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Local visual arts venues prepare for another intriguing season

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The fall season’s museum show that has attracted the most advance interest — because of its ambitiousness and its timeliness — is the Contemporary Art Center’s Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens Sept. 23 and continues until an as-yet-not-finalized January date.  

Urban Rock Hunter

Artist Stevie Grueter unearths buried memories

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Artist Stevie Grueter digs rocks out of the ground with a railroad spike. She's barely 5 feet tall and lugs them home like she's cradling a baby. That's where her art begins — on the uneven surfaces of rocks. Her life began in the rubble of an earthquake. It struck the Greek island of Crete, killing her parents.  

Head Games

Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis' porcelain busts infuse wit and technology

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
How many people can make jokes in porcelain? Or even, going up to the next level, are witty in porcelain? Artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis regularly carry off that difficult feat in the course of creating works of considerable beauty and technical éclat.  

From the Catbird's Seat

Artist Daniel Dorff documents the changes at Washington Park

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Daniel Dorff literally has the catbird seat from which he keeps his artist's eye on the transformation now underway in Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park, where Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation is building an underground parking garage for patrons of Music Hall and others.  

A Drag Dream Team

The Cabaret brings focus and innovation to Cincinnati’s drag scene

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
As early as 1880, drag queens performing in Over-the-Rhine dance halls are mentioned in The Cincinnati Enquirer. It’s auspicious, then, that The Cabaret, a drag performance venue opened earlier this year, revives that OTR history by setting up shop in the same building as Below Zero Lounge on Walnut Street.  

A Woman Resurrected

CAM screens film about artist Artemisia Gentileschi

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
History has its share of artists whose reputations have declined with time, and one of the most notable examples is Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian who worked in the early Baroque era of the 17th century and was influenced by one of the Great Masters of painting — Caravaggio.  

Beauty in the Mundane

Cincinnati Art Museum debuts a new, eclectic collection

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The eclectic art collection of the late Carl M. Jacobs III is his bulletin board. With a hint of a self-assured smile in a 1958 portrait by celebrity photographer Carl Van Vechten, Jacobs invites visitors to explore the Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition titled Not Just Pretty Pictures, up through Aug. 28.  

Let's Get Physical

Body of Art presents various ways artists capture the human form

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Body of Art, at Northside’s Prairie gallery through Aug. 20, presents work by a dozen artists who all show their own or someone else's physical form in vastly different ways.  

Image of Self

Photographer John Coplans experiments with his own body

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
John Coplans: Photographs 1984-2000, on view at the West End’s Carl Solway Gallery through Aug. 13, offers viewers the opportunity to revisit photographs that set a new standard for the use of one’s body in making art and also allows us to consider Coplans’ work in the context of his multifarious careers. The black-and-white photographs on view cover a span of nearly two decades until the artist’s death in 2003.  

The World Is Watching

Cincinnati’s Outsider Art scene is garnering international attention

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
In a very alternative and “outsider” way, Raymond Thunder-Sky seems to becoming the next Cincinnati artist — after Charley Harper — to be discovered internationally. Considered an Outsider Artist, he probably had autism and was beset with numerous physical ailments when social worker Bill Ross discovered his drawings in 1999.  

Moving Pictures

Alison Crocetta's films enter a different realm

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I can’t recall ever seeing an exhibition with so many films on view simultaneously; it’s comprised of more than two hours’ worth of footage, much more than I could hope to write about here. Crocetta has created a whole different realm, with its own sense of time, continuity and order.  

Back to the Future

American stained glass windows are gaining renewed interest

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
American stained glass windows, long shrugged off as a Victorian enthusiasm, are attracting increasing interest, say museum curators, and Cincinnati is on the leading edge of this trend. The Taft Museum of Art recently opened In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows. And at the Cincinnati Art Museum conservation is under way on four stained glass windows to go on view next May.  

Picture This

FotoFocus announces its ambitious plans for 2012

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
FotoFocus, the citywide celebration of photographic and lens-based art planned for October 2012, is now well enough along that its organizers have shared detailed plans. In their first major press release, they also have announced their intention of making this ambitious photography event biennial.  

Rites of Passage and Magnitude 7 (Review)

Manifest highlights student work and tiny treasures in its first shows of the summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Manifest Creative Research Gallery kicked off the summer with the college student show Rites of Passage and its seventh-annual Magnitude 7 exhibition of small works. Both exhibitions offer an exciting mix of creative endeavors, both large and small.  

Majr Gazr & Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running (Review)

Changing minds at the CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Contemporary Arts Center’s second-floor galleries are presently shared by a solo exhibition of sculptures by Matthew Monahan and Majr Gazr, a multimedia installation by the collaborative Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running.