CityBeat - Visual Art http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-25-1-visual_art.html <![CDATA[Drawing on the Walls - Cincinnati Art Museum's Rosenthal Education Center gives adults and kids fresh ways to engage in arts learning]]> The Cincinnati Art Museum’s most recent renovation, the Rosenthal Education Center, built just to the left of the Great Hall, is bright, open and cheerful. ]]> <![CDATA[Engaging Experiments - Near*By curatorial collective brings new ideas to the contemporary arts scene]]>

Cincinnati has had its share of alternative spaces and indie nonprofit galleries — sometimes co-ops or collectives — where contemporary artists show their work and try out new ideas in curating, exhibiting and community engagement.

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<![CDATA[Regional Artists Explore the Boundaries of Landscapes in 'Now Here' - ]]> Matt Distel’s smartly curated exhibition, Now Here: Theoretical Landscapes, is a broad sampling of more than 20 regional artists who mine personal and universal landscapes to present hypothetical meditations on locations of space and time. 
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<![CDATA[Rudi Gernreich’s ‘Total Look’ Shows the Fashion Avant-Garde - ]]>

The star attraction of The Total Look, the new Cincinnati Art Museum exhibit opening Saturday that features fashion designs of the late Rudi Gernreich, is the one-piece topless bathing suit (or monokini) that he designed for women in 1964.

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<![CDATA[Evocative Revisionist History in CAC’s ‘Based on a True Story’ - ]]>

When we think about grand historical myths — things like the American Dream, Manifest Destiny or every war, for example — it’s important to acknowledge that society buys into these widespread accepted “truths” because of all the supporting evidence.  

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<![CDATA[Lively Variety of Art at the Latest ‘Changing Perceptions’ Exhibition - ]]>

Art Beyond Boundaries, the Main Street gallery where work by artists with disabilities is seen all year long, opens its space to artists without disabilities as well for what has become a popular yearly exhibition called Changing Perceptions, on view now in its ninth edition as Changing Perceptions: Merge.

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<![CDATA[Visual Arts 2014: Big Changes and Best Shows - ]]>

Overall, it was an eventful year for the visual arts in Cincinnati —good shows, a stimulating citywide festival devoted to photography, and newsworthy changes at two of our major museums.

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<![CDATA[Finding Order in “Much-ness” at NVISION - ]]>

Arynn and Joel Blazer, the husband-and-wife duo whose work is on display in Sofa King Good, are enamored of pattern.

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<![CDATA[Selfie Queen Vivian Maier: A Quiet Pursuit of Personal Reflections - ]]>

Vivian Maier is the art world’s current mystery artist du jour.

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<![CDATA[When Photography Was New - ]]>

The buildings in these photographs seem outside of time, existing in a private universe where shadows exist only to point up architectural features.

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<![CDATA[Persistence of Memory - Pam Kravetz pieces together moments of CAC's past]]> Throughout the course of the Contemporary Art Center’s storied 75-year existence, a consistent thread has been the museum administration’s willingness to take risks, whether it be the initia]]> <![CDATA[Manifest Exhibits High-Spirited Regional Sculpture - ]]> Manifest Gallery's current Regional Showcase exhibition presents high spirited works of art crafted by artists in the Tristate region.
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<![CDATA[Art For The People - Local art collector Sara Vance Waddell shares her collection of prominent feminist art]]>

I go with my gut,” says Sara Vance Waddell about her philosophical approach to collecting art. And it is clear that trusting her instinct has done her well as the marketing and advertising CEO/president of her own media business.

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<![CDATA[Artist Todd Slaughter Fits Daunting Ideas into 'American Primitives' - ]]> Todd Slaughter doesn’t make the driving force behind his artistic endeavors especially easy to understand. And, actually, since he talks in pieces — individual art pieces — it can be rather difficult to perceive unless one is being both extremely observant and relatively obscure (also: intelligent).]]> <![CDATA[Kehinde Wiley Revisits Race and the Renaissance - ]]> The narrowing eyes glance sideways across the room and seem to ask, “What are you looking at?” At the same time, they draw you into the small Sinton Gallery at the Taft Museum of Art. Inside, other young black males meet your gaze from every direction.
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<![CDATA[Art Shook Up - Elvis has entered the art gallery with new Paul Laffoley exhibit]]>

The strange ways we remember Elvis Presley are best summed up by the lyrics of the late Warren Zevon’s “Jesus Mentioned,” in which he imagines traveling to Memphis to see the dead King: “He went walking on the water … with his pills.”

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<![CDATA[Michael Wilson, Picture Taker From These Parts - Iris BookCafé, Michael Wilson, For Musicmakers from These Parts, visual art ]]>

“I don’t know the people, but I like the way they look,” says longtime Cincinnati Post photojournalist Melvin Grier. 

Grier is at Iris BookCafé, surveying black-and-white photos of local musicians. Some are national names, others up-and-comers. All were shot by fellow photographer Michael Wilson, who should be a national name but isn’t.

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<![CDATA[Freaks of a Feather Celebrate Flannery O’Connor - ]]>

Flannery O’Connor could be as proud as a peacock about The Meanest of Them Sparkled, a show in her honor at Thunder-Sky, Inc.

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<![CDATA[UC Brings Art Therapy to Students with New Certificate Program - ]]>

Jenny Ustick has always been artistic. Coming from a family of engineers, carpenters and do-it-yourselfers, she was encouraged by her parents at an early age to cultivate her skills.

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<![CDATA[CAC Exhibit Pushes Back Against Museum’s Architecture - ]]>

“When people ask me what are my influences, they’re ghosts and magic,” artist and curator Michael Stillion said during a recent visit to his studio in Evanston.

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