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Illusion and Reality (Review)

Cincinnati Art Museum shows off the work of Jiri Anderle

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Turning adversity into a virtue is something artists are good at. The adversity of being an artist in a Communist society that forbad direct social criticism steered Anderle into a body of work well suited for comment on the human condition. So prints became Anderle's dominant form of expression through much of his career.  

The Clouds Are After Me (Review)

Kambui Olujimi indicts all of us in his solo show at UC

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
What this means is not at all simple. The papers are painted beautifully in the loose but contained way of a lot of art right now. It's also politically charged. But bringing the two together makes something consuming. We, as viewers, stand face-to-face, surrounded by the criminal acts of our generation.  

Art: The Clouds Are After Me at Meyers Gallery

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 4, 2008
At first glance Brooklyn-based artist Kambui Olujimi’s solo show at Meyers Gallery at the University of Cincinnati, The Clouds Are After Me, seems sparse. Loose-leaf pages hang from the white walls in likely formations. They become both more interesting and more disappointing when you look a little closer. The “clouds” that follow the artist are the unlucky, the illegal and the politically incorrect.  

Bacher Was The Original

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
In her review of Ryan McGinness' art exhibition Aesthetic Comfort ('Dark and Dizzy,' issue of Nov. 12), Laura James states that the artist has created something "entirely original." I've been a great fan of McGinness' work since I first saw it at the Contemporary Arts Center's Beautiful Losers.  

Art: Who Owns the World? at Country Club Gallery

0 Comments · Thursday, October 2, 2008
"Who Owns the World?" at Country Club Gallery features the sculpture, video and photography of Meromi combined in an attempt to address the influence of Modernism and the utopian politics that accompany that legacy. Noon-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through Nov. 22.  

Houdini's Box (Review)

Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery celebrates the magic of photography

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
"The theme of 'Houdini's Box' is all-encompassing," explains Jymi Bolden, director of Art Beyond Boundaries Gallery. He put this exhibition together to showcase a diverse range of photographers working with film and digital techniques in what he calls "a magic act."   

China Design Now (Review)

CAM exhibition reveals the last two decades of design in China

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Many Westerners received their introduction to modern China during the 2008 Olympic games. Television viewers witnessed the results of an architectural explosion in Beijing, and innovative structures like the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube became instant cultural icons.  

Art: Andy Warhol at the Wexner Center

0 Comments · Thursday, November 6, 2008
"Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms" at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus is surprising. It makes Warhol fresh again but also in some ways is far more exciting than the more prim-and-proper 2002 Los Angeles show, even though it has less of his classic artwork. It has important examples of his art but is vividly about his life and times. Through Feb. 15, 2009.  

Unusual Journey

The Dayton Art Institute looks at Children in American Art

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It begins with a strange and stiff little figure from the 17th century, "Robert Gibbs at 4-1/2 Years." Young Gibbs appears as a miniature adult, in the fashion of the times, holding gloves as his father might, painted by an artist known only as the Freake-Gibbs painter.  

Obsolete (Review)

Feralmade show highlights a dying photographic medium

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Melissa Fields' installation of Polaroid prints is strung along two silvery clothes lines and is accompanied by a typewritten title on a dark crimson card. "The Day You Left" is an elegiac narrative in which glittery, blurry morning shots give way to seductive action that ends in dusky blackness.  

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