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Paul Caponigro Photographs by an American Master

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Jul 19 2014 - Sep 7 2014

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About this exhibit: The brooding landscapes and mystical still lifes of one of America's preeminent photographers will line the walls of Spiva's Main Gallery when the exhibit Paul Caponigro: Photographs by an American Master opens to the public July 19.   

An opening reception for members will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 18. The exhibit runs through Sept. 7.  

Caponigro is among America's prominent 20th century black and white photographers. He is best known for his landscapes and for the mystical qualities of his work. Mystery infuses his images, whether of New England's dark woodlands, the brooding megaliths and Celtic stone crosses of Britain and Ireland, or Southwestern desert landscapes transfigured by the sun.    

The Spiva exhibit will consist of 44 of Caponigro's key works, including Galaxy Apple, Running White Deer, and  pieces from his megalith series. They come from the collection of J. Armin Rust, a Kansas City-area attorney who built a professional relationship with the photographer. 

"He and I became friends and over the years he's gifted me some of his best stuff," says Rust. "This is a superb collection of a great American photographer who has a lot to say."  Rust will discuss his relationship with Caponigro and aspects of the photographer's work during a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Admission will be a $10 voluntary contribution.  

Caponigro was recognized as a future standout even when he was a young photographer studying at the California School of Fine Arts. At that time, other black and white photographers, like Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, were long-established and already recognized for their work.    

"They basically accepted Caponigro from the get go," says Rust. "He was recognized by the masters as a master in the making."  

Caponigro's first one-man exhibition took place at the George Eastman House in 1958. In the 1960s, he taught photography at Boston University, while consulting with the Polaroid Corp. on various technical research projects. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships, and in 2001was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography. 

His work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim, Whitney, Norton Simon Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  

Paul Caponigro: Photographs by an American Master is sponsored by Cardinal/Detecto Scale with financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum Agency of Objects

Regional Gallery

Jul 19 2014 - Aug 24 2014

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About this exhibit: It isn’t exactly surrealist art. These works appear more as images plucked from a surreal world. 

That is what awaits patrons when Andrew Au & Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects is presented July 19 through August 25 in the Regional Gallery. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 18. Au’s prints and sculpture arise from a childhood fascination with science fiction infused with political and social commentary. Purdum’s drawings capture memories stored in artistic “time capsules.” Together, they are a mix of conceptual and surrealist art. 

Au’s work addresses the shortcomings of contemporary society by mixing science and nature with industrial advancement. Purdum’s works are a combination of collage and drawing in which natural and man-made objects are arranged into “cabinets” that appear as collaged texture, linear wood grains, dripping planar furnishings, or mass-produced decor. 

Au, a Cincinnati-based artist, is associate professor of printmaking at Miami University Middletown (Ohio). His work has been exhibited in Estonia, Bulgaria, Canada, Turkey, Iceland and Denmark, as well in exhibits at Loyola University, San Diego Art Institute, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and the Tinlark Gallery in Los Angeles, among other galleries.

The work of Purdum, also a native of Ohio, has been exhibited in Alpan Gallery at Huntington, N.Y., Katzen Center of American University at Washington, D.C., Youngstown (N.Y.) State University, and beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary Art at Birmingham, Ala. Her work has been published in “Drawings Essentials, a Guide to Drawing from Observation,” by Deborah Rockman. 

Andrew Au and Jennifer Purdum: Agency of Objects is sponsored by Leggett & Platt Inc. with additional financial support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.