Luminary Arts To Present John Foster's Extraordinary Art Collection

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

If you were told that John Foster—art writer, preservationist, graphic designer, art curator, artist, editor of one of the best art blogs in the country, former John Burroughs high school teacher and passionate collector of folk, self-taught, outsider art and scholar of same—had amassed an extraordinary collection of artwork, you would not doubt the teller. Now you have the opportunity to see for yourself as Luminary Center for the Arts presents “Finding Art,” artwork from Foster’s collection, opening Friday, Nov. 22, 6-8pm.

 

From the collection of John Foster Courtesy Luminary Center for the Arts

From the collection of John Foster
Courtesy Luminary Center for the Arts

Although Foster is based in St. Louis, his work is rarely seen in town. Known around the world as one of the premier collectors of vernacular and self-taught art, the exhibit at The Luminary presents a unique opportunity to view the stuff from which the legend is made. His collection of anonymous, found snapshots has toured the country for over five years and has been reviewed and featured in Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek, Phaidon, SF Gate, The Village Voice and many others. In 2005, Art & Antiques magazine named Foster one of the “Top 100 Collectors” in the United States.

The show is part of the Luminary’s “We Are” week-long series by St. Louis-based artists and curators. The series of seven exhibitions also gives the public the opportunity to see the new Luminary building’s progress as it transforms from a group of ramshackle Cherokee street buildings into a vibrant arts complex.

All shows will be open Friday from 6-8pm, Saturday from 12pm-6pm, Monday from 12pm-6pm and Tuesday from 12pm-6pm.

Next up in the “We Are” exhibits are Peter Pranschke on Dec. 6 and Michael Behle Dec. 16. For more information, visit The Luminary Center for the Arts website.

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