Editor’s Comment

Dears Readers Autumn arrives with her almost unbelievable colors, the annual source of pure joy to every  plein air painter I know, as the year slips away into the holiday season. Aeqai is featuring some equally enticing reviews for your enjoyment. We are focusing on some hometown nostalgia, experimental area output that reflected the issues […]

Moving Transfer

The exhibition “Transfer-Moving,” which was on view at the Art Academy of Cincinnati from September 28 through October 27, 2023, offered visitors the chance to reflect on diasporic experiences, as witnessed by artists who have been forced to make a new home far from their homeland. This modest exhibition complemented the Contemporary Arts Center’s “A Permanent Nostalgia for Departure,” on view through January 28, 2024.

Ohio Voices: Powerful Messages in Prints and Drawings

An exhibition of multi-generational African American artists from the central mid-west features expressive graphics depicting their cultural experiences. The exhibition celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Donald P. Sowell Endowment Committee with a tribute to this art teacher and supervisor in our own Cincinnati Public School system

Groundswell: Women of Land Art

The Nasher Sculpture Center’s exhibition “Groundswell: The Women of Land Art,” which includes Mary Miss’s site-specific commission Stream Trace: Dallas Branch Crossing that “daylights” a buried stream flowing beneath its garden, provides a historical context for Patricia Johanson’s massive ecovention Fairpark Lagoon (1981-86) sited three miles away. In addition to photos, drawings and studies for earthworks, several sculptures and installations are on view.

Shara Hughes Paints Natural Light and “Light The Dark”

On view at the David Kordansky Gallery through October 21, 2023 Shara Hughes’s vivid paintings in “Light The Dark” sprawl across spacious canvases, to generate otherworldly imaginations of the natural world. Formally they might recall works by French Impressionists or, occasionally, abstract impressionism. These works also feel contemporary. Some of them are imbued with an […]

MALDOROR: Surrealist Drawings & Prints by Karel Demel

Full of provoking imagery, the book Les Chants de Maldoror by French writer and poet Isidore Ducasse, served in part as inspiration for the works by many great artists of the Surrealism artistic movement including Salvador Dali, Odilon Redon and René Magritte.The work of Czech born print master Karel Demel, currently on display at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, reinterprets the world of Ducasse in his own fluid drawing approach.

SHOW OF HANDS Puppet Festival

Isn’t it time we all had a chance to play with puppets again? Visionaries + Voices Gallery gives us that chance.

The Forest and the Trees: Autumn Annual 2023: Frank Herrmann and Rob Robbins

Rob Robbins and Frank Herrmann choose trees as their vehicle to examine the relationship between artists and nature. Herrmann paints haikus onto his canvases: “Tons of moisture rise/in bark covered sentinels/canopy to feed,” he notes, as he looks at and beyond the trees as statuesque, isolated outsiders.