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Drifting and Digging: Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter at Clay Street Press Gallery

November 24th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, November 2019

Drifting and Digging: Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter at Clay Street Press Gallery

In Birgit Jensen’s Flugblätter (Flying Letters), nothing settles comfortably into place. The purportedly autonomous artist ruptures into the collective. The collective expands and contracts like a breathing organism, dismissing its own consistency with Whitmanesque abandon. The radically distributed artist takes transformation as its topic, working paradoxically to make temporal processes concrete, all while inhabiting the […]

“DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Darkness,” Manifest Gallery, through December 6, 2019

November 24th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, November 2019

“DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Darkness,” Manifest Gallery, through December 6, 2019

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” A single sentence from Anne Frank encapsulates Manifest Gallery’s “DARK: Shadows, Nightscapes, and Darkness” exhibition. From a pool of’ 359 works by 103 artists representing five countries, 30 states, and the District of Columbia, the blind jury selected 17 pieces by 15 […]

Robert and Chuck’s grand adventure: “Into the Wilderness” Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati

November 24th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, November 2019

Robert and Chuck's grand adventure: "Into the Wilderness"  Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati

Leave your comfort zone and imagine trekking into the wilds of Wyoming with artists Chuck Marshall and Robert Hagberg. Descriptive plein air paintings, several of them executed in the wilds, are contemporary interpretations of  Wyoming wilderness currently exhibited at Eisele Gallery. The concept that inspired the “Into the Wilderness” experience of Hagberg and Marshall, was […]

Castanets and Castas: “Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 25, 2019-January 19, 2020

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Castanets and Castas: “Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, October 25, 2019-January 19, 2020

This is a big show with a big story to tell, one that both celebrates and critically examines what it means to be Hispanic. The show focuses on, but is not limited to, European Spain, which it follows through many of its incarnations: an ancient civilization, a Roman outpost, a Christian outpost, a center of […]

Paul Mpagi Sepuya at the Blaffer Art Museum

November 24th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, November 2019

Paul Mpagi Sepuya at the Blaffer Art Museum

“Yes, I understand these,” I might have said to myself on my first encounter with Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s photographs at Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. In the Los Angeles photographer’s first major museum survey, arriving from the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, fragments of figures bend and tangle against cool walls and in dark rooms. […]

Distant Vistas and Closer Looks: “The Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society” at Taft Museum of Art, October 5, 2019-January 12, 2020

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Distant Vistas and Closer Looks: “The Poetry of Nature:  Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society” at Taft Museum of Art, October 5, 2019-January 12, 2020

I grew up in New York, and so the Hudson River was the river of my childhood. As a child, I thought of it starting in New York City rather than ending there, and then it went, straight and broad, some 300 miles north into the mysterious territory those from the city called “upstate.” It […]

Stride Piano on Canvas: Robert Colescott at the Contemporary Arts Center

October 26th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, October 2019

Stride Piano on Canvas: Robert Colescott at the Contemporary Arts Center

More than thirty years after Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center staged a mid-career celebration of Robert Colescott, the arts center has assembled the first survey of his life’s work. Art and Race Matters features 85 pieces produced over more than five decades, taking the viewer from his early studies at Berkeley to his sojourn at the […]

“Women Breaking Boundaries” Cincinnati Art Museum from October 11–April 12, 2020

October 26th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, October 2019

"Women Breaking Boundaries" Cincinnati Art Museum from October 11–April 12, 2020

In this the one-hundredth anniversary of the Women’s Suffragette Movement, the Cincinnati Art Museum joins numerous museums across America to focus on and celebrate women’s equality. But the Cincinnati contribution is oh-so-different. The curator, Ainsley M. Cameron, Curator of South Asian Art, Islamic Art & Antiquities at the Cincinnati Art Museum explained that all eight […]

Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia & Resistance at the 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati

October 26th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, October 2019

Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia & Resistance at the 21C Museum Hotel Cincinnati

In the exhibition “Dress Up, Speak Up: Regalia & Resistance”, 21C Chief Curator Alice Gray Stites assembles an impressive group of international artists whose work subverts, reinterprets, and reframes representations of cultural power, communal dignity, and personal agency through costume and its context. While regalia is a familiar term, indicating a formal outfit or ornament […]

“Paintings by Bessie and Herman Wessel from the Estate of Helen Wessel,” Cincinnati Art Galleries, through November 23, 2019

October 26th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, October 2019

“Paintings by Bessie and Herman Wessel from the Estate of Helen Wessel,” Cincinnati Art Galleries, through November 23, 2019

“They (Herman and Bessie Wessel) believed that recording the infinitely varied pageantry of the visible world with paint was an exceedingly and challenging pursuit; one that dwelled not on the ebb and flow of any fashionable modernist creed, but rather on the simple and timeless of joy of living.” 1  That is the beginning of […]

The Bent and Biologized Bodies of Oktay Ince’s Breakages

September 28th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, September 2019

The Bent and Biologized Bodies of Oktay Ince’s Breakages

In my home country, Turkey, the amorphous term “terrorist” has adopted folk-lore speculative projections: from a baklava magnate to journalist dissenters and high school teachers, from professors to artists, the unpredictability of being labeled a “terrorist” blankets all such dissenters who dare problematize the ruling AK Party/President Erdoğan. One such case is that of Oktay […]

IMPACTFUL INTERSECTIONALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART

September 28th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, September 2019

IMPACTFUL INTERSECTIONALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART

Intersectionality, a deconstructionist critical theory that attempts to identify how different aspects of political and social discrimination overlap and impact marginalized members of our society, is a term that was coined by black feminist scholar, Kimberle’ Williams Crenshaw in 1989. It includes various forms of social stratification, such as class, race, sexual orientation, age, religion, […]

Enduring Attractions: Ritual and Play at the Caza Sikes Gallery

September 28th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, September 2019

Enduring Attractions: Ritual and Play at the Caza Sikes Gallery

The Art of the Automaton at Caza Sikes Gallery in Oakley boasts an array of interactive machines designed by seven artists from across the United States. They have honed their craft as builders since childhood, traveling to such places as Bali, Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal, and Peru to develop their technique. Works by Dewey Blocksma, Randall […]

The Company You Keep: “Tiger Lily Press 40th Anniversary Exhibition” at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, August 3-September 14, 2019

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The Company You Keep: “Tiger Lily Press 40th Anniversary Exhibition” at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, August 3-September 14, 2019

Some art work we are likely to do alone, as little outside assistance is required: street photography, for example, or sketching wildflowers in the woods, or singing in the shower. Other types require support systems of various sorts: a string quartet or bronze casting. Artists frequently pool their resources to draw nude models, though they […]

“Emanate”: Light, Time and Art

September 28th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, September 2019

“Emanate”: Light, Time and Art

Through October 10-13, the city will roll out the massive, citywide light-based art spectacle BLINK for the second time after a successful first go around in 2017. The outdoor festival, however, isn’t the only attraction that people should gravitate toward to view interesting light-based work. It’s perhaps appropriate that the smaller exhibition, “Emanate,” is featured […]

“Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through September 15, 2019

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“Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through September 15, 2019

As I whipped through “Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style” 1 at the Cincinnati Art Museum, several things struck me. First was the aptness of it title, which quite succinctly sums up its basic thesis that the kimono has inspired Western clothing design through its form and surface decoration beginning in the 1870s and continuing to the present. The […]

Britni Bicknaver Channels Access and Atmosphere in Cinema of Memory

August 24th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2019

Britni Bicknaver Channels Access and Atmosphere in Cinema of Memory

Britni Bicknaver has had a very busy year. The Cincinnati native has exhibited new works in group shows at the Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati, OH) and The Carnegie (Covington, KY) through the spring and summer of 2019, before opening her solo show Cinema of Memory at Reverb Art + Design (Cincinnati, OH) on August 7. […]

Kevin White Retrospective

August 24th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2019

Kevin White Retrospective

Nestled in the niche neighborhood of Northside, Visionaries + Voices (V+V) is home to Kevin White, a contemporary and founding artist of the ability-forward hub.  A solo-show of his work to date, Kevin White Retrospective catalogs the oeuvre of the prolific and present-day artist.  Installations, paintings, and live-art comprise the show, as well as photographs […]

Liminal Water: Weightless at the Miller Gallery

August 24th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2019

Liminal Water: Weightless at the Miller Gallery

Weightless by Christy Lee Rogers Through September 7 The Miller Gallery 2715 Erie Ave Cincinnati, OH 45208 “What lifts you up?” asks the prompt for Christy Lee Rogers photography exhibit Weightless, which appears at Cincinnati’s Miller Gallery. It’s a question that met my curiosity with an initial skepticism, as it’s a question that could’ve have […]

“Moon Museum”: Celebrating Artistic Contributions to the Space Program

August 24th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, Summer 2019

"Moon Museum": Celebrating Artistic Contributions to the Space Program

The moon, Earth’s singular satellite, has fascinated the earthbound human mind for thousands of years. The 50th anniversary of the successful 240,000 mile journey of American astronauts to the moon occurred in mid-July, 2019. Especially noted for the first steps on the lunar surface are native Ohioans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Their historic journey […]

Posthuman Design: Creatures: When Species Meet at the Contemporary Arts Center

June 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, June/July 2019

Posthuman Design: Creatures: When Species Meet at the Contemporary Arts Center

Creatures: When Species Meet locates creative processes less in the imagination of singular artists than in the encounter between living things, their negotiation of each other’s habits and desires through media both traditional and emergent. As the show catalogs those processes, it disrupts humanist views of nonhuman animals, defending against their reduction to symbols within […]

Does Size Matter?: “Magnitude Seven: 15th Annual Exhibition of Small Works” at Manifest Gallery, May 31-June 28, 2019

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Does Size Matter?: “Magnitude Seven: 15th Annual Exhibition of Small Works” at Manifest Gallery, May 31-June 28, 2019

“Magnitude Seven” is neither the oldest nor the smallest show of small things in town, a distinction that probably goes to the Art Academy’s “Minumental” show every fall, which has run for over thirty years, and requires that each work be no larger than two inches in any direction. Jason Franz, Founding Executive Director and […]

“L’ Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters,” Taft Museum of Art, through September 14, 2019

June 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, June/July 2019

“L’ Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters,” Taft Museum of Art, through September 14, 2019

Sometimes it takes time for the aesthetic worth of something to be recognized. This most definitely was not the case with French advertising handbills AKA posters from its Golden Age, from 1880 to the late 1890s. They immediately attracted a passionate bunch of collectors, earning them the sobriquet affichomaniaques–poster maniacs. “L’ Affichomania: The Passion for French […]

Hilna Af Klint at The Guggenheim: Metaphysics as it Patrols Mortality’s Borders

June 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, June/July 2019

Hilna Af Klint at The Guggenheim: Metaphysics as it Patrols Mortality’s Borders

The Guggenheim’s spring retrospective of the seminal Swedish painter, Hilma Af Klint, has, naturally, evoked a multitude of art critics and visual culture scholars who laud her radical abstraction which, at the beginning of the 20th century, preceded Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian. Yet, where much attention has been given to the symbology and motifs riddling Klint’s […]

From the Mythic Nile to the Mighty Ohio

June 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, June/July 2019

From the Mythic Nile to the Mighty Ohio

“Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs” Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue   Cincinnati, OH Through August 18, 2019 Step into a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us…… From the mythic Nile to the mighty Ohio, “Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs” made its U.S. […]

The Consistency of Memory: Stewart Goldman’s “The Hanging Figures” at the Skirball Museum

June 1st, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, May 2019

The Consistency of Memory: Stewart Goldman’s "The Hanging Figures" at the Skirball Museum

Stewart Goldman taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati for over thirty years. An enduring presence in the Ohio art world, he has curated shows on printmaking and the visual aesthetics of opera, lectured on the long-term influence of the Renaissance, and headed up the Cincinnati Sculpture Council. He has frequently exhibited his work in […]

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at Cincinnati Art Museum

June 1st, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, May 2019

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man at Cincinnati Art Museum

Part One opened April 26; Part Two opens June 7 and continues through September 2. Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” took over the Cincinnati Art Museum starting April 26 and it will continue until September 2, 2019. According to Marian Goodell the ultimate goal of […]

How Shall the World be Served?: “Life in the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Masterpieces from the Dordrecht Museum” at the Columbus Museum of Art, February 1-June 16, 2019

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How Shall the World be Served?: “Life in the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Masterpieces from the Dordrecht Museum” at the Columbus Museum of Art, February 1-June 16, 2019

Well, despite what the show’s title might suggest, it’s not a blockbuster Rembrandt show. As the exhibition catalogue delicately notes, “we cannot be sure Rembrandt ever visited Dordrecht,” one of the oldest cities in all of the Netherlands and the fifth largest in its province after Rotterdam, The Hague, and Leiden. The show definitely will […]

“Rise & Shine”, A Group Exhibit at Wash Park Art

June 1st, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, May 2019

"Rise & Shine", A Group Exhibit at Wash Park Art

An interesting exhibit of the curated work of a number of artists is a good reason to drop into Holly Spraul’s Wash Park Art gallery this summer. Nicole Trimble is continuing her series on women (how can one forget “Judy Slays”, Trimble’s update on the biblical story of Judith and Holofernes). Trimble’s piece in this […]

Profile of Nancy Nordloh Neville

June 1st, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, May 2019

Profile of Nancy Nordloh Neville

“I do enjoy showing my work,” Nancy Nordloh Neville told me. “It’s my life on review.  You remember how and where you were when you painted it.  You remember if the rain came before you were finished, if you made friends with the neighbors’ dog, or if you forgot an important supply.” A plein air […]

Rachel Rampleman at Weston Gallery

April 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, April 2019

Rachel Rampleman at Weston Gallery

A shallow stage, dramatic floor to ceiling curtain of silver mylar, pink lights, and disco ball have recently transformed the ground floor of Weston Art Gallery. Alluding to the settings of over-the-top performances of artifice, this open space literally sets the stage for Rachel Rampleman’s labyrinthine exploration of drag subcultures, body builders, make-up artists, and […]

Floating Signifiers: holmes+riordan (collaborations) at Clay Street Press

April 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, April 2019

Floating Signifiers: holmes+riordan (collaborations) at Clay Street Press

Visual artist Diana Duncan Holmes and poet Timothy Riordan sustained a creative partnership across three decades, reaching from the late twentieth into the early twenty-first century. In his many years of service to Xavier University, and hers to Northern Kentucky University, they produced a range of multimedia artifacts that disclose the poetry of images, the […]

Opening Space for the Imagination: Archive As Action at the Contemporary Arts Center

April 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, April 2019

Opening Space for the Imagination: Archive As Action at the Contemporary Arts Center

“In a culture where derangement and disequilibrium are the constant and inescapable climate of a politics of bewilderment, the militant tactic is not intoxication and excess but to come to our senses and learn to live in the space they open up” –Thomas A. Clark, from “Imagination” I return again and again to this line […]

An Authorized Version: “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design” at the Dayton Art Institute, February 23-June 2, 2019

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An Authorized Version: “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design” at the Dayton Art Institute, February 23-June 2, 2019

Whatever you think of the outcome, the Dayton Art Institute’s exhibit of 100 paintings from the collection of the National Academy of Design has been curated multiple times and by multiple standards. Since its founding in 1826, current members of the National Academy (NA) have chosen the artists who will admitted each year to add […]

Art of the International Parks Exhibit at Eisele Gallery

April 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, April 2019

Art of the International Parks Exhibit at Eisele Gallery

The best public park views in the world are the subject matter of the best painters in the current exhibit at Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati. Mountain tops and serene valleys, rushing waves, hot springs and thermal pools are moulded into aesthetic statements by the nationally noted artists in a variety of media: oil, acrylic, pastel and […]

Fairs and Affairs: The Availability of Pleasure “Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, March 1-May 12, 2019

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Fairs and Affairs: The Availability of Pleasure “Paris 1900: The City of Entertainment” at the Cincinnati Art Museum, March 1-May 12, 2019

The visual richness of Paris during the Belle Epoque would have followed people wherever they went, even out of doors. Posters must have been everywhere, depicting products for sale and announcing events and attractions both large and small on lithographed newsprint affixed to walls, fences, and kiosks specially designed for the purpose. The marketing of […]

Review: The Armory Show 2019

March 31st, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, March 2019

Review: The Armory Show 2019

This year’s iteration of The Armory Show marked its 25th anniversary, placing a considerable amount of pressure on Director Nicole Berry to execute the event at the level stakeholders in the art world have come to expect. First launched in 1994 at the Gramercy Park Hotel, The Gramercy International Art Fair has morphed into New […]

The Womanist Movement: Bridging the Gap

March 31st, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, March 2019

The Womanist Movement: Bridging the Gap

March is nationally celebrated as Women’s History Month. In keeping with its stated mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the Greater Cincinnati YWCA has mounted an exhibition encompassing the expressive works of nine local women who examine their own attitudes of identity, entitlement and personal experiences of victimization. The exhibiting artists are: Yvonne van […]

From the “California Ideology” to Tiqqun’s “Total War:” Tracing net.art’s Archival Poetics

March 31st, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, March 2019

From the “California Ideology” to Tiqqun’s “Total War:” Tracing net.art's Archival Poetics

As a researcher, theorist, and something of a contemporary continental philosophy-bent author in, my interests in new media theory, film studies, and comparative media are necessarily political, often siding with a turn towards “speculative realism,” Quentin Meillassoux’s “correlationism,” or François Laruelle’s “non-standard philosophy” at the expense of affect theory or those “poetics” that salvage media […]

Profile of Ena Nearon Menefield

March 31st, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, March 2019

Profile of  Ena Nearon Menefield

“Cincinnati is a good city for creating a place for yourself,” Ena Nearon Menefield, who has been here since 1996, says.  Her own background, as a woman of color, makes her an experienced judge in such matters. Originally from New York City, the place where she raised her children, and later resident in California, she […]

Both Ends of the Brush: “Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings from the Phillips Collection” at the Taft Museum of Art, February 9-May 19, 2019

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Both Ends of the Brush: “Winslow Homer to Georgia O’Keeffe: American Paintings from the Phillips Collection” at the Taft Museum of Art, February 9-May 19, 2019

High modernism is well over a century old by now, and its roots are even older. How could that even have happened? The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. was the first American museum devoted to modern art, opening in 1921, some eight years before MOMA. Though the title of the loan show at the Taft […]

The Window of Clarity: Eric Hatch’s “Faces of Addiction”

March 3rd, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, Winter 2019

The Window of Clarity: Eric Hatch’s "Faces of Addiction"

Award-winning writer and photographer Eric K. Hatch has made his reputation by focusing on landscapes and the built environment. So when an acquaintance who lost a son to an overdose encouraged him to address drug addiction, he at first hesitated, feeling unprepared to take on such a project. Yet after a meditative cross-country trip and […]

Close Reading: Proximity of Syllables by Migiwa Orimo at the Weston Gallery

March 3rd, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, Winter 2019

Close Reading: Proximity of Syllables by Migiwa Orimo at the Weston Gallery

A pair of curtains adorned with a large set of parentheses hung at the entrance to the exhibit “Proximity of Syllables” at the Weston Gallery make a pronouncement: as you pass through, you are entering a space of meaning made not by what is directly stated, but by what is implied, unsaid, sidelined, redacted, absent, […]

“Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration in Drawings and Prints,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through April 28, 2019

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“Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration in Drawings and Prints,” Cincinnati Art Museum, through April 28, 2019

If there were any question about the importance of the Art Academy of Cincinnati (AAC) or the quality of its teachers and students, the thoughtful “Art Academy of Cincinnati at 150: A Celebration in Drawings and Prints” at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) puts that to rest. The exhibition presents 90 drawings and prints by […]

On a Certain Tendency of Contemporary Installation Art

March 3rd, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, Winter 2019

On a Certain Tendency of Contemporary Installation Art

British installation artist Alex Hibbitt’s Rhizome: Falling (2018) has traversed numerous gallery locales throughout the States in the last few years and hangs, suspended and static, in the Weston Gallery’s atrium ceiling. The work – a horizontal web of variegated materiality and form – while weighty, sputters a certain recherché of the ethereal, culling to […]

The Hills are Alive: Cole Carothers’s “The Cincinnati Collection, 1985–2012” on display at Roehr Insurance Company, curated by Caza Sikes, November 2-30, 2018

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The Hills are Alive: Cole Carothers’s “The Cincinnati Collection, 1985--2012” on display at Roehr Insurance Company, curated by Caza Sikes, November 2-30, 2018

In Cole Carothers’s “Margin” (2008), we are in Northern Kentucky somewhere—I’m thinking probably Monmouth Street—where the roadway dips down under some train tracks. There is no glamor here, at least not in a conventional sense. Where we are has been zoned for what is called light industry, which typically means that the factories are neither […]

Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University at the Speed Art Museum

December 23rd, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, December 2018

Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University at the Speed Art Museum

According to the Speed Art Museum, Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks from the Eskenazi Museum of Art showcases the impressive early 20th-century art collection owned by the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University. It covers the breadth of nearly every major artistic movement that occurred between the years 1900 and 1950 in Europe and America. […]

Queen City Struts Her Stuff Panorama of Cincinnati Art – 33rd Anniversary Benefit for the Taft Museum December 1st through Friday January 18th, 2019

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Queen City Struts Her Stuff Panorama of Cincinnati Art - 33rd Anniversary Benefit for the Taft Museum December 1st through Friday January 18th, 2019

As a prominent river town, the Queen City has long been a storehouse for culture.  Picture Benjamin West’s massive painting Ophelia and Laertes – 109 x 152 1/2 inches – rolled up and secured to a barge coming down the Ohio River to its purchaser, none other than Cincinnati’s Nicholas Longworth. It was the first […]

Welcome Project Hosts a Series of Cincinnati Neighborhood Dinners

December 23rd, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, December 2018

Welcome Project Hosts a Series of Cincinnati Neighborhood Dinners

Sharing a table and a meal together can make a community stronger. During a time of unrest nationally and internationally, this is the season to be thankful over a common dinner meeting new people and reaching out to those who are different from us. The Welcome Project reflects this theme in a year-long collaboration.  It […]

Best Fiction of 2018

December 23rd, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, December 2018

Best Fiction of 2018

  2018 was an odd year for fiction; good and occasionally superior books appeared throughout the year, though it took some sleuthing to find them.  Nothing dominates other than an ominous tendency towards overpraising novels that tend towards the politically correct.  If you read other lists of best novels of the year, you’ll notice a […]

Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives at Antioch College

December 2nd, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, November 2018

Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives at Antioch College

Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives at Antioch College’s Herndon Gallery investigates historical documentation and mines personal accounts to challenge cavalier attitudes and awaken concern about nuclear war. It does this through highly original re-imaginings of how information itself can be communicated, and how memories of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki […]

Signs of Erasure: “Finding Kenyon Barr” at UC’s Meyers Gallery

December 2nd, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, November 2018

Signs of Erasure: “Finding Kenyon Barr” at UC’s Meyers Gallery

At the outset of the tumultuous 1960s, more than 25,000 Cincinnatians found themselves evicted from their homes by city planners. Those losses came as a result of the Kenyon Barr project, which the planners named after two major streets in the city’s Lower West End, and which promised to revitalize approximately 297 acres of largely […]

Three Artists’ Techno-futurist Dystopias

December 2nd, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, November 2018

Three Artists' Techno-futurist Dystopias

“‘I’m living my life out in a cell in a row of beehives and when I wake up and think of it like I did last night it seems to me I’ll just go crazy! …All these flats just exactly like this one—all of ’em with exactly the same maroon in the furniture and rugs, […]

Unnatural Worlds: “No Two Alike: Karl Blossfeldt, Francis Bruguiere, Thomas Ruff” at Contemporary Arts Center, September 21, 2018-January 13, 2019

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Unnatural Worlds: “No Two Alike: Karl Blossfeldt, Francis Bruguiere, Thomas Ruff” at Contemporary Arts Center, September 21, 2018-January 13, 2019

FotoFocus 2018 promised, in its thematic title, to burrow into the archives, and at the CAC, they uncovered something. The roots of its show, “No Two Alike,” go back to an artistic event of mid- to high-Modernism, when, in 1929, a small London gallery belonging to Dorothy Warren brought together the photographs of Karl Blossfeldt […]

Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N* at the Speed Art Museum: Casualist Painting / Not-cAsual SetTing

December 2nd, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, November 2018

Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N* at the Speed Art Museum: Casualist Painting / Not-cAsual SetTing

When I was an undergrad I fumbled into Sharon Butler’s essay “The New Casualists” published in “The Brooklyn Rail”. I found it at a crucial moment in my development as a painter. It was 2011 and I was searching for a reason to keep painting. I had recently discovered the depth and breadth to which […]

Performing Masks: Gillian Wearing at Cincinnati Art Museum

October 28th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, October 2018

Performing Masks: Gillian Wearing at Cincinnati Art Museum

Masks serve multiple metaphorical and social functions in the world. In ancient Rome, wax masks were cast directly from the faces of the dead, preserving the countenance beyond the life of the body. Ritual societies often employ masks spiritually, transforming the wearer into a being from the spirit world as part of a rite of […]

Reverent Encounters: “Re-Adorned” | Catharsis at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

October 28th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, October 2018

Reverent Encounters: "Re-Adorned" | Catharsis at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

Tucked into a passageway on the second floor of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s new building, re-Adorned | Catharsis displays the lavish results of collaboration among artistic specialties and diverse media. Photographer Tina Gutierrez and clothing designer Da’Mon R. Butler (a.k.a. NOMAD3176) mix cultures and materials in ways both delicate and flamboyant, bringing her Cuban-Appalachian sensibilities […]

I’m Also Going to Breathe: Ann Segal’s “Through the Lens of Time” at Cincinnati Mini Microcinema, October 6-October 20, 2018

October 28th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, October 2018

I’m Also Going to Breathe: Ann Segal’s “Through the Lens of Time” at Cincinnati Mini Microcinema, October 6-October 20, 2018

Ann Segal hasn’t done an ad for the iPhone camera, but—if it weren’t for her decision a long time ago to walk away from the commercial side of photography—she could. For the last 10 years of a 45 year career of taking photographs, she has exclusively used her iPhone, with remarkable success. In a professional […]

Preservation Par Excellence: Union Terminal Restored For Posterity

October 28th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, October 2018

Preservation Par Excellence: Union Terminal Restored For Posterity

One of America’s most architecturally significant buildings will be reopening in November after a substantial $230 million restoration by GBBN Architects: Cincinnati’s Union Terminal.   Completed in 1933 at the height of the Great Depression, this Art Deco palatial masterpiece was dedicated to passenger railroad transportation and travel at a scale in size and exquisiteness, with […]

“Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 20, 2019

October 28th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, October 2018

“Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott,” Taft Museum of Art, through January 20, 2019

In my mind Eugène Atget (1857-1927) and Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) are intrinsically linked, like peanut butter and jelly, or, for the grownups, gin and tonic. So I was surprised when Kevin Moore, FotoFocus artistic director and curator and curator of “Paris to New York: Photographs by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott” at the Taft Museum […]

From Heart to Brush

October 8th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, September 2018

From Heart to Brush

Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World Cincinnati Art Museum  September 7, 2018–January 27, 2019   Long before the Middle East came into the political spotlight in recent decades, the Cincinnati Art Museum has been collecting Islamic calligraphy. It has done so since the 1940s.  While Islamic calligraphy was originally developed to nourish and enlighten […]

Outside In: Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge at the Weston

October 8th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, September 2018

Outside In: Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge at the Weston

Chris Engman’s Prospect and Refuge teaches us not to trust our eyes. On display at the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery through November 18, the exhibit unsettles our senses of depth and scale, interior and exterior, origin and reproduction. It ushers us into artificial spaces and then immerses us in the tropes […]

Artistic Detritus, the Circulation of Power, and Intervening in the Historic Record at The 8th Floor

October 8th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, September 2018

Artistic Detritus, the Circulation of Power, and Intervening in the  Historic Record at The 8th Floor

“…[power is] a multiple and mobile field of force relations where far-reaching, but never completely stable effects of domination are produced.”[1] –Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality Sedimentations: Assemblage as Social Repair is the most recent exhibition at The 8th Floor, an alternative art space affiliated with the Rubin Foundation and dedicated to expanding artistic […]

“Flyover Country” at the Xavier University Art Gallery, September 29-October 27, 2018

October 8th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, September 2018

“Flyover Country” at the Xavier University Art Gallery, September 29-October 27, 2018

There is nothing ordinary about Erika NJ Allen’s photographs of downtown Cincinnati. Taken with a pinhole camera set at an exposure of nine days, the city looks as if it has been underwater for a millennium. We are not likely to take the pictures’ minimal suggestions of color for granted. It is unsettling how they […]

As American as Whale Oil: “Loomings” by Christopher Volpe

October 8th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, September 2018

As American as Whale Oil: “Loomings” by Christopher Volpe

In high school and college classrooms, Herman Melville’s 1851 novel “Moby-Dick, or, the Whale” is commonly used to illustrate Romantic and Naturalist themes. While it’s because of Keats that I picture Romanticism as a gasping tendon writhing under the holiness of the heart’s affections, my image of Naturalism—an ocean wave indifferently carrying us, screaming, an […]

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

August 26th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2018

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

August 26th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2018

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

August 26th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2018

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

August 26th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, July/August 2018

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 […]

An Otherworldly Journey Through the Museum of Jurassic Technology

July 1st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, June 2018

An Otherworldly Journey Through the Museum of Jurassic Technology

Los Angeles is home to so many eccentric museums that the city practically has its own ever-growing genre of weird museums with sundry specialized themes ranging from ice cream to death.  Among these, one of the oldest and most intriguing is the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Everything about this institution is so otherworldly that it […]

Decay and Resilience: Andrew Borowiec, “From the Heartland,” at the Iris Book Cafe and Gallery

July 1st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, June 2018

Decay and Resilience: Andrew Borowiec, “From the Heartland,” at the Iris Book Cafe and Gallery

It’s an ordinary day in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, about a dozen miles from Pittsburgh. Some leaves are turning yellow; there is a touch of fall in the air. The garbage has been collected and the mail has not yet been delivered (the cans are upside down along the edge of the street and the flags […]

Chris Larson’s Entropy

July 1st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, June 2018

Chris Larson’s Entropy

Minnesota-based multi-media artist Chris Larson’s work “Function is Redundant” is displayed at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center and runs until September 2, 2018. In this large display of single and multi-channel video art installations, sculptures, paintings, and intermedia, Larson’s work incorporates large-scale ethereal photography, drawings and sound to supplement his documented process of structural abrogation. As […]

“Women to Watch – 2018” at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus

July 1st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, June 2018

“Women to Watch - 2018” at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus

The Riffe Gallery’s “Women to Watch Ohio – 2018” exhibit highlights ten female Ohio artists working in metal.  The show was inspired by the selection of four Ohio artists shortlisted for the exhibition “Heavy Metal”, the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ (NMWA) Women to Watch biennial. Reto Thuring, Curator of Contemporary Art at […]

Developing More than Nostalgia: “Analog Culture” and “Survivor’s Remorse” at Harvard Art Museums

July 1st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, June 2018

Developing More than Nostalgia: “Analog Culture” and “Survivor’s Remorse” at Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums and curator Jennifer Quick have pulled off a minor miracle with “Analog Culture,” an understated, poetic show of heart through a lens of craftsmanship, careful discipline, and the wavering line between producer and artist. It’s rare to find a show that is at once pointedly educational, culturally searing, historically significant, and […]

Divinity Affirmations – Light, Luminescence, and Liminal Spaces with Tom Bacher

May 13th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, April/May 2018

Divinity Affirmations – Light, Luminescence, and Liminal Spaces with Tom Bacher

  Tom Bacher’s Per-40ming Trans-4-ming Phos-4-s-cent Paintings, which is showing at the Weston Art Gallery until June 10, 2018, displays a continuation of Bacher’s hyperrealist quotidian aesthetic re: luminescent paintings that find subjects in object studies, portraiture, and documentation processes. As the two-channel corridor video “Painting with Light” (2018) by YellowHaus Productions elucidates, Bacher’s exhibition […]

Ragnar Kjartansson’s “The Visitors” (2012) at Cincinnati Art Museum

May 13th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, April/May 2018

Ragnar Kjartansson’s "The Visitors" (2012) at Cincinnati Art Museum

Contemporary art has a number of interpretive frameworks, attempts to historicize the present moment that both distinguish it from what came before and draw genealogical lines from established art historical concepts. One branch of this diverse range of concepts is the return to romanticism in what some critics have referred to as New Sincerity, Post-postmodernism, […]

“Twisted/Patrick Dougherty Entwined at the Taft,” Taft Museum of Art

May 13th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, April/May 2018

“Twisted/Patrick Dougherty Entwined at the Taft,” Taft Museum of Art

Something odd happened on the front lawn of The Taft Museum of Art. The world-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty, with the help of 150 volunteers, twisted and turned six tons of willow-tree saplings into Far Flung,a sprawling sculpture that visitors are encouraged to touch, walk through, or even sit a spell in. In keeping with The […]

Skin Trade: “Cagnacci: Painting Beauty and Death,” Cincinnati Art Museum, March 23-July 22, 2018

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Skin Trade: “Cagnacci: Painting Beauty and Death,” Cincinnati Art Museum, March 23-July 22, 2018

  You can be forgiven if you’d never heard of Guido Cagnacci before going to see the tiny but brilliant exhibit of three of his works at the Cincinnati Art Museum. You won’t find him in your Janson, or, for that matter, in many more weighty volumes devoted to Italian painters of the 17th century. […]

Kinship Threads: Matt and Paul Coors at the Clay Street Press Gallery

May 13th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, April/May 2018

Kinship Threads: Matt and Paul Coors at the Clay Street Press Gallery

Matt and Paul Coors founded the Publico Gallery in Over-the-Rhine in 2003 and ran the operation until it closed in 2008. Ten years later, the Coors brothers are displaying their own works at the Clay Street Press Gallery, just a few steps from their former space. The show highlights the artists’ shared commitment to conceptual […]

“Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection,” Taft Museum of Art, through May 27, 2018.

March 31st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, March 2018

“Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection,” Taft Museum of Art, through May 27, 2018.

Fashion is a fickle lover, and it jilted Louis Comfort Tiffany at the end of his career in the 1930s. He had been the American exemplar of Art Nouveau, or “new art,” which emerged in Europe in the 1890s after a century of revivals. But “new” eventually grows old, and by 1910 its curvilinear and sinuous lines […]

Eastside Processional: “Not to Scale” at the Carnegie

March 31st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, March 2018

Eastside Processional: "Not to Scale" at the Carnegie

From March 2 through April 29, 2018, the Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky is spotlighting an emphatically local meditation on matters of national concern. The museum’s Hutson Gallery features the work of Anissa R. Lewis, Mary Clare Rietz, and a host of citizen-artists from Covington’s Eastside neighborhood, all of them proclaiming the dignity of the community […]

An Interrogation of Abstract Markings: Hans Hartung’s Recent Survey at Perrotin, New York

March 31st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, March 2018

An Interrogation of Abstract Markings:  Hans Hartung’s Recent Survey at Perrotin, New York

Perrotin’s opening exhibition in New York for 2018, Hans Hartung: A Constant Storm. Works from 1922 to 1989, featured a retrospective assessment of one of the pioneers of Lyrical Abstraction in Europe, including over 60 major works. This exhibition—which was on view from January 12 until February 18—marked the most extensive presentation of the artist’s […]

Stephen Towns Quilts at The Baltimore Museum of Ar

March 31st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, March 2018

Stephen Towns Quilts at The Baltimore Museum of Ar

Two of the Stephen Towns’ gorgeous quilt pieces hang in an abbreviated hallway of the Baltimore Museum of Art. Rumination and Reckoning, the Baltimore artist’s debut solo museum show, is an intimate collection of his quilts from a recent, breakthrough body of fabric works, including a few new, unseen pieces. Two of these new works […]

Historical Materialism and Survey: Malcolm Cochran’s History Lessons

March 31st, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, March 2018

Historical Materialism and Survey: Malcolm Cochran’s History Lessons

The Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center features three works by American installation artist Malcolm Cochran: History Lessons (2011), Requiem (2018), and Washing Feet (1996-97).  History Lessons features a looming fixture – a colossal poplar, steel, and polished whitewash stainless steel mirror. The base of the mirrors’ bracket is reminiscent of a sleek vessel, […]

(Im)material Culture, Alienation Affect, and the Jeffrey Cortland Jones’ Curious Social Experiment

February 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2018

(Im)material Culture, Alienation Affect, and the Jeffrey Cortland Jones’ Curious Social Experiment

Traversing the Art Academy of Cincinnati’s galleries via the looming, metallic stairwell, Covergys Gallery is perhaps the easiest to miss between the larger Pearlman and Childlaw Galleries. A sweeping horizontal pocket within a wall, the second floor gallery is at once invitational and necessarily participatory – it simply can not be ignored, as it effectively […]

Kit-Bashing and Assembling Political Art: Glenn Kaino: A Shout within a Storm at The Contemporary Arts Center, November 17, 2017-April 22, 2018

February 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2018

Kit-Bashing and Assembling Political Art: Glenn Kaino: A Shout within a Storm at The Contemporary Arts Center, November 17, 2017-April 22, 2018

One of the least sculptural of the wondrous works at the mid-career retrospective of sculptor Glenn Kaino’s work at the Contemporary Arts Center is a two-dimensional graphic that looks like an ancient map that has been housed in an archive with a leaky roof. Shapes and outlines are beautiful but discontinuous; areas that might represent […]

Review of Jens Jensen at Cincinnati Art Galleries

February 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2018

Review of Jens Jensen at Cincinnati Art Galleries

Cincinnati Art Galleries has managed to represent the estate of the late modernist painter Jens Jensen, and an exhibition of this artist’s work is currently on view at Cincinnati Art Galleries downtown.  It’s difficult to describe the delight and joy at looking at an excellent modernist in today’s highly politicized and digitalized postmodern world: Jensen’s […]

Bridging Inter-Spaces and Navigating Contemporary Feminist Art

February 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2018

Bridging Inter-Spaces and Navigating Contemporary Feminist Art

  Planned prior to Trump’s presidency, the 21C Museum Hotel’s The Future is Female displays a myriad of international female artists – ranging in their modalities and sociopolitical concerns – whose works bridge third and fourth-wave feminist concerns. Built on the foreground of second-wave feminism’s civil rights advances, the third-wave occupies subjectivity and inclusive diversity, […]

Profile, Linda Schwartz

February 19th, 2018  |  by  |  published in *, January/February 2018

Profile, Linda Schwartz

“I like artists and scientists,” Linda Schwartz told me.  We were seated at the dining table in her art-filled house, with tea and a barely touched plate of cookies, talking about her career in art. The other two occupants of the house, a pair of small but stocky, very vocal black dogs, had been shushed […]