Curating Christmas

St. Louis Art Museum

St. Louis Art Museum

It was so nice to visit the St. Louis Art Museum at this time of year; pretty much had the whole place to myself! No hustling or bustling here; but plenty of red, green and sparkly things to share!

Shoe (Andy Warhol)

Shoe (Andy Warhol)

Magnolia

Magnolia

For Spy Sister; whose dog is named Magnolia (and we're from Florida!)

For Spy Sister; whose dog is named Magnolia (and we’re from Florida!)

Steven and William Ladd (two brothers from St. Louis!) Cardinal Nation, 2015 Shredded paper, glue, wheat starch, metal beads, metal trinkets, glass beads, crystal beads, pins, screws, dye, mesh, staples, wood

Steven and William Ladd (two brothers from St. Louis!) Cardinal Nation, 2015
Shredded paper, glue, wheat starch, metal beads, metal trinkets, glass beads, crystal beads, pins, screws, dye, mesh, staples, wood

Steven and William Ladd. Tower Tee, 2015 Shredded paper, glue, wheat starch, metal beads, metal trinkets, glass beads, crystal beads, pins, screws, dye, mesh, staples, wood

Steven and William Ladd. Tower Tee, 2015
Shredded paper, glue, wheat starch, metal beads, metal trinkets, glass beads, crystal beads, pins, screws, dye, mesh, staples, wood

Enforcer. Larry Poons. 1962

Enforcer. Larry Poons. 1962

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Detail

Detail

Like Christmas lights! Sort of!

Like Christmas lights! Sort of!

Staircase

Staircase

Gold and sparkly (if more evocative of an episode of Dexter than Christmas)

Gold and sparkly (if more evocative of an episode of Dexter than Christmas)

Man's Leggings (probably Nimíipuu (Nez Percé)

Man’s Leggings (probably Nimíipuu (Nez Percé)

Such detailed beadwork on this cradleboard!

Such detailed beadwork on this cradleboard!

I’ve shared pictures of some of these Native American pieces before; they are some of my favorites!

Red and green

Red and green

E. Oscar Thalinger. River Landscape with House. 1928

E. Oscar Thalinger. River Landscape with House. 1928

This bucolic scene of the Missouri countryside features high hills, full trees, and rocky banks. These features are executed in blocky prismatic forms influenced by the work of early European modernists such as Paul Cézanne. E. Oscar Thalinger belonged to the major professional associations for artists in St. Louis, including the modern artists’ group New Hats. In addition to his position as a prominent local artist, Thalinger served as the registrar of the City Art Museum (now the Saint Louis Art Museum) from 1913–1952. (Source: St. Louis Museum of Art) 

John Rogers Cox. Cloud Trails. 1944

John Rogers Cox. Cloud Trails. 1944

A large Norman Rockwell painting. (Thanksgiving, 1943)

A large Norman Rockwell painting. (Thanksgiving, 1943)

Outside the museum

Outside the museum

Donald Judd. Untitled (Progression). 1965.

Donald Judd. Untitled (Progression). 1965.

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A Christmas-y sheen

A Christmas-y sheen

Window

Window

Small and ancient gold shiny things!

Small, ancient, gold and shiny things!

Dome

Dome

A striking portrait...

A striking portrait…

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Wintery...

Wintery…

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Pretty galleries

Pretty galleries

Lorenzo di Niccolò (di Martino) Madonna and Child Enthroned with Sts. Christopher, Blaise, Sebastian, and Francis. 1410-12

Lorenzo di Niccolò (di Martino)
Madonna and Child Enthroned with Sts. Christopher, Blaise, Sebastian, and Francis. 1410-12

Still Life...

Still Life…

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Marble hair

Marble hair

Curves

Curves

Red and gold vessel

Red and gold vessel

And now for a tour around Spy Garden…

Here's a festive little mushroom

Here’s a festive little mushroom

Little dome

Little dome

Dexie

Dexie climbing a tree arch

New tool shed made by Smoochie!

New tool shed made by Smoochie!

In the shed

In the shed

Project in process (going to stain the wood and then mount this painting to it with these fabric tacks)

Project in process (going to stain the wood and then mount this painting to it with these fabric tacks)

In our backyard

In our backyard

Ornament made by the Spy at his classroom's Christmas party

Ornament made by the Spy at his classroom’s Christmas party

Hanging out under the Christmas tree

Hanging out under the Christmas tree

Hope you all have a wonderful week; and a very Merry Christmas!

2 thoughts on “Curating Christmas

  1. Eliza Waters

    Thank you for the wonderful museum visit. Looks like I’ll have to add that to MBG, should I ever make it out that way. :-)
    I love the midnight blue of the sky in your fire pit photo, cozy bliss under the stars. And also family bliss hanging by the tree. I love the excitement and anticipation the kids feel this coming week waiting for the big day. Nothing in the grown-up world rivals that! Have a blessed Christmas!

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