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Paul Gauguin at Saint Louis Art Museum
Paul Gauguin, French, 1848 - 1903; "Tahitian Woman with a Flower", 1891; oil on canvas; 27 3/4 x 18 5/16 inches; Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen EXH36.4 Image courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis Art Museum to Present 'Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention'
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Best known as a painter, Paul Gauguin was an inventive and versatile artist who also created woodcarvings, ceramics and prints. This summer, the Saint Louis Art Museum will celebrate the range of Gauguin's artistic output from his early Impressionist paintings to his iconic works from Brittany and Tahiti to his fascinating exploration of three-dimensional objects.

Featuring 90 works of art, most from the world's leading collection of works by the artist, "Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention' will be the Saint Louis Art Museum's first exhibition highlighting the exceptional range of the artist's production. The exhibition opens July 21.

The exhibition will include more than 50 works of art from Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, including masterworks like the Impressionist painting "Woman Sewing" and "Tahitian Woman with a Flower," one of the first pictures Gauguin painted on the island, as well as more than 20 sculptural works that reveal Gauguin's skill as a ceramicist and wood carver. The exhibition also will include works from the Saint Louis Art Museum's collection, including prints by Gauguin, as well as Polynesian sculptures and Peruvian ceramics similar to those that inspired the artist. Unique to the exhibition is Gauguin's manuscript "Catholicism and the Modern Mind," which was given to the Saint Louis Art Museum in 1948 by film star and St. Louis native Vincent Price.

"The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek holds one of the most comprehensive collections of works by Gauguin, and we are pleased to offer St. Louisans the opportunity to experience a wide range of the artist's works lent by one of the world's great museums," said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

The exhibition is organized in six themes that express Gauguin's stylistic shifts and extensive range of materials, and allow the spectator to discover his travels within an increasingly global, 19th-century world.

The first two sections highlight Gauguin's often overlooked Impressionist paintings and showcase works from the artist's travels between Paris, regional French towns and Denmark. Examining Gauguin's interest in the idea of "primitivism" as an alternative to the modern world, the third section follows his travels to Martinique and Brittany, and includes polychrome woodcarvings, hand-modeled ceramics and increasingly abstract paintings.

The fourth and fifth sections focus on Gauguin's two voyages to Polynesia and illustrate Gauguin's mature painting style, emphasizing color, simplified forms and decorative patterns. These sections also bring focus to the kinds of local Polynesian art that inspired Gauguin, including Marquesan and Maori sculpture and Samoan tapa cloth. The final section reveals how Gauguin's fascination with comparative religion culminated in "Catholicism and the Modern Mind," excerpts of which can be viewed on interactive screens in the gallery.

"Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention" is organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum from the collections of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen, and curated by Simon Kelly, the Saint Louis Art Museum's curator of modern and contemporary art, with Abigail Yoder, research assistant.

Tickets for "Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention" are available at the museum. Ticket prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $6 for children aged 6 to 12. The exhibition is free for museum members. The exhibition closes Sept. 15. Visit
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Honor Awards 2019 Exhibition
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Honor Awards 2019 features recent artworks by ten St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois. The 50+ artworks in this exhibition include ceramic sculpture, mixed media, painting, photography, and more.

The exhibit is presented through July 18, 2019, at Art St. Louis, located at 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis.

Serving as Curator of the Honor Awards 2019 exhibition was St. Louis-based artist Jessica Mannisi. Mannisi earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a post-baccalaureate degree in museum studies from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She served as Assistant Curator of the William & Florence Schmidt Art Center in Belleville, Illinois from 2009-2017. Her professional experience includes exhibition curation & installation, art conservation & restoration, arts education, and collections management. Jessica is currently working as an independent curator in the St. Louis area and has recently worked on curatorial projects for Houska Gallery and also for Art Saint Louis at the Angad Arts Hotel.

Our Honor Awards exhibition is an annual exhibit presented so that our Award of Excellence-winning artists from the previous year's juried exhibitions have an additional opportunity to show their newest or more recent works and potentially have those works curated into a special ten-artist exhibition in the ASL Gallery.

Although this is a curated exhibit, it is still highly competitive. For this year's exhibit, 25 St. Louis regional artists were eligible to submit works for curating and consideration - those artists who earned Awards of Excellence in our 2018 juried exhibits here at Art Saint Louis. Exhibit Curator, Jessica Mannisi, considered 150 artworks in all media by 23 (of the 25 eligible) artists, and his main role was to select only ten artists and the specific artworks by those artists to be exhibited for the final show.

Gallery hours are Monday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sundays & holidays. Closed for Fourth of July holiday (July 4-6). Call 314-241-4810 for more information.



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