June 2012

Child's Play: "Funny Mirrors" at AEC Gallery, "Inventories & Diagrams" at PAC Gallery and "SOS Art" at Cincinnati Art Academy

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Child's Play: "Funny Mirrors" at AEC Gallery, "Inventories & Diagrams" at PAC Gallery and "SOS Art" at Cincinnati Art Academy

By: Keith Banner In “Funny Mirrors,” a three-person show at AEC Gallery in Covington, Kentucky, Billy Simms drains a clown’s life of all color and joy, creating a wall-novel out of wood-block relief prints that is both astoundingly sad and gleefully sinister.  The way his bit of the show is hung, along a hallway at […]

French Painters Breaking Ground

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French Painters Breaking Ground

By: Jane Durrell Bostonians with a penchant for French painting from the glory days might be disappointed if they stop by the Wadsworth Atheneum just now, for forty-five paintings from that collection are at the Taft Museum in Cincinnati in the exhibition Old Masters to Impressionists: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum. […]

Meditations on Emptiness: Francis Upritchard’s, “A Long Wait”, at the CAC

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Meditations on Emptiness: Francis Upritchard’s, “A Long Wait”, at the CAC

By: Maria Seda-Reeder The Zaha Hadid designed Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, with its intermittently soaring and squatting ceilings and massive concrete pillars, has been notoriously challenging for artists and curators alike. Fortunately, the two current exhibitions on the second floor, Jannis Varelas’ “Sleep My Sheep Sleep” and Francis Upritchard’s “A Long […]

Grim Fairy Tales: “Panjereh (Window)” New Work by Sheida Soleimani at Prairie Northside June 9th through 30th 2012

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Grim Fairy Tales: "Panjereh (Window)" New Work by Sheida Soleimani at Prairie Northside June 9th through 30th 2012

By: Regan Brown Photographs courtesy of Eric R Greiner   “The Valley of Understanding: Here we all choose a different way and different rules to disobey.” ― from The Conference of the Birds (منطق الطیر‎) by Peter Sís (adapted from Farid ud-Din Attar) [ 1 ] My first of several consecutively less disfigurative “windows” onto […]

Geometrically Ordered Design: The Wholly Trinity

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Geometrically Ordered Design: The Wholly Trinity

By: Dustin Pike “The triad is the form of the completion of all things.” -Nichomachus, Pythagorean philosopher This is my third 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 […]

Strength in Relief, Mary Woodworth Provosty at U.C. Clermont

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Strength in Relief, Mary Woodworth Provosty at U.C. Clermont

By: Fran Watson Photographs courtesy of Eric R Greiner This may be prejudice, but print shows are always elegant to me.  It might be the stark, bravado of good line on fine paper, or the iteration of symbols, or even the sinuous curls and aggressive exclamations of straight lines reminiscent of the waning popularity of […]

The Lloyd Library presents: “View, Ways of Seeing”

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The Lloyd Library presents: "View, Ways of Seeing"

By: Laura A. Partridge In its history, Cincinnati has managed to accumulate a number of hidden gems. The Lloyd Library is one of them. The Lloyd is a private library that was incorporated in the late 1800s, and is located at Plum and Court streets. The collection has lived in a few different spaces as […]

Full of Color: Suzanne Fisher at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center

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Full of Color: Suzanne Fisher at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center

By: Karen S. Chambers When you walk into Suzanne Fisher’s exhibition at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center (one of six shows presented under the rubric “Full of Color”), you enter a world of wonder. In fact, if Fisher had given her show its own title, it would have been “Natural Wonders.” At the […]

The Value of Criticism: “Flora and Fauna”, Bromwell’s Gallery

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The Value of Criticism: "Flora and Fauna", Bromwell’s Gallery

By: Amanda Dalla Villa Adams Photographs courtesy of Eric R Greiner Faced with the end of modernism, art historian Hal Foster attempted to define the role of the critic within post-modern art in “Re:  Post” (1982).  Ultimately, he suggested that postmodernism allows art to go “beyond the limits of critique,” because there is no longer […]

The Thompson House Shooting Gallery Offers New Opportunities for Emerging Artists

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The Thompson House Shooting Gallery Offers New Opportunities for Emerging Artists

By: Shawn Daniell As an emerging artist in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, you may be asking yourself what your options are when it comes to gallery spaces that will showcase your artwork. The Thompson House in Newport, Kentucky and the former location of the Southgate House offers up a new option for emerging […]

Some Alternative Films at Venues in and Around Cincinnati

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By: David Schloss The best films I saw in the Cincinnati area in April were in the annual Tournees Francaise series at NKU, plus one at the Carnegie through Cincinnati World Cinema. The Tournee presents the best of recent French cinema that hasn’t played commercially here. Five films played twice each week at the new […]

Book Reviews: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” & “Grief Behind Bars”

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Review by Daniel Brown Texan Ben Fountain has written the best novel of 2012 to date.  Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is an anti war book for our times; its M.A.S.H – like black humor mitigates the underlying horror of the Iraq war.  Fountain proposes that ten soldiers, currently fighting […]

Drawing and Contemporary Portraiture: 2 Approaches

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Drawing and Contemporary Portraiture: 2 Approaches

By: Marlene Steele Drawing, the tool of observation and investigation employed by artists even in this technological time of electronic gadgetry, is as diversified as the number of individuals wrestling with its control. It is a fascinating opportunity to observe how another navigates their drawing process. This is insightful particularly when the exhibited work,  so tidy […]