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State of the Arts: Visual Art

In galleries, museums and other venues devoted to visual art, the metro area’s now enjoying an embarrassment of riches – a feast for one’s eyes and aesthetic alike.


At Art Saint Louis, the juried exhibition “Menagerie,” which opened less than a week ago, continues until Sept.13. Once it closes, from Sept. 22 to Oct. 25, the similarly juried “Pink Pearl” celebrates the humble eraser and the act of erasure. Finally, from Nov. 10 to Dec. 20, the 34th annual “Art St. Louis XXXIV, The Exhibition” closes the gallery’s year.

Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine St., St. Louis, 314-241-4810,



In less than two weeks, the Bruno David Gallery treats visitors to a quartet of single-artist exhibitions, running from Aug. 31 to Sept. 29: “Concrete Tapestry” from E.R.O., “Hustle and Glo” from Justin Henry Miller, “Who Discovers the Discoverer?” from Yvonne Osei and “Third Post” from Jon Howard Young. Following that, the gallery runs Ralph Nagel’s “Being There” from Oct. 4 to Nov. 17, before closing the year on Nov. 30 with “Small Is Beautiful: Art as if Artists Mattered – A Group Exhibition of Small Works,” which extends to Jan. 18.

Bruno David Gallery, 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-696-2377,

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At one of the area’s newest spaces, “SAMO© … Al Diaz” opens on Sept. 8 at Cherokee Street Gallery and focuses on Al Diaz, who collaborated with Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York City in the late 1970s on koanlike graffiti. After that, starting Nov. 3, the gallery spotlights the works of New Yorker Kool Koor (né Charles Hargrove), whom the gallery’s website calls “a foundational artist to the urban art/graffiti art movement” and “a pioneer at the frontiers of the global art scene.”

Cherokee Street Gallery, 2617 Cherokee St., St. Louis,


On Sept. 7, CAM launches a new quintet of exhibitions, running until Dec. 30: “Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980”; a solo show from Sanford Biggers; William Downs’ “Sometimes it hurts”; SUPERFLEX’s “European Union Mayotte”; and last but scarcely least, Jennifer West’s “Emoji Piss Film.”

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-535-4660,


Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design showcases “Artists-in-Residence 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition” from Aug. 24 to Oct. 21, featuring dozens of current and former emerging and midcareer artists who, during the past decade, have taught there, worked in community programs and offered visitors insights into artists’ creative and professional loves.

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, 6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314-725-1177,


Having both opened July 20, two exhibitions at Duane Reed Gallery – one focusing on Jeremy Brooks, the other on Brian D. Smith – close in just over two weeks, on Aug. 25. Then, on Oct. 18, the gallery opens a pair of exhibitions running until Nov. 24 and involving Nancy Callan and Luanne Rimel.

Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave., St. Louis, 314-361-4100,


Hoffman LaChance Contemporary soon plans to unveil two exhibitions, the first devoted to Christopher Burch, in November, and the second to Lauren Marx, in December.

Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, 2713 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, 314-960-5322,


“This Sept. 1, Horsley Arts is having an evening opening,” relates Linda Horsley, the owner and namesake of the small gallery in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood, “and it will be a retrospective of my work for over 30 years – although I’ve been painting for 50. (Wow!) It will include the original oil paintings from my fable book. … The show will remain up for three months.” Also, on Oct. 7, the gallery numbers among venues taking part in citywide open studio tours, Horsley says before adding, “I believe this will have at least 80 studios for this annual event organized by CAM.”

Horsley Arts, 4374 Olive St., St. Louis, 314-243-3879,


“Missouri Modern: The Work of Louis Bartig (1933-2017)” opened June 2 at Kodner Gallery Fine Art, and art devotees have slightly less than two weeks to view the exhibition before it closes on Aug. 31. The gallery’s website characterizes Bartig as a “well-loved local artist” who “gained his patronage through Morton D. May of May Department Stores, who supported his work.” The website adds that Bartig’s works grace “various galleries, museums and private collections around the United States.”

Kodner Gallery Fine Art, 9650 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-993-4477,


As part of its 2018 Kranzberg Exhibition Series, Laumeier Sculpture Park welcomes David Hutson’s “Memory & Desire: A Personal Exploration of Neon Art, Past and Present,” running from Sept. 28 to Jan. 13. According to the park’s website, the exhibition seeks to “showcase two large-scale outdoor neon works along with [Hutson’s] extensive collection of vintage neon signs alongside and in conversation with a checklist of about 15 neon sculptures from Hutson’s current body of work” in the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center. The website adds, “The mixture of new work by Hutson and restored vintage signs will activate imaginations through this decidedly retro, yet strangely contemporary medium of bendy gaseous typography.”

Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, 314-615-5278,

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The intriguingly titled multi-artist exhibition “Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time” curated by Taraneh Fazeli opens at The Luminary on Sept. 21, running for just under two months – it closes Nov. 8. A brief from The Luminary notes that the exhibition “focuses on how the body is articulated in various discourses around health. The artists in this exhibition, through artworks and practices with care-focused groups, examine how support for the body in states of illness, rest and disability (particularly in relation to the time they operate on) can prompt us to re-imagine collective forms of existence as life under capitalism becomes impossible.”

The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314-773-1533,



Sage Dawson, one member of the 14-artist co-op that founded Monaco earlier this year, reports that two exhibitions which opened there just a week ago continue through Sept. 8: “racecar” (with work from Jenny Gagalka and Good Weather) and “Loss Shopper” (with work from Gagalka again, Beaux Mendes, William Wasserman and “We don’t yet have titles for the September or November exhibits,” Dawson says of their successors, which focus on works from Allison Lacher from Sept. 21 to Oct. 19 and from the duo LAB:D (Lyndon Barrois and Addoley Dzegede) from Nov. 2 to 30.

Monaco, 2701 Cherokee St., St. Louis,


Next month, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation welcomes two exhibitions that both run from Sept. 14 to Feb. 16: “Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work” and “Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico.”

Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, 314-754-1850,

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Between now and Thanksgiving, visitors to the Saint Louis Art Museum can view or review fully five exhibitions that opened at various dates earlier in the year: “Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds” (closing Sept. 9); “Sun Xun: Time Spy” (Oct. 21); “Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries” (Sept. 30); “New Media Series – Cyprien Gaillard” (Sept. 30); and “Balance and Opposition in Ancient Peruvian Textiles” (Nov. 25). Amid those closings, though, the museum spotlights two openings: “Kehinde Wiley,” running from Oct. 19 to Feb. 10, and “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now,” running from Nov. 11 to Feb. 3. (Wiley, it bears noting, painted former President Barack Obama’s official portrait for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.)

Saint Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, 314-721-0072,



Having debuted precisely a week ago, the juried exhibition “For Every Negative There Is a Positive” runs at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild until Sept. 15. Once it closes, the guild unveils another juried exhibition that promises to be a thought-provoking multimedia exploration: “The State of Our Shared Land” opens on Sept. 28, includes an evening Gallery Talk on Oct. 10 and closes on Oct. 24. A third juried exhibition ends the year at the guild: “The Essence of Form,” opening Nov. 16, including an evening Gallery Talk on Dec. 5 and closing on Dec. 28.

St. Louis Artists’ Guild, 12 N. Jackson Ave., Clayton, 314-727-6266,

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Bryan A. Hollerbach serves as LN's copy editor and one of its staff writers. He loves to read, write, impersonate an amateur artist and research all things bibulous.

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