NATIONAL LAUNCHING PAD, “WHY NOT?”: Abattoir Takes the Long View

Rose Burlingham and Lisa Kurzner met in 2018, while working on the inaugural FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Both had careers with museums and art nonprofits, and had founded and operated their own curatorial practices—the former in New York, the latter in Cleveland. At the end of the triennial, Burlingham moved to Northeast Ohio, and discussed with Kurzner […]

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From Eden to the nations to Miami: “Shtetl in the Sun” at the Cleveland Print Room

In 1977, two photographers set themselves a challenge: Take pictures of Miami Beach’s Jewish retirement community residents every day for ten years. The photographers were named Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe. They called their undertaking simply “The Miami Beach Project.” Tragically, five years into the project, Sweet was murdered in his own apartment during a home invasion. At the time […]

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Paper soaked by the sea: Yuko Kimura at The Verne Collection

Through their website, the Verne Collection is hosting Usumono, an exhibit of unique paper works by Japanese-American artist Yuko Kimura. Based out of a brick-and-mortar gallery on Murray Hill Road in uptown Cleveland, Verne specializes in contemporary Japanese art. However, they do represent American artists, including Cleveland’s own Timothy Callaghan and Gloria Plevin. Kimura has a foot in both Japan […]

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CHRISTINE MAUERSBERGER: FROM POISONOUS BEAUTY TO UNIVERSAL MOTIONS

In the shadow of COVID – 19, ARTneo/CAN Triennial exhibition prizewinner Christine Mauersberger confronts uncertainty with beauty and resolve In July of 2018, Christine Mauersberger installed Poisonous Beauty in the main stairwell of 78th Street Studios. The work was inspired by the 2017 algae bloom in Lake Erie—the worst since 2014. The algal blooms were the inevitable result of government inaction—the failure […]

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Art from a Distance: Home Is Where The Art Is, hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art

True to the pledge to be “For the benefit of all the people, forever,” the Cleveland Museum of Art has continued offering aesthetic, educational programming during coronavirus-imposed closure of their brick-and-mortar galleries. About every ten days since March 20, the CMA has posted an episode to its new YouTube series, “Home Is Where The Art Is.” Hosted by a rotating […]

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Epics of the everyday: Pamela Dodds at Suite 215

A contemporary filmmaker has about 30 images per second with which to tell her story. A painter has only what she can fit into the canvas. Therefore, most paintings are not narratives per se. Even when mythological, historic, or pop cultural figures are recognizable in painting, the meaning of the painting is more than just the story of the depicted […]

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Time Travel: In a new exhibition at BAYarts, David King continues a series exploring a box of family photos

Now that he’s retired, David King has time to get to work. For three decades, King taught art in Chagrin Falls schools. He is proud of his students. “They make me look good,” he says of them. And he puts his money where his mouth is: Throughout his Cleveland Heights home, he’s hung works by Chagrin Falls graduates who’ve gone […]

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The bow: Tregoning & Company preserved, made art history

Tregoning & Company was born in 1982, over lunch. Having cut his teeth at American University and Washington, D.C.-area museums, Tregoning had come to work for a prominent Cleveland framing and appraisal company. However, he quickly found himself in philosophical clashes with the owners. The firm only hung a few paintings on the walls at a time. To Tregoning, this […]

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