Zygote Press Bridges the Divide

Being a print cooperative studio, Zygote champions collaboration. What many might not know is that Zygote also  welcomes curatorial proposals–providing opportunities for additional voices to have a say in what’s on the walls of the  gallery. Under the direction of executive director Liz Maugans, the programming committee (made up of board members) meets to discuss and chart out the direction and exhibition possibilities, working a calendar year in advance. Up […]

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Red Hot: Abstract Expressionist Paintings of James Johnson

Stepping into Tregoning & Co.’s exhibit Red Hot transports the viewer back in time to the heyday of Abstract  Expressionism with the works of James Johnson.   In the late 1950s, Johnson moved with his wife Marjorie and their new born son from Berkeley California to Painseville, Ohio. There, Johnson threw himself completely into Abstract  Expressionism creating works that evolved […]

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A BUCKEYE ABROAD: FRANK WILCOX PAINTS PARIS, 1910-1911, at Tregoning and Co.

While not very well-known today outside of Cleveland, Frank Wilcox was one of the great virtuosos in the history of American watercolor and was often described as such in articles written during his lifetime. This October and November, Tregoning & Co. will present a fascinating chunk of his achievement: a group of watercolors of France and particularly of Paris in […]

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PLUGGED IN

“Nobody’s ever—kind of—done this before…” Fred Bidwell glances distractedly through his office windows. Outside, the  square brick façade of the Bidwell Foundation’s new Transformer Station renovation and expansion can be seen directly  across West 29th Street – the “this” that he’s talking about. I think he means the qualifying phrase “kind of” as a disclaimer. But in fact nobody has done it before, or at […]

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MOCA and the Dome of Heaven

A museum of contemporary art should catch one’s eye. Appropriately, then, one’s first reaction on seeing Farshid  Moussavi’s new museum of contemporary art for Cleveland is: “What’s that?” With its unusual angles sheathed in dark, mirror-like stainless steel, one might well suppose that it’s not a building at all,  but a piece of abstract sculpture. It’s hard not be provoked and intrigued, and it’s hard not to want […]

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MADE OF CLEVELAND; When the city’s influence goes deep beneath the surface

by Erin O’Brien   For some artists, simply depicting Cleveland in their work isn’t enough. From a metal sculptor who hand forges steel in  order to evoke the Cuyahoga’s iconic bridges, to a pop artist who uncovers secret messages within our retail cast-offs, CAN Journal showcases three who literally imbue their work with essence of the city. Stephen Yusko At first blush, Stephen Yusko’s Cuyahoga Bridge series tables reflect a gossamer delicacy, […]

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HERDING CATS: Four artist-organizers discuss the hows and whys

Artists build careers by their individualism. They function on their own clocks, and get attention with original ideas.  That means the people who organize them have a tough job. They not only take time away from their own art, but also to  tiptoe around opinions and hover above chaos. And they’re almost always volunteers. Nonetheless, Cleveland has plenty of artists working to organize their colleagues at the grass […]

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Randall Tiedman: January 31, 1949–November 4, 2012

    Randall Tiedman’s body of work spanned nearly five decades. It began with a comic book cover when Tiedman was 15  and included forays into portraiture, abstract and experimental depictions, and romantic Hudson River School inspired  landscapes. Tiedman’s most recent work featured industrial landscapes with factories bordering cascading waterfalls, unseen lighting  sources spilling over sporting arenas and tumultuous lake water sloshing over entire city blocks. The dramatic industrial  images […]

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ArtFace: David Franklin, Director, Cleveland Museum of Art, as photographed by Herbert Ascherman, Jr.

On the Cleveland Museum of Art’s atrium, opening October 29, 2012: “The striking atrium will serve as the heart of the newly renovated and expanded Cleveland Museum of Art. It is our gift to the community–a free space for people to gather, reflect, and refresh before or after their experience in our galleries. We’ve designed the space to be flexible, […]

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