Part archaeological expedition, part adventure story, the Sunken Cities exhibition opened this week at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Recent disputes over a painting by an 18-year-old and another from the 19th century illustrate art’s ability to speak truth to power, but also to become a pawn in politicians’ power games.
Two St. Louisans want to stop the loan of George Caleb Bingham’s painting “Verdict of the People” for Donald Trump’s inaugural luncheon.
In the 1940s, artist Isamu Noguchi experimented with a series of “lunar landscapes,” embedding lights in undulating magnesite cement. While some were freestanding sculptures, three were site-specific pieces installed in two buildings and a boat. This month, the only one of these architectural projects to survive was revealed in a U-Haul store in St. Louis, Missouri.
On this week’s art crime blotter: an art analysis assignment gets a teacher suspended, new reality TV show allegedly glorifies ‘grave-robbing,’ and Justin Bieber climbs a Mayan ruin and pulls his pants down.
Museums in St. Louis are closed today due to the protests that have been underway in the suburb of Ferguson since last night, when the grand jury in the Michael Brown murder case announced its decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson.
The Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) has received a gift of 225 artworks, worth upward of $50 million, from the collection of the late Edith Spink and Charles Claude Johnson Spink, who died in 2011 and 1992, respectively.