Posts Tagged ‘Washington University’


Jill Downen: Hard Hat Optional at Bruno David Gallery, April 10-May 9, 2009.  The gallery’s website shows has two pages, each showing different works in the exhibit.  One for the front room, and one for the main gallery. I’m probably not going to get a chance to make it over to the STL to see the show.  So, just judging from jpegs, it’s the Hybrida drawings in the front room that seem to me to be the most exciting.  Like that unnerving, overly flesh-y minimalism.  I’m just not sure if the works in the main gallery have that uncanny I-don’t-know-what.  Check out her website to see if you agree.

Here are a couple of Hybrida.





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Matta, Glimmer of Violence, 1958

from the permanent collection of the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art at Washington University in St. Louis.  And here’s Let’s Phosphoresce by Intellection  II, ca. 1950 from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. 

Zoom in on the KC Matta here.

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Thaddeus Strode

Thaddeus Strode: Absolutes and Nothings at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum of Art at Washington University in St. Louis, until April 21, 2008.  Strode is a 40something painter living in Los Angeles.  From the catalog essay, by curator Sabine Eckmann: “Everything that painting ever promised seems to have gone wrong in the canvases of Thaddeus Strode.”

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