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National Blues Museum Presents "Happy to Have the Blues" Exhibit|
"Happy to Have the Blues", a series of portraits by Big City R&B Publisher Robert Jr Whitall, is on display in the Scott and Diane McCuaig and Family Gallery at the National Blues Museum, located at 615 Washington Ave, through September 5, 2910.
Saint Louis Art Museum to Present 'Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention'
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
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 Saint Louis Art Museum
Art St. Louis Presents "American Conversations"
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The "American Conversations" exhibit is currently on view through September 5, 2019 at Art St. Louis gallery in downtown St. Louis. A free Artful Afternoon event will be held on Saturday, August 24, 1-3 p.m.
"American Conversations" is a multi-media juried visual art exhibition that presents works by 53 artists who visually explore what it means to be in the U.S in the year 2019.
As we head into an election cycle and consider all that lies ahead, artists are depicting conversations that include identity, citizenship, gun control, violence, racism, family, ecology, gender, consumerism, pop culture, and so much more. There are as many unique and individual explorations and visual discussions of the theme as there are artworks in the show.
"American Conversations" was open to St. Louis regional artists age 21+. For this exhibit, 167 artworks were submitted by 74 artists for consideration by exhibit Jurors Yvonne Osei and Eric Shultis, from which they selected works by 53 artists from Missouri, Illinois and Indiana for the final exhibition. This show features 60 artworks in ceramics, collage, drawing, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and wood.
Art Saint Louis Gallery, located at 1223 Pine Street, is free & open to the public with cafe & gallery hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sundays & major holidays (closed August 31-September 2 for Labor Day). Call 314-241-4810 for more information.
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