Directions in the Visual Arts: Thoughts at the End of the Season

by Daniel Brown As we near the end of another art season, which is generally thought to run from September through June, much like the academic year, some patterns have emerged which we should note.  The predominant movement seems to be towards a near complete domination of the visual arts by non-profits, and the very […]

Creative Expression: Artists’ Works from the Loeb Collection

by Fran Watson from May 5 – August 24, 2014 A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, A Loaf of Bread—and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness— Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow! Nothing could be more natural than the mix of art and books.  Both benefit, and the public is […]

Double Artist Residency Exhibit: Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Mancini at Manifest

by Marlene Steele The Manifest Artist in Residency Program has been expanded to include a double position this year.  The work of Jeremy Plunkett and Nicholas Anthony Mancini produced during this residency term is exhibited at the Woodburn avenue gallery. ” ‘Container’ speaks of both the act of containing and a vessel that…holds or transports […]


by Judith Fairly Ah, Texas; is there any place that elicits such polarized opinion as the Lone Star state, regardless of whether one has actually set foot within its borders? Even my dad, whose Scottish forebears were in Texas for three generations before his parents left to start a school next door in New Mexico, […]

Toward a Holistic Approach to Art and Design, or To Love a Soup Bowl

by Matthew Metzger It’s difficult to talk about the unnecessary rift between art, design and craft without being somewhat didactic and hypocritical.  The “disciplines” need to be separated to some degree to begin a conversation about them in the first place. It’s ambiguous at best to later backpedal and claim that art, design and craft […]


by Saad Ghosn I. Images For A Better World: Andrew AU, Visual Artist Andrew Au, a Cincinnati-based artist, was born in1972 in Chicago, IL; he grew up in Keyser, WV. Au has drawn ever since he was able to put pen to paper, influenced from an early age by science fiction, religion, reading and art. […]

Clever Girl Book Review

by Daniel Brown Clever Girl, by English writer Tessa Hadley, establishes her in great tradition of English women writers whose symbolic ancestor remains Jane Austen.  I admit to being something of a sucker for family sagas, including The Forsythe Saga by John Galsworthy, and Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.  Contemporary writers in this genre, which expands […]

All The Light We Cannot See Book Review

by Daniel Brown Just as I had stated last month that Francine Prose’s novel The Chameleon Club is the best novel of 2014 to date, I read Anthony Doerr’s  All the Light We Cannot See, which I think it’s safe to call a masterpiece.  Written over a ten year period but just published, Doerr’s novel […]

Art Moderne Clock Acquired by Art Museum

By David Smith The Cincinnati Art Museum recently announced the acquisition of a clock by Jean Puiforcat. The c. 1930 desk clock, made of nickel-plated brass and rosewood, is to be installed in the museum’s Gallery 211 by the end of June 2014. The design is a tour-de-force of late Art Deco/Art Moderne aesthetic and […]

June Letter from the Editor

The June issue of aeqai is now ready for your aesthetic pleasure and intellectual enjoyment.  We are just beginning that time of year when the pace of the arts and urban culture relaxes a little, so this is a smaller edition of aeqai. Two of the most important shows at area museums have just recently […]