John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation
Belger Arts Center
Press Release

Wolf Kahn - Insistent - Belger Arts Center - Kansas City
Wolf Kahn
Insistent, 1997
Oil on Canvas
52 x 65 inches
Courtesy of the Belger Collection

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Belger’s Next Exhibit Features Wide-Ranging Look at “Landscapes”
January 19, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO – On First Friday, February 3, the Belger Arts Center will open “The Mind’s Eye: Landscapes from the Belger Collection.” The exhibition will feature 2D and 3D work from American artists from the 1970s to 2010. Painting, photography, and ceramic sculpture and pottery will be in the show, which runs through April 6, 2012. The Belger will be open from 10 am until 9 pm on First Friday.

In addition, the Belger has extended the run of “For Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep, So Runs the World Away,” which features political and social commentary from local artists and also the Belger Collection. We hope the two exhibits, as companions, will give visitors an idea of the wide scope of the Belger Collection, one of the Midwest’s largest. “For Some Must Watch…” was originally scheduled to close on February 3, but the run has been extended until March 2, 2012.

The Belger Collection of fine art began with the purchase of a Jasper Johns print in the spring of 1971 and has grown to a collection that has drawn curators from across the country. Works from the Belger Collection have been exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and locally in the Nelson-Atkins and Kemper Museums. University galleries at University of Arizona, Texas Tech, Syracuse University, and others have featured entire exhibitions culled from the Belger Collection.

Among the works in “The Mind’s Eye,” will be:

Photography by Larry Schwarm, Gary Sutton and Wes Lyle (all from the local area).

Paintings by William Christenberry, Wolf Kahn and John Salt.

Ceramics by Jessica Brandl, Cary Esser, and Newcomb Pottery.

The Belger Arts Center was founded in 2000 and since that time has hosted more than 40 exhibitions of two and three-dimensional artworks. The exhibits have attracted more than 60,000 visitors from six continents. The Belger merged with Red Star Studios, a ceramics collective, in the spring of 2010. The two groups are currently sharing a building, but Red Star Studios will move to the Belger Warehouse Complex at 2011 Tracy Avenue in the near future. The Warehouse Complex already serves as home base for the Lawrence Lithography Workshop print house and for a metalwork facility run by Asheer Akram. Akram fabricated one of the new “Shuttlecarts” which were recently unveiled at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The carts were designed by Peregrine Honig. For more information on the Richard Notkin exhibit, or the Belger Arts Center, contact Mo Dickens, gallery assistant, at , or 816-474-3250.


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