When Berlin-based conceptual artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock first visited St. Louis in 2002, they were surprised by how familiar the city felt to them.
"We were baffled by how German it is. How normal everything sounds and looks," said Stih. "It wasn’t New York, it wasn’t Chicago, for sure not LA, It was something like a nice, quiet, city with extraordinary town planning."
Although artist Rashid Johnson explores themes of identity and black history in his work, he does not see the exhibition of his work at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to be an exploration of the black experience.
What it does show is the breadth of his work during the last fifteen years, in multiple mediums and with multiple layers of meaning.
From darts to bike tours to artwork made out of old books, STL Design Week 2013 is all about looking at and talking about design in new and interesting ways.
"This is the third year for Design Week, and Design Week was started by AIGA, which are graphic artists," said Margaret McDonald. "And this year it encompasses architects, illustrators, interior designers, industrial designers."
McDonald is chairperson for STL Design Week 2013, and a principal at architecture and interior design firm Arcturus.
Starting tomorrow, Craft Alliance asks St. Louisans to answer the question, "What do you want to do before you die?"
It's part of an international art project called "Before I die..." in which the public is invited to write their hopes and dreams in chalk on a wall for all passing by to see. Hundreds of cities around the world have their own chalkboard wall. It was started in 2011 in New Orleans by Cindy Chang after she lost a loved one.
Posters are designed to be functional, usually to get a message out quickly. This often means they are here today and gone tomorrow. But an exhibit currently on display at the University of Missouri - St. Louis gives a little more longevity and exposure to the art form by displaying 100 posters by graphic designers from 40 countries.
Community visionaries and organizers from across the region held a conference in St. Louis on Friday. The “Livable St. Louis” conference aims to transform the region through a range of quality of life improvements.
The conference was organized by Trailnet and focused on improving declining neighborhoods through projects such as affordable housing, safe streets, vibrant public spaces and green infrastructure.
Regina Martinez works with a group called the Rebuild Foundation that tries to transform old structures into new community assets.
Roy Lichtenstein leaves it up to the viewers to decide what has just transpired in his 1964 painting of a tense phone call titled <em>Ohhh ... Alright ..</em>.
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"I don't care! I'd rather sink — than call Brad for help!" laments Lichtenstein's 1963 <em>Drowning Girl</em>.
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Lichtenstein said of his series <em>Brushstrokes</em>: "It has that built-in absurdity, and that's the reason I like it."
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About 80 years after Claude Monet painted the Rouen Cathedral (left), Roy Lichtenstein did his own take on the iconic landmark (right.) <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128221023">Click here to learn more about Monet's Cathedral series.</a>
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Pablo Picasso was Lichtenstein's hero, says National Gallery curator Harry Cooper. Lichtenstein painted his Picasso-inspired <em>Cubist Still Life</em> in 1974.
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Whaam! Varoom! R-rrring-g! The canvases of painter Roy Lichtenstein look as if they're lifted from the pages of comic books. Comics were a big inspiration for this pop artist, who was rich and famous when died in 1997 at age 73. But at a major Lichtenstein retrospective at Washington's National Gallery of Art, you can see that the artist found inspiration beyond comic books; he also paid his respects to the masters — Picasso, Monet and more.
Twain's boyhood home in Hannibal, pictured circa 1955, is now a museum.
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Hannibal, Mo., aka "America's Hometown," is known for being the birthplace of Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. The town of 18,000 boasts a vibrant arts community.
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Steve Ayers, a local potter, was part of the effort 14 years ago to recruit other artists to live in Hannibal. He's shown here with Nancy Kaufman, in her shop on Main Street. Kaufman moved to Hannibal in 2005, and says as soon as she saw this old drugstore, she dreamed of turning it into a shop for her woven art.
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Painter<strong> </strong>Melissa Dominiak moved here from Seattle and purchased a massive church and home about two miles from Main Street in Hannibal, Mo., for $70,000. She plans to rehab the building herself and rent out the space for special events.
Samuel Clemens, who is said to have taken his pen name Mark Twain from the cries of riverboat crewmen, found the inspiration for his classic works while growing up in the river town of Hannibal, Mo. Today, more than 125 years after the first pressing of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there's a new set of artistic characters in Twain's boyhood home.