Indoors or out, there’s something about being surrounded by beauty that is truly inspiring. Here’s a sampling of what’s on view at area museums this fall:
Contemporary Art Museum
Jonathan Horowitz: My Land/Your Land: Election ’12
Through Nov. 11
This multi-part instillation exhibition splits CAM’s lobby into red and blue halves, which show ongoing coverage of the election from CNN and FOX News on separate, opposing monitors. Once our nation’s next president has been chosen, either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama’s portrait will be displayed on the wall. My Land/Your Land is an examination of the bipartisan electorate, as well as the impact of mass media and popular culture. Visit camstl.org for more information.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Kranzberg Exhibition Series: Juan William Chávez
Oct. 27 through Jan. 20
In an exploration of urban abandonment, this exhibition takes over both the park’s indoor galleries and its grounds. The work expands on Chávez’s project, Living Proposal: Pruitt Igoe Bee Sanctuary 2010-2012, contemplating a failed housing project completed in the 1950s on 57 acres in North St. Louis. Outdoors, guests will see the footprint of one of the buildings from the Pruitt-Igoe complex, created from used telephone poles. Indoors, 17 works represent what the complex has now become—a natural safe haven for bees, which is itself now experiencing colony collapse—and encourage dialogue about issues surrounding the land today. Visit laumeier.com for full details.
Saint Louis Art Museum
Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master
Oct. 21 through Jan. 20.
This exhibition brings together paintings by the Italian Renaissance artist, alongside drawings that were used as preparation for the work. Best known for his exuberant use of color, Barocci is considered one of the most accomplished colorists of his age. The drawings, which were used to help the artist make decisions about poses, lighting, color, expression and gesture, provide insight to his thought process. They range from pen-and-ink sketches to elaborate pastels, and full-sized works that were eventually transferred onto the canvas to serve as the basis for a painting. To find out more, visit slam.org.
Looking for art that you can take home and call your own? We scoured the shops for recent acquisitions that are making a splash:
Clark Graves Antiques
A large First Period Worcester mask jug is embellished with a parrot decoration. Made in England circa 1770, it stands approximately 12 inches tall. $1,500.
Jules L. Pass Antiques, Ltd.
This rare pair of polychromed, carved wood hounds is ready to guard your home. The dogs were created in England circa 1815, and stand on pollard oak veneered plinths, at a total height of approximately 42 inches. Inquire for price.
Ivey Selkirk Auctioneers
A Modernist oil-on-canvas painting by Linton A. Foerstling features a pianist. From a collection of works being offered at the Ivey-Selkirk Modernism Auction on Nov. 10 and 11, it measures 36 x 19 inches. $3,000-$4,000.