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CAM's Plans for Next Season and Beyond

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Before discussing the Cincinnati Art Museum's recently announced plans for its 2009-10 exhibition season, it's worth noting that the museum is coming off a high point: The just-concluded 'Surrealism and Beyond' show of work from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem drew more than 40,000 visitors.  

Drive-By Art in Brighton

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Because opening a new art gallery is timely and costly, especially if few people come in to buy or even visit, entrepreneurs have been looking for alternatives on the Internet. This, too, has problems. "In the great ocean of the Internet, any one Web site gets lost unless you can do a lot of advertising," says Clay Wainscott, a 65-year-old artist/gallerist with an unusual solution for the problem: a new art gallery in Brighton with an online component.  

Radical Architect Comes Home to UC

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
University of Cincinnati and good architecture have long gone together, both because of the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning’s (DAAP) graduate and undergraduate programs and the “signature” architects who have designed new campus buildings. But one of the strongest connections between UC and architecture, especially in this age of sustainability, is Michael Reynolds, a 1969 DAAP graduate.  

Photos Take Spotlight at CAM

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It’s been a slow start with an unexpected delay, but James Crump, the new curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM), has his first show, Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful, opening soon. The exhibition is an attempt to champion the reputation of a post-World War II American “street-life” photographer whose legacy has slipped somewhat while other museums have had recent big shows devoted to such contemporaries as Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, William Eggleston and Diane Arbus.  

Living, Breathable Art Downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
It isn't yet as big as Opening Day, but the Fountain Square Floral Carpet is becoming a local Rite of Spring. The carpet consisting of some 24,000 potted pansies, with lettuce plants providing verdancy, was installed April 7. But that doesn't mean it won't change over the course of the next several weeks.  

What Is Art?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
As the Cincinnati Art Museum enters the last month of 'Isn't It Great to Be an Artist?,' the debut exhibit of its bold new Robert A. Lewis Collection of (mostly) folk and outsider art, the show has sparked much discussion about the perennial question of "What is art?"  

As Eric Lee Departs, Taft Museum of Art Has a Hit

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
As Eric M. Lee, whose last day as director of Taft Museum of Art is Friday, prepares to lead the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Tex., he leaves behind a smash-hit show: Fashion in Film: Period Costumes for the Screen. “We are trying to reach out to a broader audience with this show and it’s succeeding,” he says. “Our attendance is phenomenal.  

CAM Parts Ways with Cincinnati World Cinema

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Citing diminishing returns, the Cincinnati Art Museum has ended its relationship with Cincinnati World Cinema, a presenter of art films, classics, shorts collections and documentaries that had been using its auditorium since 2007. That has left the future unclear for those who feel Cincinnati needs a non-commercial outlet for such specialized films that otherwise wouldn't play here.  

An Art Career Built with Linoleum

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Donald Sultan is considered a painter's painter. That means that, while not widely familiar to the general public, other artists and museums respect him for the influential originality of his vision and technique. The Contemporary Arts Center has just organized and opened a modestly sized show, 'The First Decade,' bringing together key paintings of Sultan's from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s. The exhibit, curated by Raphaela Platow, will be on display through May 17.  

Been a Long Time Comin'

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Almost 15 years after Robert A. Lewis decided to bequest his collection of modern-era outsider/folk and contemporary art to a museum, it finally makes its debut at one firmly committed to keeping it: the Cincinnati Art Museum, starting Saturday. And, befitting the evolution of popularity of outsider art, what a strange trip it has been for Lewis.  

2009 Visual Art Wish List

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
As we enter a new year, my biggest wish for Cincinnati’s visual-arts scene in 2009 is a simple one — that we can hold onto what already is here. Lots of people in the local arts are struggling, along with the greater economy, and that puts what they’re doing at risk.  

My Favorite Art Shows of 2008

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here are the 10 art shows that left the most impact on me in 2008, presented in no particular order and with regrets to the other fine exhibitions that just didn’t quite make this admittedly subjective list.  

Even With Bad Economy, Art Museum Has Progressive Plans

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Museums have not been immune to the nations economic meltdown Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts endowment has calamitously plunged and Cincinnatis Contemporary Arts Center had to lay off five people, including its public relations director.  

Obama Should Revive Federal Writers Project

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
In recent months, the government has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to help out banks, investment houses, insurance companies and others ensnared by the mortgage-crisis-induced financial meltdown. Auto companies might be next. Our new president should consider reviving the Federal Writers Project, a Great Depression-combating New Deal program that put some 6,600 people, not all of them trained writers, to work.  

Translating Art Into Words and Words Into Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
As curator of education at Contemporary Arts Center, Scott Boberg cares deeply about the visual impact and meaning of words. One of his jobs is to write the informational wall text accompanying the art at the museum. He's also interested in the impact of words and other message-laden symbols as an artist. His "Sign Song" is the current art show at Semantics Gallery, up through Nov. 29.