Crystal Night and The Boris Schatz Collection at Hebrew Union College

Crystal Night and The Boris Schatz Collection at Hebrew Union College October 11- January 31, 2014 by Fran Watson Art lifts, inspires, predicts the future and captures the past. The very pictorial basis of art makes this past ever-accessible, and permanent for widest world audience, preserving history in a way that mere words cannot. Yet […]

Manifest’s Tenth Anniversary

Manifest’s Tenth Anniversary By Kevin T. Kelly The November 8th opening at Manifest marked the gallery’s tenth anniversary as well as the grand opening of their much anticipated expansion, effectively doubling their exhibition space. For the past decade, Manifest has been challenging the continually shifting contemporary “brick and mortar” art gallery paradigm by defining and […]

Bruce Riley’s Science Fiction, at Miller Gallery

Bruce Riley’s Science Fiction, at Miller Gallery by Matthew Metzger Bruce Riley’s lyrical, organic forms glow through layers of paint and resin, resembling something we can’t quite remember, materializing from a ground we can’t quite locate, coalescing with other forms, then receding back into the abyss. The coalescence is like the moment in between sleep […]

STEVE ARMSTRONG: 20 Years of Mystery and Wonder

STEVE ARMSTRONG: 20 Years of Mystery and Wonder Celebrating an Acclaimed Artist’s Career November 15 – January 17, 2014 ArtsPlace Gallery 161 North Mill Street by Christine Huskisson When I turn the crank she plays her guitar and the lion, carved of yellow poplar, wags its tail, both seemingly moved by moonlight and melody. From […]

Clear as a Bell: Peter Halley at Solway Gallery

Clear as a Bell: Peter Halley at Solway Gallery    By Keith Banner   Sometimes I walk in the dead mall near where I live when I want to clear my head. Tranquility emanates from all the shut-down luxury, the rubbed-off logos above vast empty storefronts, the black-garbage-bagged entrances surrounded in high-gloss marble and hard-wood. […]

“Aquachrome: Contemporary Watercolor,” Manifest Gallery

“Aquachrome: Contemporary Watercolor,” Manifest Gallery By Karen Chambers I have always found watercolor to be a technically daunting medium, something I never wanted to try in undergrad as I worked toward a B. F. A. (Me? B. F. A.? My adviser said I needed to understand the problems visual artists faced as I pursued art […]

LETTER FROM CHAMPAIGN: “RETURN TO SENDER”

LETTER FROM CHAMPAIGN: “RETURN TO SENDER” By Cynthia  Kukla   “I study cancellations, the manner in which the stamp is placed, the way the address is done…. It’s a marvelous art form, the letter – full of wonder and surprise.” Ray Johnson (1965) Mail Art and Ray Johnson remain vivid and remembered, owing to the […]

Review of Degas Renoir and Poetic Pastels at the Cincinnati Art Museum

Review of Degas Renoir and Poetic Pastels at the Cincinnati Art Museum By Emil Robinson Pastel has always been a contentious medium. Today most practitioners fall into the hobbyist variety. It is the bright color and ease of operation that attracts the serious and the idle alike. In the late 19th century, pastel experienced a […]

Letter from Highland Heights: Moby-Dick Art by Matt Kish and Robert Del Tredici

Letter from Highland Heights: Moby-Dick Art by Matt Kish and Robert Del Tredici By Robert K. Wallace Moby-Dick seems to be everywhere these days. This month of November brought me three new examples. On November 1 PBS broadcast Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick opera as part of its Great Performances series. A few days […]

Outside/Inside

Outside/Inside By Jane Durrell Outside/Inside at Covington Arts is a show its curator, Jennifer Grote, conceives as an interaction between architecture (i.e. the space itself) and the art. Two of the artists take on that challenge with enthusiasm while the curator’s placement produces relationships with the surroundings for the other two. The exhibition’s title surely […]