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Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein

Jennifer Bornstein, the 2017-2018 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellow, will deliver a free talk on her practice and exhibition, Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein, in the Farrell Auditorium on April 20 at 7 pm. Currents 115: Jennifer Bornstein opens to the public the same day. Inspired by artists who used photography and video such… Read More »

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New on View: Frontlet

An artist from coastal British Columbia created this frontlet in the middle of the 19th century. Worn on a dancer’s forehead, this carving would have featured additional components. With sea lion whiskers sticking up from the crown, a veil-like attachment of swan skin or canvas covered the dancer’s head, shoulders, and back. Moving underneath this… Read More »

Process and Prints: In Conversation with Matt Saunders

Currents 114 features new work from multimedia artist Matt Saunders. Working across painting, photography, animation, and printmaking, Saunders endeavors to reveal the “analogous relationships” between seemingly distinct media. One component of the exhibition is a suite of five copper plate prints produced in collaboration with Copenhagen-based printer Niels Borch Jensen. Ratlos / Indomitable (2017) incorporates… Read More »

The Secret Of The Violinist

A Century of Japanese Prints presents a selection of the Museum’s finest examples of modern and contemporary Japanese prints from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Onchi Kōshirō’s Impression of a Violinist (Portrait of Suwa Nejiko). In this Japanese color woodblock print, a woman plays the violin, her gaunt face harshly illuminated by bright stage lights. The lights… Read More »

Moore’s Reclining Figure returns to the galleries

Henry Moore first experimented with the unconventional, modern medium of concrete in 1926.[1] The British sculptor is renowned for his semi-abstract human figures cast in bronze or carved directly into stone and wood, highlighting the inherent qualities of these materials. Yet Moore also was drawn to concrete, an inexpensive material that could be cast into… Read More »

Alessandro Allori and Portrait of a Lady: What lies beneath?

The information on a label accompanying a work of art in the galleries conveys compelling information about the work and the artist. But sometimes there is a background story just as fascinating.  Such was the case with Portrait of a Lady, a painting from about 1580 that recently was installed in Gallery 236, affording visitors… Read More »

Love and Respect for Craftsmanship: Gregory Peck and H. Huntsman & Sons

Esteemed actor Gregory Peck had a decades-long association with London’s Savile Row tailor H. Huntsman & Sons. One of his classic suits from 1954 is on view in Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015. In May 2016, Anthony Peck spoke about his father’s relationship with Huntsman at the Reigning Men symposium at the Los Angeles County… Read More »

Amy Granat’s Cars, Trees, Houses, Beaches

Indebted to the legacies of experimental and avant-garde structural film from the 1960s and 1970s, St. Louis based multi-media artist Amy Granat has developed a distinct visual language. Her early works were often made by cutting, puncturing or scratching the surface of the film, addressing ideas of abstraction through the materiality of the medium. A… Read More »

Back in Style: Behind the Scenes in the Textile Lab

Inside the conservation department at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Zoe Perkins, Textile Conservator, can be found preserving, cleaning, and restoring a diverse array of artworks, from oriental rugs to Lakota cradleboards to, recently, a 250-year-old dress that has been in SLAM’s collection for almost seventy years. Given to the Museum by Mathilde ‘Quappi’ Beckmann, the… Read More »

Eve and her Nemesis: Powerful Women Enshrined on Paper

The Saint Louis Art Museum holds a large and varied collection of prints, ranging from silvery late medieval woodcuts, through instantly recognizable Andy Warhol screen prints, to contemporary American impressions created in St Louis. The promised gift of the Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil Collection, a collection of Renaissance and Baroque masterworks now… Read More »