From Woman XII at Lakeland

If we learned anything about women and gender-queer folks over the last two years and two months, it is that we are resilient, powerful survivor-warriors. What seems clear both locally and globally for women in living in the Orange Era, is what artist Barbra Kruger plainly stated 30 years ago in her stark photo text piece: “Your body is a […]

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CAN Triennial Dealer Guide: Cleveland Figurative, Booth 10

Stanka Kordic Martin O’Connor John A. Sargent, III Judy Takács Contemporary Figurative Realism is a movement that has been brewing on the coasts for over a decade. Cleveland’s own figurative artists have also been passionately painting humans with an eye to truth, beauty and the beauty of the truthful depiction…physically and emotionally. To own a masterful depiction of a human […]

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Among Friends: The May Show at Lakeland

In the afternoon before the opening of Lakeland Community College’s May Show, the poster that would later greet visitors was covered in brown paper to keep the identity of the Best-In-Show winner a secret. During a walk around the galleries that afternoon, it was impossible to ignore Mark Giangaspero’s imposing pastel portrait in grays and blues, Altered Identity. The image […]

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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve Spring 2018

Szalay/Takács Secrets Art is full of secrets…secret meanings, symbolism, struggles and statements. Some secrets go to the grave with the artist, leaving curators and art historians to spend centuries speculating and theorizing about the mysteries hanging on museum walls. And some living artists blog about the secrets they have hidden in their paintings, hoping someone will care about the painting […]

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