January 19, 2010 - Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis - Sean Landers and Stephen Prina
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January 19, 2010

Sean Landers and Stephen Prina

Sean Landers
Dancing with Death (still), 1995
Video with sound
Courtesy of the artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

Sean Landers: 1991-1994, Improbable History

and

Stephen Prina: Modern Movie Pop

January 22 – April 11, 2010

3750 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

www.camstl.org

MAIN GALLERIES
Sean Landers: 1991-1994, Improbable History

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents the first survey of the early work of New York-based Sean Landers. This exhibition proposes that Landers’ formative body of work, produced from 1991-1994, was one that defined the artist, the persona, and the conceits that he has cultivated and enriched over the course of his twenty-year career. In his characteristic, relentless articulation of emotion, at its most base and its most noble—from self-loathing, self-doubt, and humiliation, to humility, empathy, and true love—Landers explores the process of artistic creation through the invention, and simultaneous revelation, of the self.

Stephen Prina: Modern Movie Pop
For thirty years, Stephen Prina has played with the role of the artwork within cultural, art-historical, institutional, and personal networks. While his eclectic practice spans painting, installation, photography, and film, he has also released over a dozen music albums under his own name and with the band The Red Krayola. Having kept his artistic interests separate from his musical pursuits for decades, Prina has recently begun experimenting with new combinations and relationships. Here Prina brings together the consonant spaces of his painting, film, and music: alongside a recent sound and video installation, watercolors, and blind paintings, he presents the world premiere of his new orchestra concerto for ten musicians.

SPECIAL EVENTS
February 27, 2010, 6:00 pm
A public reading & performance of Sean Landers’ 1993 novel [sic] by 22 art world luminaries
Organized by Art Production Fund & White Columns
Hosted by Saatchi & Saatchi at 375 Hudson Street, New York City

March 18, 2010, 8:00 pm
The Contemporary presents the world premiere of Stephen Prina’s new orchestra composition, Concerto for Modern, Movie and Pop Music for Ten Instruments and Voice

THE FRONT ROOM
Running alongside the Main Galleries, The Front Room exhibitions last anywhere from one day to a few weeks, with reactive, nimble, provisional, and experimental projects. The upcoming season features projects by: Xavier Cha; Torbjørn Rødland; Greg Parma Smith; Zin Taylor; David Musgrave; Erin Shirreff; Pablo Pijnappel; Jochen Lempert; Roman Schramm; Haris Epaminonda; Leslie Hewitt; and Machine Project.

For The Front Room exhibition schedule, please visit www.camstl.org/frontroom.php.

Special Thanks to Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York. General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Regional Arts Commission; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis promotes meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today. Founded as the Forum for Contemporary Art in 1980, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis re-opened in its current location, 3750 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri 63108, with a new 27,000 square foot building in 2003. As a non-collecting institution, the Contemporary focuses its efforts on featuring local, national and international, well-known and newly established artists from diverse backgrounds, working in all types of media. As St. Louis’ forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, the Contemporary connects visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our times. As a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis pushes the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and expression. Visit the Contemporary’s website at www.camstl.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January, 2010
Press Contact: Laura Fried, 314.535.0770 x208 or lfried@camstl.org

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