When I received the press release announcing Philip Slein’s latest venture, an exhibition titled Philip Slein’s Magical Museum of Stuff, The Art and Soul of a MAJOR Collector, I realized that this man is full of surprises and has at least 9 lives.
His latest adventure is being shown at Dragon, Crab, and Turtle, a gallery space in Midtown at 2814 Locust. There have been many posts on this blog about openings at Slein’s CWE gallery, and a recent post on his return to political cartooning during the pandemic, but this announcement came out of left field, and I thought you might like to check it out.
Here’s the release:
“Philip Slein has amassed hundreds of paintings, sculptures, pop culture paraphernalia, earthenware, signage, carpets, books, stereo equipment, architectural elements and various miscellaneous items from around the globe. His incredible museum-quality stuff at times feels familiar: talking with him can sometimes make you think you are catching up with a long lost relative but other times his knowledge is so esoteric that you feel like you are speaking with an old world antiquities dealer in some exotic land where you understand nothing of the language or culture.
The objects on display represent a small fraction of Slein’s total collection (Dragon, Crab, and Turtle is exhibiting an estimated 15% of his collection), and each individual piece attests to Slein’s great respect, interest and knowledge behind the work of artisans, craftsmen, artists and all types of creative workers.
Slein will be at the exhibit on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. from June through August to explain his pieces and answer any questions. Some of his own paintings and sculptures are also part of the show.
Philip Slein earned his MFA from Washington University. After teaching line drawing for several years he opened an art gallery while steadily collecting artworks and objects, creating private large-scale installations within his residences. Slein also specializes in satirical and amusing political cartoon drawings and paintings.”
Slein’s been asked about selling some pieces from his “eccentric collection with a St. Louis connection,” but hasn’t quite figured out how to handle that aspect. “Some things will be hard to part with,” he said, “but we can talk.”
Dragon, Crab, and Turtle, 2814 Locust St., Open Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m., June through August. For appointment, contact Philip Slein: 314-540-1294.