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Self-Taught Genius spotlight: Original Design Quilt

Some of the more dazzling silk quilts made at the turn of the twentieth century are the work of men in the tailoring trades, often emigrants from Germany or Eastern Europe. Strip constructions, such as the Log Cabin pattern, enabled the quiltmakers to utilize bits of silk that were left over from vests and other… Read More »

Self-Taught Genius spotlight: Knife Grinder

The United States was always a country of tinkerers. Behind the love of mechanical ingenuity, though, lay a desire to produce advances that were both practical and timesaving. By the late nineteenth century mechanical innovations induced a growing sense of nostalgia for a way of life that was quickly vanishing in a changing and industrializing… Read More »

Self-Taught Genius spotlight: Subway Riders

Ralph Fasanella has spoken eloquently about Subway Riders, painted from sketches he had made from life: “I’d ride the subway every day, back and forth to my machine shop job. I’d ride and ride and sketch and sketch. I love the subway. It pulls the city together, pulls people together in a magic way. Here… Read More »

Self-Taught Genius spotlight: Reina

Divinities, celestial themes, rising figures, and flying vessels are typical cosmic subjects from the iconographic directory of self-taught artists. Included in this category are pedestaled and idealized women, singularly or all at once goddess, star, femme fatale, Madonna, and empress. Reina (queen) by Martín Ramírez does not depict a popular Mexican figure like the Virgin… Read More »

Self-Taught Genius spotlight: Scenic Overmantel

Once the American landscape was visibly improved—by altering an original state of nature into one that was useful to man—it became a subject of interest to landowners and artists. Winthrop Chandler was one of the first American artists to visually engage with the landscape in a number of overmantels and portraits that he painted for… Read More »

Encyclopedic Palace

Born in 1891 in Guardiagrele, Italy, Marino Auriti came to the United States sometime between 1923 and the 1930s. He worked as an auto-body mechanic, but architecture was his passion. Over the course of three years, he executed a model, built on a scale of 1:200, for an ambitious construction called the Palazzo Enciclopedico (Encyclopedic… Read More »

Press release: Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité explores natural and social histories of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, March 24, 2016—Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité opened at the Saint Louis Art Museum today. The free exhibition—the 112th installment of the museum’s popular Currents series—features new works by Freund Fellow artist Andréa Stanislav. It will be on view in Galleries 250 and 301 through June 19. Stanislav has created a new body of… Read More »