 2020-March 28, 2021

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Whistling in the Dark: “Frank Duveneck: American Master”  at Cincinnati Art Museum, December 18, 2020-March 28, 2021

It’s long been discussed whether Duveneck’s lasting contribution to American art is more as a painter or a teacher. As a painter, his influence has been hard to characterize, but as teacher his impact is easier to trace.  At various times and places, he was a mentor to artists as diverse as John Henry Twachtman, […]

Going Home: “And the Presence of Light” at the Weston Gallery

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Going Home: “And the Presence of Light” at the Weston Gallery

The new installation at the Weston Gallery called “And the Presence of Light” by Oberlin, OH based artist Johnny Coleman is inspired by the story of 4 year old Lee Howard Dobbins, an adopted child and fugitive slave who died in Oberlin on route to Canada, and freedom, in 1853. He contracted tuberculosis while traveling […]

SOS Art Retrospective: 2016-2020

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SOS Art Retrospective: 2016-2020

For their annual SOS ART 2021, the Kennedy Heights Arts center is presenting a retrospective of the past five years of SOS shows.  In a nutshell, SOS ART showcases artists who work for change, and who advocate for peace and justice with their work.  This five year retrospective includes eighty nine local artists who fall […]

Landscape without Landscape: “Bukang Y. Kim: Journey to the East” at Dayton Art Institute, November 7, 2020-February 14, 2021

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Landscape without Landscape: “Bukang Y. Kim: Journey to the East”  at Dayton Art Institute, November 7, 2020-February 14, 2021

In writing about Bukang Yu Kim’s extraordinary solo show of ten paintings at the Dayton Art Institute, I need to make two disclosures. First, I confess to coming late to an appreciation of her marvelous and powerful work, though I’ve had plenty of chances to have done so in the past. She had a one-person […]

“Pressing On: Prints by Members of the Tiger Lily Press,” Caza Sikes, through February 28, 2021

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“Pressing On: Prints by Members of the Tiger Lily Press,” Caza Sikes, through February 28, 2021

Printmaking encompasses a myriad of techniques. The processes can be complicated. The equipment is specialized. And often expensive. Some artists have the wherewithal to set up their own studios, but for most artists, it’s not possible. For them Cincinnati is fortunate to have the Tiger Lily Press, which celebrated its 40thanniversary in 2019. It exists […]

Cincinnati Art Galleries Continues Its Longstanding Tradition of Panorama

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Cincinnati Art Galleries Continues Its Longstanding Tradition of Panorama

There are many longstanding traditions in Cincinnati.  Panorama of Cincinnati Art is one of them. Randy and Michele Sandler opened Cincinnati Art Galleries in 1983 at 225 E. 6th Street in downtown Cincinnati.    It was the beginning of an establishment of a gallery dedicated to the sale of American and European paintings with particular attention […]

Fotofolio: Glenna Jennings

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Fotofolio: Glenna Jennings

“At Table” (2005-ongoing) Glenna’s statement and bio: Place and Space are consistent themes in my work, which ranges from documentary and constructed photography to socially-engaged art, curating and writing. Whether documenting interactions along the U.S-Mexico border or transformations within my own backyard, I strive to create or enter spaces where History intermingles with Memory. This […]

Spelunking Through “Substrata” at EPOCH Gallery

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Spelunking Through “Substrata" at EPOCH Gallery

The entryway to “Substrata” at EPOCH Gallery consigns you to a steep snowy slope several yards from a building appearing as a futuristic ski lodge.  At your every pause, you find yourself revolving, as though involuntarily attached to the axis of a slow-moving carousel.  Turn around and see a white sun glowing in the haze, […]

An Exhibition of Two Textile Artists Carolyn Mazloomi :“A Piece if My Mind” and Heather Jones: “A Sense of Place” January 30 – February 27, 2021 Alice and Harris Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

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An Exhibition of Two Textile Artists Carolyn Mazloomi :“A Piece if My Mind” and Heather Jones: “A Sense of Place” January 30 – February 27, 2021 Alice and Harris Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Every human being in the world has a “cradle to grave” relationship with textiles.” These words by Carolyn Mazloomi contextualize her choice of quilts as her chosen art medium and it contextualizes our response to the show.  We arrive to view this exhibit clothed; we are ready. Mazloomi came to quilting from a unique position.  […]

Lights, Camera and Memes – Art in the Age of Digital Immediacy

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Lights, Camera and Memes – Art in the Age of Digital Immediacy

The Night Gallery is a gem within the maze of LA’s Industrial District. “Headlines” by Derek Boshier and “Screen Time” by Luke Murphy and Christine Wang are two exhibitions on view (by appointment) through March 13. This review will focus on the latter but the juxtaposition of the shows is worth noting. Both seek to […]

“Let Me Tell You What I Mean” by Joan Didion

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I have long believed that Joan Didion has the greatest mind of any writer, thinker, essayist, reporter, anywhere in the world during her long writing career (both fiction and nonfiction). She is now 86 and has retired from writing, so that the newest collection of her writings, “Let Me Tell You What I Mean”, proves […]

“That Old Country Music” by Kevin Barry

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Kevin Barry, whose 2019 novel “Night Boat to Tangier” was one of that year’s best novels, has returned with a gorgeous book of short stories, “That Old Country Music”, which absolutely places him in the top tier of writers in the world.  The quotation he uses as his frontispiece rather sums up the stories:  “I […]