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The Eye Test

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I’ve become a believer in the eye test. It goes all the way back to Thomas, the ever-doubtful disciple, who just couldn’t bring himself to believe the testimony of his brothers in faith following the Crucifixion.     

Back Again: Figurative Painting

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 21, 2013
We’ve been here before, but it wasn’t quite the same. The frequently sun-struck paintings in the engaging exhibition, Continuity and Change: The Return to Figurative Painting, now at Cincinnati Art Galleries, are the work of seven area artists...  

How Patti Titchener Became Patti Astor and Made Art History

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 15, 2013
In New York, under the stage name Patti Astor, she became a club habitué and Queen of the Downtown Screen. She was a star of some of the underground No Wave films of the late 1970s/early 1980s that helped spark New York’s grungy and wildly creative East Village arts scene.  

A Room with a View

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Not many libraries can claim to be a room with a view. The Mary R. Schiff Library of the Cincinnati Art Museum, now in its new space and again open to the public, has a spectacular one.  

Is ETC Doing — or Overdoing?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
“If something is worth doing, it’s worth overdoing,” proclaims one of the spunky gals in the current iteration of The Marvelous Wonderettes at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati this month. ETC apparently agrees, since this is the fourth consecutive year it has staged one of Roger Bean’s retro shows featuring music from the ’50s and ’60s.  

Organically Grown

The Hilton Brothers' photography focuses on fresh and natural collaborations

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Hilton Brothers — photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg — have arrived in Cincinnati with food on their minds. They don’t specify that it needs to be organic, but it might as well be. The term pops up repeatedly as the New Yorkers discuss their natural, open-ended approach to life, art and collaboration.   

Rauh House Restoration Spurs More Modernism Preservation

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 1, 2013
In 2009, after Cincinnati Magazine ran a story about a virtually unknown but magnificent early Modernist home in Woodlawn that was endangered, I drove over to see it. Or, rather, I tried.   

Art Freaks Meet Geeks in Two Must-See Shows

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Two grand experiments fusing art, science and technology will be revealed Friday night.   

'Falling' For Photos

Elena Dorfman exhibits her surreal photographs of quarries at Phyllis Weston Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The huge stone quarries that hide in the landscapes of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are strange things, monsters of ruggedly carved-out negative space that — when abandoned and filled with water — attract illicit swimmers and divers.   

Patti Smith's CAC Show: A Mapplethorpe Tribute

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In advance of last year’s FotoFocus festival, probably the largest photography-related event in Cincinnati’s history, I asked James Crump — the festival’s co-chair and then chief curator/curator-at-large at Cincinnati Art Museum — if there wasn’t an unspoken spirit hovering over the proceedings: Robert Mapplethorpe.  

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