15 St. Louis art exhibits you have to attend this winter

By Grace Bueckendorf
In Culture

With temperatures so low that outdoor activities aren’t viable, winter is the perfect time of year to attend local, indoor arts exhibitions and become an art aficionado. St. Louis has many exciting options this year from a cast iron bronze exhibit of man’s best friend to print work done by children. Continue reading to find out all the options available this winter.

Italian sculptor Arcangelo Sassolino will be displaying his work in a solo U.S. exhibition for the first time this year at the Contemporary Art Museum. By depicting machines at rest, in action and post-action, he gives the machines almost-human qualities that cast doubt on whether humans and machines are that fundamentally different. Pictured - Figurantes, 2009. Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Museum.

Italian sculptor Arcangelo Sassolino will be displaying his work in a solo U.S. exhibition for the first time this year at the Contemporary Art Museum. By depicting machines at rest, in action and post-action, he gives the machines almost-human qualities that cast doubt on whether humans and machines are that fundamentally different. Pictured – Figurantes, 2009. Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Museum.

Interpretations: 15th Biennial Teapot Exhibition @ Craft Alliance

For lovers of tea and art alike, Craft Alliance has the perfect exhibition for you. Come see more than 50 artists’ interpretations of the tea pot. From simple to obscure, there will be a wide variety of vessels available for your viewing. The exhibition centers on the various cultural, ceremonial and social functions of tea, and the contemporary interpretations of this traditional form.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., March 20. Interpretations: 15th Biennial Teapot Exhibition. Craft Alliance, 6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130. 314.725.1177, craftalliance.org
*Opening Reception – Fri., Jan. 15 – 6 to 8 p.m.

Connections – Land/Water @ Atrium Gallery

Contemporary artist Ellen Glasgow is coming to the Atrium Gallery this winter, providing the gallery with a beautiful array of landscapes focused on the connections where land and water meet. Well-traveled and well-studied, Glasgow brings her knowledge of the geography of Hawaii, Alaska, US and Europe to her work. Come to the exhibition, and if you love it, Atrium Gallery will provide you with the opportunity to meet Glasgow over a cup of mid-morning coffee on Jan. 23.

Fri., Jan. 22 through Sat., March 19. “Connections – Land/Water.” Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.367.1076, atriumgallery.net
*Coffee with the artist – Sat., Jan. 23 – 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Sheldon’s Spring Exhibitions

If you’re willing to wait until March, The Sheldon has some must-see exhibitions gracing their galleries. From printmaking to photography to visual storytelling, they have something for everyone this spring:

  • Printmaking in St. Louis Now

This exhibit offers printwork being done in St. Louis by both local and international artists. Be on the lookout for prints from Firecracker Press, Wildwood Press and more. When you’re done marveling at the traditional and non-traditional installments available in the Main Floor Galleries, be sure to head to the AT&T Gallery of Children’s Art to view pre-kindergarten to 12th graders’ printwork.

Fri., March 4 through Sat., May 7. “Printmaking in St. Louis Now.” Main Floor Galleries, The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.533.9900, thesheldon.org

  • Frank Trankina: Superheroes and Night Stories

Hailing from Chicago, Frank Trankina explores the storytelling possibilities of still-life paintings by bridging the gap between Old Master still life and the contemporary world of painting. Expect to see vintage toys and figurines throughout his work. The exhibit will also feature gouache drawings and get into the artistic process behind his finished work.

Fri., March 4 through Sat., May 21. “Frank Trankina: Superheroes and Night Stories.” Nancy Spirtas Gallery, The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.533.9900, thesheldon.org

  • Susan Strong: reAPPEARANCES

St. Louis artist and photographer Susan Strong will exhibit eight pieces from her work, “reAPPEARANCES,” which consists of 52 photographs meant to show the continuity in different depictions of the world. She photographs various tourist sites and icons from all over the world to show the unexpected connections between icons, from the Empire State Building to gondolas to drive-thru wedding chapels.

Fri., March 4 through Sat., April 30. “Susan Strong: reAPPEARANCES.” The Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery, The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.533.9900, thesheldon.org

Contemporary Art Museum’s new season of exhibitions

Get excited because the Contemporary Art Museum is unveiling a new season of exhibitions at the public reception Jan. 15. This season, there will be a selection of work from figurative painter Lisa Yuskavage, kinetic sculptures from Arcangelo Sassolino and even student art from the CAM’s ArtRreach program. Head over to the reception for a glimpse into the exhibitions available for viewing at the CAM this year.

Fri., Jan. 15 – 7 to 9 p.m. Public reception for the new exhibition season. The Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

  • Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood

In her first solo museum exhibition in 15 years, New York-based artist Lisa Yuskavage will display a survey of her work in the format of triptychs, diptychs and “symbolic portraits.” Her symbolic portraits, part of her distinct style, are single-panel depictions of intertwined figures meant to focus on the relationships between the figures, while her diptychs and triptychs focus on both the relationships between the figures in each panel as well as the relationship between the different panels. With over 25 years of her work on display, this is a perfect opportunity to get to know and love an important contemporary artist.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., April 3. “Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood.” Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

  • Arcangelo Sassolino: Not Human

Italian sculptor Arcangelo Sassolino will be displaying his work in a solo US exhibition for the first time this year at Contemporary Art Museum. At the core of Sassolino’s work is a desire to question what it is to be human. By depicting machines at rest, in action and post-action, he gives the machines almost-human qualities that cast doubt on whether humans and machines are that fundamentally different. Be sure to attend this exhibit to bend your understanding of human nature.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., April 3. “Arcangelo Sassolino: Not Human.” Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

  • First US solo museum exhibition by Tala Madani

Just like Sassolino, Iran-born, Los Angeles artist Tala Madani’s display at CAM will be her first solo exhibition in the US. Her paintings and stop-motion animation, made exclusively for her display at CAM, are known for their mature subject matter that satirizes masculinity and racial stereotypes. She often depicts men in humiliating circumstances—think middle-aged, balding men with a beer gut—undergoing humiliating situations—think undergoing interrogation, being held down against their will and the like.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., April 3. First U.S. solo museum exhibition by Tala Madani. Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

  • Peter Sutherland: Forests and Fires

New York-based artist and photographer Peter Sutherland elevates landscape photography to an artform. His photographs take on a pixelated and hazy feel because of his process: He prints the photographs on perforated vinyl, then attaches the pieces to sterling board and seals them with acrylic gel. The exhibit will feature two tetraptychs of a continuous scene separated by a blank space. The relationship between his industrial medium and his natural subject calls the compatibility of nature and industrial progress into question.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., April 3. “Peter Sutherland: Forests and Fires.” Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

  • Arlene Shechet: Urgent Matter

New York sculptor Arlenee Shechet showcases her new series, “Urgent Matter,” at the Contemporary Art Museum, with pieces across mediums from porcelain to plaster to paper. Her work often challenges expectations by firing her ceramic work at unusual temperatures, painting in odd ways and forming her pieces in a way that defies gravity, looking as if it might collapse at any moment.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., April 3. “Arlene Shechet: Urgent Matter.” The Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

  • Ned Vena: Paintings without Borders 2

St. Louis artist Ned Vena’s first solo museum exhibition, “Paintings without Borders 2,” will feature new work made exclusively for Contemporary Art Museum. The artist repeats the abstract image of the letter “G” again and again, revealing different brushstrokes and indentations upon each replication, suggesting a sense of individuality despite the overt replication.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., April 3. “Ned Vena: Paintings without Borders 2.” The Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

  • The Propeller Group: Street Views

The Propeller Group’s first public art project, its latest installment of “Street Views,” will play on Contemporary Art Museum’s 60-foot wide screen. The installment that will be on display at CAM will feature the moment of impact when a bullet shot from a Russian AK-47 and an American M16. Caught on high-speed cameras and slowed down, the violence of these military grade weapons is heightened, raising questions about the violence that pervades contemporary society.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., April 3. “The Propeller Group: Street Views” Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

  • ArtReach: Entwined

More than a museum, Contemporary Art Museum tries to educate the community with art classes and community groups. CAM’s community outreach program, known as ArtReach, partners with schools, offering school visits, museum tours and art workshops. All of the work from “ArtReach: Entwined” features work from ArtReach participants inspired by the winter 2015 exhibit, “Ulla von Brandenburg: Wagon Wheel,” an exhibit that uses quilting as a form of storytelling. Expect to see quilt squares created by ArtReach participants that tap into their life stories and secrets.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sun., April 3. “ArtReach: Entwined.” Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. 314.535.0770, camstl.org

Saunders Schultz Exhibit at SOHA Studio and Gallery

Eighty-eight-year-old Saunders Schultz will be premiering his first solo art exhibition at SOHA Studio and Gallery this January. Schultz’s architectural and public sculpture can be spotted regionally on buildings such as massive “Finite Infinite” installment on the east side of Council Towers Apartments. Although sculpture is his main form, Schultz is also an excellent drawer and painter. Forty-five of his watercolor paintings, ink drawings and mixed media works will be on display and available for purchase.

Fri., Jan. 15 through Sat., Feb. 13. Saunders Schultz exhibit. SOHA Studio and Gallery, 4815 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109. 314.497.5202, sohastudioandgallery.com

Renown Sculptor Harry Weber Presents “Cast in Bronze” @ American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

Dog-lovers, bark for joy. In case you didn’t know, St. Louis has an art museum sponsored by the American Kennel Club, which is dedicated to depicting man’s best friend. Yep, you heard us right. The museum exclusively exhibits pictures and sculptures of dogs, and this winter, visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the sculpting process while looking at bronze effigies of your favorite animal. Join well-known sculptor Harry Weber while he teaches you the process behind his work and you get to look at dogs outside of Instagram. Although the event is open to the public the museum would like anyone interested in attending the lecture to call and RSVP.

Sun., Jan. 17, 1:30-2:30 p.m. “Renown Sculptor Harry Weber Presents ‘Cast in Bronze.’” American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, 1721 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO 63131. 314.821.3647, museumofthedog.org

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