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In Living Color

Indianapolis' Matisse exhibit is a regional blockbuster

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
If I were to recommend just one show at a regional art museum right now, it would be the Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through Jan. 12, 2014.  

A 'Superunknown' Impulse Binds Neo-Folk Artists

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. wrestles with the term “outsider” art. Though it’s a marketable label, it can heap sometimes-false assumptions upon artists. They’re presumed to be uneducated, untrained, isolated, developmentally disabled and/or indifferent to profit. Thunder-Sky, Inc. co-founders Keith Banner and Bill Ross prefer “unconventional” to describe the works.  

Museum Series Engages Art Lovers Who Have Alzheimer's

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of special visitors gathers in one of three participating Cincinnati museums for a tour designed expressly for them. The group includes people whose memories are fragile in the extreme and their guests, the family members or others who accompany them.  

Early American Art Is 'Telling Tales' at the Taft

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
In 1850, when Robert S. Duncanson was painting landscapes on the hallways of what is now the Taft Museum of Art, art itself had a somewhat different place in popular culture than it has today. Duncanson’s landscapes are idealized scenes of nature and, as such, are considered uplifting.  

Photographic Memories

'Reverberation' exhibit showcases evocative live music photography during MidPoint

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Might a picture be worth a thousand songs? It’s possible that a photograph, as much as an MP3 player full of tunes or a head full of memories, is the best way to recall attending a concert by a favorite act. Not just something shot far from the stage on your shaky iPhone, but rather the kind of image that an inspired photographer — with media access and lots of skill — can take up close.  

Street Artist JR Visits the CAC for His First U.S. Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
JR has been covering the world with his art — and Cincinnati is next. The 30-year-old French street artist has pasted his monumental photographic-portrait posters in some unusual places (and not always with official permission): on the sides of buses in the African nation of Sierra Leone, on the rooftop of a Palestinian building in the West Bank city of Nablus, along the old and weathered city walls of Havana...  

Far-Reaching Exhibit 'Vessels' Is More than Just Bowls

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 4, 2013
As home to Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold, Kennedy Heights Arts Center is a vessel itself, brimming with nearly 100 works representing 57 artists. Co-curator Lynn Conaway saw to it that this wouldn’t be a show of only stoneware pots, which is an easy place to go when the theme is “vessels,” so she asked artists to think outside the bowl.
  

Tides of War Touch Home

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Lloyd Library and Museum may not be on your accustomed arts radar but its extraordinary current exhibition could put it there. Wounded Home reflects the ghastly physical toll war has on its participants as well as its psychological toll on them and their families.   

Works on Paper Help Make Memories Last

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 31, 2013
There’s something special about ideas committed to paper. While our thumbs rest from texting, our fingertips appreciate the tactile sensation of a physical page. As we create and study images, our brains connect moments from our past, forming a trail.
  

Back to the Future of Ceramics

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Ceramics artists Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, who teach at the University of Cincinnati and frequently create installations as a duo known as Future Retrieval, are well versed in the traditions upon which their art relies. But in their effort to push the limits of their studio practice, they’ve found ways to incorporate technological innovations and play upon thematic conventions to make their work fresh and relevant.  

Interwoven on Main

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 17, 2013
JonPaul Smith’s work operates on various levels. It is at once visually appealing — almost like a “Magic Eye” pattern with the horizontally repeating grid, sometimes giving the illusion of depth of field, depending on the artist’s arrangement. 
  

Iris BookCafe Shows Extraordinary Photographs of Mongolia

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Elaine Ling's compelling photographs of five summer visits to Mongolia, now on the walls of Iris BookCafe, are admirable both as works of art and sociologically.  

The City As Subject

Cole Carothers and Courttney Cooper share their perspectives at Cincinnati Art Museum

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Cincinnati Everyday shows us our city as seen by two very different living artists, both of whom find the place endlessly interesting. Cole Carothers and Courttney Cooper are each instinctive artists. That is to say, each makes art because it’s his natural response to what he sees, but how they see is as individual as they are themselves.
  

No Boundaries On Main Street

OTR gallery promotes artists of all abilities

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Jymi Bolden seems propelled by momentum. A deliberate speaker with a warm smile, Bolden’s Art Beyond Boundaries (ABB) gallery has been exhibiting at its current location on Main Street for more than six years.
  

Daguerreotypes Come to Life in Taft Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Daguerreotypes: someone sitting stiffly, right? Ninety-nine percent of daguerreotypes would fit that description, says Tamera Muente, the Taft Museum of Art’s installing curator for its current show, Photographic Wonders. The surprise of the show, she adds, is that virtually all of it is drawn from that other one percent.