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The Stuff Nature's Made of

Tara Donovan uses commonplace materials in new ways at the CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Even from the sidewalk, it's excessively clear that a new, sprawling, elegant exhibition has moved into the Contemporary Arts Center. Kaplan Hall has been hung with a looming nimbus form made from thousands of white Styrofoam cups and backlit with a soft glow. This and two other floors have been turned over to Tara Donovan's immense, organic sculptures.  

Art of Dreams and Desire

Dada and Surrealism take over the Cincinnati Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Like many angst-ridden teenagers in the 1980s, I was a huge fan of Surrealism. Most idolized Salvador Dali, but I loved Rene Magritte and his paintings of massive boulders hovering over the sea, the locomotive that churned forth from a fireplace and the pipe that wasn't a pipe at all. Museum-goers will get the chance to explore the complexities of this art movement when 'Surrealism and Beyond: In the Israel Museum, Jerusalem' at the Cincinnati Art Museum through May 17.   

Four Exhibits (Review)

Commonalities among exhibiting artists at Carl Solway Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It seems possible that the four concurrent exhibitions now presented at Carl Solway Gallery are meant to link abstract artists from the past to two contemporary artists who grapple with abstraction, color, humanity and nature. I wish there were more show-stoppers to see, but the four artists provide ample visuals for consideration.   

Outfitting the Past

'Fashion in Film' dresses up the Taft Museum of Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Patrons of the Taft Museum of Art know it to be a rare kind of historical document: An earlier era's furniture, artwork and architecture summon an aura of rigid manors, ladies teas and regency gowns. It's not surprising then that the Taft would aim its curatorial eye on the traveling exhibition, 'Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen.'  

Large and Luminous

Tom Bacher's paintings light up the Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"It's like chess," Tom Bacher says of his self-invented process for painting. "I have to think 20 moves ahead." The results of this strategic approach to making art, 'Luminous Paintings by Tom Bacher,' opens Friday in the downtown Aronoff Center for the Arts' Weston Art Gallery.  

Unearthing a Masterpiece

Pat Renick's famous but long unseen 'Stegowagenvolkssaurus' is back

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
In the 1970s, Cincinnati's Patricia Renick was one of a generation of women sculptors who came into their own as wildly influential artists who broadened the possibilities of what sculpture and art could look like. It could even look like a cross between a stegosaurus and a Volkswagen.  

Breaking Down Walls

Base Cooperative Gallery celebrates the Age of Obama

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
As Barack Obama prepares to become America's 44th president on Jan. 20, there are many who see something of themselves in his progressive, time-for-a-change victory against the ruinous Republican status quo. Those include visual artists working on the fringes, showing in urban co-op galleries with limited hours or in coffee houses and group shows at alternative spaces.   

Artful Resilience

The local visual arts scene remains vital despite tough times

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
In what was a tough year all around, the visual arts scene in Greater Cincinnati managed to stay its ground in 2008. The primary presences are our museums, and they all had good years art-wise, although the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was forced to make some staff layoffs late in the year as the national economy tanked.  

The Real Deal

Robin Guarino brings vast experience to her new job at CCM

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Collaboration is a very active verb in Robin Guarino’s vocabulary.The new J. Ralph Corbett distinguished chair in opera at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music is widely acclaimed for her work with stage designers, choreographers and performers and recognized as an innovative educator training students in the arduous pursuit of a professional opera career.   

Contemporary Printmaking (Review)

Manifest Gallery’s current exhibitions play off each other nicely

1 Comment · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Noticing how individual works play off each other can give a new slant to looking at an exhibition, allowing you to think like a curator. Contemporary Printmaking at Manifest Gallery offers such a rewarding opportunity.   

Paintings by Jimi Jones (Review)

Pixel-based paintings defy you to ignore them

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"I had a Eureka moment," Jimi Jones told an audience at a lecture last week for his current exhibition at downtown's Weston Art Gallery. The longtime active member of the Cincinnati arts scene had discovered he could incorporate pixels (the building blocks of computer graphics) into his paintings. Results of that breakthrough can be seen in the show's vibrant works.  

Brush, Clay, Wood (Review)

Taft Museum offers a rare glimpse into Rosenthals' private collection

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Ed and Nancy Rosenthal haven't technically opened their home to the public, but this exhibition at the Taft Museum of Art allows us a peek into their life just the same. The show documents an art collection that began in 1980 with a 3-foot-tall Chinese vase. From there, the Rosenthals ventured on a collecting odyssey as they traveled throughout China and New York and chose pieces that struck them. As such, their collection runs the gamut of media, size, form, era and technique.   

The Binarians (Review)

Andrew Au delves into pluses and minuses at Clay Street Press

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Andrew Au is a fellow of infinite jest who takes infinite pains to commit his jests to paper. For his text accompanying this show, he's adopted an antique style, reflective of biblical pronouncements but also handy in sending up scientific jargon. He has so much fun with it that senses reel.  

Practice Makes Perfect

Artists use daily blogs to hone their craft and sell their work

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
In December 2004, Virginia-based artist Duane Keiser began making one small painting a day, posting them on his blog and selling them at very affordable prices. Over the past four years, Keiser's A Painting a Day blog received a flurry of national media attention and. Now local artists are joining the blogging movement.  

Supplemental Ornament (Review)

Althea Murphy-Price makes sculpture from hairdos

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Althea Murphy-Price is fascinated by the everyday fashion show of our lives, where we all walk around projecting and revealing information about ourselves through the hairstyles we sport, what we wear and all the superficial details that make up our self-images.