July/August 2018

Storytelling Pencil: “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey,” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, July 20-September 9, 2018

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Storytelling Pencil: “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey,” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, July 20-September 9, 2018

Any way you look at it, there was a lot going on in American culture in the 1940s and 1950s. There was a hot war and then a Cold War. American heavy industry had never been more dominant at home and abroad, and union membership was at an all-time high. Car manufacturing and ownership was […]

Last Battles: The Persistence of Vision at DAAP’s Meyers Gallery

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Last Battles: The Persistence of Vision at DAAP’s Meyers Gallery

Gallery exhibits often feature artists at a specific stage of their career, a period marked by consistent subjects or stylistic choices. Some shows take a more contrastive approach, capturing the creative process at distinct moments and inviting audiences to consider the evolution of perspective, tonality, and preferred media. Less common, however, are shows that feature […]

A Humane Touch in Product Placement

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A Humane Touch in Product Placement

Over the last year, Thunder-Sky, Inc. has been probing visual culture vis-à-vis consumers, products, and marketing, as this year’s theme has revolved around “Product Placement,” with the gallery presenting exhibitions that frame production and commerce. Certain shows over the last year at this gallery have been right on the mark regarding pop art aesthetics and […]

“Work/Surface: Matt Lynch and Curtis Goldstein” and “Winold Reiss: Studies for the Union Terminal Worker Murals,” Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, through August 26, 2018

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“Work/Surface: Matt Lynch and Curtis Goldstein” and “Winold Reiss: Studies for the Union Terminal Worker Murals,” Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, through August 26, 2018

Usually when the topic of manufacturing in the U.S. comes up, it is as a lament of jobs lost to automation or outsourcing. Two Ohio-based artists beg to differ. In “Work/Surface” at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, Matt Lynch and Curtis Goldstein present a suite of 10 scenes of factories operating […]

The Road to Iconicity: “Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution,” at the Taft Museum of Art, June 23-September 16, 2018

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The Road to Iconicity: “Ansel Adams: A Photographer’s Evolution,” at the Taft Museum of Art, June 23-September 16, 2018

One way to see the goal of the Ansel Adams show at the Taft is that it traces the trajectory of Adams’s aesthetic and accomplishments from some of his earliest Pictorialist photos in the 1920s to a climax of sorts with his iconic “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” (1941). As the show begins, Adams is a […]

Traipsing Ballroom Halls

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Traipsing Ballroom Halls

Carl Solway Gallery’s director Michael Solway has organized the first installation of video art and kinetic sculptures at Cincinnati’s newly and ornately restored Memorial Hall ballrooms. The intermedia exhibition, titled Body Language, features a myriad of carnal moving images and works by Detroit artist Cynthia Greig and Cincinnati natives Rachel Rampleman and Alan Rath. The […]

Ivan Ivanov at the Eva Ferris Gallery at Thomas More College

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Ivan Ivanov at the Eva Ferris Gallery at Thomas More College

One of this summer’s most impressive shows, paintings by Ivan Ivanov, was on display at the Eva Ferris Gallery at Thomas More College.  Ivanov tackles big, heroic themes in his works, which are abstract, reminding us  in many ways of American Abstract Expressionism, but his themes are very much his own and his painterly style […]

Textuality: Art Incorporating Text and Letterforms

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Textuality: Art Incorporating Text and Letterforms

For the most part, human beings are a verbal species.  Since time before recorded history, people have utilized language, both written and spoken, to communicate with one another.   The exhibit Textuality : Art Incorporating Text and Letterforms, now on display at Manifest Gallery, sets out to explore the notion of text and wordplay via the […]

Benjamin Cook: History Abridged at Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, Kentucky August 15th – September 22nd

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Benjamin Cook: History Abridged at Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, Kentucky August 15th - September 22nd

Currently situated within Swanson Contemporary are paintings and installations composed of paintings situated within murals that make up Benjamin Cook’s exhibition, History Abridged—they’re fun, they’re difficult, they’re comedic, and they’re nostalgic. The show could easily feel overworked with this much imagery—but it doesn’t. It references a certain conflicting brevity of time and expansion of time […]

Sophie von Hellermann Experiments with Cultures in her Painted “Petri Dishes”

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Sophie von Hellermann Experiments with Cultures in her Painted "Petri Dishes"

Cleverly convoluting scientific and sociological meanings of the word “culture,” Sophie von Hellermann’s paintings portray clear disks brimming with mysterious vignettes in “Petri Dishes,” her show at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery in Los Angeles. Each canvas functions as a petri dish for von Hellermann’s painted explorations where microbiologic vessels serve as symbolic spheres for testing paint’s […]

Lloyd Library Exhibition

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Lloyd Library Exhibition

The Lloyd Library, to my knowledge, is the first entity ever to use as exhibition title the key word broken into syllables, with accompanying accent.  Phar’-ma-cog-no-sy Illustrated: A History of Natural Pharmaceuticals, on view there now, does just that, and those of us not pharmacologists are grateful. The term, the exhibition tells us, “is planted, […]

Running With Freedom

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Running With Freedom

If there’s one thing the Taft Museum of Art is known for, it’s the museum’s history.  Home to the art archive of late and great Cincinnatians Charles and Anna Sinton Taft, the museum is a history rich capsule of people, place, and objects.  Making her mark among the masters and makers is Duncanson artist- in […]

Dolan/Maxwell’s at the Seattle Art Fair

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Dolan/Maxwell’s at the Seattle Art Fair

Dolan/Maxwell’s booth at the Seattle Art Fair was well laid out and well attended. Though they brought a multitude of prints, it was a sculpture by Helen Phillips that drew my attention. A direct carving, the gessoed wood of “Untitled” bears small pencil marks and other traces of its making. Although not more than 12” […]

Virtuosity at Wash Park Art

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Virtuosity at Wash Park Art

Holly Spraul’s Wash Park Art gallery came alive with an art exhibition expanding upon the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s MusikArt auction of 5 violins by 5 noted area artists. Actual violins were ‘artified’ in the stylistic tendencies of each artist and exhibited as a highlighted wall assembly. The violin silent auction drew a supportive crowd who […]

Women of Strength at the YWCA

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Women of Strength at the YWCA

A purple figure faces away from me, her strong back standing at attention. One hand raised, shading her eyes as she looks on into a fiery-red dreamscape, ruminating on her path through an abstract terrain. This is “Woman,” by local abstract painter Eunshin Khang. Khang is one half of the artists being exhibited at the […]

Weaver’s Guild of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., A Fiber Arts Center, Offers Wide Variety of Hand Work

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Weaver’s Guild of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., A Fiber Arts Center, Offers Wide Variety of Hand Work

Many hands make light work.  Read more about the Weaver’s Guild of Greater Cincinnati, Inc., a Fiber Arts Center, that is a hidden gem of woven artistry. Head north on Winton Road from Spring Grove Ave. and turn left on Gray Road, best known for its nurseries. It’s an unlikely spot, at first glance, for […]

Direct Message Me

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Direct Message Me

Ah, August. Quite the interesting time in the fashion world. After luxury designers have unveiled their Resort collections and before hitting the runways for Spring, it’s an extremely busy month behind the scenes for designers and buyers. Consumers, however, will need to wait until next month to see what their favorite designers will showcase for […]

Julian Barnes’ “The Only Story

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I’ve never quite been able to define why I find English novelists so compelling, so engaging, so smart, but I do.    Three of the finest writers of the century, Iris Murdoch, Barbara Pym, and Anita Brookner are all gone now, though they leave a vast legacy of astonishing fiction. Still alive and writing are A.S. […]

Rebecca Makkai’s “The Great Believers”

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I’d not encountered the writing of Rebecca Makkai, until her new novel “The Great Believers”, which is a rare novel dealing with the advent of the AIDS crisis in l980’s Chicago.  This highly sensitive account of the lives of a number of young gay men in Chicago, all more or less just starting their post-collegiate […]