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Painter Martin Tucker Loved the Supermarket

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The current Martin Tucker: Remembered exhibit at the DAAP Galleries on the University of Cincinnati campus spotlights a local artist — a retired art professor who died this year — whose work showed a keen eye for the seductive, colorful quality of American consumer culture.  

Viewing Cincinnati Artists After a Los Angeles Trip

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A recent trip to Los Angeles museums left me exhilarated at the scale and imagination with which major contemporary artists are using non-traditional materials. But the return here, followed by thinking about past and upcoming shows and activities, had me wondering if our younger artists have enough opportunities to ever make a similar impact with their work.  

If it Exists in Cincinnati, ArtWorks Will Paint it

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I have this recurring dream in which I go out for a walk or drive in Cincinnati and every place I go and everything I use to get there, from my feet to a car or bus, has been decorated or designed by ArtWorks.  

Walter De Maria's Legacy: Public Art as Pilgrimage

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Public art in cities is becoming a mass-participation event, as the recent LumenoCity event at — make than on — Music Hall shows. Add that to ArtWorks’ wall murals and some of the “street art” projects presented by Contemporary Arts Center — Shepard Fairey’s citywide poster project and whatever JR has planned for his upcoming show.  

CAC’S Performance Season Highlights the Experimental

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 7, 2013
In its two years in existence, the Contemporary Arts Center’s performance season — curated by Drew Klein — has grown in importance, if not become equal in interest to the museum’s exhibition season. Now, Klein has announced the third season.  

Seeing Opera (and the World) Through Jay Bolotin's Eyes

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The complexity, mysterious beauty, level of accomplishment and downright strangeness of Jay Bolotin’s art is continually amazing.
  

Lights, Camera, Action: FotoFocus14 Announces Plans

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 10, 2013
It was always the stated intention of FotoFocus Director Mary Ellen Goeke — and thus presumed fact — that the photography celebration would be a biennial event. Thus, it would be back in October 2014.
  

CAC's Upcoming Season Has a Lot to Like — and Lick

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
If sometime early next year there is an outbreak of people madly, passionately licking the support poles inside Cincinnati buses, you’ll know Contemporary Arts Center’s upcoming Buildering: Misbehaving the City has had its desired effect.  

Spring Grove's Civil War Section Is an Artwork and a Memorial

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 12, 2013
On June 20 at 7 p.m., Spring Grove Cemetery will offer a Twilight Tour of what I believe is one of the finest and most prescient war memorials in this region — its Civil War section, where 1,027 soldiers are buried in a manner so subtly unobtrusive to the surroundings that it’s easy to overlook.  

CAC's Platow Explains Cutbacks, Talks of New Mapplethorpe Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
On May 20, the CAC announced cutbacks and layoffs to avoid fiscal deficits in the coming years. But there is more exciting news in the offing: A new Robert Mapplethorpe-related exhibition is planned for 2015.
  

How Patti Titchener Became Patti Astor and Made Art History

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
In New York, under the stage name Patti Astor, she became a club habitué and Queen of the Downtown Screen. She was a star of some of the underground No Wave films of the late 1970s/early 1980s that helped spark New York’s grungy and wildly creative East Village arts scene.  

Rauh House Restoration Spurs More Modernism Preservation

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In 2009, after Cincinnati Magazine ran a story about a virtually unknown but magnificent early Modernist home in Woodlawn that was endangered, I drove over to see it. Or, rather, I tried.
  

Patti Smith's CAC Show: A Mapplethorpe Tribute

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In advance of last year’s FotoFocus festival, probably the largest photography-related event in Cincinnati’s history, I asked James Crump — the festival’s co-chair and then chief curator/curator-at-large at Cincinnati Art Museum — if there wasn’t an unspoken spirit hovering over the proceedings: Robert Mapplethorpe.  

Duct Tape Delicacy at DAAP

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The School of Art at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning doesn’t yet offer a specific MFA degree in duct tape, but you have to wonder how soon before they do after seeing a current DAAP exhibition, Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola.  

Upcoming CAC Performances Define Musical Progressivism

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Contemporary Arts Center is so excited about a performance piece that musician Jace Clayton will be doing there in April that it’s bringing him here earlier — Friday — as an advance introduction to Cincinnati.