Color + Rhythm: New Paintings by Cedric Michael Cox
March 17–June 25, 2017 | Sinton Gallery
Cincinnati-based artist Cedric Michael Cox’s bright, lively, and often playful paintings offer abstract twists on traditional painting subjects. For this exhibition, Cox will present a new series of paintings inspired by works in the Taft collection. Working under a broad range of influences, including mythology, music, film, architecture, nature, and the urban environment, Cox encourages viewers to re-examine the world around them. His abstractions range from the geometric to the curvilinear, and look back to the fragmented forms of Cubism, the biomorphic shapes of Surrealism, and even the atmospheric colors of Tonalism.
Cedric Michael Cox regularly exhibits his work locally, regionally, and nationally. In the Cincinnati area, he has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Carnegie Center for Visual and Performing Arts, the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and Northern Kentucky University. His paintings have also appeared at FiveMyles Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, among other venues. The City of Cincinnati has awarded Cox an Individual Artist Grant and a Congressional Award for Entrepreneurship. In 2015, the Dayton Art Institute selected Cox as a Yeck Artist-in-Residence. Through a partnership between the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Public Schools, he currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Woodford Paideia Academy and Chase Elementary School. Cox teaches art at St. Francis Seraph School and has completed several mural projects throughout the Cincinnati area.
Treasures of British Painting 1400–2000: The Berger Collection
June 10–October 1, 2017 | Fifth Third Gallery
Fifty paintings span six centuries in this who’s who of British painting. Highlights from the Berger Collection, housed in the Denver Art Museum, convey the history of British artistic achievement and delight the eye. Beginning with a medieval crucifixion scene and ending with contemporary painting, the exhibition touches on all major eras and genres in between. Captivating portraits show the faces of Tudor royalty, powerful aristocrats, and the rising middle class. Landscapes reveal the importance of the sea, the countryside, and the city to British identity. Compelling paintings of horses underscore the popularity of equestrian sports in Britain. In short, Treasures of British Painting, with its masterpieces by artists including Anthony van Dyck, Benjamin West, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and John Singer Sargent, provides a rich survey of British painting.
Treasures of British Painting 1400–2000: The Berger Collection is organized by the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition is made possible by the Berger Collection Educational Trust.
Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts
October 21, 2017–January 21, 2018 | Fifth Third Gallery
For nearly 300 years, quilt makers have created a dazzling range of designs using the versatile mosaic patchwork technique. The 21 quilts in Elegant Geometry highlight the skill, intelligence, and artistry of the women who practiced mosaic patchwork quilting during its early years. Mosaic quilters wrapped and sewed cloth around identically sized, geometrically shaped paper pieces. They then stitched the tiny units together into intricate patterns. The earliest quilts in the exhibition originated in 18th-century England. British colonists brought the technique to the New World, where American women embraced it. American quilts in Elegant Geometry date through the 19th century and were made by women from Eastern and Midwestern states including Kentucky and Ohio.