The shopping experience is as unique as
the products on the shelves. Customers make their way up the warehouse
stairs and are greeted by Baltzersen and her team, who liberally
distribute gloves and masks to combat the layers of dust customers
encounter while searching for the perfect size and shape frame.
Customers are also treated to light refreshments, including a choice of
wine to “help you shop,” according to one assistant
Grand Rapids, a city of less than 200,000
people in western Michigan, isn’t quite ready to be considered one of
the Midwest’s great art centers; Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit’s art
museums are not yet in danger of being eclipsed by Grand Rapids. But with its annual ArtPrize — a
festival-like art exhibition and competition that occurs in late
September and early October — it has come up with a citywide visual-arts
event like no other in the way it’s captured the public imagination.
Artists have long had an interest in
serial imagery — repeatedly painting or making prints of such objects as
haystacks (Monet), numerals (Jasper Johns) or flowers (Warhol). For the
artist, it isn’t a rote, repetitious action — seeing how color, light
or perspective changes the way you see an object makes one artwork as
different from another as, well, night and day.
The current Martin Tucker: Remembered
exhibit at the DAAP Galleries on the University of Cincinnati campus
spotlights a local artist — a retired art professor who died this year —
whose work showed a keen eye for the seductive, colorful quality of
American consumer culture.
A recent trip to Los Angeles museums left
me exhilarated at the scale and imagination with which major
contemporary artists are using non-traditional materials. But the return here, followed by thinking
about past and upcoming shows and activities, had me wondering if our
younger artists have enough opportunities to ever make a similar impact
with their work.
I loathe clockwatching — or so I thought, until I saw three hours worth of Christian Marclay’s amazing The Clock,
a 24-hour art installation/video collage at Columbus’ Wexner Center for
the Arts, on the Ohio State University campus through April 7.
Long an incisive cultural critic, a
dedicated teacher and a nimble-minded writer, Camille Paglia is known
for her polarizing opinions on everything from politics (she’s voting
Green Party this year) to pop culture (she recently confessed her love
for Real Housewives of New Jersey, which she says is a more accurate depiction of the state’s residents than The Sopranos, which she hated).
On Monday, Todd Pavlisko conducted his
commissioned artwork — a video piece he’s calling “Docent” — in which a
retired military sniper fired a secured high-powered rifle inside the
first floor of the Cincinnati Art Museum.