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Courttney Cooper maps Cincinnati through memory and imagination

0 Comments · Monday, April 18, 2011
Courttney Cooper’s large-scale, meticulously scribbled aerial views of Cincinnati bring together memory and imagination and allow versions of the city past to blur with the present. Cooper, 38, is a Cincinnati native who has exhibited near and far in museums, galleries and various folk-art festivals around the country. He’s also participated in numerous projects at Visionaries Voices, where he goes almost daily to continue work on his drawings.  

Art: Vhils at BLDG

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Cincinnati area's love affair with street art continues this week with the arrival of Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils) for a residency at Covington’s BLDG. Along with scouting sites around the Tristate area to create an outdoor public artwork, Vhils will be working with BLDG founder Mike Amann to produce a set of limited-edition pieces. His unique approach to creating large-scale portraits in low relief on distressed walls appear in cities worldwide.  

Art: Art Academy's Biennial Outdoor Exhibition

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Art Academy of Cincinnati's Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is in its 26th year at the Civic Garden Center. Current and past students and faculty explore how sculpture can integrate into the springtime landscape. Many of the current students are producing large-scale sculptures for the first time and experimenting with how their work will survive the elements.  

Events: Cabaret Opening

1 Comments · Tuesday, March 29, 2011
As of this weekend, Over-the-Rhine will be home to The Cabaret, a new performance venue featuring some of Cincinnati's best and best-loved drag queens, joined regularly by national drag stars. The Public Grand Opening is on Friday with additional grand opening parties on the following Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy performances by Miss USofA @ Large, TaJee Iman, Shafreaka Jane, Penny Tration and more.  

Art: Jimmy Baker: Remote Viewing

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 29, 2011
'Remote Viewing', Jimmy Baker's solo exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center, is heavy with the artist's efforts to invent new ways for paintings to be made in the 21st century. Distorted digital photographs printed directly onto the canvases are combined with slurps and slashes of oil painting. The depicted imagery refers back to this hybrid mode of production that combines technology with traditional methods.  

Art: Weston Art Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Cynthia Lockhart presents 'Fibercations,' a solo exhibition of the artist’s sculptural art quilts that go far beyond "crazy quilts" into explorations that fuse fashion influences to African art. Alongside Lockhart's work is 'Narrative Figuration,' a group exhibition curated by Daniel Brown that looks at a young set of Cincinnati painters.  

Events: Brush Factory Spring Collection Premiere

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 15, 2011
As fashion weeks around the globe wind down, Cincinnati is offered our own opportunity to check out new looks from several emerging designers. The Brush Factory will premiere their new spring collection at their boutique in Oakley Saturday. True to its unique sensibility, the Brush Factory's clothing emphasizes all-American looks in denim, airy cotton, brimmed straw hats, cropped lace tops and beautifully tailored linen riding pants.  

Art: Amanda Checco at Park and Vine

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Park and Vine is currently decked out with Amanda Checco's digital artwork in an exhibition called '!YEYEAH!' that weaves its way throughout the eco-friendly market. The Miami University graduate's fantasy world is a high camp fusion of ghetto-fabulous Hip Hop discotheques, Eastern influences and ultra-femme embellishment. Each photographic collage is a cultural festival.  

You Don't Know Keith

CAC show of Pop Art icon Keith Haring’s early work is a revelation

1 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Keith Haring’s iconography of silhouetted figures, pointy-eared dogs, swelling hearts and televisions — produced in an instantly recognizable style of heavy black outlines filling jumbled compositions — is synonymous with the Pop Art and street culture of the 1980s.  

Art: Keith Haring at CAC

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Keith Haring's iconography of silhouetted figures, pointy-eared dogs, swelling hearts and televisions — produced in an instantly recognizable style of heavy black outlines filling jumbled compositions — is synonymous with the Pop Art and street culture of the 1980s. The 'Keith Haring: 1978-1982' exhibition, now at Contemporary Art Center through Sept. 5 and curated by CAC Director Raphaela Platow, is a look at Haring's early years.