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The Saint Louis Art Museum has a rather extensive collection of art, one that remains a work in progress. Part of the museum's mandate is to acquire more art — as a cultural institution, it has a responsibility to grow, not just tread water. The only drawback of the museum's success in this area is that the public can't always see everything the museum owns; it's a very large collection, and space is finite. But for the next few months, you can see a bit more of it than usual. The exhibit Recent Acquisitions in Prints and Photographs features works obtained in the past five years through gifts and endowed funds. Included in this show are modern pieces, such as Robert Mapplethorpe's Mum (from 1989), and classical works such as Jan Muller's engraving The Apotheosis of the Arts (1597). The pictured etching, Winslow Homer's Perils of the Sea, is the first Homer etching the museum has acquired, plugging a necessary gap in its holdings — and thereby better serving all of us culturally. Recent Acquisitions in Prints and Photographs is on display in gallery 209 through Sunday, July 5. The museum is open every day except Monday; for more information, call 314-721-0072 or visit www.slam.org.

Image Credit: Winslow Homer, American, 1836–1910; Perils of the Sea, 1888, printed before 1900; etching; plate 15 3/16 x 20 13/16 inches, sheet: 20 3/16 x 24 1/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 37:2005
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 15. Continues through July 5, 2009

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