A master is born
At 92, Danny Solomon prepares his first art show
Danny Solomon was showing promise: He had enjoyed painting floral still lifes and animal portraits, and so for his birthday he got his first real paint set. The thing is, that was his 70th birthday, and it was 22 years ago. Now, at the age of 92, Solomon is having his first show. Completely self-taught, he paints in oil and acrylics on canvas, focusing on landscapes, animal images, and portraits. His show, By the Hand of Solomon, is open through December 30 at Artists Review Today in the Galleria (at 1301 East Ninth St. downtown). Learn more by calling 216-771-0900 or go to artistreviewtoday.com.
On view now at area galleries and museums:
Akron Art Museum: Who Shot Rock & Roll: The Brooklyn Museum of Art's groundbreaking show is a dizzying tour of the images that helped shape how we hear the music. Its 174 photos capture everyone from Chuck Berry to Amy Winehouse. Through January 23 at 1 South High St. in Akron. Museum admission is $7; go to akronartmuseum.org for more information.
Bonfoey Gallery: The Abstracted Plane: The paintings of Dana Oldfather and Erik Neff are abstract, but not so much that they keep you from theorizing about what might be depicted in them. Through December 31 at 1710 Euclid Ave. Call 216-621-0178 or go to bonfoey.com.
Cleveland Museum of Art: Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe: This collection of artifacts from churches and monasteries from throughout the world was organized in cooperation with the Walters Museum in Baltimore and the British Museum in London. Through January 17. Also:
Objects Being Taught They Are Nothing But Tools: South Korean artist Kim Beom endows his creations — sculpture, drawings, painting, videos, and mixed media projects — with absurd traits and abilities. Through March 6 at 11150 East Blvd. in University Circle; call 216-421-7340 or visit clevelandart.org. Museum admission is free; tickets for the special exhibit are $6 to $12, free for kids age 5 and under.
Museum of Contemporary Art: An Invitation to Lubber-Land: Duke Riley brings his interest in people living in the margins of society to Cleveland's famed "Torso Murders." This installation incorporates video, mosaic, drawing, found objects, and sculpture to reenvision Elliot Ness' historic purge. Through January 9 at 8501 Carnegie Ave. Call 216-421-8671 or visit mocacleveland.org.
SPACES: Chris Kulcsar, the lead singer for This Moment in Black History, invites visitors into a collaborative soundscape for his SPACELab project. Stepping off from his own inclinations toward processed, layered sounds, he invites the public to add their own sound play to a continuously running cassette loop. Also: The gallery's World Artists Program welcomes its first African contributor, Nandipha Mntambo of Cape Town. Mntambo has frequently dealt with tensions and contrasts such as life and death, and man vs. nature. Through January 21 at 2220 Superior Viaduct. Call 216-621-2314 or go to spacesgallery.org.
Brandt Gallery: Winners and Losers: Michelle Marie Murphy gravitates toward themes of comedy and tragedy in her efforts to memorialize people at formative points in their lives. Open Saturdays and by appointment through January 15 at 1028 Kenilworth Ave. in Tremont. Call 216-621-1610 or go to brandtgallery.org.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery: Cinema 01: Group show featuring 18 artists from Cleveland, Chicago, London, and elsewhere who use movies as source material. Through January 7 at 1305 West 80th St. Call 216-631-6719 or visit kennethpaullesko.com.
William Busta Gallery: Sculptor Paul O'Keeffe makes large colorful pieces using steel, cast plaster, and other materials in DayGlo colors and enigmatic forms that defy your attempts to figure out what it is. Through December 31 at 2731 Prospect Ave. Call 216-298-9071 or visit williambustagallery.com.