CityBeat - The Big Picture http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-32-1-the_big_picture.html <![CDATA[Are Billboards Right for Showing Artwork? - ]]> To some, the very notion of billboards (or outdoor signage in general) being artwork or hosting artful images instead of give-us-your-money advertising is confusing. But it’s getting more common.
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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Silver Exhibit Is a Strong Achievement - ]]> Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 is a sterling example of how an art exhibition can be about local history while still assuring the displayed objects are worthy of our long, concentrated gaze.]]> <![CDATA[New Novel Chronicles City’s Weirdest Museum - ]]>

As part of her duties for Taft Museum of Art in 2007, Tamera Lenz Muente — now an assistant curator — was doing research for an exhibit on the work of acclaimed 19th century sculptor Hiram Powers.

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<![CDATA[Wondering About ‘Buildering’ and Its Real-World Relevance - ]]>

I’ve had a difficult time trying to write about Buildering: Misbehaving the City, the first show at Contemporary Arts Center that its curator, Steven Matijcio, has put together since arriving here last year from North Carolina. And now it is nearing its end — it closes Aug. 18.

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<![CDATA[CAC’s Performance Series Moves Way Outside the Box - ]]>

Not content to merely think outside the box with its Performance Series, the Contemporary Arts Center plans to physically travel outside the box — the confines of its Black Box Theatre, that is — for several of its 2014-15 programs.

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<![CDATA[ArtWorks Brings ‘Touching Strangers,’ Hot Dogs, Murals and More to Town - ]]>

From now through June 27, you may be approached on the street — or anywhere public — by a photographer and asked to physically interact with a nearby stranger as if you two were closely acquainted.

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<![CDATA[FotoFocus Has New Ideas, Big Plans for 2014 Event - ]]>

At a luncheon/press conference Thursday in New York, the FotoFocus Biennial will announce details of its 2014 activities in Cincinnati for this year’s Oct. 8-Nov. 1 run.

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<![CDATA[Whitney Biennial Focuses on the Art of Curation - ]]> The Whitney Biennial is a bellwether of new trends in the contemporary art world. Or, at least, on what is most important in the eyes of the curators charged with choosing a particular year’s participating artists — and what’s important to those artists, themselves.]]> <![CDATA[Alice Aycock’s ‘Super Twister’ Brings Chaos to UC Med School - ]]>

For Alice Aycock, whose public sculpture can be found in cities and parks worldwide, “Super Twister” — her new aluminum-and-steel piece at the CARE/Crawley Building on the UC Medical Center campus — represents ideas about chaos she has spent a lifetime pursuing.


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<![CDATA[The Slow Pleasures of Looking at Art - ]]>

Art Museums, like any other civic institution, participate in lots of special “days” and other catchy events to get visitors. But Slow Art Day, which occurred April 12, was such a good idea — at least at Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM), where I participated — that it should be instituted on a regular basis.

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<![CDATA[Fascinating Cultural Critic Visits UC for a Radical Confab - ]]> I came across the Slovenian theorist/writer Slavoj Žižek in the recent movie The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, in which he passionately used scenes from Hollywood movies to spotlight his observations about the humanist struggle...]]> <![CDATA[Pavlisko's 'Crown' is Short of its Aim - ]]> Two years ago, when Todd Pavlisko was in the process of creating his installation Crown by having a sharpshooter fire bullets past the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Icons of the Permanent Collection exhibit into a brass cube, there were questions to raise.
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<![CDATA[Washington Park's Success Spurs a MusicNOW 'Portrait' - ]]> The recent $46 million restoration/reinvention of Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park is already reaping artistic dividends — it’s responsible for a new musical tribute to the transformative powers of landscape architecture.]]> <![CDATA[New Show at CAM Focuses on Modernist Jewelry Designer - ]]> We know that post-World War II Greenwich Village was a center for progressive Modernist arts in the U.S. — Abstract Expressionist painting, the Beats, method actors and Folk musicians like Bob Dylan.]]> <![CDATA["Allegro" Is the Ghost of Great Murals Past - ]]> Downtown, Over-the-Rhine and other city neighborhoods are being colorfully transformed by the mural program shepherded by ArtWorks. But a forgotten Downtown mural called “Allegro” — a ghost of murals past — deserves recognition as not just one of Cincinnati’s finest, but also as an enduring piece of public art, period.]]> <![CDATA[Upcoming Art Shows Have Great Promise - ]]> With a winter like this, there’s only one thing you can do — put aside all thoughts about the cold cruelty of brutal nature and look toward something better and more caring: human-made art.
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<![CDATA[Pondering a Post-Betsky Cincinnati Art Museum - ]]> Overall, I really enjoyed the Cincinnati Art Museum under Aaron Betsky, the director who announced his resignation Jan. 2 and will stay until a replacement is found. But there were a couple weaknesses that ought to be addressed by a successor, with the support of the trustees.
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<![CDATA[Ten Visual Art Shows to Savor from 2013 - ]]> Looking back at Cincinnati visual arts in 2013, I found these 10 exhibits, events and occurrences especially worth savoring as we enter 2014:]]> <![CDATA[New Shows, New Ideas at The Carnegie Galleries - ]]> New exhibitions director Matt Distel’s first big show at The Carnegie gallery in Covington, Ky., which opened last week, is important in its own right as well as for what it says about Distel’s curatorial desires for the institution.]]> <![CDATA[Two New Additions Bring Great Beauty to the Art Museum - ]]>

The Cincinnati Art Museum lately has been concentrating on what it calls “node” shows — small-to-medium-size exhibitions and gallery changes highlighting its collection or local angles. The bigger shows with a national/international focus will return in a year or so when the new Western & Southern Gallery for special exhibitions is complete.

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