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Ugly: The Grotesque in Western Art

Ugly: The Grotesque in Western Art

Presented by Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum - Washington University in St. Louis
Visual Arts
General Audiences

For many people, the history of western art exists as an imagined litany of beautiful artworks, a chronology of idealized figures and highly finished objects. This exhibition, organized in conjunction with the course Intro to Western Art, considers the underbelly of that history: artworks that depict or embody the ugly, the plain, the vulgar, or the grotesque.

The exhibition will feature approximately 12 paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture from ancient Greece to Renaissance Europe to twentieth-century America, including work by George Bellows, Paul Gauguin, Eva Hesse, Pieter van der Heyden, and Jose Orozco.

This exhibition is curated by Elissa Weichbrodt, PhD candidate in the Department of Art History & Archaeology, with Karen K. Butler, assistant curator, Kemper Art Museum. A flyer with a short essay by Weichbrodt will accompany the exhibition.

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to the public.

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Allison Taylor
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