St. Louis — The Higher Education Channel was at the Saint Louis Art Museum Tuesday to take a sneak peak of the current and future exhibits coming to St. Louis.
Take a look at the exciting new works coming soon:
Thomas Cole’s Voyage of Life
February 7–September 20, 2015
Thomas Cole is widely associated with the founding of the Hudson River School of landscape painting, and the Museum’s collection includes fine examples of his work in that mode. In this exhibition, visitors will experience Cole’s famous The Voyage of Life as well as studies and other works related to the allegorical series. Drawing from the permanent collection of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art in Utica, New York, the exhibition celebrates one of the major artistic achievements of this 19th-century American artist.
Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River
February 22–May 17, 2015
Main Exhibition Galleries
The upcoming exhibition Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River will bring together the river paintings of George Caleb Bingham for the first time in decades. The exhibition also will present the artist’s paintings depicting the river in the context of his river-related drawings and prints.
Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print
April 17–July 19, 2015
Galleries 234 and 235
The Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450−1516) captured the imaginations of his Renaissance patrons with paintings of hellfire and hybrid monsters, and his reputation has only grown since. In the wake of his death, Bosch became nothing short of a highly desirable brand, a bestseller among sixteenth-century artists. This exhibition explores arguably the most powerful engine that fomented the artist’s afterlife: his transmission through the growing and highly sophisticated market for European prints.
Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa
June 28–September 27, 2015
Main Exhibition Galleries
Some of the most beloved artistic creations of sub-Saharan Africa, masks, figures, and decorative art labeled as Senufo have been the subject of numerous studies by African, American, and European scholars since the 1930s. The interest in sculpture identified as Senufo was largely stimulated by its discovery by the artistic avant-garde in the early twentieth century. Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger were among those to find inspiration in the oeuvre of their West African counterparts.
Don’t forget to check out the current exhibits:
Facets of the Three Jewels: Tibetan Buddhist Art
from the Collections of George E. Hibbard and the Saint Louis Art Museum
July 4, 2014–February 22, 2015
From intricate paintings and sparkling bronzes to specialized ritual objects, the visual culture of Buddhism expresses deep religious ideas across a spectrum of philosophical, ethical, and cosmological concerns. This exhibition elucidates the visual language of such art works, establishing them as conveyors of religious meaning as well as objects of exquisite craftsmanship.
Calligraphy in Chinese and Japanese Art
September 12, 2014–February 22, 2015
In both China and Japan, calligraphy is regarded as the highest form of visual art, even more highly esteemed than painting. This is because the reading and writing of Chinese characters (kanji in Japanese) was expected of members of the imperial family and the nobility, the aristocracy, Buddhist clergymen, and all well-educated persons. In both countries, the art of writing is deeply connected to ideals of self-cultivation, knowledge of classical texts, and expressions of high culture.
Currents 109: Nick Cave
October 31, 2014–March 8, 2015
Galleries 102, 249, 250, and 301
Artist Nick Cave captivates audiences with his artworks that span the artistic realms of sculpture, fashion, installation, and performance. Through remarkable inventiveness, Cave’s works merge fantasy, nostalgia, and whimsy with the artist’s keen social consciousness.
Scenic Wonder: An Early American Journey Down the Hudson River
November 21, 2014–April 5, 2015
This exhibition displays the Hudson River Portfolio—a significant cornerstone in the development of American landscape art. This print portfolio consists of 20 views along the Hudson River, starting at its source in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Viewed in sequence, the prints take the viewer on a scenic 315-mile tour downriver, ending in New York Bay. Important commercial and natural landmarks of waterfalls and towns, such as West Point, are illustrated. Originally drawn in watercolor by the Irish-born artist William Guy Wall, these Hudson River scenes were printed between 1821 and 1825 in the form of hand-colored aquatints by master printer John Hill.
Nicholas Nixon: 40 Years of The Brown Sisters
November 21, 2014–April 5, 2015
Since 1975, the American Nicholas Nixon has been photographing his wife Beverly Brown (Bebe) and her three sisters at annual family get-togethers. What began as a record of family life when the subjects were in their twenties has evolved into one of the most compelling series in contemporary photography. This exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of this project, known as The Brown Sisters. All 40 black and white prints—one print from each year—will circle Gallery 235, providing a stunning meditation on familial relationships, aging, and the passage of time.
Vija Celmins: “Intense Realism”
December 12, 2014–May 10, 2015
Printmaking and drawing have been an important part of Vija Celmins’s art-making vocabulary throughout her career. This exhibition will include a range of work by the Latvian-born American artist (b. 1938), including an early expressionist-inspired drawing, Night Forms, and several of her abstracted yet highly detailed prints.
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