CityBeat - Visual Art http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-25-1-visual_art.html <![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. ]]> <![CDATA[The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter at 21c - ]]> You could go stag to see the carved deer heads, football helmets and other gaming trophies on exhibit in Wild Card at the 21c Museum Hotel downtown. But Michael Combs’ unsettling examination of gender identity and cultural mythology raises so many questions that it’s better not to go hunting alone for answers.]]> <![CDATA[Full Circle - Todd Pavlisko's 'Crown' presents a historical art journey through time and space ]]> When Todd Pavlisko speaks about Crown, his solo exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum, it is clear that this project is about the plasticity of time.]]> <![CDATA[Murals' Rescue Turns Solway Gallery into Flower Place - ]]> Carl Solway Gallery has obtained Robert Kushner’s The Four Seasons murals from downtown’s Tower Place mall and is showing them with recent paintings by the New York artist in the exhibit Robert Kushner: Paintings 2010-2013 & The Four Seasons.
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<![CDATA[Palladian Villas Age Gracefully in Library Exhibit - ]]> Architectural buffs, by and large, have only good words to say about the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio. His influence can perhaps be seen in your own neighborhood, especially if you live in Indian Hill, Hyde Park or the choicer places on the West Side...]]> <![CDATA[A Lesson in Grammar - ]]> The gaping street-level space of the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery, attached to the Aronoff Center for the Arts, is windowed on two sides, capped by two ceiling heights (high and higher), set with columns and interrupted by a staircase to the floor below and above.]]> <![CDATA[Aaron Betsky Reveals Changes, Challenges at Cincinnati Art Museum - ]]> My interview with Aaron Betsky, Cincinnati Art Museum director, came about because I was impressed by a series of small shows and changes I had noticed at CAM recently]]> <![CDATA[Making (Art) Mobile - #MakersMobile repurposes shipping containers as traveling art spaces ]]> Behind any successful organization is a leader with a vision. Jonathan Sears, executive director of Professional Artistic Research Projects (parProjects), is in his fourth year of steering the Northside-based arts organization with a mission of financial and environmental sustainability.]]> <![CDATA[Innovation Is the Heart and Sole of Fashionable Exhibit - ]]> “It’s gotta be the shoes,” Nike’s 1980s Air Jordan ads marveled. And if you ask Cincinnati Art Museum curators Cynthia Amnéus and Amy Dehan which of today’s fashions stand the test of time, they too point to shoes — at least those in What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft.
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<![CDATA[Lasting Legacy - Remembering Mike Amann, Covington's public arts advocate]]>

Mike Amann wasn’t interested in overthinking things. The designer, gallery owner, contemporary art collector, husband and new father was more prone to spontaneous acts of creativity than pre-calculated plans. Whatever the project, he always dove right in and went for it. 

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<![CDATA[Shrewdness of Apes Gives Emerging Artists a Home - ]]>

Hilary Nauman and Michael Boyd are taking DIY to the next level with Shrewdness of Apes, their new Covington, Ky., gallery-boutique. After participating in what she calls a “makers’ movement” of arts markets across the region, Nauman says she and Boyd were inspired to create a more permanent home for emerging artists and makers.

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<![CDATA[In Living Color - Indianapolis' Matisse exhibit is a regional blockbuster]]>

If I were to recommend just one show at a regional art museum right now, it would be the Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through Jan. 12, 2014.

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<![CDATA[A 'Superunknown' Impulse Binds Neo-Folk Artists - ]]> Northside’s Thunder-Sky, Inc. wrestles with the term “outsider” art. Though it’s a marketable label, it can heap sometimes-false assumptions upon artists. They’re presumed to be uneducated, untrained, isolated, developmentally disabled and/or indifferent to profit. Thunder-Sky, Inc. co-founders Keith Banner and Bill Ross prefer “unconventional” to describe the works.]]> <![CDATA[Museum Series Engages Art Lovers Who Have Alzheimer's - ]]> On the first Wednesday of each month, a group of special visitors gathers in one of three participating Cincinnati museums for a tour designed expressly for them. The group includes people whose memories are fragile in the extreme and their guests, the family members or others who accompany them.]]> <![CDATA[Early American Art Is 'Telling Tales' at the Taft - ]]> In 1850, when Robert S. Duncanson was painting landscapes on the hallways of what is now the Taft Museum of Art, art itself had a somewhat different place in popular culture than it has today. Duncanson’s landscapes are idealized scenes of nature and, as such, are considered uplifting.]]> <![CDATA[Photographic Memories - 'Reverberation' exhibit showcases evocative live music photography during MidPoint]]>

Might a picture be worth a thousand songs? It’s possible that a photograph, as much as an MP3 player full of tunes or a head full of memories, is the best way to recall attending a concert by a favorite act. Not just something shot far from the stage on your shaky iPhone, but rather the kind of image that an inspired photographer — with media access and lots of skill — can take up close.

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<![CDATA[Street Artist JR Visits the CAC for His First U.S. Show - ]]>

JR has been covering the world with his art — and Cincinnati is next. The 30-year-old French street artist has pasted his monumental photographic-portrait posters in some unusual places (and not always with official permission): on the sides of buses in the African nation of Sierra Leone, on the rooftop of a Palestinian building in the West Bank city of Nablus, along the old and weathered city walls of Havana...

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<![CDATA[Far-Reaching Exhibit 'Vessels' Is More than Just Bowls - ]]>

As home to Vessels: All the Eyes Can Hold, Kennedy Heights Arts Center is a vessel itself, brimming with nearly 100 works representing 57 artists. Co-curator Lynn Conaway saw to it that this wouldn’t be a show of only stoneware pots, which is an easy place to go when the theme is “vessels,” so she asked artists to think outside the bowl.

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