Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson

Visual Arts Contributor

Alex Anderson is an artist and an arts writer. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he earned his B.A. in Art History from John Cabot University in Rome, taking a minor in Philosophy. His time abroad brought him into contact with countless historical masterpieces as well as much great contemporary art. To date, his own artworks have been compiled in several publications, and he was awarded the 2016 “Best of Show” for his artwork in the “League for Innovation” competition while studying under Prof. Mark Cowardin.

For Alex, the study of art has become more than an occupation, it is a way of life. It molds the way in which he sees, thinks, and bonds with the world. His senior thesis, “The Use of Weight in Richard Serra’s Drawings and Sculptures: Some Historical Parallels,” sought to trace the concept of weight as the link between Serra’s drawings and sculptures, and examine the importance of weight throughout the history of art, relating Serra’s works to these traditions.

Since 2015 he has been a contributing writer for KCMETROPOLIS. His effort to create and search for works of high quality is never a hunt for treasure but instead a kind of pilgrimage—one that he aspires to share with everyone. 

Unbridled expression

At “The Grand Salon 2” at the Crossroads art studio Imagine That!, a vibrant array of a little something of everything could be found—a worthwhile show, celebrating each of...

Tell your story

Putting something “back into the pot,” not taking it from a jar of formaldehyde; the interrelatedness of all things beautiful; and telling your story: at the Olathe Downtown Library,...

Unmasking influence

"Through the Eyes of Picasso," currently on exhibit in the Bloch Wing of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, showcases a large grouping of works by Picasso and other artists...

Two earthly delights

In the Nelson-Atkins exhibit “Rediscovering Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Bouts,” we see how one gave life to the antithesis of God’s supposed design to retell old stories through fearsome...

The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today

The Kemper Museum is currently hosting the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s traveling exhibition, “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today.” It showcases the portraiture of forty three artists whose works...

“Dignity vs. Despair”

Jane Aspinwall, Associate Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, discussed the images in a current exhibit, “Dignity vs. Despair,” which showcases sixty-four photographs taken between 1933...

Serious play

The Nerman Museum's Third Thursday visiting artist presentations provided its audience the opportunity to come to know two very thought provoking and sincere artists, Tonia Hughes and Joey Watson....

Prints distilled

H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has managed again to create an experience for their visitors which condenses many forms, ideas, stories, tragedies, and traditions, this...

KC Fringe 2017: Fringe With Benefits

In a celebration of the human form, six artists’ work is brought together at the Just off Broadway Theater in a vibrant and contemplative examination of visual expression.

Soundscape in the sky

Daniel Morel’s “Artsounds: Kansas City Calling” reminded listeners of their sense of place and local history, and left them with a rekindled interest in Kansas City’s continually morphing soundscape.

Signal meaning

“State of the World,” currently on view in the H&R Block Artspace, brings together a grouping of works from fourteen artists whose art examines the invention of meaning, and...

Threshold horizon

Weinberger Fine Art’s current exhibition, “Defining Atmosphere,” delivers with the dynamics of transition, seasonality, and vibration via meditation and light.

Raising the blinds

Jim Norris’s painting series, "Cautionary Tales," currently on view at the Hilliard Gallery, provides a disquieting shock. These paintings strike the nerve behind contemporary narcissism, the havoc it reaps,...

Elegant complexity

Artists Margaret Evangeline and Brett Reif are currently sharing space in a dual show, called “In Beauty there is Guilt,” at Weinberger Fine Art, on view through Oct. 29....

Not your average gallery

Making connections and focusing on an extremely broad audience is all a part of a mechanism that makes Epsten Gallery far more than an exhibition space. Located in Village...

Glorious chaos

The Kansas City Artists Coalition's 40th anniversary is a celebration of the diversity of art and idea sharing that has been part of a collective mindset since its inception....

KC Fringe Festival visual arts offerings

The KC Fringe Festival has a wide variety of visual artists showing works in two locations. Twenty-seven artists work are on view, twenty-three of which can be found in...

Broadening the horizons

Now in its third year, the Downtown Council's 'Art in Loop Project' combines efforts with the KC Streetcar, KCMO Office of Culture & Creative Services, and the KCMO Municipal...

PREVIEW: Free State Festival

Get your fill of the arts by attending the Free State Festival in Lawrence, Kansas, from June 20 to 25. The schedule offers everything from high-minded discussions to film...
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