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Cracks in the System


Art history is littered with the corpses of once-popular schools and styles, each overthrown by the next new thing, which is itself superseded by the next new thing. What remains evergreen is the ideal of "contemporary art," as vague a term as one can imagine. The Michael Wille-curated show Ruptures attacks the idea of contemporary painting from all angles, as each of the eleven artists selected for the show paint according to their own value systems. Gianna Commito, John Kissick and Jered Sprecher may be contemporaries and abstract painters, but they share no idiom, plan or agenda; Ruptures proves that no label, however broad, applies to any group of artists. Ruptures opens with a free public reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary (2713 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood; 314-960-5322 or The gallery is open Friday and Saturday, and the work remains on display through Saturday, May 28.
Fridays, Saturdays. Starts: May 6. Continues through May 28, 2011

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