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Upcoming Art Shows Have Great Promise

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
With a winter like this, there’s only one thing you can do — put aside all thoughts about the cold cruelty of brutal nature and look toward something better and more caring: human-made art.
  

Pondering a Post-Betsky Cincinnati Art Museum

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Overall, I really enjoyed the Cincinnati Art Museum under Aaron Betsky, the director who announced his resignation Jan. 2 and will stay until a replacement is found. But there were a couple weaknesses that ought to be addressed by a successor, with the support of the trustees.
  

Ten Visual Art Shows to Savor from 2013

1 Comment · Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Looking back at Cincinnati visual arts in 2013, I found these 10 exhibits, events and occurrences especially worth savoring as we enter 2014:  

New Shows, New Ideas at The Carnegie Galleries

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 18, 2013
New exhibitions director Matt Distel’s first big show at The Carnegie gallery in Covington, Ky., which opened last week, is important in its own right as well as for what it says about Distel’s curatorial desires for the institution.  

Two New Additions Bring Great Beauty to the Art Museum

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Cincinnati Art Museum lately has been concentrating on what it calls “node” shows — small-to-medium-size exhibitions and gallery changes highlighting its collection or local angles. The bigger shows with a national/international focus will return in a year or so when the new Western & Southern Gallery for special exhibitions is complete.
  

Artist Diane Landry Makes Waves at the CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The opening of a new show can be a tense, contentious time for an artist. Doubts arise: “What do the public and critics think? Does this show really work?" But at the Contemporary Arts Center’s recent opening of her show by every wind that blows, Diane Landry was above all that. Literally.
  

New Book Praises Terrace Plaza as a Cincinnati Modernist Gem

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Shawn Patrick Tubb’s Master of Architecture thesis at University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning was to develop a reuse for Downtown’s Modernist landmark, the Terrace Plaza. Except for some arcade-level shops, it had closed to the public as he was beginning his work in 2008.  

Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize Is a Grand Experiment

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Grand Rapids, a city of less than 200,000 people in western Michigan, isn’t quite ready to be considered one of the Midwest’s great art centers; Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit’s art museums are not yet in danger of being eclipsed by Grand Rapids. But with its annual ArtPrize — a festival-like art exhibition and competition that occurs in late September and early October — it has come up with a citywide visual-arts event like no other in the way it’s captured the public imagination.  

The Explosive Art of Peter Halley

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Artists have long had an interest in serial imagery — repeatedly painting or making prints of such objects as haystacks (Monet), numerals (Jasper Johns) or flowers (Warhol). For the artist, it isn’t a rote, repetitious action — seeing how color, light or perspective changes the way you see an object makes one artwork as different from another as, well, night and day.
  

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.