Beaux Meets New

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February 28, 2013
The St. Louis Art Museum has announced the June 29th opening of its recently completed expansion, the East Building. The walls are up, the lights are on, and all that remains to be done is the lengthy process of hanging artwork. The David Chipperfield-designed building will bring together new and old as it connects to the Cass Gilbert-designed Beaux Arts building that has housed a top tier collection of art since 1904. Read Full Article
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  The new East Building seen from Fine Arts Drive (North façade). Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems. Photo by: Jacob Sharp.

    The new East Building seen from Fine Arts Drive (North façade). Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems. Photo by: Jacob Sharp.

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  The new East Building as seen from the east. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems. Photo by: Jacob Sharp.

    The new East Building as seen from the east. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems. Photo by: Jacob Sharp.

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  The 1904 Beaux Arts Main Building with the new East Building in the foreground. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems. Photo by: Jacob Sharp.

    The 1904 Beaux Arts Main Building with the new East Building in the foreground. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems. Photo by: Jacob Sharp.

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  Looking north through the East Building Hall. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum. © Simon Menges

    Looking north through the East Building Hall. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum. © Simon Menges

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  A view of the interior’s coffered ceiling stretching outside. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

    A view of the interior’s coffered ceiling stretching outside. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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  Complementing a British architect is British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. A site-specific installation, Stone Sea consists of 25 10-foot arches comprised of stone from the Earthworks Quarry in nearby Perryville, Missouri. Coming in at a whopping 13 tons each, the arrangement of the arches mimics waves of the seas that once covered St. Louis and will occupy space bridging the Main Building with the East. Installation in progress. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

    Complementing a British architect is British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. A site-specific installation, Stone Sea consists of 25 10-foot arches comprised of stone from the Earthworks Quarry in nearby Perryville, Missouri. Coming in at a whopping 13 tons each, the arrangement of the arches mimics waves of the seas that once covered St. Louis and will occupy space bridging the Main Building with the East. Installation in progress. Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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  A piece from the museum’s permanent collection. Louise Nevelson, American (born Russia), 1899–1988; New Continent, 1962; painted wood; 77 3/4 x 121 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase, by exchange and funds given by Martha I. Love, Mr. and Mrs. George S. Roseborough Jr., the Weil Charitable Foundation, Henry B. Pflager, Jane and Warren Shapleigh, The Lea-Thi-Ta Study Group, and Nancy W. Gilmartin 14:1967 © 2013 Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

    A piece from the museum’s permanent collection. Louise Nevelson, American (born Russia), 1899–1988; New Continent, 1962; painted wood; 77 3/4 x 121 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase, by exchange and funds given by Martha I. Love, Mr. and Mrs. George S. Roseborough Jr., the Weil Charitable Foundation, Henry B. Pflager, Jane and Warren Shapleigh, The Lea-Thi-Ta Study Group, and Nancy W. Gilmartin 14:1967 © 2013 Louise Nevelson / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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  A piece from the museum’s permanent collection. Ellsworth Kelly, American, born 1923; Spectrum II, 1966–1967; oil on canvas; 80 inches x 22 feet 9 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by the Shoenberg Foundation, Inc. 4:1967a-m © Ellsworth Kelly.

    A piece from the museum’s permanent collection. Ellsworth Kelly, American, born 1923; Spectrum II, 1966–1967; oil on canvas; 80 inches x 22 feet 9 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by the Shoenberg Foundation, Inc. 4:1967a-m © Ellsworth Kelly.

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  A piece from the museum’s significant collection of Post-War German art. Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932; Betty, 1988; oil on canvas; 40 1/4 x 28 1/2 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper Jr. through the Crosby Kemper Foundations, The Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Van-Lear Black III, Anabeth Calkins and John Weil, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wolff, the Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton; Museum Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Harold J. Joseph, and Mrs. Edward Mallinckrodt, be exchange 23:1992 © Gerhard Richter 2013.

    A piece from the museum’s significant collection of Post-War German art. Gerhard Richter, German, born 1932; Betty, 1988; oil on canvas; 40 1/4 x 28 1/2 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper Jr. through the Crosby Kemper Foundations, The Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Van-Lear Black III, Anabeth Calkins and John Weil, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wolff, the Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. Eagleton; Museum Purchase, Dr. and Mrs. Harold J. Joseph, and Mrs. Edward Mallinckrodt, be exchange 23:1992 © Gerhard Richter 2013.

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