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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Seeing Myself Through Yayoi Kusama: Like it or Not, the Selfie-Blockbuster is Here

The term blockbuster was probably first used to describe a museum exhibition in 1976, when throngs of visitors patiently waited in line to see the grandiose King Tut exhibition at the National Gallery. The show then toured the country and drew the astounding attendance of eight million people. What followed was a barrage of blockbusters over the years, usually featuring […]

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RAILROAD FAME – Moniker: Identity Lost and Found explores the people and folklore of American rail yard graffiti at the Massillon Museum

Before the internet spread aerosol-painted, hip-hop style across the world, the word “graffiti” did not instantly conjure the wildly colorful, mural-sized graphics that all but define the term these days. Graffiti is as old as walls, of course, and its history is woven with diverse threads and intentions. A deeply informed exhibit at the Massillon Museum of Art explores one […]

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ARTBELT: Exhibit at Lakeland Community College connects Cleveland, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh

“To a large extent, I’m doing this show because no one else is doing it,” says John Morris, speaking about Artbelt: New Art from the Rustbelt, which he curated and organized. The exhibit, now on display at Lakeland Community College, had two primary goals. Firstly, to showcase art made in the postindustrial Midwest while the world’s attention was turned to […]

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Artist/Artist: Jessica Pinsky interviews Christi Birchfield & Christi Birchfield interviews Jessica Pinsky

Jessica Pinsky interviews Christi Birchfield Jessica Pinsky: You have a background in printmaking, and your undergraduate and graduate degrees are both in print. Christi Birchfield: Correct. JP: But drawing is such an important part of your process. CB: Printmaking has given me the formula for building a piece. Layers become important—thinking about not only a singular image, but how, visually, […]

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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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