Summer 2019

“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

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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

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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

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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

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"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 […]

Self-Improvement with Saya: A Cabinet of Anticipation at the Contemporary Arts Center

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Self-Improvement with Saya: A Cabinet of Anticipation at the Contemporary Arts Center

The idea that we can transform into our best self is a compelling one. According to BusinessWire.com, the “self-improvement” industry is booming to the tune of nearly $10 billion per year. Gurus from Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra to Marie Condo provide keys to clearing mind, soul and space to achieve personal, financial or spiritual […]

Profile of Jan Brown Checco and the recent exchange with Sister City Liuzhou, China

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Profile of Jan Brown Checco and the recent exchange with Sister City Liuzhou, China

Jan Brown Checco’s pleasure in making art generously extends to all those who use art as the means of interpreting what they see. Most recently she’s been deeply involved in “The Great Cincinnati/Liuzhou Paint Out!” –  a week-long visit by eight artists from Liuzhou, China, partnering with Cincinnati artists to paint together in Eden Park […]

See Art in an Unusual Setting

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See Art in an Unusual Setting

A unique way to see art is to stop by a local coffee shop or restaurant. There are several in the Greater Cincinnati area that afford this opportunity. First stop on my tour was Awakenings Coffee Shop, owned by Ed Walter on Hyde Park Square.  Retired music business professional Stan Hertzman took over from previous […]

Ludlow Garage 50th Anniversary

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Ludlow Garage 50th Anniversary

Though the Ludlow Garage was only open for eighteen months, it has cast an outsized shadow upon the history of music in Cincinnati.  At a time when underground and what we would now call “DIY” rock clubs were at their height of popularity, the Ludlow Garage could book acts that normally played much larger venues […]

Origami

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Call it a coincidence, call it fate. As the Cincinnati Art Museum is showcasing the stunning beauty of Japanese fashion, and its influence in modern designer’s aesthetics, in their new exhibit “Kimono: Refashioning Contemporary Style” (link to the kimono exhibit article new for this issue), across the globe a new voice in Asian luxury design […]

Dayton Art Institute: Monet and Impressionism

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Dayton Art Institute: Monet and Impressionism

It may be difficult to reconcile the work of the Impressionists as they were the radical anti-establishment gang of late 19th and early 20th century. Bucolic gardens, resting women and serene waters are depicted with an atmospheric color palette and a painterly brushwork woven with each artist’s distinctive hand. Different from the French Academe, but […]

Fotofolio – Susan Goldstein

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Fotofolio - Susan Goldstein

“Bending Time”, Antique photo collage, 2013-present Susan’s statement: The convergence of my passion for exploring the world and collecting old, discarded, often damaged objects, ephemera and antique photographs led to creating these collages. I occupy myself on road trips making traditional photographs, both digital and film based, while stopping along the way to explore antique […]

“The Magic Box” at BONFIRE Gallery in Seattle

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“The Magic Box” at BONFIRE Gallery in Seattle

In a corner of Seattle that sees a particularly diverse crowd, BONFIRE Gallery is a cultural whirl of activity. Shoko Zama and Joan (Thornbrugh) Laage dance Butoh in the shop windows to a varying line-up of musicians. Behind them are large, gilded canvases which reflect upon that which transpires in front of them, adding a […]

Letitia Quesenberry at Quappi Projects (((heat))) Louisville, Kentucky August 2nd – September 6th, 2019

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Letitia Quesenberry at  Quappi Projects (((heat))) Louisville, Kentucky August 2nd - September 6th, 2019

Even the title of Letitia Quesenberry’s latest exhibition (((heat))) imitates her multiple approaches to creating glow.Through her adaptions of electric current, neon, lacquers and resins; Quesenberry reveals the multiplicity of truth through our evaluation of or understanding of visual or memorized perception using various approaches to abstraction as they relate to Op Art amongst others. […]

Elizabeth Gilbert’s “City of Girls”

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Elizabeth Gilbert, whose “Eat Pray Love” was both highly acclaimed and highly popular, has returned with a terrific new novel, “City of Girls”, surprising in scope, depth, and acuity.  Partly an adventurous romp, this rite-of-passage novel about a nineteen year old, unfocused, seemingly spoiled upper middle class young women from small-town, Upstate New York becomes […]

Kathleen Alcott’s “When America Was Hard to Find”

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Kathleen Alcott’s novel “When America Was Hard to Find” (the title comes from a poem made during the Vietnam war by Father Daniel Berrigan) is a tough, gritty novel that’s both riveting in  plot and brilliantly written.   Two sisters from a very affluent family have fled their controlled, controlling, upper-middle class background of privilege and […]

John Young’s “When the Coin is in the Air”

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Cincinnati novelist John Young’s debut novel “When The Coin Is In The Air” is impressive.  Written in simple narrative prose, without fuss or mannered writing, the novel is the story (possibly autobiographical) of a young man growing up on a farm in small town in Indiana, who will end up living in Boston in this […]