CAN Triennial Benefit Preview

Purchase Tickets Two city blocks. Three floors. Three weeks. Four weekends. Ninety Cleveland artists. Nineteen installations. Sixteen Ohio dealers. Music. Film. See it first when you join us for the CAN Triennial Benefit Preview Party. CAN Triennial was created to put Cleveland artists in the international spotlight drawn by FRONT Triennial. It’s not only a deep dive into the region’s creative […]

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MORE THAN AN IDEA

MORE THAN A BORDER OF FLOWERS In April, William Busta brought to the CAN office a yellowed, newsprint tabloid we had never seen before. The Guide to Cleveland Art Week was published September 19, 1980. The occasion was a week-long celebration of art coordinated by NOVA—the New Organization for the Visual Arts—in cooperation with the Cleveland Press. The Guide offered […]

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“Things that are in the news right now”: Painter Jen Omaitz explores natural disaster through assemblage

“I always like to say I am a painter,” says Jen Omaitz, standing in her kitchen. She lives in Kent with her husband Steve Collier, and two large dogs—an Akita and an Alaskan Malamute—in a house surrounded by oaks and pines. Inside, there’s plenty of evidence of that medium: in addition to works by several other Northeast Ohio artists, the […]

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JERRY BIRCHFIELD: ASLEEP IN THE DUST AT THE AKRON ART MUSEUM

While FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art occupies other rooms at the Akron Art Museum, Clevelander Jerry Birchfield brings his multimedia, photo-based work to the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery through September 23.   “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” […]

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MIXING IT UP WITH CLEVELAND ARTISTS

Scott Kraynak has finally wrangled to fruition his coffee table book, an all-in appreciation of art in the region. The HeArt of Cleveland debuts July 20 at E11even2 gallery. The work of Cleveland artists, writers, sculptors, photographers, culinary geniuses, installation specialists and fiber creatives will come into view July 20 when Scott Kraynak debuts The Heart of Cleveland, his long-gestating […]

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FRONT: An American City, The American Library

Some 6,000 new volumes are headed to the Cleveland Public Library, but they will not be available for either checkout or reference consultation. Rather, they are elements of one of FRONT International’s public art exercises, The American Library, conceived by Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA). At this moment in American history, Shonibare’s title is almost a provocation. The spines of The […]

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THE FOREIGNER’S HOME: Oberlin filmmakers Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree’s new documentary on Toni Morrison and the role of artists as chroniclers, curators, and critics of the soul of humanity

The Foreigner’s Home is author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison’s meditation on the role of artists as chroniclers, curators and critics of the collective soul of humanity. Cleveland director, producer, editor, animator and filmmaker Rian Brown directed the unusual documentary, a compilation of footage shot by Morrison’s son, Ford Morrison when she stepped in as guest curator of The Foreigner’s […]

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