Art: Color NOW!

Phyllis Weston Gallery’s Color NOW! also features Cincinnati colorists from the recent past. This smart inclusion promises to elevate the show from an exhibition to an education. Compare and contras

Phyllis Weston Gallery’s Color NOW! also features Cincinnati colorists from the recent past. This smart inclusion promises to elevate the show from an exhibition to an education. Compare and contrast paintings by late modernists Harry Reisiger and Jens Jensen with the work of 2012 Art Academy graduate Merritt Johnson, incoming AAC student Max Unterhaslberger and photographer Diana Duncan Holmes. Reisiger counted music and friend Paul Chidlaw among his influences, and his expressive canvases, like Johnson’s, are saturated with blues, greens and pops of orange. Jensen was inspired by Picasso, and in turn Jensen has been a source of study for Unterhaslberger, who spray-paints vibrant works on paper in his studio at the gallery. Johnson has experimented with layering photographs to create textural abstract paintings, while Holmes shoots painterly, abstract photographs that also transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Opening reception 5-9 p.m., 2005½Madison Road, O’Bryonville. Through Sept. 1. Holmes lectures 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16.  513-321-5200, phylliswestongallery.com.

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