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2016 Past Exhibitions

Linda Skrainka: Reflections

Linda Skrainka: Reflections

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art

Judith and Adam Aronson Gallery

March 4 - May 15, 2016

More than 50 works produced between 1965 and 2013 by celebrated St. Louis artist, Linda Skrainka, are a part of a new exhibition at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art which opens with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, March 4, 2016. The exhibition runs through May 15, 2016, in the Judith and Adam Aronson Gallery at Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, which features paintings and drawings by Linda Skrainka on loan from private collections, is a critical survey of her career as an artist. These artworks chronicle the artist's formal concerns and the often overlooked details of everyday life for which she had a keen eye. Excerpts from her personal journal provide additional background for many of the artworks, and contribute to a deeper understanding of their meaning.

For example, the group of four paintings titled Morning Headlines starts with a self-imposed task aiming at painting faster. From the journal entry, the viewer learns how life events are altering the artist's plan: These paintings were begun in the fall of 1981 - September to be exact. Having been concerned that I was painting too slowly, carefully, self-consciously & tightly (especially as "Living Music" was dragging on over such a long period of time, and I felt so physically constrained doing it because I was jammed into the area of the kitchen just in front of pantry opening) - I decided to start a group of 4 small little still lifes. (Linda Skrainka's Journal, page 14)...The first painting was to be a simple glowing still life. I was working on it - actually standing there in the warm early September sun mixing paint - the pink, I think - when Steve's Dad called to say Louise had attempted suicide - the car in the garage, carbon monoxide poisoning; he'd been asleep; he didn't think she would live. (Linda Skrainka's Journal page 15)

Skrainka's study of art history informs her formal concerns of balancing color and composition, while advancing the content. These concerns are consistent throughout the exhibition, from highly geometric compositions depicting interiors to the organic shapes in Charlie's Gift series.

A native St. Louisan, Linda Skrainka, was born in 1940 and graduated from John Burroughs School in 1957. After earning her degree in Art History from Wellesley College, she worked for Alfred H. Barr at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Returning to St. Louis, she earned a BFA from Washington University,married and started a family, sharing her passion for art, justice, and culture with her children even before they took their first steps.Throughout her life, she worked enthusiastically and creatively for art, music, and social justice, including Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Art St. Louis, COCA, the Central Reform Congregation, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. She worked for many years in her studio in University City, participated in numerous exhibitions and remained a strong supporter of the arts in St. Louis throughout her life.

March 4th through May 15th

Broken Dishes, Wedding Shards, (1), 1976, Oil on Canvas, 32"x32"

Stephen's Valentine, 1979, Oil on Canvas, 38"x32"

In Light of Rain to Come, 1980, Oil on Canvas, 38"x32"

Glad to Be: Yet to Arrange Oneself, 1989, Oil on Canvas, 42"x68"

Winter Afternoon (Self Portrait), 2010-11, Oil on Canvas, 21.25"x23" Living Music, 1983, Oil on Canvas, 59.5"x 42.5"
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