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, 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
“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.
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' 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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
For those viewers willing to go along for the ride, the two intermixed exhibitions now at Thunder-Sky Inc. are post-psychedelic trips into alternative ways of processing thought. The innovative Northside gallery has shows featuring artists interested in outsider or folk art, Bruce Burris and Aaron Oliver Wood.
'Bestiary' sweeps through all three rooms of Manifest Gallery in a lively embodiment of the kind of show the East Walnut Hills gallery has to a degree pioneered and does well. An idea (in this case "animals") is thrown out worldwide thanks to the Internet, and a stringent jury/curatorial process sifts the keepers from what is usually a heady number of submissions.