Art historians love to look for clues to an artist's personal life in the art — Picasso was depressed, hence the Blue Period or whatever — but it's a tricky game that relies more on knowing the artist's life than it does on the art itself. For example, the nine artists who created the work in Blindness Isn't Black: A VSA Missouri Exhibition include a person with schizophrenia and a person with degenerative eye disease — but you can't determine who made what just from looking at the art. The lesson inherent in Blindness Isn't Black is that the person comes before the disability, and that humanity's creative drive is a river that can be diverted but never dammed. Blindness Isn't Black opens with a free public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 15, at the Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Boulevard; 314-863-5811 or www.art-stl.com). The show remains up through Sunday, November 28, and the gallery is open daily.
Oct. 15-Nov. 28, 2010