As any episode of "Antiques Roadshow" will attest, art can be a great investment. But the best reason to collect art is because you love it, something I suspect (because you're reading this) you already know. Every major city has its art stars, even if they are unknown to the wider world, and St. Louis is no exception. In the following galleries, you will find art at all price points from local talent to nationally recognized artists to international heavyweights. Let the acquisitions begin.
Gallery specializes in contemporary painting by local, national and emerging artists, including Jamie Adams, Cheonae Kim, Louis Cameron, Valerie Jaudon, Catherine Howe, John Dilg, Chuck Webster and others. On view: Arthur Osver: A Retrospective (Feb 15-Mar 30). Open Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm and by appointment.
Printmaker Tom Huck, whose raucous, profane and wildly entertaining "rural satire" large-scale prints are collected by museums around the world, maintains a working studio/gallery where he produces and sells his work, priced from $15 to $4,500. Open Sa 11 am-5 pm or by appointment.
Gallery specializes in internationally known artists like Milton Avery, Chuck Close, Andy Warhol, George Condo, Richard Diebenkorn, Lucien Freud, Alex Katz, Robert Longo, Elizabeth Peyton and others. On view: Dean Kessman: Utilitarian Abstraction (Jun 22-Jul 27). Open M-F noon-5 pm and by appointment.
Longtime art dealer Ronald Greenberg (since 1972) shows work by contemporary masters like Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Lorna Simpson, Huma Bhabha, Mark di Suvero, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn and others in a sleek space in Clayton. Open M-F 10 am-5 pm.