The Eyebrows Say “Whoa!” Justin Brennan at HEDGE

Paintings can foreshorten and remake experience, transcribing in a directly sensual, primal tongue.  This ambitious undertaking is often bitter and disappointing — but pocked with thrilling episodes. It’s a search for the kind of truth that immediacy conveys, a body-to-body, first person narrative approach to communication. Either there’s no room for error, or (more likely) the error is all the […]

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What Can We Learn from Susan Allan Block?

  A state arts agency might seem pretty distant from the insurrection at the US Capitol January 6. But when Susan Allan Block responded to that event by posting on social media in all caps, NO PEACE, NO UNITY, NO CONCESSION, and called president elect Joe Biden “ILLIGITIMATE,” and referred to vice president-elect Kamala Harris as a “WHORE,” that changed. […]

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The Beauty They Possess: William Sommer’s Children at Wolfs Gallery

  Wolfs Gallery’s new location is a bit off the beaten track in a commercial/industrial park in Beachwood, but it is worth the visit. It was a treat to walk through the expansive space of multiple connected galleries filled with historic and contemporary art from Cleveland and beyond. Currently, their feature exhibition focusses on portraits of children by William Sommer […]

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2020: Looking Back on the Year that Wasn’t

One thing is certain about 2020 – it’s the year I saw the least art, well, the least of my entire adult life. It’s not that I didn’t see and enjoy some artsy things, it’s just the shocking realization that I didn’t set foot in an art museum even once, or happily spend most Friday nights bouncing around town to […]

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2020: The Year COVID Drove Evolution

The novel coronavirus was not only devastating to the art world in 2020: COVID drove evolution, as well. Some strategies artists and organizations invented or embraced were not only innovative in the moment, but are likely to endure in 2021 and beyond. Here are a few innovations, adaptations, and repackaging efforts that got our attention in this terrible, horrible, no […]

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John W Carlson, Rest In Peace

  The social media outpouring of grief over the passing of John W. Carlson in recent days provided a small window on the scope of impact made by an artist who loved to engage with people, ideas, and art. John was taken to the hospital in an ambulance Friday night, having had an abdominal aneurism.  Officially he died at 2:02 […]

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Art Books Make Great Gifts

In addition to all the wretched things 2020 produced, there were some wonderful books by and about Northeast Ohio artists and their works.  No matter your interests as a spectator, collector, colleague, or student of the regional art scene, these titles are worth a look and make great gifts.   The Flying Banana George Kocar, introduction by Douglas Max Utter […]

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