Saturday, June 21, 2008

Refocused Exhibitions

A recent story in City Beat about new approaches to exhibitions at the CAC has excited my interests in the direction of local arts and artists. Focusing more on single artist shows and less on thematic exhibitions I think will have an interesting effect on our local art scene. Of course, most anything that shows at the CAC can influence artists not only here in Cincinnati but across the country. What we often forget though is the influence of the curator to present artistic ideas to the viewer. The curator determines the parameters of the artistic discussion. Raphaela Platow’s decision to refocus on the work of individual artists may be dictated by the museum space, but she no doubt sees the potential to inspire the local artists to engage their own works as well.

4 comments:

VisuaLingual said...

Ahem, that's Raphaela Platow.

Kathy said...

Thank you. :)

Mulligan said...

one issue with massive solo shows is that the artists who will be presented will have to have already made a major name for themselves. So will we be seeing work that has been showcased already in enough institutions to make it null and void? or, will the CAC be the first to showcase the work of top artists who have never had a major museum exhibition. If so, I am all for it. The group exhibitions have been something for artists to aspire to, this will certainly make the CAC feel totally out of reach. However there is something amazing about seeing a great body of work from one artist that I have not experienced in this city in the two years I have lived here.

Kathy said...

I agree, it would be great if the CAC is the first to host such a showcase of work. But does it really matter if the work has been exhibited before in another show or not?
Single artist shows provide a much-needed discussion...not of the theme, but of the work, form, aesthetic. I really feel hosting single-artist shows will provide the necessary discussion between artists, local, national, and international.
I'm not sure I understand what you mean by out of reach. Perceived by the artist or the average museum goer?