What happens on canvas may not be what was intended to happen. The artist is a conduit channeling the creative impulse, sure, but mistakes happen. And many artists will tell you that a key element of making something is recognizing when an accident yields better results than the initial concept ever would. So the question becomes: Can you make an accident happen? Chance Aesthetics
, the new exhibition at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; 314-935-4523 or kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu
), features more than 60 works by artists who sought to capture the accidental and utilize happenstance as easily as they wield a brush or pen. Featuring major avant-garde pieces such as Jean Tinguely's painting machines, which did the painting for the artist, Daniel Spoerri's snare pictures (assemblages made from objects scattered on a tabletop, then fixed into place and hung in situ) and Ellsworth Kelly's paintings created with the aid of coin flips, Chance Aesthetics
soffers an excellent opportunity to revisit the course of twentieth-century art — some of which was never meant to happen. Chance Aesthetics
opens with a free public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 18, and the show remains up through Monday, January 4. The museum is open daily except for Tuesday.
Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 18. Continues through Jan. 4, 2009