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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.  

Beyond Pictorialism (Review)

Doris Ulmann documented rural Americans in the 1920s and ’30s

0 Comments · Monday, October 20, 2008
Designsmith gallery's 15-photo collection "Beyond Pictorialism" is one of the largest exhibitions mounted in the past 15 years of this little-known photographer’s work.   

Children in American Art (Review)

Dayton Art Institute offers unusual journey through changing concepts of childhood

0 Comments · Monday, October 20, 2008
In what could easily have become an exhibition larded with cuteness, the Dayton Art Institute presents childhood as interpreted by American artists from the 17th through 20th centuries.  

Illusion and Reality (Review)

Cincinnati Art Museum shows off the work of Jiri Anderle

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Turning adversity into a virtue is something artists are good at. The adversity of being an artist in a Communist society that forbad direct social criticism steered Anderle into a body of work well suited for comment on the human condition. So prints became Anderle's dominant form of expression through much of his career.  

Maria Lassnig (Review)

Exhibition of Austrian painter opens new season at the CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It is astonishing that Maria Lassnig, whose work is presented in an impressive solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), is widely unknown in the United States. She is an influential force throughout Europe, working in Vienna for the past few decades.  

Who Owns the World? (Review)

Ohad Meromi takes over Country Club Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Ohad Meromi is part of a group of Israeli artists who migrated from Tel Aviv to attend Columbia University's graduate program. Matt Distel previously made us aware of this group when, while working at the Contemporary Arts Center, he brought Guy Ben-Ner's work there in 2005.  

The Bold, Beautiful and Bizarre (Review)

Carnegie's season-opening exhibition lives up to its name

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Colors are usually spot on, with little meandering between, say, blue and green, and shapes are polygons of considerable variety, in some cases relaxing into curves with a whiff of Art Deco. Meanwhile, in one of the four upstairs galleries, Kelly Jo Asburys paintings havent a hard edge in them.  

Together Again

The Weston revisits Publico in

0 Comments · Thursday, September 25, 2008
Posters announcing fund-raisers were designed with an eye to the vintage: coin cans, retro typefaces, "Everything must go!" jargon. Publico's street sign, a light box with black san serif letters, taken from its original spot and replaced in the Weston, becomes an ironic flashback.   

Natural's Not In It

Lynda Benglis' printmaking retrospective is a wild dance between nature and decoration

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
They’ve created several amazing wall compositions in which arrays of prints bear strong resemblance to a central sculptural or relief work. Yet there is some degree of irony that Benglis’ art — historically associated with Post Minimalism — would appear so densely.   

State of the Arts: Reaching Out

Arts and culture organizations focus on educating and building new audiences

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
What's happening to the arts audience in Cincinnati? Is it the same group of stalwarts -- loyal and interested but inevitably growing older -- or is there an infusion of new people with new expectations? Outreach/education people in Cincinnati arts join CityBeat for a roundtable discussion.  

State of the Arts: Talking the Talk

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Fine Arts Fund's Margy Waller wants to have a conversation with you about the kind of community you live in and want to build. About how you want your children to grow up. About how the region's arts and culture resources help you accomplish those goals.  

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Arts

Galleries and museums gear up for a multicultural fall

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
As the fall visual arts season starts in earnest, all eyes will be on downtown's Contemporary Arts Center, where Director/Chief Curator Raphaela Platow's plan to move the museum away from problemati  

Review: Paper Chasers

ArtWorks show digs deep into form and philosophy

0 Comments · Monday, August 25, 2008
One of my favorite aspects of Elaine Lynch's worldview is a graceful tempering of plunging conceptual terrain with a focus on the direct handiwork of the artist. This has been true of her own artwork