Emma Dent

Emma Dent is an art historian and writer interested in American visual culture, especially advertising, design, and commercial print culture. A native St. Louisan, she relishes speaking with the artists and curators whose work enriches the city's arts scene.


Photo by John McGrall

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis recently kicked off its summer shows: three exhibitions which offer a mosaic of different media, themes, and local and international voices. Read more

Visual Arts


Cole Lu (Pei-Yu Lu)

With "Pacific Rose," Cole Lu is not merely artist, but also curator and storyteller. Read more

Visual Arts

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Courtesy of the artist and The Luminary

In this strange age, what does contemporary political art look like, and what language(s) does it speak? Read more

Visual Arts

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Courtesy of the Kemper

Though the Kemper's exhibition largely focuses on Drexler's career as a visual artist, it is difficult to divorce her writerly and painterly sensibilities. Read more

Visual Arts

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Courtesy of the Artist

The exhibit uses the concept of the code to mine the complexities and rich multiplicities of being black in America. Read more

Visual Arts

With its themes of love, family, and fear of dying, the exhibition will resonate with anyone who has ever experienced loss. Read more

Visual Arts