Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop

When: Fri., Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m., Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 27 2015

One of the more amazing features of being human is how we create a sense of self. We might be born and raised in one place but move someplace else and decide that the new location is more in tune with who we really are — and yet our point of origin still shaped us in immutable ways. Hurvin Anderson explores these concepts of memory and place and how we internalize them in his paintings. The British-born artist's Jamaican roots and Trinidadian experiences inform his landscape paintings in subtle ways — tropical greenery is viewed through geometric patterns that evoke chainlink fences, or seen in the reflection of a building's glass and steel façade. His portraits of patrons in barbershops recall the shared social experience of the African diaspora in bright hues. Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop is a comprehensive survey of the artist's work — and perhaps his life. Backdrop opens with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 11, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or The show remains up through Sunday, December 27, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission