Opens Studios STL 2018, Lewis Center, Washington University
Opens Studios STL 2018, Lewis Center, Washington University

Thank You for Doing This

A couple mornings after, Open Studios is remembered images and conversations.

Paintings that play phenomenological tricks: radiant yellows, blues that lighten and darken like an exploration of aquatic depths; these are like windows, like blinds over windows, and with a turn of the eye and mind…

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Photo: Neal Page
Photo: Neal Page

Story Artist

Bobby Norfolk’s innate ability to read and connect with audiences of all ages makes him one of America’s premier storytellers. He is an internationally known “story performer” and no stranger to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, having performed here five times previous to his performance on Saturday…

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Amy Sherald poses with New Art in the Neighborhood students. Photo: Jon Gitchoff.
Amy Sherald poses with New Art in the Neighborhood students. Photo: Jon Gitchoff.

Specific about People

“You know who I am,” she smiles. “I’m Amy Sherald.”

The students from CAM’s New Art in the Neighborhood program are shy and nervous at first, but warm to her in a very short while. She’s totally open, engaging, funny. She’s tall and stands…

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Claudia Comte at work on <em>Electric Burst (Lines and Zigzags)</em>. Photo: Jon Gitchoff.
Claudia Comte at work on Electric Burst (Lines and Zigzags). Photo: Jon Gitchoff.

Wall Patterns

When Claudia Comte discusses her early influences, she speaks of a her childhood home: Grancy, a small Swiss village in the countryside where her family lived in “a chalet in the woods…. I was very attracted by those woods.” She adds to her list animals, nature, and video…

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<em>Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars</em>, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 19–April 22, 2018. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.
Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 19–April 22, 2018. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

Checking for Dents

One of the first things to do when art arrives for the next exhibition is to create a condition report. Actually, CAM Assistant Curator Misa Jeffereis tells me, she waits twenty-four hours after the work is on site to allow the art to “climatize.” Objects, like us, after a long…

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Artwork and image courtesy Edo Rosenblith
Artwork and image courtesy Edo Rosenblith

Can You Find Toto?

St. Louis artist Edo Rosenblith’s artwork for Art Up Late: Faster is an image you can fall into as you explore its details. A cute, fluffy dog; a frowning traffic cone; billows of purple fumes; bugs; a heart-shaped auto grill; a man running away in a state of panic, smiley…

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<em>Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse</em>, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 19–April 22, 2018. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.
Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 19–April 22, 2018. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

Influence without the Anxiety

“I believe in the democracy of art,” Trenton Doyle Hancock said during his Artist Talk in January. Hancock’s influences are never hidden in his work: the Bible that was central to his upbringing in his Paris, Texas home, comic books, cartoons, video games, Philip Guston, a boyhood imagination that matures…

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Local artist Sarah Harford working with Vashon students.
Local artist Sarah Harford working with Vashon students.

A Morning at Vashon High

Vashon instructor Tim Jennings and CAM’s Miriam Ruiz busily prepare the art room for the arriving students. “We’ll need the press, please,” Miriam tells Tim as she unlocks a supply cabinet. Two students stand by the door to the classroom, feigning innocence. “Did you two just lock the door?” Tim…

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