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Arts & Culture
10:56 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Reflection: Nicole Eisenman's Broad Range On View At CAM

Nicole Eisenman, Sloppy Bar Room Kiss, 2011. Oil on canvas, 39 x 48 inches. Collection of Cathy and Jonathan Miller. Courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer
Credit Provided by CAM

Those who say they do not understand contemporary art or who question the talent needed to create the art they encounter need to see the work of Nicole Eisenman. The survey of her last 20 years of painting, sculpture, print and drawing at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is powerful enough to singlehandedly answer these sort of rumbles. She clearly knows how to draw, how to paint and has something to say.

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Events
2:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Arts Rundown: Blank Slate Vs. Full Report

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
Credit Provided by the foundation

In a recent conversation with my daughter, who works in the arts, I said that I liked to know about the artist before seeing his or her work.

She disagreed, saying that the art should be experienced on its own by each person. Expectations could cloud the impressions created.

I understand her view, but coming into something cold makes me feel vulnerable (which I’m sure she would say is a good thing) and the journalist in me wants to have done homework.

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Mustard Seed Theatre
11:10 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

STL Rising Star, Alicia Reve' Like, Helps Piece Together Black History in 'Gee's Bend'

Marty Casey (left) and Alicia Reve' Like from Gee's Bend.
Credit Mustard Seed Theater

Alicia Reve' Like plays Nella, a bright patch in an Alabama family whose quilts tell stories of segregation and the civil rights movement.

Last February, Alicia Reve' Like portrayed a motel maid who whooped up on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Black Rep’s “The Mountaintop,” the story of King’s last hours.

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Cityscape
6:22 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Art Exhibit 'Imagining the Founding of St. Louis' Opens At The Sheldon

Oscar Edmund Berninghaus, (American, 1874–1952), Laclede Landing at Present Site of St. Louis, c. 1914, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches
Private Collection courtesy Kodner Gallery

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the Sheldon Art Galleries has organized a major exhibition depicting the founding of the city and the people involved. Imagining the Founding of St. Louis includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by a variety of noted artists.

Sheldon Art Galleries Director and co-curator of the exhibit Olivia Lahs-Gonzales commented, “Obviously this all happened before the advent of photography so there was no photographer on the boat with the explorers, so it’s really left up to artists to kind of imagine what it was like.”

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Art Openings
9:37 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Art Events On The Table, Some Literally, In STL This Weekend

Table and Chairs
Credit Duet Gallery

A table can connect families, foster discussion or encourage a game of cards. This weekend, a table in Grand Center also provides a canvas for artistic and cultural expression.

“Table” opened Thursday night at the new Duet art space, 3526 Washington Ave., with an evening of drinks and folk music. Friday night at 7, the custom wood design by Martin Goebel becomes the stage for a new media performance.

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The Hinge
5:38 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: Hinge Gallery’s Terpening Show Gives Regional Support For Regional Artist

The exhibit's postcard is from Virginia Terpening, Morning Prayer (Self-Portrait), nd. Oil on board. 28 x 17 inches
Credit Provided by The Hinge

The Hinge Gallery’s Eileen G’Sell and Bryan Laughlin have organized an exhibit of artist Virginia Terpening’s newly discovered work. The show’s title, Yes Virginia, There is… is “an affirmation: of the value of an artist making art for the sake of making it, of the possibility that art from a marginalized vantage can endure as accessible to all.”

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Two Shows
10:10 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Reflection: Words And Art Combine At Fort Gondo, Beverly With Provocative Result

Works by Spector (top) and Bang
Credit Provided by Fort Gondo

Two shows – one by up-and-coming artist and poet John Cummins and Aron Fisher; the other by established St. Louis art world fixtures Buzz Spector and Mary Jo Bang --share more than architecture at the neighboring Fort Gondo and Beverly galleries. These two-person art exhibits, Conversed and Otherwise, pair text and art object that are increasingly interesting as they are explored.

Otherwise

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Saint Louis Art Museum
4:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Changes Coming To St. Louis Art Museum Restaurant

Side view of St. Louis Art Museum's Panorama restaurant in the new East Wing
Credit Provided by the Art Museum

Visitors to the St. Louis Art Museum will see some changes in the museum's Panorama restaurant.

The museum is looking closely at the menu, service and kitchen operations after a six-month review observed a $260,000 loss. The red ink was noted in a Zoo-Museum District audit of the museum, released last week.

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Visual Arts
10:27 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Layers Reveal Truths About Challenges And Beauty In RAC Show

David Dolak – Untitled 6 Panel Configuration
Credit Provided by RAC

Rene Dimanche of the Regional Arts Commission has gathered three artists whose combined work makes manifest aspects of the human condition that are difficult to express. Dimanche writes that in their group exhibit, Irrevocable Fragments, artists Byron Darnell Rogers, David Dolak and Clayvon Ambrose Wesley “deal with the disintegration and re-integration of information we digest from places and people we come across in our lives.”

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Contemporary Art Museum
10:27 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Artist ‘Killed Kenny’ But Is Mainly Having Fun At CAMSTL; Eisenman Brings 'Nemesis'

Nicole Eisenman, Breakup, 2011. Oil and mixed media on panel, 56 x 43 inches. Collection of Robert and Bonnie Friedman, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Our preview of the exhibits opening Friday at CAM includes video of artist Joyce Pensato doing what she loves most: playing with paint, and a look at the work of  Nicole Eisenman.

The title “I Killed Kenny” smacks of death in its reference to the recurring demise of the "South Park" icon. But the exhibit's more about Brooklyn artist Joyce Pensato bringing new life to animated characters ranging from Homer Simpson to Mickey Mouse.

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