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