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City Council reinstates individual artist grants

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Good news from City Hall? Yes, actually. City Council has voted to re-instate and improve a long-established program providing grants to individual artists, which was cut for budgetary reasons in 2009.   

Suitable For Display

Mixed Media artist Nick Cave brings his Soundsuits to Cincy

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Nick Cave refers to himself as a “trans” artist because his work transcends so many categories — sculpture, fashion, performance, dance, fine crafts, contemporary art — that it turns the whole notion of artistic categories upside-down. His artwork — known as Soundsuits — also deserves to be considered “trans” because seeing it can be a transformational experience for the viewer.   

Democratizing Art

Thunder-Sky exhibit of abstract works leaves room for visitors’ own interpretations

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Infrastructure represents opportunity. That was the thinking of “construction clown” Raymond Thunder-Sky, the quiet, self-taught artist and downtown icon who saw possibility for improvement whenever a wrecking ball swung. In his world, police stations gave way to amusement parks.   

Art For Everyone’s Sake

Miami University campaign reaffirms art’s importance

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Miami University’s New Year’s resolution came in August, when it declared the 2011-2012 term the “Year of the Arts.” Part II of Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Women in Art, opens Tuesday at the Miami University Art Museum.  

Breathtaking Views

CityBeat’s visual arts writers pick their favorite 2011 exhibitions

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This past year had its ups and downs for the visual arts. The major museums had good shows, but nothing that captured the public imagination on the order of 2010’s Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand at Contemporary Arts Center or Wedded Perfection at the Cincinnati Art Museum.   

Spirited In the Material World

Weston exhibit showcases imaginative pieces from a range of materials

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Material Witness at downtown’s Weston Art Gallery is all about the physical. The stuff of hardware stores — plywood, drywall, insulation — remains exposed in the work. If there’s a common thread, it’s the artists’ “careful and considerate material choices,” guest curator Matt Distel says.   

‘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.