Hot on the heels of Monet in Giverny,
this summer the Cincinnati Art Museum showcases the life and legacy of
pioneering African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner in Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit. A full-scale retrospective, Modern Spirit
is a provocative examination of one man’s journey to discover a
pictorial language capable of expressing an intense religious feeling.
For Night and Day, a
two-person show by Brooklyn-based artists Mike Perry and Naomi Reis
currently on view at the gallery/shop/studio YES, I’ve let my guard down
a little. The temptation to experience something approaching the
sublime beneath the surface of lighthearted illustrations wrapped in
psychedelic colors or brittle, architectural depictions of a modernist
sphere was just too strong.
As the mercury begins its steady ascent
and the humid days give way to sultry nights, the climate-controlled
environs of Cincinnati’s art galleries beckon. But with the spring
season nearing its end and several galleries paring back their
programming, despite best efforts to beat the heat, this summer’s
hottest works are going to be found outside.