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Charley Harper’s “Space Walk” mural is unveiled at the Convention Center after being hidden for decades

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The interest just keeps growing for Charley Harper, the late Cincinnati artist whose work has become recognized as a colorfully stylized pinnacle of mid-20th-century Modernism.

Follow the LEGO Brick Road

Attorney-turned-artist fosters creativity and inner peace, piece by piece

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
After puzzling over a clever #whatthebrick campaign in August that featured oversized LEGO bricks around town, what the heck should we make of The Art of the Brick exhibition now that it’s at the Cincinnati Museum Center?   

Raphael’s ‘Mona Lisa’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s new show, Sublime Beauty, marks the very first time Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” has visited the United States, itself a reason for celebration (it was loaned by the Galleria Borghese in Rome, which acquired the painting in 1682).   

Cincinnati Art Museum Springs into Fall

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Usually, when one says a work of art is “alive,” it’s a figure of speech — the expression typically acknowledges a natural connection between artist and observer. But next weekend, the Cincinnati Art Museum will be giving a new meaning to the phrase “living art.”

ArtsWave Launches New Cincy Arts Guide Calendar

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
There are a lot of ways to stay on top of what’s happening in the arts in Greater Cincinnati — like reading arts and culture coverage in CityBeat every week. But finding a comprehensive calendar that covers the full array of the arts has been an elusive dream. Not  

Seeing Clearly

Myopia is devoted to the visual art of Devo’s prolific Mark Mothersbaugh

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
“Cincinnati, in some ways, was the start of me being an artist,” says Mark Mothersbaugh, relaxing as best he can, given his constantly enthused, exuberant state, in a meeting room at downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center. “So there’s something about coming back here that is this completion of a cycle.”  

Chop Shop

506 Ash is the perfect gallery for an art show about autos

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
I had a disorientating introduction to the Elsmere, Ky., art gallery/studio known as 506 Ash. That is also its address on Ash Street, itself one of the more unusual streets I’ve come across in our metropolitan area.   

Artists Anonymous

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In art, as in life, context is key. An image that would otherwise be treated with contempt — or worse, blithe indifference — can be illuminated with only a few facts. Likewise, stripped of its context, a piece of art can become something else entirely as the viewer imagines a contextual framework for the art.   

The Past Is the Present at Taft Museum’s Curtis Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
You can feel like you’re viewing the history of photography — as well as American history — from one of those disorienting, spinning Rotor amusement-park rides as you walk through Taft Museum of Art’s Enduring Spirit: Edward Curtis and the North American Indians.   

Thunder-Sky Studies Art History, Passes the Test

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
“Don’t know much about history,” Sam Cooke sang. The good news is that you don’t have to know much about art history to tune into a wonderful world at Thunder-Sky, Inc.’s History Channel: New Art from Old Art.

Diving In

Weston exhibit ‘By This River’ makes a splash

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
By This River, the new group show curated by Michael Solway at downtown’s Weston Gallery through Aug. 30, is as refreshingly clear in its concept and intent as a sparkling mountain stream.

The CAM Invites Viewers to Marvel at a Rare Collection with ‘Northern Baroque Splendor’

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2015
It is not often one is able to stand in the presence of almost indisputable masterpieces, but the Cincinnati Art Museum is offering just this opportunity with Northern Baroque Splendor.   

History Refuses to Repeat Itself in Titus Kaphar’s CAC Exhibit

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
In Latin, “vesper” means “evening star” or, more commonly, just “evening” — a junction of night and day. Although it refers to a surname in the Contemporary Arts Center’s new exhibit from Titus Kaphar, The Vesper Project, the word feels right at home.  

Architectural Allure

Peter Waite's new paintings explore the city's strange and famous places

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
In his Cincinnati Series of 29 paintings depicting depopulated city sites, Peter Waite — a Connecticut-based artist — neither celebrates nor dismisses what he sees  

Oh, the Places You'll Go with Dr. Seuss

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
You’re a sneaky one, Dr. Seuss. With entertaining drawings, simple words and rhythmic rhymes, you taught us how to read.