Joe Jones' critical eye guided his hand through the Great Depression, depicting social injustice and economic strife in big, bold brushstrokes. Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene, the first major exhibition devoted to the St. Louis-born, working-class artist, opens Sunday, October 10, at the Saint Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org). As the living conditions of those around him worsened, Jones was empowered. His America, populated with lynch mobs, new deals gone bad and the homeless, was not a pretty picture, but it was perfectly suited to his modern, reductive style. Jones' depictions of the Gateway City before its Gateway Arch still have a power and relevance today. Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene remains on display through Sunday, January 2, 2011. The museum is open every day except Monday. Admission is $4 to $8, and free for all on Friday.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 10. Continues through Jan. 2, 2010