Here are some of the exhibits at some of the Ohio art museums during the first of the year.
The beautiful Cincinnati Art Museum presents Picasso Master Prints. The exhibit show Picasso’s work in printmaking. This exhibit is interesting for anyone who likes to see something by an artist they might have not seem him or her do before (http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/explore/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/1-the-exhibitions/67-picasso-prints-) The exhibit runs December 17, 2011 – May 13, 2012. Charles “Skip” Fleischmann was one of the most generous donors of works of art and funds for art purchase in the history of the Cincinnati Art Museum, so everyone should see the exhibit, A Tribute to Skip Fleischmann (http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/explore/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/1-the-exhibitions/353-a-tribute-to-skip-fleischmann-). The exhibit runs through March 18, 2012.
The wonderful and creative Columbus Museum of Art has many exhibits in 2012 to explore. One of these exhibits is Caravaggio: Behold the Man! The Impact of A Revolutionary Realist (http://columbusmuseum.org/exhibitions/in-depth-views/caravaggio.php). The exhibit shows the paintings of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio which is rare since he only painted about 80 works. The great thing about this museum is it has many exhibits to explore (http://www.columbusmuseum.org/exhibitions/).
Head on up to the northwest to the Toledo Museum of Art. The museum has many exhibits in the first part of 2012 that would be worth the trip (http://www.toledomuseum.org/exhibitions). One of these exhibits is European Expressionist and Cubist Works on Paper. There is also an interesting exhibit about storytelling in miniature with approximately 140 miniature engravings and prints from the Renaissance through modern and contemporary era. To complement this exhibit there is another exhibit on small worlds where five contemporary artists present more than 40 “small worlds” rendered via relief paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photos.
Dayton is not to be outdone when it comes to exhibits either. The Dayton Art Institute has lots of fine exhibits. For some truely American painting check out the American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibit (http://www.daytonartinstitute.org/art/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/american-chronicles-art-norman-rockwell). This exhibit travels through the lifes work of Norman Rockwell while also giving a tour of American history through paintings.
The Cleveland Museum of Art also has some great exhibits. The museum has a very interesting exhibit of photography. Here is what their websites says about the exhibit, “On view at the Cleveland Museum of Art from August 27, 2011 to February 26, 2012, Brian Ulrich features 50 color photographs from the artist’s Copia series (2001–10), a three-part project that confronts viewers with an in-depth examination of consumerism in American culture.” This exhibit is something not seen at many museums, so do not miss Brian Ulrich: Copia—Retail, Thrift, and Dark Stores, 2001–11 at the Cleveland Museum of Art (http://goo.gl/VvDA9).
There is tons of great art exhibits to see in the first few months of 2012.