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Art of the mask spans many eras, cultures

NANCY KRANZBERG, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 9, 2022

This upsetting pandemic has forced most of us to wear masks — like it or not. Many folks have been very creative with their face coverings. Of course, I had to research the history of the mask throughout the ages and throughout the world and of course...

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Seemingly ubiquitous, the poster deserves a closer look

NANCY KRANZBERG, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 11, 2022

I clipped an interesting article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a few months ago, which made reference to the Poster House museum in New York City. I  was shocked to find that is the only museum in the United States devoted to poster art.  The...

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The artistry of metalsmiths

NANCY KRANZBERG, Special to the Jewish LightPublished January 10, 2022

I had always thought of our friends Laurie and Kevin Van Mondfrans as jewelers who worked with semi-precious stones and metal. They invited us to see their latest creations recently at the Midwest Metalsmiths Art Show, which was held in Webster Groves...

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‘St. Louis Sound’ documents city’s vibrant musical history

NANCY KRANZBERG, Special to the Jewish LightPublished September 13, 2021

There’s an incredible book entitled “St. Louis Sound” written by Steve Pick and Amanda Doyle, which traces the history of music in our city from the Native American Mississippian culture and early French settlers to the present and now. The Missouri...

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Getting crafty: The evolving nature of crafts as art

Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish LightPublished August 13, 2021

Earlier this year, I visited the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. and loved the special exhibition entitled, “Crafting America, Artists and Objects, 1940 to Today.” It was an awe-inspiring and refreshing new view of crafts...

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The land can serve as the stuff of great art

NANCY KRANZBERG, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished July 16, 2021

Walking through nature’s work of art in parks all over during these crazy times, I started thinking about artists and how they interpret the beauty and grandeur of it all in their own ways. Landscape art is the most obvious, but land art or earthworks...

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Retiring leaders of local museums, arts groups deserve community’s thanks

NANCY KRANZBERG, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished June 7, 2021

I’m usually giving a warm, welcoming hello to art directors, curators and others who are coming to St. Louis to head our art institutions. I’m always telling them how culturally rich St. Louis is and how I know they will be happy here. Today, I’m...

For more of Nancy Kranzberg’s commentary, listen to KWMU (90.7) St. Louis on the Air the first Friday of each month at approximately 12:50 p.m. She also hosts a weekly Arts Interview podcast for KDHX (88.1), available at artsinterview.kdhxtra.org.

Collage opens up a world of 3-D possibilities in the arts

Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish LightPublished March 24, 2021

When I think of collage, my mind goes first to Picasso and Braque: Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles de Avignon” (1907) and Georges Braque’s, “Houses at L’Estaque (1908). These works are referred to as Cubist, a name applied as an insult by...

Artist Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny, France.

Gardens sow seeds of artistic inspiration, imagination

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 10, 2021

People love gardens and to garden. They go on tours of famous gardens all over the world, including our own world-renowned Missouri Botanical Gardens.Gardens are depicted in works of art going back to ancient times as well as in works of art being made...

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How has the pandemic affected artists in St. Louis? Here’s what they told me

By Nancy Kranzberg, Special to the Jewish LightPublished November 6, 2020

I’ve been worried about my artist friends and wondering how they are coping in these troubled times. So I decided to just pick up the phone — I’m old fashioned — and ask.The main question I asked was how they were dealing with the time on their...

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Getting a breath of fresh air at St. Louis parks

By Nancy KranzbergPublished September 24, 2020

Of course, I hate the awful situation that we are trapped in, though I realize how fortunate I am. I count my blessings on a daily basis.Usually, we take some sort of a trip in the summer and I don't even think about a staycation, but, if nothing else, this...

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Generations of artists, and of grateful art fans

By Nancy KranzbergPublished June 4, 2020

Earlier this year, while watching the hockey all-star game and seeing the sons of famous players play, I thought about how so often, those great athletic genes are passed on to the next generation.A couple of months ago, I saw a Betye Saar exhibition...

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