Artists under the Nazi regime were a creative bunch. Not just because of the work they produced, but because of how they kept some of that work from being destroyed. The Nazis ruthlessly obliterated thousands of pieces they deemed socially unacceptable (some because of content, others because of style). Hundreds of artists hid their work; some hid it in plain sight. ''Many pictures were placed next to works produced by patients in asylums,'' says Redbud Gallery's Gus Kopriva, explaining how a number of works avoided destruction. Redbud hosts ''Degenerate Art,'' an exhibition of art by painters banned by the Nazis. The show includes Das Windmädchen (The Wind Girls), a 1929 work by Jewish artist Moritz Melzer, who died in 1966. ''His large monotype [depicts] the legend of a blue female spirit that was present in the Black Forest where I was born,'' says Kopriva, who holds some 180 more German expressionist graphic works in his private collection. Some of the 15 pieces displayed at Redbud return to Berlin in the fall for the 75th anniversary commemoration of Krystal Nacht, Kopriva adds.
There's an opening reception at 6 p.m. on June 1. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Through June 30. Redbud Gallery, 303 E. 11th Street. For information, call 713-862-2532 or visit redbudgallery.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: June 1. Continues through June 30, 2013