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New Pulitzer Exhibit Focuses On The Ongoing Life Of Art

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts opened a new exhibit Friday, February 14 exploring the evolving life of art. “Art of Its Own Making” features the work of more than 11 artists and is on display now until August 20.

“This is a show that looks at the interplay between viewers, artworks and the environment – how does one affect the other?” Pulitzer director Kristina Van Dyke said.

For example, Edith Dekyndt’s work, “Ground Control” is a big black ball filled with helium that reacts to viewers. The more people in the room with it, the higher the ball rises.

“Pyramids” by Agnes Denes invites viewers to reflect on the impact they have on the world around them.  “Pyramids” is made up of four pyramids, three filled with liquids affected by man (tap water, motor oil, Mississippi River water) and the fourth made of mirrors.

“Moss Bed Queen” by Meg Webster is a bed of peat moss covered in living moss.

“It’s about bringing the outside inside, and about this living work reacting to the conditions of the Tadao Ando building,” Van Dyke said.

While the symbolism of contemporary art can seem difficult to detect, Van Dyke said the Pulitzer views it as more fluid than that.

“As someone who lives in the world…you are capable of posing questions of the art,” Van Dyke said.

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The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Presents "Art of Its Own Making"
February 14 - August 20, 2014
12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturdays

Opening Reception, Friday, February 14, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Artist Conversation, Saturday, February 15, 1:00 p.m.

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 3716 Washington Blvd.
For more information, call 314-754-1850 or visit the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts website.

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