This exhibit opens February 11, 2017 at the Cincinnati Art Museum:
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s Howard and Caroline Porter Collection is the largest repository of the woodcuts of Kosaka Gajin outside the family in Tokyo, Japan. This exhibition celebrates his prints capturing the beauty of Japan’s landscape and architectural monuments in a way that is totally modern in its individualized expression, not unlike the era’s action painting in the West. This exhibition of his later woodcuts will be the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work in the United States.
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Experience life in the 1950s by putting your feet up on the couch, playing a record, peeking in drawers and rolling in the grass in a full-size prefabricated Lustron home built inside the museum at the Ohio History Center.
Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is comprised of twelve animals derived from the Chinese astrological calendar of years, weeks, and hours. The design of these heads was inspired by a specific source: an elaborate fountain created in the 1700s for the gardens of Yuanming Yuan, an imperial retreat outside of Beijing, China. The Qianlong Emperor commissioned Giuseppe Castiglione, an Italian Jesuit, to create gardens and fountains with a sense of Western opulence. Each zodiac animal corresponds to a two-hour period on a 24-hour cycle. Thus in its original design, each animal sprayed water from its mouth during its corresponding two-hour period.
Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art is the first contemporary art exhibition to question and explore in-depth the complex and contested space of the American South. One needs to look no further than literature, cuisine and music, to see evidence of the South’s profound influence on American culture, and consequently much of the world. This unprecedented exhibition investigates the many realities, fantasies and myths that have long captured the public’s imagination, and presents a wide range of perspectives to create a composite portrait of Southern identity through contemporary art.
View extraordinary examples of art created by self-taught or minimally trained artists between 1800 and 1925. The exhibition features more than 60 works. Included are rare and very fine portraits by such artists as Ammi Phillips and John Brewster, Jr.; vivid still lifes, allegorical scenes and landscapes, whimsical trade signs and figure and animal sculptures. In total, these works illustrate the ingenuity and breadth of American creative expression during a period of significant political, social, and cultural change in the United States. This exhibition is drawn from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection, and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.
Fifty paintings span six centuries in this who’s who of British painting. Highlights from the Berger Collection, housed in the Denver Art Museum, convey the history of British artistic achievement and delight the eye. Beginning with a medieval crucifixion scene and ending with contemporary painting, the exhibition touches on all major eras and genres in between. Captivating portraits show the faces of Tudor royalty, powerful aristocrats, and the rising middle class. Landscapes reveal the importance of the sea, the countryside, and the city to British identity. Compelling paintings of horses underscore the popularity of equestrian sports in Britain. In short, Treasures from the Berger Collection, with its masterpieces by artists including Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and John Singer Sargent, provides a rich survey of British painting.
The DAI’s summer exhibition, Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence,showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
DPMT7 is a Cincinnati-based architecture/design collective led by Vincent Sansalone of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning along with Ryan Ball, Kory Beighle, Sean Cottengim, Nicholas Germann, Whitney Hamaker, and Joseph Kinzelman. In their first major gallery exhibition, DPMT7 will transform both levels of the Weston Art Gallery in an architectural intervention that reimagines the urban landscape. What is the role of Architecture (“A” for emphasis) in a world of entropy? In this world, architecture is neither the physical object of stone upon stone, nor the spatial voids formed by the stone upon stone; it is the armature of the in-between and the framework of a yet unanswered question of history.
When Njideka Akunyili (b.1983) left Lagos for the U.S. at age 16 she detoured from her initial plan to be a doctor to pursue painting and fulfill the urge to tell another side of Nigeria’s story. “America has a lot of people talking about how Nigeria doesn’t,” she says.
The story of two Iraqi brothers who escaped from Baghdad in early 2002 becomes a vehicle for British-born, NY-based artist Jane Benson to explore the social reverberations caused by geo-cultural separation. The artist uses music to tell the story in a dual-channel video entitled Finding Baghdad (Part A) which serves as the show’s centerpiece.
Another successful Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale generated nearly $950,000 for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the participating artists. More than 250 collectors and art enthusiasts participated Sept. 10 in the 11th annual show and sale opening weekend festivities, where they met and purchased works from leading Western artists.