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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.  

Breathtaking Views

CityBeat’s visual arts writers pick their favorite 2011 exhibitions

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This past year had its ups and downs for the visual arts. The major museums had good shows, but nothing that captured the public imagination on the order of 2010’s Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand at Contemporary Arts Center or Wedded Perfection at the Cincinnati Art Museum.   

Spirited In the Material World

Weston exhibit showcases imaginative pieces from a range of materials

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Material Witness at downtown’s Weston Art Gallery is all about the physical. The stuff of hardware stores — plywood, drywall, insulation — remains exposed in the work. If there’s a common thread, it’s the artists’ “careful and considerate material choices,” guest curator Matt Distel says.   

‘Reality’ Show

A New Reality defies typical notions about local artists and Midwestern art

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
According to Mary Heider, the curator of the current A New Reality exhibit at Covington’s Artisan’s Enterprise Center, artists take “pieces and parts … and create from them something not previously conceived.” It’s hard to imagine a more elegant statement on the nature of visual art, and it’s the premise upon which the show rests.  

Knitting a New Landscape

Cincinnati BombShells aim to soften an otherwise harsh environment

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
When does an age-old craft like knitting become hip fiber art, street art and performance art? When it’s practiced by the Cincinnati BombShells yarn bombers, approximately 15 women ages 25-65 with sassy alter egos, Jackie O sunglasses and platinum wigs.  
  

A Whole New World

Third Party Gallery’s December exhibition takes flight

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
When artist Sheida Soleimani was 6, her Iranian upbringing became the focus of intrigue among her Cincinnati classmates. They wanted to know if she had a flying carpet like Aladdin.    

Mixed Results

The pros and cons of CAM’s new ‘Greatest Works’ gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
This is an old museum with benefits bestowed by several generations of collectors, some of them inspired. But is this the best way to see these works? The installation flies in the face of accepted museology — not necessarily a bad thing — but I’m uncertain if it accomplishes its stated aim: to bring people and art closer together.