CityBeat - Visual Art http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-25-1-visual_art.html <![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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<![CDATA[Big in Japan - Artist and CAC gallery attendant Mike Weber travels to Japan for his first international solo art exhibition]]>

By the time you read this, Patrick Cost — Direct Support Professional (DSP) for Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD) — and his friend and charge, artist Mike Weber, will be in Japan. 

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<![CDATA[Thinking Small Has Big Results at Manifest - ]]>

Restrictions can be a powerful impetus for creativity — parents whose bedtime rules are questioned would agree. Artists never lose their sense of questioning, but resort to fresh approaches when boundaries are imposed.

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<![CDATA[Year of the Snake - Reptiles+Rainbows design duo walks the line of cute and creepy ]]> “Sometimes it’s hard to explain what we do because it’s still evolving,” says Philip Valois, designer and co-founder of Reptiles+Rainbows, a multidisciplinary design studio he began in early 2013 with designer, art director and life partner, Carla Morales.  
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<![CDATA[Harvesting Local Art - Arts organizers follow community-supported models to create and dispense locally produced art]]>

Forward-looking organizers have turned to thinking inside the box for a new way to promote visual artists. Some of the artists, meanwhile, are thinking outside the box to produce 50 small works each.


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<![CDATA[Thunder-Sky 'Rejoices' over Late Cincinnati Icon - ]]> A diminutive white-bearded man, Avtar Gill stood out in any crowd despite his humble stature. Always wearing his oversized, hand-drawn, (typically) all caps messages which he affixed to a baseball cap with usually no more than a few strategically placed rubber bands, he documented everyday history in mundane yet sometimes profound ways.
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<![CDATA[China's Last Emperors Wore Some Cool Threads - ]]>

Have you seen the emperor’s old clothes at the Taft Museum of Art? With apologies to Hans Christian Andersen’s cautionary tale of vanity, the naked truth remains that we’re judged by our dress.

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<![CDATA[Women Artists Collaborate on Book-Making - ]]>

A new exhibition of art books by a local group of female artists, Art4Artists, joyously fills the galleries at Kennedy Heights Arts Center. The exhibit, titled WomenWorkBooks, is meant to serve as a springboard for discussion on a wide range of women’s issues.

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<![CDATA[Ethereal Experimentation - Upcoming Weston exhibits feature two bold approaches to photography]]> While Anita Douthat and Charles Woodman both create photography-based or light-based art, their approaches are dramatically different. So, too, is their work — except for a common denominator. ]]>