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From Far-Flung Realms to Greatest Hits

Local visual arts venues prepare for another intriguing season

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The fall season’s museum show that has attracted the most advance interest — because of its ambitiousness and its timeliness — is the Contemporary Art Center’s Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan, which opens Sept. 23 and continues until an as-yet-not-finalized January date.  

Art Museums Are Becoming Fashionable

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I have seen the future of art museums and it is fashion/costume design. That’s a paraphrase of a famous review Jon Landau wrote upon seeing an early Bruce Springsteen concert, but I felt as if I’d just discovered the art-museum-world equivalent — at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recent Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit.  

A Woman Resurrected

CAM screens film about artist Artemisia Gentileschi

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
History has its share of artists whose reputations have declined with time, and one of the most notable examples is Artemisia Gentileschi, an Italian who worked in the early Baroque era of the 17th century and was influenced by one of the Great Masters of painting — Caravaggio.  

Beauty in the Mundane

Cincinnati Art Museum debuts a new, eclectic collection

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The eclectic art collection of the late Carl M. Jacobs III is his bulletin board. With a hint of a self-assured smile in a 1958 portrait by celebrity photographer Carl Van Vechten, Jacobs invites visitors to explore the Cincinnati Art Museum exhibition titled Not Just Pretty Pictures, up through Aug. 28.  

Music in Motion

Concert:Nova reinterprets scores for modern dance

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
This is not the chamber music of yesteryear. It’s hard to imagine a more artfully fun-filled summer evening of collaboration than what Concert:Nova has orchestrated for its season four finale on July 6. Audiences will get to delight in an original dance performance set to live, world-class chamber music in an unexpected space: outside in the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Alice Bimel Courtyard, where sculptures round out the art-filled atmosphere.  

Cincinnati Art Museum Chooses Its Greatest Hits

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Even though the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Schmidlapp Gallery holds important Egyptian, Roman and Greek antiquities, it seems more a conduit than a destination. The display cases are no match for the determination of visitors to get where they’re going. As a result, the whole area itself has seemed antiquated. But a big change is coming.  

Curious Curation

New museum seasons show a new way of thinking

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Now that the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center both have announced their 2011-2012 seasons, the biggest immediate story exhibition-wise is the amount of international interest the CAC already is getting for its Realms of Intimacy: Miniaturist Practice from Pakistan. That show, put together by Justine Ludwig, runs September-January.  

From ‘Wonder Woman’ to Warhol

Douglas Cramer’s route to the Cincinnati Art Award

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Douglas S. Cramer is considered one of the world’s great collectors of contemporary art and has donated to many major museums, including CAM, which will display his recent gifts along with the Warhol portraits in a show on view through Aug. 21. The show features photographs, graphite drawings and eight acrylic-and-silkscreen-ink-on-linen portraits of Cramer by Warhol, all from 1985.  

Dialing In to Indianapolis’ Big New Show

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 5, 2011
While I’ve waxed positively about Cincinnati Art Museum’s recent exhibitions and programming, I’d be guilty of hometown parochialism if I failed to mention activities at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It seems on a fast track, under director Maxwell Anderson, to becoming a museum of consistent national significance.  

When Art and Nature Collide

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I run into people who don’t like museums because they say they prefer nature’s beauty to art. That comment is wrong-headed and shortsighted on so many levels — and I say that as someone who likes nature. First of all, nature can operate so mysteriously that it needs an artist to express to us the poetic depths of both its complexity and simplicity. But art isn’t an alternative to nature. They’re not separate.  

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