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The ’Wave of the Future

By expanding its mission, will arts booster ArtsWave spread itself too thin?

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Now in the middle of its first fund-raising campaign under the new name ArtsWave, the organization formerly known as the Fine Arts Fund wants to pioneer a new approach to valuing the role of the arts in our community. But with that might come controversy. Some worry that in trying to broaden its mission, ArtsWave will be spreading its dollars thin.  

Should Everybody Love a Circus?

Circus poster exhibition more thought-provoking than you might think

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2011
When does something become art? One answer is when a museum shows it. Thus, the current show at the Cincinnati Art Museum through July 20, The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company, qualifies as art. And I doubt few of the visitors to this exhibit will quarrel with this claim.  

You Don't Know Keith

CAC show of Pop Art icon Keith Haring’s early work is a revelation

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Keith Haring’s iconography of silhouetted figures, pointy-eared dogs, swelling hearts and televisions — produced in an instantly recognizable style of heavy black outlines filling jumbled compositions — is synonymous with the Pop Art and street culture of the 1980s.  

Cleopatra (Review)

Traveling exhibit examines the mysteries and artifacts of Cleopatra's Egypt

2 Comments · Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Cleopatra, considered ancient Egypt’s great last pharaoh before that civilization fell to Roman conquest in the first century B.C., had a reputation for knowing how to present herself stunningly to outsiders. Legend has it she once sailed upriver in a gilded barge with purple sails to introduce herself to Mark Antony, the powerful Roman leader who became her new lover.  

Jun Kaneko (Review)

Solway exhibit of dynamic ceramics exhilarates

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The surest cure for winter blues can be found in the West End’s Carl Solway Gallery, where Jun Kaneko's big, brash, superbly finished ceramic sculptures and his brilliantly colored paintings and drawings lift the spirit at first glance.  

Making a Spirituals Connection

Ensemble shows broad influence of Negro Spirituals on music

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 15, 2011
American Negro Spirituals are one of American history’s great ironies. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Go Down, Moses” and “The Battle of Jericho” are among the world’s most beloved melodies, created in the harsh, degrading reality of slavery. We love these songs, but do we really know them?  

The Here and Now

Cincinnati Art Museum welcomes 21c to Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Have you noticed that the Cincinnati Art Museum is becoming a pretty exciting — provocative, even — place lately, edgy and with a sense of experimentation, rather than stodgy and risk-adverse? The next bold move in shaking things up is The Way We Are Now: Selections from the 21c Collection, now on view in CAM’s Schiff Gallery through May 15.  

Movement, Stillness and War

Downtown’s Weston gallery presents three strong, divergent exhibitions

0 Comments · Monday, January 31, 2011
Dennis Harrington, director of downtown’s Weston Art Gallery, looks for connections when he brings artists together for exhibition. This time, however, he did not find a common thread linking artists Diana Duncan Holmes, Elissa Morley and Todd Reynolds, whose work is now on display. So there’s no need to overexert yourself in search of a common theme. Enjoy each exhibit for its individual mastery.  

One Singular Citation

Walnut Hills gallery showcases first Manifest Prize winner and more

0 Comments · Monday, January 24, 2011
“Episteme” by South Korean-born Yun Jeong Hong has won the first Manifest Prize and thus is being presented in a singular show at Manifest Gallery in East Walnut Hills called One: The Manifest Prize now through Feb. 18. "Episteme" plays with the philosophical concept of French philosopher Michel Foucault's use of the term, showing us something that almost is what it seems to be but in fact is a maze of suggestions.   

The Creatively Conscious Donald Deskey (Review)

DAAP exhibition highlights work of design pioneer Donald Deskey

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Though he’s not a household name, it’s likely you have something designed by Donald Deskey inside your home right now. The current exhibition at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) thoroughly outlines the life of this modern Renaissance man.  

Another Mis-en-scene (Review)

Country Club presents a witty installation of Michael Lowe’s collection

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
'Another Mis-en-scene' is an exhibition curated by local art collector Michael Lowe and is comprised almost entirely of art, antiquities and innovative design objects from his own collection. Such an exhibition handled less gracefully could read as a business-minded jumbled lot at an auction house. But Lowe treats these selections from his collection as an installation and his savvy sense of humor connects all of the pieces.  

Escape to Experimental Places

A look back at the year in alternative art spaces and exhibitions

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2010
2010 was a busy year for the alternative art spaces in Cincinnati. Clay Street Press, Country Club, ArtWorks and Aisle all held daring exhibitions of Tony Luensman. Yamini Nayer made an impact with his work. Thunder-Sky and Museum Gallery/Gallery Museum both splashed the city with new, experimental work.  

The Chocolate Connection: Hans Sloane & Jamaica (Review)

Lloyd Library & Museum offers exhibition on pioneering studies of chocolate

0 Comments · Monday, December 20, 2010
Downtown's Lloyd Library & Museum, a fascinating private nonprofit institution that collects books, journals and archival material related to natural history, botany, pharmacy, medicine and scientific history, recently faced a dilemma. How should it recognize the 350th anniversary of the birth of Hans Sloane, a pioneering scientist and physician whose name is not really on the tip of everybody's tongue? How about chocolate?  

Los Caprichos (Review)

Taft Museum's Goya exhibit shows the artist's darkly satirical side as social commentator

0 Comments · Sunday, December 12, 2010
Francisco Goya produced his famous series of etchings, 1799's 'Los Caprichos,' at a time when narrow-minded religious extremists and other authoritarians were striving to control politics on the one hand while on the other the rise of the Enlightenment represented society's attempt to shift to reasonable thinking. Sound familiar?  

The Posthumously Working Artist

Brian Joiner still exhibiting and curating after his death

0 Comments · Monday, November 29, 2010
Cincinnati artist Brian Joiner had a powerful body of work behind him and an ambitious career ahead of him when he passed away this October. Among his many honors, Cincinnati Magazine named him “Best Portrait Artist” in 1999 and in 2009 he was awarded the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at the Taft. Cancer put his plans on hold but it did not derail them. That's why even after his death, he has a group exhibit opening this Friday at Prairie Gallery.