DANA OLDFATHER IS OUT OF THE WOODS AT THE MCDONOUGH MUSEUM

Dana Oldfather’s paintings have always walked a fine line between abstraction and reality. Visual contextual clues could be found, if you dug deep enough—often hiding beneath her trademark bombastic layers of paint—but her new work, which will be on view at Youngstown State University’s McDonough Museum of Art this fall, shows the artist at her most representational. With this comes […]

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“Tightly Unwound” at Gallery W is a Masterclass in Technique

Gallery W might not be on your radar, but it should be. For nearly three years, this large space in the ground floor of the new American Greetings Corporate Headquarters at Crocker Park has held many truly excellent exhibitions, featuring work by prominent area artists like Jenniffer Omaitz, Corrie Slawson, Libby Chaney, Eva Kwong, Eric Rippert, Christi Birchfield, Bruce Checefsky, and […]

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New ‘Rooms to Let’ Documentary in the Works

  If you’ve never experienced “Rooms to Let”, the annual immersive art experience in Slavic Village, it’s difficult to explain. In a nutshell, homes slated for demolition are transformed into temporary art exhibitions, room by room, by area artists and collectives. The show is open to the public for two days, and then the houses are demolished with little fanfare. […]

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Gunpowder Artist Cai Guo-Qiang Draws the Cuyahoga River with Fire

Last year in his New Jersey studio, Cai Guo-Qiang ignited the gunpowder for his work Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Stretching nearly forty feet long, the artist traced the familiar curving path of Cleveland’s famous river—from the site of the historic fire in the summer of 1969 to the mouth at Lake Erie—using explosions. The […]

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