Notations: contemporary drawing as idea and process

figure 1. richard serra, ‘titled arc,’ 1986. oil crayon on paper, 19 x 24 1/2 inches.

figure 2. hadi tabatabai, df-29, 2007. colored pencil with acrylic and vinyl paints on .005 drafting film, 12 x 11 inches.

figure 1. sol lewitt, three-part variations on three different kinds of cubes 331, 1967. ink and graphite on paper, 11 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches.

william anastasi, untitled (subway drawing), 2009. graphite on paper, 8 x 11 1/2 inches.

it is through drawing that artists open their field for imaginative elaboration, in which concepts and ideas can emerge and change with relative ease. notations: contemporary drawing as idea and process brings together over sixty works by thirty-nine artists from the postwar decade to today. they include carl andre, mel bochner, dan flavin, eva hesse, nancy holt, william anastasi, sol lewitt, agnes martin, richard serra, hadi tabatabi, and robert smithson, among many others. if you get a chance to stop by st. louis during september-january  don’t miss this show at the kemper art museum, garen gallery.  by cp