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Current Profile

Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through March 17

Once reserved for the wealthy and the social elite, portraiture has been democratized down to the informal level of the selfie. Freed from its staid origins, the modern portrait can be heroic representation, transgressive, humorous or an act of wish fulfillment. Current Profile, the new exhibition at the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.craftalliance.org), explores contemporary portraiture in all media. The show features everything from Richard Wehrs' sculpted bust of an alien warrior to Cayce Zavaglia's embroidered image of a young woman in pigtails, and all points in between. Current Profile opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 11. The exhibition remains up through March 17. free admission

Printing Abstraction

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 31

Abstract art is a term that includes a wide variety of media: monochromatic color fields, hard-edged abstraction and its flat colors, and the sharply defined edges and optical illusions inherent in op-art's geometric forms. What links all of these styles together is that they are divorced from the traditional representation of physical objects. For its new exhibition Printing Abstraction, the Saint Louis Art Museum draws from its own holdings of abstract art created by printmakers. The show is something of an expansion of the museum's ongoing main exhibition, Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now, in that it offers more examples of the printmakers' art and the key role it's played in the promulgation of abstract art. Printing Abstraction is on display from Tuesday through Sunday (November 30 to March 31) in galleries 234 and 235 of the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 3

The 1960s were a period of social upheaval and radical change in America, and no art form captured that churning spirit better than printmaking. Printmakers have always had one foot in the commercial art world and one in the realm of fine art, and that hybrid nature allows them to adapt to new technologies and new thinking more quickly than, say, sculptors. Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now, the exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), is a treasure trove of startling images. Featuring more than 100 works drawn from the museum's holdings and local private collectors, Graphic Revolution includes landmark prints by the big names (Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup II, Robert Rauschenberg's Signs) and less famous but no less astonishing pieces by modern masters such as Julie Mehretu and Edgar Heap of Birds. The show is open from Sunday, November 11, to February 3. Tickets are $6 to $14, but free to all on Friday. $6-$14, free on Friday

Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis

Fridays and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 10

Artist Kehinde Wiley leaped into the public consciousness when his presidential portrait of Barack Obama was unveiled in February, but he's been making vital work that explores the nexus of race and representation for years. In 2017 the New York City-based Wiley visited the Saint Louis Art Museum to review the collection with an eye toward a future exhibit inspired by the historic style of portraiture. While he was in St. Louis, Wiley went to north St. Louis and Ferguson to meet with people and find subjects for his own paintings. Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis is an exhibition of eleven large-scale paintings of everyday black St. Louisans dressed in modern clothing, posed in the manner of kings, statesmen and other powerful figures. Wiley's new work will be on display in galleries 249 and 250 from October 19 to February 10 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

Ann Metzger National Biennial Exhibition

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 23

The Ann Metzger National Biennial Exhibition is the St. Louis Artists Guild's commitment to contemporary art made real. Metzger was a longtime member of the Artists Guild, and she bequeathed money to the institution to fund cash prizes for working artists. The exhibition features art in all media by more than 50 artists from across the country. This year's show opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 11, at the St. Louis Artists Guild (12 North Jackson Avenue, Clayton; www.stlouisartistsguild.org), and includes abstract art, figurative painting, sculpture and digital media. The Biennial remains on display through February 23. free admission

St. Louis Artists' Guild (map)
12 N Jackson Ave
Clayton
phone 314-727-6266
Ann Metzger National Biennial Exhibition

Child's Play & Sole Food

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 15
phone 636-255-0270
exhibitions@foundryartcentre.org

The Foundry Art Centre is excited to present Child’s Play, a multimedia international juried exhibition, to the community this January 4, 2019. Tim Liddy, nationally respected artist and professor at Fontbonne University, curated this exhibition. Artists will present memories and experiences of being a child and witnessing childhood in artworks ranging from photography and painting to interactive sculpture. In the Ameristar Gallery of the Foundry Art Centre, the Emerging Artist Series will feature Traci Mims. Her exhibition, "Sole Food", will invite the viewer to gain understanding of life in our culture as an African American woman. www.foundryartcentre.org/childs-play/ FREE

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Foundry Art Centre (map)
520 N. Main Center
St. Charles
phone 636-255-0270

Art in the Afternoon - Shawn Cornell

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Jan. 26
phone 314-645-4040
info@NortonsFineArt.com
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@ Norton's Fine Art and Framing, 2025 S. Big Bend Blvd. 63117
Paintings, Pottery and Graphic Prints on display. Meet the artist from 1 – 4 during the Opening Afternoon on Sat, Dec. 8th and enjoy complementary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Silent Auction for the largest painting in the show – Retail value over $6500! free

http://nortonsfineart.com/events/
Norton's Fine Art & Framing (map)
2025 S. Big Bend Blvd.
Richmond Heights
phone 314-645-4040

Margaret Keller: The Space Between

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 21
phone 618-222-5278
nicole.dutton@swic.edu

The Space Between includes laser-cut sculpture, mixed media, and a 52-foot installation of unique round paintings of nature that are not obviously trees, sky, and mountains. Focused on the spaces between, these round paintings could be views through a microscope of cells or through a telescope of outer space. Keller looks at nature and questions how we see, now that the virtual/online world of nature photographs and videos have become more real than reality for so many. Her art redirects the soft focus of nature photographs so that the human eye intervenes with the camera's eye and takes priority. Free

http://www.swic.edu/theschmidt
William & Florence Schmidt Art Center (map)
Southwestern Illinois College
Belleville/ Fairview Heights
phone 618-222-5278

1968: A Portrait of Rock & Roll

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 20
phone 314-993-4040
dallison@jburroughs.org

The Bonsack Gallery opens 1968: A Portrait of Rock & Roll with a reception on Friday, January 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition includes vintage rock posters from the collection of Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons; vintage photographs by Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine’s chief photographer between 1967 and 1971; display pages from vintage Rolling Stone magazines loaned by J. Appel Photographs; and a collection of record albums from 1968. Visitors to the gallery will also hear a curated playlist from that year. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/240363213548363/ Free

http://www.jburroughs.org
Bonsack Gallery (map)
755 S. Price Road
Ladue
phone 314-993-4040

Into the Third Dimension

Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Feb. 15
phone 314-719-3672
ehbrennan@fontbonne.edu

Fontbonne University Department of Fine Arts presents Into the Third Dimension, a free exhibition showcasing the works of 3D artists working in higher education. Pieces from professors and instructors from regional community colleges such as St. Louis Community College, St. Charles Community College, Jefferson College, Lewis & Clark Community College and Southwestern Illinois College will be featured. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 12-4 p.m. This exhibit is free and open to the public. More information can be found at www.fontbonne.edu/gallery. FREE

http://www.fontbonne.edu/gallery
Fontbonne University Gallery of Art (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-889-1431

Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16

Lola Álvarez Bravo was a Mexican artist, educator and curator whose life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Álvarez Bravo crisscrossed her way across the country with camera in hand, creating portraits of other working artists. Always shooting, she also made images of regular people and the architecture — both old and new — at a time when Mexico was rapidly growing and transforming. Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico, the new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org), features more than 40 of her black-and-white photographs in all their glory. Picturing Mexico opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Also debuting the same night are more than 60 sculptures by Ruth Asawa, who often worked with wire. Both shows remain on display through February 16. The Pulitzer is open Wednesday through Saturday. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Christine Corday: Relative Points

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 21

Space is deep, to quote Hawkwind, and yet scientists believe all living creatures on Earth contain stellar elements within their genetic makeup. Artist Christine Corday explores this union of humans and the stars in her new exhibition Relative Points, which was commissioned by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Eleven of Corday's large sculptural forms, which are each made of more than 10,000 pounds of elemental metals and metalloid grit, will be arranged within the museum in a pattern of Corday's choosing. The sculptures, which resemble slightly squashed black marshmallows more than four feet high, are intended to be touched; they're essentially the same base elements as humans, after all. During the course of the exhibit, the shapes will change gradually from repeated contact and the inexorable force of universal gravitational attraction. You'll have your first opportunity to get close and personal with Corday's work at the opening reception, which takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 18, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). Christine Corday: Relative Points remains fixed in space through April 21. free admission

Finding Common Ground: The Photography of Oraien Catledge and Jay Stock

Starts Jan. 23. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 16
phone 314-535-1999
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The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to present two exhibitions presenting the photographs of Oraien Catledge and Jay Stock. Both were outsiders to the communities they engaged with. One delved almost exclusively in a single impoverished, overlooked city neighborhood examining the lives of those that lived on the margins of society. The other traveled the world creating photographic essays of the people he met and their varied customs and traditions. Together they shared a profound respect and insistent fascination for the people they photographed. Adults $10 Students, Seniors $5, Children under 5 Free

http://iphf.org/exhibitions/oraien-catledge-cabbagetown/

Thaddeus Kellstadt: Pleasure Comes in Halves

Thu., Jan. 24, 5:30-8 p.m.
phone 217-206-6506
alach3@uis.edu

The exhibition, featuring painting, sculpture, and video, will open on Monday, January 14, and run through Thursday, February 14. free

http://www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery

Conversation on Ruth Asawa

Thu., Jan. 24, 7-8:30 p.m.
phone 314-754-1850
khasler@pulitzerarts.org
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Learn more about the life and work of Ruth Asawa through a conversation with curator Helen Molesworth, writer Aruna D’Souza, and Pulitzer Curator Tamara H. Schenkenberg. This event also marks the release of the newly published exhibition catalogue, Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work, which will be available for purchase at the event and online at pulitzerarts.org. This program is free to attend; however, only standing room is available. More details at pulitzerarts.org. free

https://pulitzerarts.org/program/conversation-on-ruth-asawa/
Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
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