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'Revolution' in the Head

Clay Street exhibition is a potent cocktail of social commentary and political agitation

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 24, 2012
At over six feet tall, Joseph Winterhalter is an imposing figure. With a deep voice and a firm handshake, he comes across as a fusion between an aging punk rocker and radical intellectual with a lot on his mind.   

Birds, Photos and 'Other Things'

Three coinciding Weston Gallery exhibits take guests on a visual journey

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
If you are an orderly person, your first stop on descending the stairs to see the current installations in the Weston Art Gallery’s lower rooms will be the tiny viewing area just to the right of the staircase. There, Clara Crockett’s “Theatre Lilliputiens,” five brief films with a total running time of 20 minutes, prepare us for the world of her small, meticulous drawings.  

Artists’ Personal Trails Converge at Phyllis Weston

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 17, 2012
You don’t know where some trails will lead. Roads diverge, loop, merge and meander. “I took the one less traveled by,” Robert Frost wrote, “and that has made all the difference.” Phyllis Weston Gallery presents Paper Trail as an opportunity “to explore the brilliant variety of paper as a medium.” But the medium really isn’t the message here.  

What About '(FEM)ME?'

Danielle Voirin presents self-portrait series at Iris BookCafe

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Photography shows in cafes can be chancy as to quality and depth. Those at Iris BookCafe and Gallery, curated by William Messer, regularly break this rule. Messer, in exhibitions presented quarterly at Iris since fall 2008, is himself an experienced curator with an international background and a photographer in his own right.  

Looking Through Another Alice’s Looking Glass

1 Comment · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
In Lewis Carroll’s 1871 sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice traverses a mirror above her drawing-room fireplace to enter the “Looking-glass House.” Once there she discovers a chamber that is both familiar and bizarre — a place identical in dimension to the humdrum parlor she has departed, but where chess pieces frolic and poems are written in reverse.    

Riding Art’s Airstream

Peter Haberkorn’s exhibit at Prairie takes viewers on a road trip

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Peter Haberkorn, a Cincinnati artist who imaginatively salvages and repurposes older materials, has a background in architectural study. Fittingly, the first thing you notice upon entering Northside’s Prairie to see his new show, Airstream, is just how beautifully his work fits in as gallery-complementing design.    

Surrendering to the Gorgeous and Grotesque

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
During the installation of her new show I surrender, dear at downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center, Moscow-born/New York-based artist Dasha Shishkin and I discussed a range of issues, including the possibility that she might be a witch.   

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.