The Seismic Power of Feminist Art: Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum Presents A Century of Women in Prints

Jean Kabota Cassill, Full Sky Empty Sea, 1972, intaglio

“Excellence has no sex,” the German-born American artist Eva Hesse once remarked in an interview. That unassailable truth is born out in A Century of Women in Prints, 1917-2017, on view through December 17 in the Stern Gallery West of the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin. Curated by Andaleeb Badiee Banta, with the assistance of Oberlin student Claire Rasmussen […]






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Focus on Abstraction: Dana Oldfather, Tony Watkins, Mark Keffer, Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl at The Galleries of CSU

Dana Oldfather, Day Game, 2017

Soon after the end of the Second World War, Abstract Expressionism blew a hole in art history. The cultural effect was comparable to the Manhattan Project. Abstract Expressionism (AE) effectively transformed Western art, replacing the tattered late-modern remains of aesthetic intention and technique with guiding principles derived in part from psychoanalysis and Freud’s theories of the unconscious. Accidental marks, the […]






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Dark Forms at the Canton Museum of Art

Dark Forms of Tom Bartels at the Canton Museum of Art

Nothing speaks of mystery with more sibilance than an ancient tomb, where half-seen shapes whisper to the unconscious mind. Ohio University professor Tom Bartel’s most recent ceramic works, glazed with metallic oxides and high kiln temperatures to a cindery brownish-black, mean to evoke just that response.   Installed in a small room to one side of a large gallery at […]






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Interview from the FRONT: Jens Hoffman

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The following brief interview with Jens Hofmann was conducted via email at his request. Hoffman is probably the best known of the two art world luminaries (famed Chicago artist Michelle Grabner is the other) recruited by FRONT Executive Director Fred Bidwell and his team as co-artistic directors for the experimental, conceptually-driven event. Their job is to recruit artists, but also […]






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Dan Tranberg: Layering the Sublime

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Dan Tranberg’s final works, completed in the two years before his death on May 29, are composed of pleasurable colors and forms, yet offer surprising intellectual challenges and a range of emotional information. He made many of the small painted collage-like works displayed at Bonfoey Gallery (opening October 14) in his hospital room as he struggled with cancer during his […]






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Dan Tranberg

Dan Tranberg, 1611P,  2016, courtesy of Bonfoey Gallery

Dan Tranberg, who died of heart failure after a struggle with leukemia at age 53 this week, was an incomparably valuable human being. I can’t begin to imagine how many real tears are being shed over him now, how many people felt that he was close to them, that whatever warmth or insight he shared with them was among the […]






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Death from the Skies: Meet 2017 Guggenheim Fellow / KSU Associate Professor Mahwish Chishty

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Killing is an old story, but military drones are doing what they can to update it. Since 2004 the CIA, operating under the past two administrations, has waged what amounts to a futuristic, robotic aerial war against alleged terrorists organizing along Pakistan’s northwest border, killing thousands of people.  Some died because they were targeted, others because they were too close […]






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Successive exhibitions at Heights Arts present new talent and encore appearances

Douglas Max Utter, White Wig

Two exhibitions at Heights Arts this spring and summer express the vitality of the region as a training ground for visual artists, with one show celebrating new talents and the other bringing back artists who previously exhibited at Heights Arts. With its first Emergent show in 2015, Heights Arts inaugurated the idea of presenting a recurring exhibition to identify emerging […]






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