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The Suburbanite
  • On the Beat: Canton Museum of Art receives national magazine spotlight

  • It’s exhibit, “The Cleveland School,” is the subject of a 10-page cover story in the new issue of American Art Review.

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  • There’s a buzz of excitement these days at the Canton Museum of Art, whose current original exhibition, “The Cleveland School,” is the subject of a 10-page cover story in the new issue of American Art Review.
    “To be featured like this in a national magazine is huge,” said Max Barton, the museum’s new marketing director. “It’s pointing directly at us.”
    Lynnda Arrasmith, the museum’s curator of collections, is especially excited that the magazine used a museum-owned Charles Burchfield watercolor, “September Afterglow,”  as the cover image. “It is an ‘Oh, my gosh’ moment,’ ” she said.
    A download of the entire article can be found at the museum’s website — www.cantonart.org — under the Press Room heading.
    UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
    An ambitious and diverse lineup of major exhibitions looms on the horizon at the Canton Museum of Art, and gregarious executive director M.J. Albacete is happy to share details.
    • Opening May 10 will be “Joseph O’Sickey: Unifying Art, Life and Love,” a career retrospective for the Kent-based artist, now in his 90s. “Joe’s work is impressionistic, he’s done a lot of oil paintings, a great deal of graphics,” Albacete said. “I love his work, and I don’t get crazy about too many artists.” During the show’s run, O’Sickey will be awarded a Governor’s Award through the Ohio Arts Council. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
    • “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” opening Sept. 1, poses legal and ethical questions about the use of medical data gleaned from experiments conducted in Nazi Germany. “It comes to us from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum,” Albacete said. “It’s not a grisly, horrific kind of show but it raises moral issues about medical research that are still timely. It’s not an art show but we felt it was important.” He said he hopes to involve medical and legal professionals in topical panel discussions.
    • “Illuminating the Word: The St. John’s Bible,” opening Dec. 5 and presented in partnership with Malone University, will display “the first bible in 500 years that is being done entirely according to medieval techniques,” Albacete said. “The entire 1,400-page bible (both Old and New Testaments), is done on vellum, every single word has been copied by hand in calligraphy, and there are illuminations done by modern artists. The pages I’ve seen are spectacular.” For an adjunct exhibition, area artists are invited to create their own depictions of biblical scenes.
    • “Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World,” scheduled for September 2014, is a traveling exhibition that collects paintings and sculptures “that were created to rip off people, and be passed off as the real thing,” Albacete said. Among the forged artists are Rembrandt and Picasso. “We think it’s going to be a remarkable crowd-pleaser,” he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - • “Ferdinand Brader” A Legacy of Rural Ohio and Pennsylvania in the Late 19th Century,” scheduled for late 2014, is an original exhibition focusing on a little-known itinerant artist — “a very strange individual who came from Switzerland,” Albacete said — who would create large and detailed pencil drawings of farms of butcher paper, in exchange for food and lodging. “They are almost like aerial views, with workers and farm equipment in the fields. He sometimes put himself in the  pictures,” he said. “They’re historically relevant. It’s amazing how many of these drawings we have located in the area.” A catalogue will be published.