Looking Back: Best VL Posts of 2013

Ave Maria Grotto by Brother Joseph Zoettl

What a year it’s been, filled with so many adventures! These are my favorite experiences of 2013, including some Cincinnati gems as well as public art and architecture elsewhere, plus some crazy nature to boot. There was a lot of Art Deco exploration this year, from Miami Beach to Rockefeller Center.
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Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark

ZOMG! The Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham is by far one of the most unique places I’ve ever visited. From 1882 until 1971, it operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace and, a decade after closing, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.
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Photorealistic Paintings by John Salt

Parked Riviera by John Salt

Parked Riviera by John Salt

Painter John Salt is considered one of the pioneers of Photorealism. Born and raised in Birmingham and educated in Baltimore, his work focuses on dilapidated, mostly rural spaces [although the painting above looks like it could be the Lower East Side in the 70s or early 80s].
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Elsewhere

Enjoy Your Weekend: art everywhere this weekend, from downtown Cincinnati all the way out to West Chester.

Charley Harper Skateboards: we have our deck, and now you can get one, too.

Cedric Michael Cox Interview: our talented painter friend Cedric discusses OTR as his muse; Soul within Structure, an exhibit of his new paintings, opens at the CAC tomorrow.

More Jane, Less Marc: a brilliant DIY campaign by Mike Joyce of Stereotype Design.

DAZE, ROKE and PRIEST Peel Back History in Birmingham, Alabama: a brand-new mural peels itself back to reveal its 30-year old predecessor. Wow. Just wow.

Down at the Corner Store: photographers Karla and James Murray document NYC storefronts.

Moonjoo Lee, Painter of New Nature: Urban Decay, Debris, Demolished Buildings: just that; awesome work.