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Verbal Becomes Visual in Textuality

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 20, 2012
At Manifest Creative Research Gallery, ideas for exhibitions are almost an intellectual art form on their own. The little “neighborhood gallery for the world” in East Walnut Hills has a history of dreaming up surprising themes.  

Volcanic Disruption

A Day in Pompeii is a jarring look at a 2,000-year-old catastrophe

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Pompeii is the disaster-grabber of all time. How old were you when that terrible story first drew you in? I was 8, I think, and Pompeii still grips my imagination. For all of us who can’t shake this fascination, A Day in Pompeii, now at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, is a must.  

Glass Toast, Balloon Sushi and The Art of Food

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The greatest thing since sliced bread might be the glass toast by Sandra Gross and Leah Busch at The Art of Food, in its sixth year at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington.   

Strangely Sentimental

Thunder-Sky’s Small Potatoes considers knick-knacks as art

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Small Potatoes, a strangely sentimental exhibit at Thunder-Sky Inc., is like a heapin’ helping of Grandma’s comfort food. It’s unapologetically lumpy, undeniably homemade and served without fancy presentation but with a whole lot of love.   

Beyond MTV

CAC exhibit examines the art and enduring impact of music videos

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
When I first caught wind of Spectacle: The Music Video, opening Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown, I felt like I was heading over to Steve’s all over again. The new exhibition explores the music video’s past and present while considering its future through a series of artifacts, photos, immersive environments and literally hundreds of music videos.  

Artists mix oddity with tradition at Phyllis Weston Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A legacy of icon and miniature painting from Eastern Europe makes a great migration to the Phyllis Weston Gallery in O’Bryonville. Painters David Miretsky and Svetlana Derenshuk perplex and dazzle with quirky scenes of domestic life in Uniquely Ukraine, on display through March 31.   

Collage Degrees

The Taft’s current Romare Bearden exhibit is a multi-dimensional revelation

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Having recently seen a retrospective of Romare Bearden’s artwork at Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C., his hometown, I wasn’t expecting the Taft Museum’s current and smaller Impressions and Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden to be as impressive as it is.   

Reassessing a Master

Landscapes of Reflection offers Monet on an intimate scale

4 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monet in Giverny: Landscapes of Reflection at the Cincinnati Art Museum is a stunning collection of 12 works — many painted after 1910 — that offers something for art lovers of all stripes. Your granny will be happy to gaze at utterly inoffensive subject matter, while aficionados can sink their teeth into the artist’s assertive paint handling.  

Jim Williams’ Landscapes Suggest a State in Flux

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Printmaker Jim Williams sets himself strict limitations of size and color range but proceeds to produce a diverse, intellectually stimulating group of mono-prints for his current Clay Street Press exhibition. His artist’s statement describes the new work in Hybrid Structures as his “search for a visual equivalent to the daily dynamic interplay that occurs between the man-made and the natural environment.”  

Experimental Investigations

The Love Boat (abandoned) and Out of the Gray demonstrate quirky interest in the artist’s craft

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center’s latest exhibition is the work of Travis Townsend in The Love Boat (abandoned), which is presented in conjunction with Out of the Gray, a group showing of works made using graphite.     

There’s Still Hope

Beyond Emancipation traces black history through nine artists’ work

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As the nation observes Black History Month, Beyond Emancipation acknowledges that sometimes it’s tough to keep hope alive. But, even more, the show celebrates the fact that hope has always been there and always will be.
  

Potent Potential

City Council reinstates individual artist grants

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Good news from City Hall? Yes, actually. City Council has voted to re-instate and improve a long-established program providing grants to individual artists, which was cut for budgetary reasons in 2009.   

Suitable For Display

Mixed Media artist Nick Cave brings his Soundsuits to Cincy

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Nick Cave refers to himself as a “trans” artist because his work transcends so many categories — sculpture, fashion, performance, dance, fine crafts, contemporary art — that it turns the whole notion of artistic categories upside-down. His artwork — known as Soundsuits — also deserves to be considered “trans” because seeing it can be a transformational experience for the viewer.   

Democratizing Art

Thunder-Sky exhibit of abstract works leaves room for visitors’ own interpretations

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Infrastructure represents opportunity. That was the thinking of “construction clown” Raymond Thunder-Sky, the quiet, self-taught artist and downtown icon who saw possibility for improvement whenever a wrecking ball swung. In his world, police stations gave way to amusement parks.   

Art For Everyone’s Sake

Miami University campaign reaffirms art’s importance

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Miami University’s New Year’s resolution came in August, when it declared the 2011-2012 term the “Year of the Arts.” Part II of Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Women in Art, opens Tuesday at the Miami University Art Museum.