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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis announces Figure Studies. Recent Reprsentaitonal Works on Paper

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents Figure Studies: Recent Reprsentaitonal Works on Paper. On View January 27–April 22, 2012.

Figure Studies: Recent Reprsentaitonal Works on Paper
Figure Studies: Recent Representational Works on Paper brings together drawings and etchings by six artists—Ida Applebroog, John Bankston, Jennifer Bornstein, Alejandro Cardenas, Djordje Ozbolt, and Tom Reed—that demonstrate a broad range of techniques, narratives, and conceptual approaches. The exhibition reveals how artists working in the more traditional manner of depicting things in this world, or the world of imagination, are imbuing the content of their work with distinctly contemporary concerns and sensibilities. For example, Ida Applebroog‘s (American, b. 1929, lives and works in New York) works provocatively explore how gender is represented and embodied in society and culture through rigorous experimentation with the processes and materials. John Bankston (American, b. 1963, lives and works in San Francisco) creates vibrant drawings in a style reminiscent of children’s coloring books to address issues of racial and queer identity, while Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer Bornstein‘s (American, b. 1970, lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin) small, meticulous, and slightly crude etched portraits of subjects ranging from her teenage roommate to anthropologist Margaret Mead in Samoan dress intertwine the personal, the historical, and the mundane. The elegantly spare work of Alejandro Cardenas (Chilean, b. 1978, lives and works in New York City) develops mysterious imaginary narratives through renderings of exquisite figures against stark black backgrounds. Djordje Ozbolt‘s (Serbian, b. 1967, lives and works in London) drawings are created in parallel to the production of his paintings and are often used to illustrate the announcements for his exhibitions. His drawn works, like his paintings, incorporate incongruously contemporary or foreign elements into compositions mimicking art from the Renaissance through the mid-19th Century as a form of political and social satire. St. Louis-based artist Tom Reed (American, b. 1968, lives and works in St. Louis) combines a formal approach informed by such visionary “outsider” artists as Joseph Yoakum and Henry Darger with knowing and intensely stylized depictions of natural phenomena and rustic settings and situations.

Figure Studies: Recent Representational Works on Paper is organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by Chief Curator Dominic Molon.

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis promotes meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today. Founded as the Forum for Contemporary Art in 1980, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis re-opened in its current location, 3750 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, Missouri 63108, with a new 27,000 square foot building in 2003. As a non-collecting institution, the Contemporary focuses its efforts on featuring local, national and international, well-known and newly established artists from diverse backgrounds, working in all types of media. As St. Louis’ forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, the Contemporary connects visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our times. As a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis pushes the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and expression. Visit the Contemporary’s website at

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