In “The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection,” the Saint Louis Art Museum celebrates a gift of 81 works of art created by black abstractionists.

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The Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition, “Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention,” is challenging in showing Gauguin from a unique prospective. A map at the entrance pinpoints the artist’s diverse travels and places of residence, forming a timeline of his convoluted life. 

Moving fast and breaking things sounds contemporary. But, could that be an ancient pattern — an eye-opener for understanding iconic objects as agents of cultural meaning and power in the present day?

A new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum and a new play opening at the Kranzberg Arts Center take us home, a place we can try to recall or choose to forget.

“Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work,” the current exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, reflects the aesthetic and spatial sensibility of the Pulitzer’s architecture itself, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Two artists, each widely-acclaimed, are exhibiting in St. Louis. Kehinde Wiley is currently showing 11 large-scale paintings at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Jamie Adams is exhibiting 11 paintings at the Philip Slein Gallery in the Central West End.