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Reviews of local art exhibitions, shows and events throughout Columbus.

Write Here: Graffiti Takes Center Stage

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Write Here: Graffiti Takes Center Stage

Compared to gallery and museum shows, writing about graffiti presents some pretty unique challenges. For starters, no one has ever provided me with a press release about new graffiti in our area. I’ve never been invited to a wine and cheese reception featuring graffiti writers or their assembled works. No obliging gallerist has ever taken […]

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Details, Details. Summer 2015 Group Exhibition at Angela Meleca Gallery

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Details, Details. Summer 2015 Group Exhibition at Angela Meleca Gallery

It’s good to remind ourselves that painting and sculpture often exert their own brand of physicality. They have a presence; a presence that stems in large part from the particular materials from which the objects are made. When it comes right down to it, painting and sculpture can be summed up as the deliberate and […]

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Art Review: Jack Whitten – Five Decades of Painting

Nora Kilbane Nora Kilbane Art Review: Jack Whitten – Five Decades of Painting

This sweeping retrospective at The Wexner Center for the Arts provides an impressive overview of Jack Whitten’s career. Its 50 works dazzle with the wide variety of styles and techniques employed by Whitten, an artist who has been continually exploring new ways to exploit the properties of paint. “I cut paint, I laminate paint, I […]

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Art Review: Leah Frankel, Shed Series

Nora Kilbane Nora Kilbane Art Review: Leah Frankel, Shed Series

The Shed is a delightfully DIY exhibition space tucked into the lovely back yard of a Clintonville home. Artist Blake Turner, who has worked extensively with non-permanent exhibitions and found spaces, claimed this little barn-like building and converted it into “an art space for realizing ideas.”  Although more casual, and certainly less commercial than traditional […]

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Review: Old Wood and Ancient Haunts, New Works by Linda Gall

Nora Kilbane Nora Kilbane Review: Old Wood and Ancient Haunts, New Works by Linda Gall

Painter Linda Gall is known for her evocative images of abandoned industrial sites inhabited by an odd assortment of antique porcelain figurines. Depicted as if life-size, these strange ceramic protagonists can be kitschy and comic, or mannered and graceful. Their enigmatic presence serves to activate the narrative potential of what would otherwise be architectural still […]

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Three to Go: An Art Field Trip in Columbus

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Three to Go: An Art Field Trip in Columbus

I cleared out some space on my calendar on Friday so I could enjoy a mini art field trip. My intention was to catch up on some area artists and venues, both old and new. The fact is there are a lot of great places to see art in Columbus, certainly more than I typically […]

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Review: Saturday Morning Celebration

Dan Stout Dan Stout Review: Saturday Morning Celebration

The Saturday morning cartoon officially died in October of 2014. This past weekend, The Vanderelli Room held a sugary cereal-fueled wake in its honor. “It’s Saturday Morning Somewhere” is a tribute to the brightly colored cartoons that held generations of children in rapt attention. The group show features over a dozen artists and their interpretation […]

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