Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on July 21, 2009

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I finally got the chance to visit the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, on the campus of Washington University, this week.  On display, the museum has an excellent collection of permanent work (really fantastic for a college collection), and a rotating roster of special exhibits.  I was really floored by the quality of the presentation.  The only drawback was an overzealous, Asian, gallery attendant, who felt compelled to follow us everywhere, which, of course, made us feel more than a bit uncomfortable.  Here are a few pics from the day, with my lovely wife modeling once again.

All Nikon D300 with Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 lens attached.

13Exterior of the Fumihiko Maki-designed museum with Alexander Calder’s “Five Rudders”, 1964, in view.

0 Detail from Alexander Calder’s “Bayonets Menacing a Flower”, 1945.

2Mandi in front of Isa Genzken’s “Little Crazy Column”, 2002.

4Part of the Abstraction Gallery with (r. to l.) Willem de Kooning’s “Saturday Night”, 1956; Philip Guston’s “Fable I”, 1956-7; Sam Francis’ “Arcueil”, 1956; and Jackson Pollock’s “Sleeping Effort”, 1953.  If you are a big Guston fan, like I am, the museum has a representation up of each of his three, distinct, painting periods, which I found really exciting.  That’s worth a visit alone!

6Tom Wesselmann’s “Bedroom Painting #2”, 1968.

7My wife viewing Howard Jones’ “Solo Two”, 1966.

9Marsden Hartley’s “The Iron Cross”, 1915.

10My wife’s reflection in Lucio Fontana’s “Spatial Concept, New York 22”, 1962.

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  1. nick said, on July 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    beautiful shots, keep up the good work!

  2. jasongrayfineartist said, on July 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks, Nick; I’ll try!

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