Eye-Catching 2020 Exhibitions Show Art from French Painters to Modern Sculptors

By Henderson, Jane | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), January 3, 2020 | Go to article overview

Eye-Catching 2020 Exhibitions Show Art from French Painters to Modern Sculptors


Henderson, Jane, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


2020 VISION: VISUAL ART

The presents have been unwrapped, the candles lit, the bubbly popped. Our calendars, which had been bursting with activities, now allow for a bit more breathing room. As we recover from the holiday whirlwind and settle into a new year and a fresh decade, here's a glance at concerts, performances, exhibitions, restaurants and more attractions coming in the months ahead. ---

Cars, stones and fabric are some of the mediums featured in this year's major art exhibitions. But no worries -- more traditional paintings and photographs won't be forgotten. Here are five (plus) things to look forward to in the visual arts.

St. Louis Art Museum - The St. Louis Art Museum's three major exhibitions this year open with "Millet and Modern Art," which stars not only French artist Jean-François Millet, but works he influenced, including paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Winslow Homer, Edvard Munch and others. "Millet" runs Feb. 16 through May 17. Next is "Cars: Accelerating the Modern World," an exhibition on autos and their influence on design. It is now at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and will be on view June 28-Sept. 13. Following the cars will be "Paintings on Stone: Science and the Sacred, 1530-1800," which will run Oct. 25-Jan. 17, 2021. Fifty-eight artists (and 34 different stones) will be represented. (St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park; slam.org)

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum - Artworks in duplicate, triplicate and more reflected a way to democratize the works during the 1960s. With "Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959-1965," the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University says it is showing the first major U.S. exhibition to survey a project spurred by artist Daniel Spoerri. Spoerri urged people such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Josef Albers to create multiple artworks that could also change through movement or point of view. More than 100 works will be part of the exhibition. Meanwhile, also opening will be a collection of work that addresses racism in "Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice," which will explore "how art and art institutions contribute to transitional justice by confronting histories of racist violence and their legacies today. …

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