by Jac Kern
Queen City again recognized on popular list-icle site
BuzzFeed — a
popular source for news bits, pop culture stories and “list-icles” such as “19
Relics From The ’90s Hologram Epidemic — has published many stories about
Cincinnati this year alone. There's “15 Gorgeous Photos Of The Old Cincinnati Library,”
which compiles swoon-worthy photographs of our Main Library’s past, as well as “11
Cincinnati Foods That Are Better Than Yours”
and “31 Ways To Tell You’re From Cincinnati,”
both of which have been shared on social media by countless locals — and
mocked/criticized for being outdated and overly-generalizing (some of us
actually subsist on a diet of foods that are not covered with runny chili and
Chris Breeden, promotions director at Arnold's Bar and Grill, recently added another local list-icle to the site (on BuzzFeed’s
Community page), highlighting the city’s bevy of public art created by
globally recognized street artists. Breeden's “9 World Famous Street Artists (You Never Would
Have Guessed Are) Up In Cincinnati, OH”
features photos of work by Shepard Fairey, Vhils, The London Police and other
street artists that have adorned Cincinnati surfaces. Also on the list is
French artist JR, who was recently in town for his exhibit at the Contemporary
Arts Center (on view through Feb. 2, 2014).
Street art featured in the list can be seen everywhere from Arnold's downtown and Amerasia in Covington, Ky. The story details
each artist’s background and home base as well as how to find each
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Unfortunately, Frisch’s Restaurants
Inc. today announced that it will sell off 29 Golden Corral buffets,
ending their affiliation with the leaders in the field of
Hoveround-based snackin’ and home of the chocolate waterfall.
Elusive street-artist Banksy is at it again in a new 'documentary'
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Banksy, the secretive British street artist, belongs in a class all his own. Not only are his stenciled images (and accompanying graffiti) full of visual and political complexity, but he also has a sense of pranksterish conceptualism to rival Marcel Duchamp and of pop-art put-on to recall Claes Oldenberg and Andy Warhol. 'Exit Through the Gift Shop' might be one more of his pranks, or it might be a straightforward documentary about street art. Or some of each. Grade: A-.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 26, 2010
We at WWE! are admittedly afraid of many things: Rollercoasters, angry PR representatives and our fathers after Bengals games are all pretty high on our lists of things to avoid. But there is one entity that scares us so badly even the mention of its name strikes fear into the most brave part of our hearts: North Korea.
Kara Walker, Shepard Fairey and the controversial art of appropriation
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 17, 2010
To see just how extensively appropriation is being used in contemporary art, it's useful to compare and contrast two traveling shows now in Cincinnati: Kara Walker's 'Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)' at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Shepard Fairey's 'Supply and Demand' at the Contemporary Arts Center. The term "appropriation" is used to describe new art that incorporates in some way a pre-existing work into its imagery.
Shepard Fairey's grassroots success empowers other artists to make a statement
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 16, 2010
When it was announced last year that Shepard Fairey's traveling solo show Supply and Demand would stop at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, it immediately seemed a masterstroke for the museum. Once it opens Friday (continuing through Aug. 22), we'll see if the attendance and community interest live up to expectations.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Two popular art museum shows are disproving the notion that the public rarely flocks to prints/graphics shows: 'The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area 1965-1971' in Denver and 'Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand' in Boston. The latter show comes to the CAC here in February.
CAC unveils high-profile shows for its 2009-10 season
0 Comments · Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Shepard Fairey, the hip alternative-culture artist who has become a superstar in the wake of his "Hope, Change and Vote" posters supporting Barack Obama's presidential campaign, leads the Contemporary Art Center's 2009-10 exhibition schedule announced April 28. Fairey will be coming here with the show, doing public art projects in the city and public programs at the CAC. It marks a return of sorts — he was part of the CAC's 'Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture' exhibition in 2004, a group show that's quickly becoming legendary for its prescience. The new season begins in early October with an ambitious — hopefully groundbreaking — group show curated by the CAC's Maiza Hixson called 'Young Country.'