Art Exhibit Openings in St. Louis Worth Catching This Weekend

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

If you caught the article “Art Walk” in the current issue of ALIVE magazine, you know there’s no shortage of art going on in St Louis. Five exhibits opening this weekend illustrate the abundance and variety of visual art the city has to offer.

Mel Chin - Artist Courtesy of CAM

Mel Chin – Artist
Courtesy of CAM

Contemporary Museum of Modern Art
3750 Washington Blvd.

CAM kicks off its fall exhibition on Friday, Sept. 5 with “Rematch,” featuring over 50 works created over the past 40 years by conceptual artist Mel Chin, easily the most inclusive presentation of Chin’s work to date. The exhibit includes drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and rarely seen documentation public land art and performance works by the artist. Mark Flood’s “Another Painting” features primary examples of the artist’s recent text-based, lace, and corporate logo paintings. This is the first solo show for the Houston-based artist. The 60-foot-long Project Wall will focus on a few of acclaimed Dutch artist Carla Klien’s large-scale paintings. Through Dec. 20. For more info, visit the CAM website.

Buzz Spector - Artist Courtesy of Bruno David Gallery

Buzz Spector – Artist
Courtesy of Bruno David Gallery

Bruno David Gallery
3721 Washington Blvd.

Buzz Spector’s new work goes on display at Bruno David Gallery Friday, Sept. 5 with an opening reception from 5-9pm, featuring collages created from dust jackets in the front gallery, while his larger drawings and collages will be shown in the main gallery. In addition, Spector’s series of wall-mounted sculptures incorporating photographs of authors will be shown, plus a reinstallation of “Frieze,” the 60-foot-long arrangement of photos of authors Spector showed at the Huntington Museum of Art last fall. Through Oct. 11. For more info visit the Bruno David Gallery.

Peter Manion - Artistl Courtesy SOHA Gallery

Peter Manion – Artist
Courtesy SOHA Gallery

SOHA Gallery
4915 Macklind Ave

SOHA presents “All the Art on the Floor,” featuring new works by artist Peter Manion, beginning Friday, Sept. 5, with an opening reception from 6-10pm. The native St. Louisan uses an assortment of tools, techniques, and mediums in his paintings that contain subtle abstract details and images built around a central form that often compels the viewer to wonder how Manion creates his works. Family Day with the artist is on Sept. 14 from 11am-2pm, and a closing event and artist talk on Sept. 25 at 7pm. Through Sept. 25. For more info, visit the SOHA Gallery website.

"Chama River #2" Barbara Martin Smith Courtesy of St. Louis Watercolor Society

“Chama River #2”
Barbara Martin Smith
Courtesy of St. Louis Watercolor Society

Ober Anderson Gallery
101A W. Argonne, Kirkwood

Ober Anderson Gallery presents an exhibition of works from the St. Louis Watercolor Society entitled “Big Splash 2014,” opening Friday, Sept. 5, with an opening reception from 6-9pm. Many artists and styles will be represented, but they’ll all be watercolors. Through Sept. 30. For more information visit the OA Gallery website.

Photographer Dennis Minner is one of several artists who will be shown at Art Outside Courtesy of the Artist

Dennis Minner is one of several artists who well be shown at Art Outside
Courtesy of the Artist

Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.

Schlafly Art Outside is a three-day-long juried alternative art fair featuring art from over 50 artists based here in the St. Louis area. The event, now in its 11th year, kicks off Friday, Sept. 5 and features quality art, music, and plenty of tasty food and drink from Schlafly Beer. Hosted at the brewery’s Bottleworks location in Maplewood, Missouri, Art Outside draws approximately 15,000 visitors each year. For more information visit the event website.

 Stephanie Schlaifer and Cheryl Wassenaar Courtesy of fort gondo

Stephanie Schlaifer and Cheryl Wassenaar
Courtesy of fort gondo

fort gonzo and beverly
3155 Cherokee Street

“Cleavemark Dr.,” a collaborative exhibition by St. Louis-based artists Stephanie Schlaifer and Cheryl Wassenaar opens at fort gondo Saturday, Sept. 6 with a free public reception from 7-10pm. The multi-media collaborative installation uses Schlaifer’s manuscript, “Clarkston Street Polaroids,” as a point of departure.

“MASS TECH ERR>>>” by Joseph Cassan & Mike Schuh opens simultaneously next door at beverly. The exhibit is a collaborative exhibition by Chicago-based artists Joseph Cassan and Mike Schuh. Both exhibits will remain on view through Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. For more information visit the fort gondo website.

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