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Contemporary Drawing Show

This show is required viewing for art and architecture students & teachers, set and graphic designers, operations managers and system thinkers, as well as artists.

In the hustle and bustle of back-to-school and the start-up of the social, charitable events carousel, I completely missed the opening of "Notations: Contmeporary Drawing as Idea and Process".

This exhibit at The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, 09/14/12-01/07/13, showcases sixty works by 39 artists, 1/3 of them females.

"Drawn" from the collection of Sally and Wynn Kramarsky and works donated by them to MOMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York), the works illustrate innovations in drawing from the late 1950's through 1970's to the present.

The exhibit is divided into two themes: "Repetitive Drawings and Serial Systems" and "Presentation Drawings and Proposals". All of the works show process-oriented representations.

The works highlight seminal creations in the genres of Minimalism, Post-minimalism, Conceptual Art, as well as presentation drawings/proposals. Several works shatter the boundaries between drawing as representation and drawing as process.

One of these is Christine Hiebert's "Untitled (2002)", blue tape on paper, 13 7/8" by 16 3/4". Another is Allyson Strafella's "factor (2007)", innumerable typed colons transferred from carbon paper onto paper, 13 5/8" by 10 5/8". Ms Strafella gives the Artist Talk on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 5:00p.m. and discusses her work in the context of "Notations".

Dan Flavin and Richard Serra are two other artists represented in the show, although Serra's drawing is post-facto after his federal sculpture in New York City was ordered destroyed.

Robert Smithson's, "Bingham Copper Mining Pit---Utah Reclamation Project, 1973" is another gem. This was his plan for a huge green-scape land-as-art project, sort of a reverse Cahokia Mound. The mining company never gave permission for it, so all we have of the idea is a 20" x 30" wax pencil on plastic tape overlay on a photograph of the mine.

"Notations" while somewhat conceptual and cerebral is well worth seeing. The Mildred Lane Kemper Museum is free and open to the public daily (except Tuesday), 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Late hours go until 8 p.m. on Fridays. The Museum is easily accessed from Skinker/Forest Park stop of Metrolink.

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