November 2017

Framing the Air: “Cole Carothers: 40 Years & New Works” at Caza Sikes, November 3-27, 2017

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Framing the Air: “Cole Carothers: 40 Years & New Works” at Caza Sikes, November 3-27, 2017

As you walk into Caza Sikes in Oakley to see the ambitious mini-retrospective of Cole Carothers’s paintings, you are greeted by a large scale self-portrait called “Livestrong” (2005). In it, he is standing in what for many of his paintings is his home away from home, the corner of his studio. It is brashly hung—it […]

“Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry,” National Gallery of Art, through Jan. 21, 2018

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“Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry,” National Gallery of Art, through Jan. 21, 2018

I think one of the appeals of 17th-century Dutch genre painting is that the narratives they present are familiar to us.  Lutes may be in short supply today, but guitars and other stringed instruments abound. Women still fuss at their toilette.  Today we read emails on our phones, instead of having the tactile experience of holding […]

How a Czechoslovakian Artist Promoted the Modern Woman Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, Dayton Art Institute September 16 through December 31, 2017

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How a Czechoslovakian Artist Promoted the Modern Woman Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau, Dayton Art Institute September 16 through December 31, 2017

Like Impressionism, with its wild brushstrokes and look of abandon in representing the world shocked the smug Parisian Salon art community, so too, Art Noveau originally was intended to be moderne, to usher in the new century, the twentieth century.  But now, oh those erotic cascades of hair in Alphonse Mucha’s women smoking in Job […]

Clavilux: Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox at Cincinnati Art Underground

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Clavilux:  Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox at Cincinnati Art Underground

In his most characteristic paintings, Cedric Cox fractures the world in order to bring it to a new whole.  The recent work of this gifted local artist is on display in a solo exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Underground through January 13, 2018.  The exhibit includes twelve large canvases and several smaller works.  Cox completed […]

“Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 21, 2018

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“Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 21, 2018

Girls aren’t good at math, but don’t tell that to the makers of the 19 mosaic patchwork quilts, made between 1776 and1890 in England and America, in “Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts.” Mosaic patchwork, sometimes called “paper piecing,” originated in Britain at the beginning of the 18th century and was carried to America by British colonists. Its […]

The Affect of Serenity: “Table of Elements”

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The Affect of Serenity: "Table of Elements"

Charles Woodman is a multifaceted new media artist, whose work spans the semblance of public art forums, temporal installations, documentary modes, and multi-channel projections. As an educator, curator, and creator whose work occupies multiple disciplines, Mr. Woodman has crafted a diverse aesthetic, motivated by an amalgamation of experimental and avant-garde video artists, sculptors/installation artists, and […]

A Cincinnati Artist Finds Meaning in a 2,000 Year Old Poem Dynamic New Paintings by Kim Krause Marta Hewett Gallery, October 6 through December 2, 2017

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A Cincinnati Artist Finds Meaning in a 2,000 Year Old Poem Dynamic New Paintings by Kim Krause Marta Hewett Gallery, October 6 through December 2, 2017

“Nothing seems that certain”1 is a great operating procedure for an artist to generate new work.  This is what Kim Krause believes and it is clearly manifested in his new solo exhibition at Marta Hewett Gallery titled The Nature of Things. Krause read the original long poem De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things)2 […]

Defiant Couplings: “Bridges Not Walls” at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

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Defiant Couplings: "Bridges Not Walls" at the Art Academy of Cincinnati

Even as the US federal government renounces Obama-era efforts to improve relations with Cuba, the Art Academy of Cincinnati is displaying the results of several years of artistic collaboration between the two countries. That collaboration began in 2015 when M. Katherine Hurley and Jens G. Rosenkrantz, Jr. met with Manuel “Lolo” Alvarez, Ercadel “Sole” Sanchez, […]

Fotofolio: Luc Busquin

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Fotofolio: Luc Busquin

“Atop the Troposphere” Luc’s statement: Inspired by Saint-Exupéry books [‘The Little Prince’], I chose to become an airline pilot. From 1926 until his death in a plane crash in 1943, Saint-Exupéry experienced the world from above, over longer times and distances than others before him. His novels and memoirs are replete with descriptions of mountains, […]

RE-ART: Celebrating 70 years of Israeli Independence

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RE-ART: Celebrating 70 years of Israeli Independence

Imagine what happens if you combine five artists from Netanya, Israel, five artists from Cincinnati, Ohio, a fanciful algorithm and a common theme exploring The Many Faces of Israel? With many little leaps of faith, this collaboration made possible by internet partnerships, results in an extraordinary exhibition of 70 works of art celebrating 70 years […]

“Shasta Geaux Pop” – an intersection of Hip Hop and performance

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"Shasta Geaux Pop" - an intersection of Hip Hop and performance

Grab a drink. Come in, enjoy the music. The lights are low but the energy is high. The DJ is playing ‘Hot in Herre’ by Nelly. You haven’t heard it in years. People are dancing and the air is getting heavy. Colored strobes make patterns across the walls and illuminate pockets of moving bodies. Just […]

A Richardsonian Romanesque Treasure: The San Marco Apartment Building of East Walnut Hills

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A Richardsonian Romanesque Treasure:  The San Marco Apartment Building of East Walnut Hills

Traveling in our vehicles from Point A to Point B, we often take for granted some exceptional buildings in passing them by mindlessly.  One of these buildings deserving greater attention and much veneration is The San Marco Apartment Building at DeSales Corner on the southeast block at 1601 Madison Road and Woodburn Avenue in East […]

“Yes!” at Cincinnati Art Galleries

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“Yes!” at Cincinnati Art Galleries

Those who missed the engaging exhibition “Yes!” at Cincinnati Art Galleries, 225 East 6th Street in downtown Cincinnati (October 27 through November 25) are not wholly out of luck as it consisted of recent pieces by fifteen Gallery artists, whose work can often be seen in the spacious exhibition area there, although not so fully […]

Miniature Boxes:  From Craft to Fine Art

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Miniature Boxes:  From Craft to Fine Art

People often think of miniatures as little more than dollhouses.  They can be a fresh and contemporary way to look at the world and have moved away from the purview of the artisan or craftsman into the fine arts. Robert Off, a local miniaturist, turned to miniature boxes when he retired from the real estate […]

“Posing for the Camera: Gifts from Robert B. Menschel,” National Gallery of Art (NGA), through January 18, 2018

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“Posing for the Camera: Gifts from Robert B. Menschel,” National Gallery of Art (NGA), through January 18, 2018

The title of the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition “Posing for the Camera” is a bit of a misnomer since quite a number of the 70-some photographs feature people caught unawares, not posing. But I don’t want to quibble over nomenclature, especially since several of my favorite photos are anything but posed. When an image […]

Joyce Garner, cul-de-sac at Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art Louisville, Kentucky

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Joyce Garner, cul-de-sac at Garner Narrative Contemporary Fine Art Louisville, Kentucky

Garner Narrative currently has a group of paintings by the gallery’s owner, Joyce Garner. Garner’s paintings about family, currently installed at Garner Narrative in Louisville Kentucky until December 29th, couldn’t come at a more seasonally appropriate time. Walking into Garner Narrative the viewer is met with the gigantic six yard wide loose stretched canvas, yellow […]

Math is Hard, and Beautiful (In Context): The Concinnitas Portfolio at Krakow Witkin Gallery

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Math is Hard, and Beautiful (In Context): The Concinnitas Portfolio at Krakow Witkin Gallery

 Mathematicians generally agree that beauty does exist in the structural beauty of theorems and proofs, even if most of the time it is largely visible only to mathematicians themselves.  —Enrico Bombieri, “The Ree Group Formula” I have complex feelings about math, none of which are as complex as math itself. I don’t want to be […]

Banz Studios – A New Addition to the Gallery Scene in Greater Cincinnati

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Banz Studios – A New Addition to the Gallery Scene in Greater Cincinnati

Banz Studios, another new art gallery, has joined a group of other galleries recently opened in Cincinnati.  Owner and art consultant Allison Banzhaf opened her gallery at 317 W. Fourth St. in October 2017 after obtaining a three-year lease in May.  The gallery took hours of painting and upgrading to bring it up to a […]

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s “A Kind of Freedom”

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Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s debut novel, ” A Kind of Freedom”, is powerful, sensitive, all too human.  The author follows three generations of an African-American family living in New Orleans; the first generation is part of what was once described as a “high yellow” elite in that city, describing the light skin tones preferred by this […]

Eleanor Hender’s “Ten Thousand Saints”

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Eleanor Henderson’s debut novel, “Ten Thousand Saints”, was one of the best novels of about three years ago.  Henderson has an amazing talent, first and foremost, as a storytelling, at which she truly excels.   She’s returned with her second triumph, “The Twelve-Mile Straight”, a long but hugely compelling novel about life in Cotton County, Georgia, […]