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Bestiary (Review)

Manifest show explores the state of the animal in contemporary art

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
'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.  

Jessica Dessner Is Drawing Inspiration

Art, dance and music intertwine in a blossoming visual art career

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Jessica Dessner, a Brooklyn artist with a familiar last name in these parts, has a show of new drawings on display at Country Club gallery in Oakley. She has a varied arts background herself. She only recently took up drawing, after being commissioned by musician friend Sufjan Stevens. At Country Club, her show 'Before You Know' features 10 colored-pencil drawings.  

Myth of the American Motorcycle (Review)

CAC revs up Rosson Crow's new motorcycle-themed exhibition

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
With the opening last week of its newest exhibition, 'Rosson Crow: Myth of the American Motorcycle,' the Contemporary Art Center is drawing regional attention to another rising star who produces art-history savvy works with heavy doses of A-list glamour and the red-and-black color schemes of revolutions and rebels. Crow's series of brand-new paintings is paired with a set of actual bikes, each with personalized and highly detailed custom-paint jobs.  

Artful Menagerie

Artist/taxidermist Jeremy Johnson meddles with nature at Prairie

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Never before have I seen such a menagerie in an art gallery. An iridescent blue peacock, its feathers spreading at least 8 feet, stands in full glory near the entrance to Prairie gallery in Northside. Artists have long looked to nature for inspiration, but with his exhibition Meddling with Nature, Jeremy Johnson takes this tradition to another level. He observes, preserves and presents animals that once flew, ran and roamed about our natural environment.  

Words' Worth

Ann Hamilton exhibition comments on the process of reading

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ann Hamilton's current exhibition at Carl Solway Gallery, titled 'reading,' uses prints, sculptural objects and video to represent reading as a creative rather than a passive act. This exhibition is not one of the multimedia installations for which Hamilton is internationally famous but nonetheless features some of the artist's recurring themes.  

Limits & Boundaries (Review)

Jarrett Hawkins creates a vocabulary of shapes and forms at Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Jarrett Hawkins' soaring sculptures almost stride through the street-level space at the Weston Art Gallery. His show includes works that exude strength and others that seem tethered rather than standing on their bases, as though they might rise on their own if not held back.  

Brian Joiner's Creative Life

Cincinnati mourns the loss of a beloved artist

2 Comments · Monday, October 11, 2010
Brian Joiner, an esteemed local artist, passed away Oct. 8 after being diagnosed with liver cancer several months ago. He always tried something new in his work and as an African-American artist often addressed tough issues regarding race, politics and spirituality with irony and humor. For his ever-joyful presence, boundless energy and seemingly unlimited generosity, he will be missed by all whose lives he touched.  

Shinji Turner-Yamamoto (Reviews)

Concurrent shows at CAC and Holy Cross Church explore the impermanence of the natural world

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
When Shinji Turner-Yamamoto arrived in Cincinnati, he discovered the ideal place for his current installation, 'Hanging Garden': Holy Cross Church, which had been deconsecrated in the 1970s but still stands at the top of Mount Adams. "I saw a young, living tree floating in the middle of the chapel," says the Japanese-born artist, and two years later he's realized his vision via a mind-boggling technical feat.  

Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman (Review)

Unconventional portraits of notorious 'demireps' from the 18th century

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
In the Cincinnati Art Museum's new exhibition Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman, I learned a new word. “Demireps” were women with less-than-respectable reputations. They were actresses, singers, dancers, courtesans and mistresses who rejected the accepted notions of femininity, made their own money, gambled, left their husbands and — gasp — wore French fashions.  

Where Do We Go From Here? (Review)

Jumex exhibition reflects society's unease and curiosity about what's next

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
'Where Do We Go From Here? Selections from La Colección Jumex' is the kind of wonderful group show that the Zaha Hadid-designed Contemporary Arts Center was built to exhibit. It helps tremendously, of course, that the downtown museum's director/chief curator, Raphaela Platow, knows the strengths of her building so well.   

Fine Arts Fund's Ta-Da Moment

Art lovers, friends and neighbors paint a mural on 12th Street in OTR

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The unexpected happens in Cincinnati when the Fine Arts Fund gets involved. Belly dancers shake in the Carew Tower arcade. Bus passengers break out into spontaneous storytelling. A giant flash-mob dances in the rain on Fountain Square. The FAF has been wowing us with these art happenings for the past few years, and now it's doing it again, organizing Sunday's street mural painting in Over-the-Rhine.  

A Civil Stroll

Secrets of a Civil War-era Queen City revealed on walking tour

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Somehow, a sensational thing happens when hiking around the city on a historic walking tour: The modern world is always present but seemingly overlaid with a transparency from the past, the ghosts looking back at us while we search for them. At least that's been my experience when good storytelling is involved, as it is in the new Cincinnati Civil War Tour, happening Saturdays through Sept. 25.  

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.