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Art Museums Draw Crowds, Big Shows in ’09

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2009
In what was a tough year economically for the visual arts, Cincinnati museums managed to not only put on some excellent shows but to draw respectable crowds to see them. The Cincinnati Art Museum may have had to put its expansion plans on hold as the recession grinded on, but it used 2009 to present some of the new gifts that would look great on permanent display.  

Moving Toward a King Record Museum

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Cincinnati’s King Records had another good year in 2009, even though the pioneering R&B/Soul/Country label for all practical purposes left the city — and ceased having any meaningful impact on popular music — when its founder, Syd Nathan, died in 1968.  

Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy To Hold 2010 Conference Downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, an international organization that seeks to preserve, maintain and educate the public about all existing structures by the iconic American architect, will be holding its national conference in Cincinnati next year.  

What 21c Might Mean for Art in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Since Louisville’s 21c Museum Hotel has announced a planned expansion into downtown Cincinnati, the discussion has centered on two issues: What does snagging an award-winning boutique hotel mean to local economic development and what will happen to the low-income residents of the Metropole Apartments? Important questions, but as an arts writer they're not my bailiwick. I can, however, offer some insight into what 21c might mean for the visual (and other) arts in Cincinnati.  

CAM Sets New Date for 'Imperishable Beauty'

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Hopefully, by the time you read this (or shortly thereafter) the Cincinnati Art Museum will have opened 'Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry,' the twice-delayed exhibition of more than 100 turn-of-20th-Century pieces from the finest American and European designers and jewelers.  

New Home for Raymond Thunder-Sky's Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Northside is known as Cincinnati's hippest, artiest neighborhood, so it's fitting that a new "post-outsider art" gallery (Thunder-Sky Inc.) will open there Oct. 30. It couldn't have a better location: 4573 Hamilton Ave. in the string of storefronts that also includes The Comet and N-Vision.  

Fashion Abstraction

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
With the opening of 'Chewing Color,' the new exhibition of the subversive, questioning, unnervingly intimate and maddeningly beautiful fashion photography of Marilyn Minter, the Contemporary Arts Center now has three simultaneous exhibitions that prominently feature video work. That should tell you something about where contemporary art is going.  

On, Wisconsin!: Learning from the Badger State's Art Museums

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2009
A recent trip to Wisconsin reaffirmed for me the exciting correctness of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s efforts to build collections in Folk/Outsider Art and Contemporary Crafts. This year, the museum has displayed work from two new collections — Chicago collector Robert Lewis’ Outsider Art and Cincinnati collectors of Contemporary Craft Nancy and David Wolf.  

Cincinnati Art Museum's Upcoming Shows and Other Events

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Last week, Cincinnati Art Museum filled us in on the upcoming season and other subjects. We’ve already published the museum’s Fall schedule, so I’m going to bring up some of the other information they shared with us. While the recession has definitely had an impact, the museum continues to move forward.  

'Ghost Art' on Cincinnati's Public Stairways

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
When it comes to public art, I appreciate programs like ArtWorks' ongoing MuralWorks project (and the jobs it creates), but what I really respond to is "ghost art." That public art or architecture which seems almost accidental: residue or remnants of something once present and now gone or something mysteriously placed in the public domain for no discernible intent.   

'Time-Based Art' Looks Great at CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
So often has it been said that the Contemporary Arts Center needs to carefully select shows to fit its unconventional Zaha Hadid-designed space that it's almost a mantra. As has been seen in the past, imported traveling exhibits (especially group shows relying on paintings) have a tendency to get lost amidst the angles, offbeat spaces, stairways and hidden corners of the downtown building's interior. But the current Anri Sala show interacts so well and so completely with its two CAC floors that the experience is transformative.   

Making Prints and Graphics Hip and Popular for Museums

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Two popular art museum shows are disproving the notion that the public rarely flocks to prints/graphics shows: 'The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area 1965-1971' in Denver and 'Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand' in Boston. The latter show comes to the CAC here in February.  

Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing: Beautiful and Challenging

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Over the July 4 weekend, I visited the Midwest’s hottest visual-arts destination this summer — the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing, which opened in May. In Chicago, a town that takes architecture very seriously, the building is being hailed as a masterpiece. Although it’s three stories high, it feels light, intimate and low to the ground, the result of using lots of glass, accented by steel mullion strips, to give the limestone-cladded facade an open and inviting spirit.   

CAM's Craft Exhibition Will Bowl You Over

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Cincinnati Art Museum has launched so many new exhibitions this summer — large and small — that it's hard to keep up with them all. But 'Outside the Ordinary: Contemporary Art in Glass, Wood and Ceramics' from the Wolf Collection is a don't-miss-it stunner.  

Malton Gallery Owner Takes a Risk

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
After a long time renting space in Hyde Park, Sylvia Rombis has invested $1 million in building and owning the new Malton Gallery, an airy and modernist building on Edwards Road across from the Rookwood Commons shopping/office complex. It opened this month, brightening a busy street to immediately become one of the most impressive-looking stand-alone galleries in the city, with its glass-and-metal exterior promising a new experience to passersby.