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.
Having recently seen a retrospective of
Romare Bearden’s artwork at Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C., his
hometown, I wasn’t expecting the Taft Museum’s current and smaller Impressions and Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden to be as impressive as it is.
As the Cincinnati Art Museum enters the last month of 'Isn't It Great to Be an Artist?,' the debut exhibit of its bold new Robert A. Lewis Collection of (mostly) folk and outsider art, the show has sparked much discussion about the perennial question of "What is art?"