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ST. LOUIS, Dec. 3, 2018—Three main exhibitions next year will give St. Louisans the opportunity to study the 30-year career of one of the United Kingdom’s most important sculptors, to experience the art of Paul Gauguin, and to see masterworks from one of the world’s greatest collections of Dutch paintings.

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In addition to the selection of 2019 exhibitions described in detail below, several important projects that opened in 2018 will continue into the new year.

“Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis,” an exhibition of 11 portraits of St. Louisans the artist met during a 2017 visit, continues through Feb. 10, 2019. “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now” explores the explosion of printmaking activity that continues to this day; it closes Feb. 3, 2019. A related exhibition—“Printing Abstraction”—draws on the Museum’s collection of abstract prints and multiples; it opens Nov. 30 and runs through March 31, 2019. “Southwest Weavings: 800 Years of Artistic Exchange” highlights Southwestern textiles St. Louis collectors Paul and Elissa Cahn recently gave to the Museum; the exhibition open Dec. 14 closes May 5, 2019.

Main exhibitions

Rachel Whiteread—March 17, 2019 through June 9, 2019
The 2019 main exhibition schedule opens with the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread. Ranging in scale and effect from the monumental to the modest, Whiteread’s sculptures memorialize everyday objects by casting the negative space they occupy. In March, the Museum will bring to St. Louis the first major survey of her work.

“Rachel Whiteread” will include more than 100 objects from throughout the artist’s 30-year career. The exhibition previously has been shown in London, Vienna and Washington, DC, where it has impressed visitors and critics alike. In a review of the recent presentation at National Gallery of Art, the Wall Street Journal noted that Whiteread could rightfully be called the “greatest living British artist.”

The St. Louis presentation of the exhibition is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art, and Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art.

Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention—July 21, 2019 through Sept. 15, 2019

In the summer, the Museum will present an exhibition of more than 50 works by Paul Gauguin on loan from Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which has one of the world’s most impressive collections of the French artist’s work.

The exhibition explores the range of his artistic output from his early Impressionist paintings to his iconic works from Brittany and Tahiti to his fascinating exploration of three-dimensional objects.

The exhibition is curated by Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art.

Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt—Oct. 20, 2019 through Jan. 12, 2020

The Dutch paintings collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has long been renowned for its extraordinarily high quality of works by major artists. St. Louisans will have the opportunity to enjoy these masterworks at “Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt.”

The exhibition highlights works by Rembrandt van Rijn and other celebrated 17th-century Dutch painters, including landscapes, genre scenes, portraits, still lifes and history paintings.

The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The St. Louis presentation is curated by Judith W. Mann, curator of European art to 1800, and Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings and photographs.

Other exhibitions

Currents 116: Oliver Laric—Feb. 22, 2019 through May 27, 2019
The museum will continue its “Currents” series of free exhibitions devoted to contemporary art. Founded in 1978, the series serves as a laboratory for emerging and mid-career artists to create and exhibit new work. Featured artists have included Matthew Buckingham, Dale Chihuly, Leonardo Drew, Brian Eno, Ellen Gallagher, Frank Gehry, Donald Judd, Julie Mehretu, Richard Serra, and Cindy Sherman.

“Currents 116” will feature new works by Berlin-based artist Oliver Laric, whose multifaceted practice utilizes the shift in image production and dissemination brought about by the Internet to examine questions of authenticity and originality. The exhibition includes Laric’s 2018 video animation work “Betweenness” and a new sculpture that was created from a 3-D scan of “Reclining Pan,” the 16th-century satyr sculpture on view in Gallery 236.

The exhibition is curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant.

Poetry of the Everyday: Amateur Photography, 1890-1970—April 26, 2019 through Aug. 25, 2019

“Poetry of the Everyday” explores the history of vernacular photographs from cultural, aesthetic and technical perspectives through more than 100 photographic prints drawn from a recent gift from St. Louis collectors John and Teenuh Foster.

Vernacular photography generally is defined as work by amateur artists working outside of the commercial and fine-art realms, whose identities may be no longer known. Works in the Foster gift range from the 1890s, when portable cameras became widely available, to the 1970s. The photographs convey particular interests of the Fosters, including thematic categories such as bathers, divers and beachgoers; complex compositions that are suggestive of hidden narratives; and unique physical attributes, such as decorative borders and additions of text.

“Poetry of the Everyday” is curated by Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs.

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection—Sept. 17, 2019 through March 8, 2020

This exhibition will celebrate the 2017 gift of the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection of abstract paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints by African American artists. Approximately 60 of the 81 works in this transformational gift will be on view.

Ronald Ollie grew up in St. Louis. His parents, Thelma and Bert Ollie, were frequent visitors to the museum and instilled in him and his siblings a deep appreciation of art. Ronald Ollie’s childhood fascination with abstract art grew into a passion when, as an adult, he began to acquire abstract works by artists he admired and, often, befriended.

The gift includes significant works by such American artists as Terry Adkins, Benny Andrews, Robert Blackburn, Chakaia Booker, Ed Clark, Nanette Carter, Adger Cowans, Herb Gentry, Sam Gilliam, Bill Hutson, Jacob Lawrence, Norman Lewis, James Little, Al Loving, Jack Whitten, Stanley Whitney, Frank Wimberley and William T. Williams. Works by British artists Winston Branch and Frank Bowling also are included in the gift.

“The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection” is curated by Gretchen L. Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; and Alexis Assam, 2018-2019 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow.


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