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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 47

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Sunday, September 15, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER ArtD-7 r 1 ( : I w i m r ; , $WPHQ0ICB CINCINN A ESTR A JESUS L0PKZ-C0B0S-MUSIC DIRECTOR CASUAL CLASSICS NEWSERIESI Informal, inexpensive, ideal for families with children... or for anyone who wants to hear great music without going to great lengthsl Saturday, November 23 "Jr r 1 1 10:30 am. Music Hall September 21 Music Hall 1 ' !"' " fli 1 i If J f I . yy: j Saturday, 10:30 am, FIRST IMPRESSIONS Dvorak: Slavonic Dance No. 1 Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 FANTASTIC JOURNEY I :, f m " ,'"Wfc; ,. . . . "w,.! S V4 V,. . M ' Y Pi Berl ioz: Symphonie fantastique Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird I i iiiim . nr'lnniim -- I - -- ' iZmmm The Cincinnati EnquirerMichasl E. Keating Jack Sawyer has the inside track on Cincinnati's corporate art. CAC takes stock Conducted by CSO assistant conductor Keith Lockhart Only $15 for two concertsl For ticket information call 381-3300. of corporate art L! l&wSn t Fmdsen Jack Sawyer has only lived in Cincinnati for two years, but he's probably seen more pictures of Cincinnati's skyline than people who have lived here all their lives. "There's at least one print or X. 1 1 A i Art answers So who are the proud corporate owners of the art works on the cover pt Arts & Leisure section? I "Cross Cultural Perspectives," a stunning realist watercolor still life by Cincinnati artist Anne Miotke, hangs in the offices of E.W. Scripps. The colorful abstraction "Angel Blue," by Sam Gilliam, is a highlight of the The American Financial Corporation's collection. 01 TIT Systems (CBIS), focus on Cincin nati artists. CBIS concentrates on contemporary artists, while P&G photograph of the skyline in every company collection in town," Sawyer says. "The skyline is the thread that goes through almost every collection, mostly those prints that come in editions of two or three thousand." It's not surprising that skylines grace the walls of Cincinnati rations. But the quality and diversity of art collected by Cincinnati corporations is surprising, as viewers will discover in "Cincinnati Collects: The Corporate View," which opened Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center. Taking creative control Sawyer, chief curator at the CAC, has seen more Cincinnati art collections in one year than most people, even museum curators, could see in decades. He has walked through miles of hallways, looked into hundreds of offices and into boardrooms, and shaken the hands of countless executives. "Under normal circumstances," Sawyer says, "it would take 20 years to see this much art around the city." What he found was a diverse and exciting array of art, some of which "would stand up in any museum in the world." The large metal sculpture by R.M. Fisher that fills the center of the CAC gallery is a prime example. It's from Arcorp, Inc. The large abstract by Helen Frankenthaler, at totes inc., is another. "Some companies have a fear of making aesthetic decisions, so they turn over decisions to decorators," Sawyer says. "What I was seeking was companies that have taken the initiative to come up with a creative concept to build a collection around. That's more exciting than looking through a print catalog to fill up the walls." Three focuses collects old Cincinnati art, includ ing the oldest work in the show, an 1867 painting of slave Margaret Garner by Thomas Noble. Sawyer selected about 110 works of art from 44 corporations, including some companies that do not collect art. He selected an industrial design model of a jet engine from General Electric Air craft Engines, Bauhaus design chairs from Western-Southern Life Insurance Company, and Jim Borg- man's cartoons from The Enquirer. "Borgman is doing significant contemporary art," Sawyer says. Collecting new art Corporations seldom collect art as an investment. They collect "because one or two people in the corporation get the bug," Sawyer says. Some collections are very personal, displaying the taste and enthusiasm of a single individual, while others have a committee that votes on the art purchased. found three Sawyer says he says "It is getting hard for anyone, kinds of collections: even corporations, to collect older art." Sawyer says. "But some of the most exciting things a corpora The Cincinnati Art Museum has brought together six of the best-known, most influential art museum directors in the country for this series. They will all address the theme, "New Directions for Art Museums." Each lecture will be followed by a reception 'so you can meet and exchange ideas with that evening's speaker. This is not only a wonderful way for you to enjoy an "inside" look at the museum world today, but also it is a way to demonstrate Greater Cincinnati's strong appreciation for art and for fine museums. We count on having you join us for some or all of the Distinguished Directors Lecture Series. Thank you for attending this brief lecture. tion can do is find and collect things that were done in the last five years or so, and what is going on today. Visitors to CAC will notice that the front galleries, under the dome, are empty. The CAC has expanded so that the gallery can be open with one exhibition while an other is being installed. An exhibi The most adventurous collections are those that track the latest movements in international art, he says. Two of the most contemporary are the American Financial Corp. and the Manuel D. and Rho-da Mayerson Foundation. Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, attorneys, have a significant collection tracing contemporary print history over half a century. "Some companies document scenes and events in the city," he says. The skylines and river views fit into that category, including Ruby Wilkinson's charming, stitched-fabric image of the city in the Star Bank collection and the panoramic painting of the city by Joel Babb, commissioned by Gradi-son Financial Services. Other collections, including those of the Procter & Gamble Co. and Cincinnati Bell Information tion of the art of Mel Chin, filling the front galleries, opens Friday. . mum. n in r mum '"'-J ' "'y ' .I'i1 P!! ----J.-ill?1.fIJ11!.1 ! mmmmmmmm i HV CI w1 ! fV -; -V'J Liv i u hl L l JLI LXi L., .n "Cincinnati Collects: The Cor porate View" is at the Contempo rary Arts Center, 115 E. tilth St., downtown, through Nov. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sun Welneidey, loTinbir U it Ipa John Weleh of The J Piul Oetly Musium.Uillbu. WiduMdij, October II it Ipm Kicholu B Brajj of Rejmolda Houje, Wnutort'Silem. WatiHli;, Octobir t it Ipm Uarou Tuokir of Ttu lew Uuuum of CoMMnpomjr Art, New Tork City. day. Admission is $2, students and MImiOj, October I t )pn dmund P Plllsbury of Ui Klmbsll Art Uunum, Fori Worth. Weliir, October 10 M Ipa KmahuhiHolmuiConwillof The Studio Mueeum of Harlem, Hew York City Thmdi;, (tfUmbtr M it Ipa Philippe it llonubello of tht Uetropolitn Uussum of Art, NnYorkCUy. seniors are $1. Admission is free on Monday. Phone 721-0390. WEDNESDAY, CirLCinnabi Art Museum Eden Park 513-721-5204 OCTOBER 9 7:30 I nj Baldwin 1 C MUSIC HALL Ticket Order Form Tot The Distinguished Directors lecture Series. - Mail to: Public Servioe Dept., Cinoinnati Art Museum, Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1596 Name - TICKETS ON Address . Individual Lecture Order (An individual lecture and reception is $25 for Museum members or students, and $35 for non-members) Send me tickets for Philippe de Montebello, September 26 Send me tickets for Edmund Pillsbury, October 2 Send me tickets for Marcia Tucker, October 9 Send me tickets for Nicholas Bragg, October 23 Send me tickets for Kinshasha Holman Conwill, October 30 Send me tickets for John Walsh, November 13 Seating is limited to only 425 people. Fill out and send this order form with a stamped, self-addressed envelope as soon as possible. l uliil; U i UiLilili 0 City, State, Zip Daytime Telephone . Series Order (Includes all six lectures and receptions) Send me series tickets at the Museum member or student rate of $120 per series ticket. Send me series tickets at the non-member rate of $180 per series ticket. SALE NOV AVAILABLE AT ALL TICKETMASTER L0CA1I0NSINCLUDINQ ALL ABOUT SPORTS AND WE0T0WNE CHARGE: wsmr Q 5W49-M9

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