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

Review: Picasso Dazzles at the Columbus Museum of Art

Liz Trapp Liz Trapp Review: Picasso Dazzles at the Columbus Museum of Art

If there is anything surprising about the Picasso exhibition currently on view at the Columbus Museum of Art, it is that there are still grand performances mounted by the legendary master himself. The Spanish painter who was best known for restructuring and revising the trajectory of art history with his Cubist works, which fractured the […]

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Wallace Peck: Works on Paper

Liz Trapp Liz Trapp Wallace Peck: Works on Paper

Wallace Peck, described in his artist biography as always-smiling and filled with boundless joy, embodies the mission of Open Door Art Studio in his current solo exhibition at the studio’s gallery. To begin with, Peck’s work output is tremendous.  Prolific, even.  His twenty-five charcoal, graphite, and pastel drawings on display feel as though they are […]

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Art Review: Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Art Review: Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada

I’ve seen Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada a few times since it opened at the Wexner Center this past January. That’s normal. I like to revisit those exhibitions I’ll be writing about. Usually it’s with the intention of gathering additional details or reviewing works I expect to highlight. Sometimes it’s just to experience the overall tone […]

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Review: Melvin Edwards Redefines Modernist Sculpture

Liz Trapp Liz Trapp Review: Melvin Edwards Redefines Modernist Sculpture

There is magic in the reused, genius in the constructed, grace found in steel.  Melvin Edwards, an African American artist who has been making steel sculptures of all sizes for five decades, is redefining our dust-collected definition of modernist sculpture in his enormous exhibition Melvin Edwards: Five Decades at the Columbus Museum of Art. The […]

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Sold Out. Tim Rietenbach at Angela Meleca Gallery

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Sold Out. Tim Rietenbach at Angela Meleca Gallery

The idea of the artist holding a mirror up to society has become such a common critical trope that I’m wary of even invoking it. To the degree that all art has some form of cultural context, it’s nearly impossible for it not to reflect culture back in some way or another. The mirror then […]

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Art Review: The Whiteness of the Whale

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Art Review: The Whiteness of the Whale

You’ll recall this past August Wild Goose Creative hosted The Art of the Leviathan, an exhibition of artwork based on the novel Moby Dick. Now, as the year draws to a close Moby Dick surfaces again, this time at the Cultural Arts Center in an exhibition titled The Whiteness of the Whale. Given this confluence of like-minded […]

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Review: US IS THEM at the Pizzuti Collection

Jeff Regensburger Jeff Regensburger Review: US IS THEM at the Pizzuti Collection

I liked US IS THEM when it opened in September. I like it even more now. They say context is everything. Given the recent national conversations on race, ethnicity, religion, culture, and security it strikes me as unlikely that the folks at the Pizzuti Collection could have timed this exhibition any better if they’d tried. […]

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