Monday, February 22, 2010

Obey and 20th Century Cincy


This weekend was tremendous and Monday is really doing its best to try and come off strong. Friday night found us downtown attempting to go to long-time Charley Harper Art Studio supporter, the Contemporary Art Center, for the Shepard Fairey opening. The thing is, as we get older, we don't quite find ourselves needing to make "the scene" and not to mention, it takes a bit longer to get out the door. By the time we got to downtown Cincinnati there was a line all the way around the block. So, rather than stand around in the chill, we walked up the street and enjoyed a steamed bagel sandwich at Gilpins Bagel & Deli. Excellent sandwich, mediocre service. Never made it into the CAC. It looked like fun. Lots of young people dancing and enjoying the time. Most of our readers are probably familiar with Fairey's Obama poster with the words "HOPE". Well, this young whippersnapper has been making all sorts of artwork for quite sometime borrowing from Russian Constructivism and the visage on the late great pro-wrestler, Andre the Giant. "Andre the Giant Has a Posse". You can see some of his latest graphic mural work adorning select walls throughout Cincinnati, currently. Our only real criticism - put them up higher so the younger kids have room to practice on a blank wall instead of a on top a nice mural. That's all.
We finished that evening off listening to delightful young musical group from Columbus called Saint Seneca. Not sure what to call the sound, some of it was overly dramatic coffee-house angst, but most of it was upbeat, driven acoustic spiritualistic folk. Kudos to the young folks over at the Bike Haus for allowing opening us up to good energy.

Now its Monday, and we have the upcoming 15th Annual 20th Century Cincinnati show this weekend that we are preparing for as well as our show at Castor and Pollux in Brighton, UK.
"20th Century Cincinnati is the Queen City's annual retrospective of the forward looking design trends introduced between the First World War and the Computer Age. Quiet evolutions and clamorous revolutions in the arts, architecture, furnishings, decor and fashion worlds..... Art Deco, Streamline, Futuristic, Mid-Century Modern and Op/Pop.....the century's classic forms - many from the century's signature designers - all will fill the floor when 20th Century Cincinnati returns to the Sharonville Convention Center on the weekend of February 27-28, 2010." Stop by and say hi.


  1. Hi. I'm a Cincinnatian living in Texas. Will there be posters from this exhibition for sale? How can I see them and purchase, if there are?
    I grew up in Pisgah, down the highway from Sharonville but moved away in the 1970s. I didn't know Sharonville had a convention center.
    I can't beieve I'm down here while this is happening up there. It sounds unbelievable. I hope I can send a relative to scout this for me. I think they're art inclined!! Will you post pics here? Thanks for your help. Betty

  2. Hello, I'm a Cincinnatian living in Texas. Can you tell me, will there be a POSTER available for the 20th Century Cincinnati Show, this weekend? How could I see it and purchase one? ~I used to live down the highway from Sharonville but moved in the late 60s. I didn't know Sharonville had a convention center! Thanks for any help you can give. Betty

  3. Yes, we have pics that will be up from the 20th Century show here in Cincinnati. You'd be surprised at some of the changes going on in Cincinnati. Even the skyline and the riverfront have changed.

    As far as poster of the Modernism show, I would check the website,