Testaments and Thoughts of Appreciation On the passing of Daniel Brown

  The opportunity to write for AEQAI came at a time when I was feeling isolated in a new city (Houston, Texas) and felt an urgent need to connect to artists around me, but was having trouble finding a pathway. Daniel enthusiastically welcomed me and my writing to AEQAI, and his appreciation for my ideas, […]

The Taft Museum: In a New Light

In early June 2021 a Cincinnati treasure, the 200-year-old Taft house, closed for a year of renovations. Approximately 80 of the collection’s seminal works can be enjoyed in the Fifth Third Gallery. The exhibition is titled “In a New Light” and covers a broad range of cultures, eras, and artifacts that were collected by Charles […]

Desert as Muse: Agnes Pelton at the Palm Springs Art Museum

The resort city of Palm Springs and its surrounding conurbations boast stylish modernist houses with gleaming swimming pools; carefully arranged plantings of cycads improbably protected from excessive heat by semi-permanent sunshades; and touristic enticements such as a giant, flashy statue of Marilyn Monroe.  The trappings of this artificial oasis could hardly contrast more with the […]

A History of Protest

On the Getty Center’s sprawling picturesque campus, one room contains the small but powerful exhibition In Focus: Protest – on view until October 10th. The exhibition collects images from crucial points throughout US political history. Bound together, the images generate a patchwork history. I say patchwork, of course, because photography – by way of distilling […]

“Filling the Void”: Rick Mallette at the Summit Hotel

“Filling the Void” by Rick Mallette at the Summit Hotel Gallery is an agoraphobic’s nightmare. The aptly titled show perfectly describes the vast and spartan 5700 square foot gallery space, met by ambitiously scaled artwork that attempts to tackle that vastness with claustrophobic forms, blazing colors, and palpable energy. The artist presents twenty-three abstract paintings […]

“Otherworldly Journeys: Stories Both Real and Imagined/Myths of a New World–Alan Brown and Jason Erler,” Gallery-708, through September 26, 2021

The title for the two-person show of featured artists at the co-op Gallery-708 in Hyde Park is a mouthful: “Otherworldly Journeys: Stories Both Real and Imagined/Myths of a New World–Alan Brown and Jason Erler.” According to Michael Hensley, gallery partner, “Otherworldly Journeys” is the “unifying theme for the exhibit.” In Brown’s refreshingly straightforward statement about […]

Digital Technology Reaches the Museums

The age of digital technology has reached the museums. When the Cincinnati Art Museum shut down for COVID in March 15, digital programs were launched on March 17. In 2016, Russell Ihrig, associate director of programming, put his toe in the water and suggested to Emily Holtrop, director, Learning and Interpretation, CAM, that podcasts would […]

The Legacy of Constance McClure: “Nulla Dies sine linea”.

Among the treasured works of art in my personal collection is a painting on copper of a lone male figure. The model was a staple on the rosters of the Art Academy that I often drew and painted in my personal figurative work. I shared this man’s services with my friend and colleague, Constance McClure […]