High Art, Plastic, and Hats: Ron Shelton

Multi-media artist Ron Shelton’s work is currently installed at 78th Street Studios (our plastic world, as part of CAN Triennial) and Lakewood Family Health Center (Figures in the Solstice Steppers). He talks about TV, colors, Tidy Cats, plastics, his commentary on the Midwest and why his work sometimes disappears. JI:  Tell me about High Art Fridays. What was the impetus […]

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Back to the Drawing Board: John C. Williams

After high-profile projects like the Cleveland Trust Building’s transformation into a grocery store, and with BAYarts’ adaptive re-use of the former Huntington Playhouse in the works, John Williams looks back—and forward. by Jeff Hagan John C. Williams does not consider himself an architect. He jokes that he accidentally signed up for his first architecture course because in the course catalog […]

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Allen Ruppersberg, Then and Now

Cleveland Museum of Art Through December 2 Commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art Billboards suck. That was the first thing I thought about when I read Cleveland native Allen Ruppersberg (born 1944) was paying homage to his hometown in his new body of work commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, titled Then and Now. […]

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Back to FRONT

Whether or not many people, local or otherwise, actually saw any of the works and projects completed by its 111 artists, or visited some (or even none) of its 26 sites in Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin, FRONT Triennial was a big deal. It succeeded in putting our region decisively on any map of international twenty-first century art events. Ambitious planners […]

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Citing Yorick, Legal Counsel Wittily Swats Away Legal Challenge to Derek Hess Skull Sculpture

Over the summer of 2018, there arose a contentious legal dispute between two Cleveland-trained artists, Richard VanOver and Derek Hess, which has of late reached a settlement. VanOver, a graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art who is currently active in his original home of Buffalo, New York, sought compensation deriving from the online sale of statuettes of Suicide Note, […]

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The Murals Are the Message

Commissioned in bulk, murals have recently proliferated around Cleveland   At least one thing is happening very fast at City Hall: October 19, Mayor Frank Jackson’s office announced an extraordinary opportunity for a Cleveland artist—to help celebrate the tenth anniversary of our sister city relationship with Rouen, France, by traveling there to paint a large mural, eighty feet long by […]

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Did Cleveland Make You Proud?

Each issue of CAN looks ahead to a new season, but this time we’ve got to take a minute to look back on what just happened in Northeast Ohio. The FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is winding down. The inaugural CAN Triennial is behind us. Did Cleveland make you proud? In our view, the most important thing about […]

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