St. Louis Collects: A Passion for Contemporary Art
May 2-June 1, 2014

Opening Reception:  
May 2, 7-9pm

Akito Takamori

The David and Jacquelin Charak Collection

Rudy Autio

The David and Jacquelin Charak Collection

How does one acquire a passion for collecting, and particularly, for collecting works of art? Picasso believed that “art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Are we seeking a moments of serenity? Are we looking to wash away the dust?

For this exhibition, St. Louis Collects: A Passion for Contemporary Craft, Craft Alliance presents an inside look at some of most distinguished craft collections in St. Louis. For 50 years, Craft Alliance has been providing the community, both regionally and nationally, a view of contemporary work in craft.  In celebration of this 50th anniversary, St. Louis Collects honors not only the artists who enhance our everyday lives, but the collectors whose passion for these works of arts are honored, loved and treasured over time.

Each object here represents some aspect of what Picasso meant by “washing away the dust of everyday life”. By living with a beautiful object we understand how art can transform or change or our existence. It doesn’t matter if the work is grand or simple, it the idea that one must love and live with it every day that is important. Out of this relationship with the art is a passion that lives beyond the artist’s studio.

This exhibition brings together a group of collectors who have been significant supporters of Craft Alliance.  Works in this exhibition are not only examples of the collector’s eye, but also examples from artists who have exhibited with Craft Alliance.  Focusing on exhibiting works that range from emerging to established artists, Craft Alliance has been a powerful resource for collecting. For the next 50 years, Craft Alliance will continue to exhibit the most current ideas and techniques and to bring works of art by contemporary voices in the St. Louis community.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by the UMB.

Exhibition Opening is part of First Fridays in Grand Center

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