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TV and/or Politics

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2004
If you take actor/director Robert Redford at his word, at least by what he told reporters at the recent edition of his Sundance Film Festival, he'll soon begin work on the long-planned sequel to hi  

Keep Enemies Closer

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2004
The uneasy dance between artists, many who view themselves as independent and politically correct, and corporations and governments, the majority of which these same artists deem corrupt, was broad  

Garage or Opportunity?

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Cincinnati is a city of downtown surface parking lots scattered across key sites, a pedestrian skywalk that ends in mid-air on the edge of Race Street, a major street halting beside the new basebal  

Looking Ahead, Soberly

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2004
The holiday tidal wave of booze finally came to a close as I rang in New Year's Eve quietly with my family and a couple of friends over dinner and a lone chocolate martini. I began 2004 alert and en  

Bats for Departing Contestants

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 31, 2003
If Cincinnati were a TV game show (an image that syncs perfectly with the aching-to-be-liked spirit of the city), then a Bats Incredible! sculpture would be handed to everyone leaving town as a cons  

Heathens in the Attic

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Midway into The Godfather, Part III, the final film in director Francis Coppola's epic series about the Corleone mob family, a sly, unintentionally comic scene helps explain my amusement with Saint  

Golden View in the West End

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2003
The first floor studio of Carl Solway Gallery -- where for many years artist Nam June Paik created sculptures made of prepared televisions -- has been stripped, polished and rehabbed into a slick ex  

In Praise of Thom Collins and Boxes

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 25, 2003
A blue sky, picture-postcard fall afternoon and day-long schedule of free tours and performances made a recent November afternoon the ideal time to visit the newly opened Walt Disney Concert Hall, a  

Termite Artist

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2003
One of my favorite phrases of criticism originates from veteran painter and film critic Manny Farber, who frequently referred to Hollywood film directors as "termites." Farber's point was that, lik  

On the Unit 2 Road Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Practical growth for arts duo Steve Zieverink and Lou Larson, better known under their pseudo-scientist tag Unit 2, means displaying their debut kinetic sculpture installation in a cramped hallwa  

With Friends Like These ...

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2003
A favorite tall tale regarding philanthropic gifts to local arts organizations involves dowager Patricia Corbett and the Cincinnati May Festival, the prestigious annual choral music festival. Effort  

Todd's Tattoo

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2003
The best performance from conceptual artist Todd Pavlisko involves his regular visits to the venerable Northside tattoo parlor Designs by Dana. It's a weekday morning, and Pavlisko has the shop to   

The Art of Walking Away

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2003
If there are 12-step meetings for executive directors coping with departures from cherished art projects, then Charles Desmarais, director of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), and Emily Buddendec  

Think Pink

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2003
The best piece of conceptual art on display in area galleries can be found taped to the wall in the back room of Semantics Gallery, a storefront space in Cincinnati's squalid Brighton Corner neighb  

Thomas Condon Without the Taboos

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2003
The first things you notice in "Dog Man Star Repose," one of three recent paintings by artist Thomas Condon currently on display at the OKI: New Art show at NKU's Fine Arts Center galleries, are a c