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Roxy Paine’s Placebo (2005) at the St. Louis Art Museum
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SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
by Walter Robinson


A recent trip to St. Louis to talk to a group of students about the "alternative art movement" -- I modestly cast myself as an emblematic figure in the transition from the artist-run nonprofit spaces of the 1970s through the ironically commercial East Village storefront gallery scene of the ‘80s to the all-out commercialism of today’s robust art market -- provided a welcome opportunity for a quick survey of the local art scene.

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