Tuesday, June 13, 2017



The Restless Regionalist: The Art of Joe Jones

June 9 though September 10, 2017
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri

November 4, 2017 through January 14, 2018
Birger Sandzen Gallery, Lindsborg, Kansas

Sixty works by Joseph John Jones (1909-1963) are shown in the Restless Regionalist. Born in St. Louis in difficult circumstances, he made New Deal murals in both Missouri and Kansas, and served as a Combat Artist during World War II. Our loan to the exhibition is of Jones by colleague Edward Laning while they were in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska during the War.

Edward Laning, Joe Jones, 1943, sepia ink drawing (detail shown), 8 x 11 inches, signed and titled in ink. A typed note reads “Drawn in the Aleutians as correspondent for the War Department Art Unit.”

Jones made paintings, lithographs, and serigraphs, and was a remarkably skilled self-taught draftsman: he is one of very few artists to have made several covers for Time magazine. Associated American Artists, New York City, published sixteen of his prints.
 Joe Jones, Nude, about 1935, lithograph 
While many of Jones’ early works reflect his home-state’s farming and rural communities, throughout his career he spoke to serious social issues, especially racism, economic hardship, and workers rights.

Link to the Gallery’s Joe Jones page:

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