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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.  

The Alternative Field Guide (Review)

The Lloyd Library inspires imaginative works of art

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The Lloyd Library doesn't receive as much foot traffic as the public library a few blocks away. Most people probably don't realize that its quiet Plum Street building houses a phenomenal collection of medical, botanical, natural history and travel books dating as far back as the 15th century. Book artist Kate Kern served as artist-in-residence at the Lloyd Library over the summer, and works of art resulting from her stay, made mostly by non-artists, are now on view through Dec. 30.  

Making the Old New Again

Commitment to classical methods pays off for young painter

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Jahaziel Minor's senior exhibition at the Art Academy of Cincinnati last April presented something remarkably different from other recent undergraduate shows. It focused on one large painting and the nearly 20 preparatory drawings and oil paintings he made to develop the final canvas.  

Aesthetic Comfort (Review)

Ryan McGinness illuminates contemporary culture and art history

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Ryan McGinness' exhibition of new paintings creates an optical second reality in the Vance-Waddell Gallery at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He uses florescent paint to create a three-dimensional effect. The illusion is so believable that it's hard to imagine anyone not itching to touch the panels.  

China Design Now (Review)

CAM exhibition reveals the last two decades of design in China

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Many Westerners received their introduction to modern China during the 2008 Olympic games. Television viewers witnessed the results of an architectural explosion in Beijing, and innovative structures like the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube became instant cultural icons.  

The Clouds Are After Me (Review)

Kambui Olujimi indicts all of us in his solo show at UC

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
What this means is not at all simple. The papers are painted beautifully in the loose but contained way of a lot of art right now. It's also politically charged. But bringing the two together makes something consuming. We, as viewers, stand face-to-face, surrounded by the criminal acts of our generation.  

Houdini's Box (Review)

Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery celebrates the magic of photography

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
"The theme of 'Houdini's Box' is all-encompassing," explains Jymi Bolden, director of Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery. He put this exhibition together to showcase a diverse range of photographers working with film and digital techniques in what he calls "a magic act."   

Unusual Journey

The Dayton Art Institute looks at Children in American Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It begins with a strange and stiff little figure from the 17th century, "Robert Gibbs at 4-1/2 Years." Young Gibbs appears as a miniature adult, in the fashion of the times, holding gloves as his father might, painted by an artist known only as the Freake-Gibbs painter.