Library, gallery feature artist's abstract work

Posted Thursday, March 8th 2012 at 4:23pm

Weinberger Fine Art and the Kansas City Public Library announce simultaneous shows featuring the work of Lawrence, Kan.-based artist Stephen T. Johnson.

Johnson's abstract artwork will be featured in the solo show "Abstractions" starting March 9 at Weinberger Fine Art, 1800 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo. The exhibit "Art, Language & Play by Stephen T. Johnson" will feature his work through April 28 at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, Mo.
Johnson, a nationally published and exhibited regional artist, produces work that forges a connection between words, objects and ideas. The show at Weinberger Fine Art kicks off with a gallery opening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 9. A special event for families will take place at the gallery in conjunction with Reading Reptile from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14. Johnson will sign books at both events.

Much of Johnson's work is characterized by an interest in the alphabet and language, which began with his book Alphabet City, a Caldecott Honor book,  
and A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet, a New York Times Best Illustrated  
Book of the Year. Art selections from these books will be on view in the main gallery of the Kansas City Public Library.
Johnson's art spans a broad range of concepts, contexts and mediums including painting, collage, drawing, sculpture and installations, which can be seen in museum and gallery exhibitions, site-specific public art commissions and his original, award-winning children's books.  

His drawings and paintings are in numerous private collections, including  
musician Paul Simon and actress Cherry Jones, and the permanent collections of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Spencer Museum of Art in  
Lawrence, Kan., the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut, and  
the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Among his public art is a 70-foot mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue Subway Station in Brooklyn, N.Y.; a large abstract sculpture at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lawrence, Kan.; an expansive sculptural composition at  
the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum in Clinton, Kan.; and a 60-foot mosaic mural at the Universal City Metro Station in Los Angeles. Currently,  
he is working on 35 glass panels for the Dallas Love Field Airport to be  
installed in 2014.


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