Exhibition Closing: The Artist & The Modern Studio

  • Saint Louis Art Museum 1 Fine arts drive St. Louis, MO 63110

Last Day to view The Artist and the Modern Studio | Galleries 234 and 235 | FREE

Artists have long turned to their own studio spaces as a subject for exploration. The artists presented in this exhibition create works that reflect the remarkably diverse approaches to representing the studio environment and the activities that take place there. The studio in the 20th and 21st centuries ranges from domestic interiors and white-walled sanctums where an artist retreats in solitude, to repurposed industrial spaces that serve as performance spaces. The subject of the studio is conceived not just as a representation of physical space but also of a metaphorical one for reflecting on identity, expressing notions of the artist as hero, jester, craftsman and teacher. 

Drawn primarily from the Museum’s collection, The Artist and the Modern Studiohighlights more than 30 American and European artists, with a concentration of works produced between 1960 and 1990. The display features a mix of media including prints, drawings, and photographs, as well as paintings and three-dimensional objects. From explorations on the theme of the artist and model by Pablo Picasso to conceptual performances by Kiki Smith, the works in this show evoke a range of associations about artistic activity—romantic, spiritual, practical, playful and confrontational.