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Ideas into Objects

Reinterpreting the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

  • Dates
    Apr 22 - Jun 12 , 2005
  • Venue
    Weston Art Gallery

Exhibition Sponsor(s):

Jackie & Mitch Meyers, Gates & Barbara Moss, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP

Ideas into Objects

Reinterpreting the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

The Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts celebrates its tenth exhibition season with a reunion of artists for the exhibition Ideas into Objects: Reinterpreting the Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. After ten years of presenting nearly 600 Cincinnati and regional artists, the Weston Art Gallery has invited back a select group to create new work inspired by the most revered artist of all time, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). The exhibition spans both levels, and all three Gallery exhibition spaces, with an ambitious representation of work reflecting the multiplicity of Leonardo’s talent and interests.

Exhibition curator Kip Eagen asked artists to study the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci as the ultimate source and key to the Renaissance master’s genius. More than 600 drawings exist in various collections throughout the world. They illustrate subjects ranging from perspective, engineering, architecture, anatomy, science, hydrology, botany, music, and weapons of war, and—most famously—are crowded onto page after page, sometimes discordantly, and incompletely. The vast body of drawings Leonardo left behind represents his insatiable curiosity and inventive theorizing that is unique to all artistic endeavors.

Ideas into Objects features an array of painting, video, sculpture, drawing, photography, and mixed media installation. More than 70 local, regional and international artists are participating, including Alan Rath, Leslie Shiels, TODT, Tony Luensman, Thom Shaw, Susan Ewing, Cole Carothers, Peter Huttinger, Brian Joiner, Deborah Morrissey-McGoff, Beverly Erschell, and William Shickel.

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