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‘Reality’ Show

A New Reality defies typical notions about local artists and Midwestern art

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
According to Mary Heider, the curator of the current A New Reality exhibit at Covington’s Artisan’s Enterprise Center, artists take “pieces and parts … and create from them something not previously conceived.” It’s hard to imagine a more elegant statement on the nature of visual art, and it’s the premise upon which the show rests.  

Knitting a New Landscape

Cincinnati BombShells aim to soften an otherwise harsh environment

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
When does an age-old craft like knitting become hip fiber art, street art and performance art? When it’s practiced by the Cincinnati BombShells yarn bombers, approximately 15 women ages 25-65 with sassy alter egos, Jackie O sunglasses and platinum wigs.  

A Whole New World

Third Party Gallery’s December exhibition takes flight

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
When artist Sheida Soleimani was 6, her Iranian upbringing became the focus of intrigue among her Cincinnati classmates. They wanted to know if she had a flying carpet like Aladdin.    

Mixed Results

The pros and cons of CAM’s new ‘Greatest Works’ gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This is an old museum with benefits bestowed by several generations of collectors, some of them inspired. But is this the best way to see these works? The installation flies in the face of accepted museology — not necessarily a bad thing — but I’m uncertain if it accomplishes its stated aim: to bring people and art closer together.

Crafty Visions

CAC tries to make video art fun for museumgoers

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My dream is to see some new museums — maybe even one right here in Cincinnati — devoted just to video art. I’ve mentioned this before to arts professionals, including curators, and have heard the reasons against: video art is an integral part of the contemporary-art world and shouldn’t be separated.   

In Love with Line

Buckley’s prints and sculpture at Clay Street Press

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Carmel Buckley is an artist infatuated with line and uncertainty. An associate professor at Ohio State University and a native of England, Buckley is enjoying her third Cincinnati exhibition in a little over a year. Featuring a series of drawings and etchings along with freestanding and wall-mounted objects, Prints and Sculpture at Clay Street Press in Over-the-Rhine is a retrospective look at her creative output from the early 1990s through the present day.    

Motion and Emotion

Artists Mark Patsfall and Brian Stuparyk mess with elements of perception

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The cardboard 3-D glasses supplied for Brian Stuparyk’s work will make the comparison clearer. Put them on and feel like a kid, knowing that this art show is fun and different. A visit feels like an afternoon at the movies. Though there are just three small rooms to see, remember that the artists’ themes are perception and time. It’s possible to get lost awhile.  

State of the Art (Deco)

Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition revisits Jazz Age fashion and design

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The promotional material for the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new Art Deco: Fashion & Design in the Jazz Age does something I haven’t seen before in the world of art-museum marketing: It headlines, “From the Curator that brought you Wedded Perfection.” Pop culture does that a lot — “from the director of Jaws” — but fine-arts institutions?  

Combining Artistic Energies

The Constella Festival

2 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Last fall, as the economy continued its downward spiral and arts organizations laid off staff, Tatiana Berman started to map out plans for a new arts festival in Cincinnati, and this week — defying the odds — the Constella Festival of Music and Fine Arts debuts, aligning an impressive array of artists with the city’s major performing ensembles and arts venues.    

Fired Up

Darren Goodman gorgeous glass creations

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Darren Goodman plays with fire. It’s part of his artistic medium of choice — he blows glass. His extraordinary, downright gorgeous results are now on view in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s biennial 4th Floor Award exhibition, this year titled Trial by Fire. It’s up through year’s end.  

The Paper Chase

Sara Pearce’s career in papers continues, but with some new twists

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sara Pearce had the world — many worlds — at her fingertips, but her fingers couldn’t feel. The former Enquirer arts reporter had volunteered for a buyout from the paper in September 2008 and wanted to become an artist herself. She’d finally create collages from the antique world maps, fashion magazines and other papers she’d collected for decades.   

Bootleggers, Booze and Hypocrisy

Ken Burns' latest documentary features local gangster George Remus

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ken Burns believes his new three-part, 5½-hour Prohibition series, to be shown on public-television station WCET at 8 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, contains many revelations about the disastrous era when America banned booze.  

Planet of the Apes

Artist John Bavaro reminds us we’re all primates

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Could art be the missing link? Oxford, Ohio, native John Bavaro would probably say yes. His current exhibition in the Duveneck Gallery at the Carnegie Center Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington uses both traditional and digital painting to examine the similarities between humans and non-human primates. The exhibition is a sort of homecoming for Bavaro, who left Cincinnati in 2001 for a faculty post at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.   

Intimate Visions

CAC exhibition “uses beauty to discuss difficult issues”

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens the Contemporary Arts Center’s 2011-12 season Sept. 23, isn’t really about Pakistan. It’s not even all about small pictures. “It’s about using beauty to discuss difficult issues,” says Assistant Curator Justine Ludwig.  

Hooked On Comics

The Cincinnati Comic Expo returns for a bigger, better second year of fun and fantasy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Comic book culture is embedded in our collective imaginations like never before, inspiring a slew of Hollywood blockbusters like Batman and Superman (for starters), as well as a number of gritty independent films, such as American Splendor, Ghost World and Road to Perdition. The genre also attracts all manner of craftsmen to explore it as a new medium, from Michael Chabon to Kevin Smith to Stephen King.