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Art: Paintings by Art Academy Graduates

By Jane Durrell · August 16th, 2011 · CityBeat Recommends

Art pundits make pronouncements (“Realism is dead,” “Abstraction is dead”), but artists go blithely along making art and often death has been prematurely reported. Case in point, the lively Art Academy of Cincinnati show featuring 15 alumni who graduated between 1972 and 2009, on view now through Sept. 2 in the Pearlman and Convergys galleries. Marlene Steele's “Reflection in Ruins” shows Music Hall brooding over Washington Park excavations that dissolve into abstraction.

John Kluesener, class of 1975, sees “Italian Rooftops” in a manner that lets the eye follow the color: orange red in foreground picks up as pink midway through and melds into purple at horizon. Joan Gallagher, 1977 graduate, pares down landscape to essential shapes in three gouche paintings. Jessica Bechtel, class of 2002, refuses to be hampered by a single panel and lets her triple examination of “The Gardeners” become a three-sided protrusion from the wall. The exhibition and Final Friday reception, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 26, are free to the public. The Art Academy is at 1212 Jackson St. in Over-the-Rhine. The galleries are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

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