September 2014

One-Eyed Thief

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One-Eyed Thief

Intellect and wit are a potent pair, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs have both. An exquisite composite of their work, The One-Eyed Thief, showcases the vast expanse of photography as a medium.  Onorato and Krebs weigh our value system as a culture through our relationship to imagery.  They reckon with a medium that has […]

MK Guth – Making Memories into More

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MK Guth – Making Memories into More

Museums tend to be places where the public congregates to ruminate over the reminders of past people, places, and objects. Somewhere between holy awe at the importance of the items around you and an unspoken fear that with a single misstep you may knock over one of these priceless pieces, there is a certain feeling […]

“BINDU – THE FIRST CIRLE: RADHA LAKSHMI,” gallery One One, Brazee Street Studios, through Oct. 9, 2014

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“BINDU – THE FIRST CIRLE: RADHA LAKSHMI,” gallery One One, Brazee Street Studios, through Oct. 9, 2014

Born in India and now living and working in Cincinnati, Radha Lakshmi is the first artist-in-residence at gallery One One and Brazee Street Studios. Founder and Director Sandy Gross and Leah Busch, creative director and gallery coordinator, had long discussed instituting an artist-in-residence program. It would include a solo exhibition to showcase the results of […]

BURNHAM REDUX

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BURNHAM REDUX

The spirit of Daniel Burnham hovers over Fourth Street in Downtown Cincinnati.  The famous Chicago architect and his associates created four commercial office buildings in Cincinnati’s financial district in the early twentieth century. And with the recent conversion of the shuttered Bartlett Building into a Marriott Renaissance hotel, the Burnham name is the buzzword for […]

The Messy Democracy of Photography: An Interview with FotoFocus’s Kevin Moore and Mary Ellen Goeke

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The Messy Democracy of Photography: An Interview with FotoFocus’s Kevin Moore and Mary Ellen Goeke

1989 was a watershed year for the art of photography in Cincinnati. Kristin Spangenberg published her catalogue Photographic Treasures from the Cincinnati Art Museum, which recorded the results of her having been given funding to purchase one hundred photographs to give the Museum’s existing but scattershot photographic holdings some shape and a sure anchor in […]

Review of Cody Gunningham at Richard Butz Gallery

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Review of Cody Gunningham at Richard Butz Gallery

Cody Gunningham has had a show of new paintings up at the Richard Butz Gallery on Main Street in Over the Rhine for the last month. The show continues until October 26.  Cody is a recent Art Academy graduate who transitioned from work in illustration to work in painting. Despite his young age, Cody’s work […]

Hybridity: The New Frontier

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Hybridity: The New Frontier

A new frontier has been created at Cincinnati’s 21c Museum Hotel. In both the lobby level and second floor galleries, contemporary artists have represented a world in which nature has both run amok and made perfect, symbiotic, evolutionary sense of our post-post-modern, trans-everything world. In this mesmerizing exhibition curated by 21c curator Alice Gray Stites, […]

Look Who’s Talking: “Conversations around American Gothic” at Cincinnati Art Museum

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Look Who’s Talking:  “Conversations around American Gothic” at Cincinnati Art Museum

The painting at the center of “Conversations around American Gothic,” the new exhibit at Cincinnati Art Museum (up through November 16, 2014), is a classic, yet has a whispered, cautious meanness that allows it to be both poetically absurd and ironically iconic.  There’s a Norman-Rockwell plasticity that is about to melt here; a force inside […]

This is the Worst Prints, Drawings, Collage and Installations by Jack Arthur Wood, Jr. August 22 – September 13, 2014

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This is the Worst   Prints, Drawings, Collage and Installations by Jack Arthur Wood, Jr. August 22 - September 13, 2014

Far from warm fuzzy art, (no sunset fields here), Jack Arthur Wood, Jr. has hung a scary, shocking, and ferocious show called “This is the Worst” at Clay Street Gallery;  the kind of scary that draws people to horror shows, and macabre stories.  Add to this a whopping big dollop of  fine art and you […]

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK IN NORTHERN KENTUCKY

Having gotten lost finding Ash Street to see a six person private exhibition curated by Mary Heider, I finally arrived at 506 Ash Street on this beautiful, sunny, cloudless Saturday afternoon in the seventies, just about everyone was saying how hard it was to find their way here—and what an unexpected pleasure it was once […]

Seeking to Make “Everyday Objects Shriek Aloud”

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Seeking to Make “Everyday Objects Shriek Aloud”

Why a new exhibition on Magritte? “René Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” is the Art Institute of Chicago’s season blockbuster. This stunning exhibition is the first that zeroes in on Magritte’s most inventive and experimental years, showing us his seminal experiments of 1926-27 on through 1938.  I was bowled over. Among art lovers, […]

Christopher Le Brun’s New Paintings at Friedman Benda

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Christopher Le Brun’s New Paintings at Friedman Benda

Le Brun’s paintings have always treaded diverse stylistic ground. They’ve explored classical literature, Wagnerian music, poetry and history through quintessentially romantic “subjects” like, forests, knights, adventurers, horses and gallivants. Whatever the subject, with Le Brun’s work we find ourselves in that misty area where what is represented is not actually portrayed. A type of art, […]

LACMA

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LACMA

When I found out I would be traveling back to Los Angeles for the first time in 2 years I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and within an hour of landing at LAX I had arrived at my own personal mecca, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Without hesitation, I headed past […]

Letter from Mantua

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I am in Mantua (well, Mantova to the home folks), having dinner under a groined and painted ceiling in a square room with remnants of frescoes on the wall. I have spent the day in palaces, specifically the palazzo the Gonzango family called home and the other one, the Palazzo del Te, where they hung […]

DOWN RIVER

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DOWN RIVER

DOWN RIVER Early morning commute down river. Golden clouds floating low over my head. Marshland smells in my nose. G.M. Stewart Savannah, GA September 4, 2014 Gregory Michael Stewart is a poet and Country Club Golf Course Greenskeeper living in Savannah, GA

ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

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ART FOR A BETTER WORLD

I.              Images For A Better World: Suzanne CHOUTEAU, Visual Artist Suzanne Michele Chouteau is Professor of Art at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She teaches a variety of courses including printmaking, art history and a summer course in Rome. Chouteau received her BA in Art from Saint Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, and MA and MFA […]

Soul to the Canvas: Cedric Michael Cox

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Soul to the Canvas:  Cedric Michael Cox

“I think probably every student in art school has these fantasies of ‘making it’ as an artist in the art world—the next Picasso, the next Diebenkorn; this is because you are still that ‘artistic’ child that believes you (and only you) are the only one that exists, that feels, that touches and that experiences life […]

Donna Talerico, Regional Painter of Note

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Donna Talerico, Regional Painter of Note

It is ironic that painter Donna Talerico’s maiden name is Artis.  Although she doesn’t use it professionally, she ended up pursuing a successful career as an artist after many years as a fashion illustrator. Born in West Virginia, Talerico cites her maternal grandmother Helena Daming as one of her major influences.  A 1919 war bride, […]

September Issue of ÆQAI Online

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The September ÆQAI has just posted. We apologize that it’s a couple of days late, but we had a lot of writers out of town, a very sick webmaster, and I moved in the middle of the last week of September. But we think that it’s an exceptional issue, and hope that you, too, find […]

Book Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan’s new novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North is highly likely to win this year’s Man Booker Prize in literature. The Booker Prize (which was recently spoofed in Edward St. Aubyn’s newest novel to great affect) is probably the most important literary award in the world, including the Nobel Prize. […]

Book Review: “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan

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We have learned to  expect both excellence and brilliance from English writer Ian McEwan.  His new novel, The Children Act, may possibly be his finest book yet, although I am not certain that such a remark is even necessary since so many of them are superior.  The ambiguous title, which I originally took to mean […]

The New Season in the Visual Arts: Cincinnati Matures

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The enthusiasm for the new Fall season in the visual arts is very high.  We are seeing more creative exhibition venues, as well as our regular museums, galleries, non-profits, and even restaurants that display art.  Quite a few invitations have been arriving from artists having small shows on Sunday afternoons or Saturday evenings, when, we […]