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Artful Resilience

The local visual arts scene remains vital despite tough times

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
In what was a tough year all around, the visual arts scene in Greater Cincinnati managed to stay its ground in 2008. The primary presences are our museums, and they all had good years art-wise, although the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was forced to make some staff layoffs late in the year as the national economy tanked.  

My Favorite Art Shows of 2008

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here are the 10 art shows that left the most impact on me in 2008, presented in no particular order and with regrets to the other fine exhibitions that just didn’t quite make this admittedly subjective list.  

Even With Bad Economy, Art Museum Has Progressive Plans

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Museums have not been immune to the nations economic meltdown Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Arts endowment has calamitously plunged and Cincinnatis Contemporary Arts Center had to lay off five people, including its public relations director.  

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.  

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