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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.   

Andy Warhol Show Smashingly Chronicles His Life and Times

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Having seen the big Andy Warhol Retrospective show in Los Angeles in 2002, I had thought I was Warholed out. I had seen plenty of his invigorating, breakthrough pop art of the early 1960s. But enough.  

CAM Takes a Chance with China Design Now

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
China Design Now, which just opened at Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) and will be there until Jan. 11, 2009, stands poised to be a high-profile exhibition for the museum.   

Spiders Invade

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Yes! That was my first response upon seeing Carlos Amorales' new show, Discarded Spider, at downtown's Contemporary Arts Center (CAC). This show works perfectly in the gallery spaces of the Zaha Hadid-designed building, whose many angles and openings have proved the master of too many prior CAC shows.  

Toledo's Art Museum Is Among Ohio's Best

0 Comments · Thursday, September 25, 2008
Toledo can be visited on a day trip, although you do have to save a good three or four hours to really see the museum's campus with its monumental, Ioniccolumned classical-style main building, additions and outdoor sculpture. Fridays are especially convenient for a visit, as the museum - which has free admission - is open 10 am.   

A Campy Camp Washington for the 21st Century

A Campy Camp Washington for the 21st Century

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Outdoor murals have become an excellent artistic way for cities, especially those with older neighborhoods, to fight the urban blight and aesthetic depression that comes from vacant buildings, ugly co  

Andy Warhol Does Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This fall, Andy Warhol is continuing to make his ubiquitous pop-art presence felt in Ohio, some 21 years after his death.  

The Flowering of the Cincinnati Art Museum

0 Comments · Sunday, August 3, 2008
If you've been to Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) to view the current Long Time No See exhibition of objects usually in storage  

Over-the-Rhine the Right Place for a Historic Tenement Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Historic-house museums are great for a city -- places not just to learn about the past but also to see it meticulously preserved and brought to life. Cincinnati has some good ones: the Taft Museum o  

The Balcony Is Open, and It's Really Lux

Galleries, Artists, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2008
After all these years in decline, somebody has figured out a way to make the movie-theater balcony hip again. Not just hip, but -- to use the terminology of National Amusements, owner of a new Show  

Branching Out at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Galleries, Artists, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
The perception too often is that Cincinnati has one specialized museum for contemporary art, the Contemporary Arts Center, and a bigger institution that focuses on everything else, the Cincinnati A  

Art Movies Might Be Struggling, But Opera Movies Are Thriving

Galleries, Artists, Etc.

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2008
If you follow news about art/independent films, you know they're struggling. The "classics" divisions of the studios have been cutting back because of the softening economy, and it's the rare forei