Our very short December issue of Aeqai has just posted. Because of the recent spiking of COVID, very few museums and galleries are open; some of the commercial galleries have limited hours and/or are open by appointment, but Aeqai’s reviews of regional painter Bukang Kim’s one person exhibition at The Dayton Art Institute and the Frank Duveneck painting show at Cincinnati Art Museum will both be reviewed, we hope, in our January issue.
Steve Kemple’s thoughtful analysis of work by Tania Candioni at The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati leads our issue this month. Karen Chambers went to the new Miller Gallery PopUp space “20Twenty” on Hyde Park Square to check out some wonderful photographs by Slim Aarons on display there. And we asked Marlene Steele to offer our readers some highlights from the “Panorama of Cincinnati Art” show currently on display downtown at Cincinnati Art Galleries; this massive show is that gallery’s major offering every year, and offers some of the finest paintings by Cincinnati artists from the l880s or thereabouts to the present.
Kent Krugh’s FotoFolio offering this month takes a look at photographs by Marcella Hackbardt. Tim Brinkhof offers a fascinating look at new work by Mequitta Ahuja and Khadim Ali at Aicon Gallery in New York City, while Annabel Osberg offers her list of the ten best gallery shows in Los Angeles in 2020, a model of a list in its pithy brevity.
Laura Hobson offers an extensive look at the art galleries located within our area colleges and universities, talking with each of the directors of those spaces, to let us know what they exhibit and what they’d like to exhibit if they had larger budgets. I offer my annual “best fiction” of 2020 list (my list always has twelve novels), along with my “highly recommended list”, best short fiction and most disappointing novels of 2020. 2020 was a bad year in most areas of American life and culture, but it happened to be a splendid year for fiction (and more time for us regular readers to pursue that passion).
We’ll be back, we presume, in January, and we hope more spaces will reopen by then, but we hope our readers understand that our issues reflect what spaces are safely open. We welcome your comments, as always, and also hope that some of you might send us a year end gift (we’re a nonprofit); if interested, please send a check in any amount to Aeqai, Inc., c/o Daniel Brown, Treas. 810 Matson Place, Unit 1505, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204. And some terrific artwork from our benefit party on November 12 is still available for purchase on our FaceBook page.
We hope you have a peaceful and safe holiday; to go directly to the new issue, click onto www.aeqai.org.