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The Photographic Cool of J.P. Ball

Poignant exhibit reveals the beauty of his 19th-century portraits

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
J.P. Ball photograph exhibition tucked away in the Ruthven Gallery at the Cincinnati Museum Center isn't grabbing space on the huge banners in the center's rotunda. But the wonderful exhibition is very ambitious and warrants more attention. On display through Oct. 24.  

Conventional Wisdom

Local illustrators talk about this weekend's Cincinnati Comic Expo

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Comic book conventions empower creators, helping them fly above the seemingly countless submissions flooding the comics industry. These are some boiled-down comments from locals Woodrow J. Hinton III and Josh Blair, both appearing this weekend at the Cincinnati Comic Expo.  

Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Review)

Dayton Art Institute hosts Abstract Expressionist work that was once revolutionary

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
'Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum' showcases revolutionary Abstract Expressionists' work that caused a sea change in the way the western world came to view art. The exhibition also includes works created in response to this mid-20th-century American movement's initial impact. On display at the Dayton Art Institute through Oct. 10.  

Bringing Home the Bacon

PAC Gallery tries a progressive marketing strategy, but is Cincinnati ready?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
On the last Saturday in August, PAC Gallery in East Walnut Hills opened a new exhibition with an inventive strategy for including performance art in a commercial gallery exhibition. The gallery's E-invite explained that Kris Ebeling's solo exhibition The Pleasure of Your Companionship would open with an exclusive performance event for no more than 30 attendees, at $200 a head. Each guest would receive "an original work to remember the evening."  

State of the Arts: What's Missing?

Greater Cincinnati's arts scene is strong, but here are a few ways it can be made even stronger

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The charge to local arts leaders and CityBeat writers was simple yet also complex and difficult: What is the one thing you would change or add to the local arts scene to make it better? Well, maybe it wasn't worded quite so bluntly, but that was the point. There are plenty of exciting things happening locally in the arts; what should be next?  

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Art

Area museums and galleries offer cornucopia of exhibitions this fall

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Over the next few months area museums and galleries are presenting a variety of outside-the-box fare, including quilts, wedding dresses, motorcycles and even an installation made of trees. The Taft Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum, Country Club, Manifest Gallery, Carnegie Center, Weston Art Gallery, Carl Solway Gallery and Thunder-Sky Inc. are pulling out all the stops for patrons.  

Kristine Donnelly: Paperwork (Review)

The Taft Museum invites emerging artists to respond to its collection

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Last year, the Taft Museum of Art embarked on a new series of exhibitions called Keystone Contemporary. The goal is that each exhibition would feature one local emerging artist who's been invited to respond (directly or abstractly) to the Taft's collection, the historical house, its interior décor or perhaps even other special exhibitions on view at the museum. Local artist Kristine Donnelly has installed the latest example.  

20 Years/20 Artists (Review)

The Art Academy shows works by recipients of recently cut artist grants

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The Art Academy of Cincinnati celebrates the first and hopefully not the last 20 years of a program that is one of a kind in the Tristate. '20 Years/20 Artists' showcases the work of artists who have received a city of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant. With the city trimming its budget, the grant program met the axe.  

On the House

Freshly minted gallery Northside House gives new art an old home

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 4, 2010
From the exterior, Northside House, the new gallery that just opened on Colerain Avenue, looks exactly the way its name sounds: a nondescript red-brick house on a residential street. I accidentally drove past it. Within the weathered walls of this 1880 shotgun-style house, however, awaits an unusual experience for those adventurous enough to visit.   

Life As Art: Thom Shaw

Remembering the maker of provocative, beautiful art with the power to shift perspectives

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
News that a great artist has died always raises the stakes for me; the responsibility of creating moving art and important discussions surrounding it is more immense, because there is one less innovator sharing the weight. Thom Shaw — one of Cincinnati's best known and most admired contemporary artists — passed away on July 6, 2010, due to complications from diabetes.  

Pones Inc. Offers Food for Thought

Cincinnati's provocative performance art troupe Pones Inc. adds food to its toolkit

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Food and art have interesting commonalities in the way they are carefully prepared, the way they affect our senses and, perhaps most of all, the attention we pay to them when we find them strikingly beautiful. Because of the actions associated with cooking and eating, food lends itself to performance. This is just what the local performance art group Pones Inc. has done with its most recent work, Rub, Dredge, Fry (Repeat).  

A Full Spectrum of Art

Full Art Spectrum strives to demolish barriers between disciplines

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Full Art Spectrum wants to bring mash-up techniques to the fine arts. This Friday at the Downtown Coffee Emporium the group will hold its first public event in which musicians and writers respond to visual arts on display there. There will be three paintings, each the product of three artists who are members of Full Art Spectrum. The artists worked individually — the first painting a layer, followed by the second, then the third — with sometimes-surprising results.  

Building Awareness for Cincinnati's Modern Design

CF3 spotlights this area's role in Modernist architecture and design

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Although Cincinnati Form Follows Function — an organization for enthusiasts of Modern design and architecture called CF3 for short — has only been in existence since 2004, it already has come up with a potentially famous photograph of the city. It's a panorama taken from Bellevue Hill Park in Clifton Heights. And the success of it gives CF3 something special to celebrate at that very park this Saturday.  

World Domination/Kitty Cat Extravaganza (Review)

Northside's Thunder-Sky Inc. encourages new thinking about outsider art

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 13, 2010
When not showing the late Raymond Thunder-Sky's "outsider art" oeuvre, the gallery named for him aims to promote expressive work in the same spirit, regardless of the artist's background: self-taught, art-school graduates, with or without diagnosed disabilities. The current show features Antonio Adams and Tony Dotson, neither of whom have any formal art training.  

Pictures and Statues (Review)

Country Club affirms the relevance of the handmade

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2010
With more than 25 artists, Country Club's current exhibition serves as a massive visual "think tank" that questions the relevance of traditional art methods (the painstaking use of physical materials and handmade objects) in a world where life increasingly is experienced through mass-produced items and virtual communications. 'Pictures and Statues' continues through July 31.