November 2014

Modernist Directions and Misdirections: “Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray” at the Taft Museum of Art, October 3, 2014-January 11, 2015

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Modernist Directions and Misdirections:  “Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray”  at the Taft Museum of Art, October 3, 2014-January 11, 2015

The art historical narratives of the history of photography and the advent of modernism are often intertwined, though in some of those narratives, photography helps facilitate modernism, and in others, modernism gives photography the nudge it needs to outgrow its 19th century roots. As the captions on one of the walls at the Taft note, […]

“Marcus Ratliff: Collages & The Art World: Forty Years of Graphic Design” and “Marcus Ratliff: Collages,” Carl Solway Gallery, through Dec. 20, 2014

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“Marcus Ratliff: Collages & The Art World: Forty Years of Graphic Design” and “Marcus Ratliff: Collages,” Carl Solway Gallery, through Dec. 20, 2014

Cincinnati should be proud that it has produced some of the most important artists of the latter half of the 20th century: Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004), Jim Dine (b. 1935), and Marcus Ratliff (b. 1935). It may seem like hyperbole to include Ratliff because he was a commercial artist, a term that seems quaint today. But […]

The Urban Landscape: Six Artists – Six Views Clifton Cultural Arts Center

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The Urban Landscape: Six Artists – Six Views Clifton Cultural Arts Center

How odd – not one of the artists whose works comprise The Urban Landscape: Six Artists – Six Views at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center  through December 5 indicates that people occupy the spaces they portray. This seems to be a curatorial decision, as the show’s defining statement says “Six contemporary painters explore the urban […]

Profile of Stewart Goldman

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Profile of Stewart Goldman

Stewart Goldman’s career has shown many variations during more than 50 years of painting and drawing. Through it all, color has driven his art. Perhaps a bigger force behind his creations, although not always as obvious, have been absences, or memories of things that no longer are. It’s interesting that absence has such a large […]

“Beyond Pop: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

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“Beyond Pop: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective” at the Cincinnati Art Museum

I was invited to attend the Founder’s Opening of “Beyond Pop: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, which for me, felt like both a homecoming and a reunion. It was heartwarming to see the hometown museum of one of the greatest masters of Twentieth Century Art celebrate the dedication and achievement of […]

Engine Trouble: “Beyond Pop Art: A Retrospective of Tom Wesselmann” at Cincinnati Museum of Art

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Engine Trouble:    “Beyond Pop Art:  A Retrospective of Tom Wesselmann” at Cincinnati Museum of Art

When I think about Andy Warhol, I don’t just think about Liz Taylor.  I often remember his series of car-crash and electric-chair screen-prints (plus those ones of the people jumping to their deaths off of skyscrapers) just as much as his over-the-top prints that both parody and enthrone superstars like Liz, Farrah Fawcett, Elvis, and […]

Wesselmann and Women

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Wesselmann and Women

To a millennial, the term ‘Feminist’ has negative connotations; it brings up images of Birkenstocks, short hair, and radical views that make most conservative Midwesterners cringe. I’ve never considered myself a feminist but after seeing Tom Wesselmann’s work at the Carl Solway Gallery I have no choice but to lump myself into the category.  The […]

“Two Buckeyes: Fritz Dreisbach and Paul Marioni,” Atmosphere@Neusole

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“Two Buckeyes: Fritz Dreisbach and Paul Marioni,” Atmosphere@Neusole

The Neusole Glassworks has moved from Walnut Hills to Forest Park, from a neighborhood where police crime scene tape and chalk outlines are common to a verdant college-campus-like industrial park. The building, which houses facilities for glassblowing, glass fusing, and lampworking, is smaller than the East McMillan location, but feels much larger with the open […]

Face First, Extremities, and Losing Your Head at Manifest Gallery

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Face First, Extremities, and Losing Your Head at Manifest Gallery

Through a multi-dimensional compilation of works, Manifest Gallery presents a topically divided but conceptually supportive examination of the human form in three exhibitions.  Indulging in long pursued studies of humanity, the artists of Face First, Extremities, and Losing Your Head, give way to surprising and didactic work.   The technical achievements of some of the artists […]

Mark Hanavan: Alone Together Expressions of Estrangement in the Technology World

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Mark Hanavan: Alone Together Expressions of Estrangement in the Technology World

Hanavan’s exhibit is titled and marketed to make a statement connecting  the concept of self with the virtual self of social media and internet technologies. While the constant comment of Twitter, FB, the image clutter of Instagram and other technologies teeter on the edge of the diluvial, the virtual technological presence is not without its […]

Transfigurations

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Transfigurations

COLUMBUS – Any time you can bask in the presence of 19 superb works by Pablo Picasso within 111 miles of Fountain Square, you should do it. To say nothing of 19 generally better pieces by Alberto Giacometti, 14 very nice works by Jean Dubuffet and an excellent sculpture of a 14-year-old female ballet dancer […]

DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON FERGUSON PROTEST, NOVEMBER 25, 2014, The Archive Louis Zoellar Bickett

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DOWNTOWN LEXINGTON FERGUSON PROTEST, NOVEMBER 25, 2014, The Archive Louis Zoellar Bickett

What makes Cincinnati Union Terminal an architectural icon?

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What makes Cincinnati Union Terminal an architectural icon?

Cincinnatians have heard a lot lately about saving our architectural icons, namely Cincinnati Union Terminal and Music Hall.  A number of people have asked me who and what determines an icon?  These are fascinating questions, and I have given them some thought and scholarly inquiry, which I share here with our readers.  My Merriman-Webster dictionary […]

A Conversation with Cameron Kitchin

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A Conversation with Cameron Kitchin

Cameron Kitchin, the new director of The Cincinnati Art Museum, firmly believes that “public service is in the DNA of this institution”, referring to the museum itself.  He and I sat down for a combined conversation/interview on Monday, November 3rd, which lasted for just under two hours.  Although he had only been on the job […]

Jane Alden Stevens Photography in Motion

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Jane Alden Stevens Photography in Motion

“Creativity is a lifelong process which requires courage, perseverance and hard work,” said Jane Alden Stevens. Winner of the university-wide Dolly B. Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching at the entire university in 1991, Stevens had an illustrious career as a teacher of photography at University of Cincinnati’s College of DAAP.  Stevens was described in […]

The Loss of Leisure and Its Social Cost

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Everyone in the working world is busy, overwhelmed. Even students’ days are filled to the brim. Yet if many are living comfortable, engaging lives, is there a problem, a downside, to being ever busy? A number of observers, from the ancient, democratic Athenians, to Henry David Thoreau, to several contemporary observers and historians all point […]

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

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ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

I.              Images For A Better World: Kelly and Kyle PHELPS, Visual Artists Identical twin brothers Kelly and Kyle Phelps are Associate Professors at private Catholic universities in Ohio. Kelly is an Associate Professor and Chair at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) where he oversees the sculpture department; Kyle is an Associate Professor at University Dayton (Dayton, […]

Cincinnati Preservation Association Celebrates 50 Years and Makes 2014 Awards

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Cincinnati Preservation Association Celebrates 50 Years  and Makes 2014 Awards

Cincinnati Preservation Association was founded in 1964 as the Miami Purchase Association.  An attractive exhibition about CPA and its work, “Celebrating 50 Years of Working Together to Save Historic Places,” which was curated by CPA and the Cincinnati History Museum, is on display in the Culture Gallery of the Cincinnati Museum Center.  It s free […]

Book Review: Some Luck by Jane Smiley

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Jane Smiley’s novel One Thousand Acres, which won the Pulitzer Prize, is compelling and gripping not only because the book builds to a surprise and horrifying climax, but also because Smiley understands the rhythms of farm life, the influence of weather, the very soil of Iowa, in which her characters are seeded and grow.  Smiley […]

Book Review: Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux

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Books of short stories are often difficult to review, particularly when the stories do not overlap, one to another, almost like a novel in short stories.  But I have long considered Paul Theroux to be one of America’s most important writers in three different genres: travel writing, fiction, and short fiction.  Theroux burst on the […]