Attention tends to focus on major cities like New York and London due to their large, museum exhibits and world-class art auctions. Yet beyond these international hubs which hold a greater sway in the art market, there exist unique, autonomous art scenes that thrive in smaller markets. Kansas City is one such “microclimate.”
While it is well known for its contributions to jazz, as well as for its Kansas City-style barbecue, the City of Fountains retains a significant art scene by cultivating local talent; a scene that is nourished in smaller cities throughout America.
The Wall Street Journal states that a “must-see” is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. With features like Caravaggio’s “Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness” as well as edgy contemporary exhibits, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a large contributor to the promotion of art in Kansas City. In addition to the museum, Kansas City launched a new citywide biennial, “Open Spaces”, with 46 artists, most of whom hail from the area.
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